IBS: Live Your Best

Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small intestine.

Your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Did you know that approximately 70% to 80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? While most gut bacteria reside in your large intestine, sometimes, they move up into the small intestine–which is not good. Unwanted bacteria in the small intestine can start fermenting the food you digest, wreaking havoc (especially with sugary or starchy foods). This is called small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a major cause of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. And means it's time to reboot your gut and start over. Often, the antibiotic Xifaxan and an antifungal are prescribed together to evict these unwanted guests from your small intestine and get things working again. You’ll want to work with your doctor or Functional Medicine practitioner to get the right plan together for you.

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