Do you feel your stomach swollen after a few hours of having eaten something and are to the point that the pants no longer closes? This symptom seems very common today, because Many are wary of waking up with a flat stomach And end the day with a fully inflated belly.
Any type of abdominal swelling, although not in excess, may be revealing an intestinal inflammation. If symptoms of gastric bloating and / or bloating are added to the swelling, this may be indicating that you are sensitive to certain foods or have an intestinal infection such as Bacterial overheating in the intestine (SBID).
What is SBID?
Bacterial overheating in the intestine is an infection that occurs when the bacteria in our intestines lose their balance and grow unmeasured. Why does this occur? Often this type of intestinal infection occurs in those people who carry a diet rich in carbohydrates, refined foods, alcohol, processed foods, among others. This type of food also serves to feed the bacteria and break the short chain fatty acids, it creates the gases and the swelling.
Other types of bacteria can also break down bile salts before the body has the opportunity to use them, and with this, our body has a bad Absorption of fats And develops a problem like diarrhea.
Finally, a third type of bacteria can produce toxins that damage the mucosa of the small intestine, which prevents the body from absorbing the nutrients it needs.
What are the 10 signs that indicate bacterial overheating in the gut?
Signs of bacterial overheating in the intestine may be quite common and may be confused with other conditions . If you suffer from one or more of them frequently, it is best to consult the doctor.
- Abdominal distension.
- Bad absorption of fats.
- Food intolerances like lactose, gluten , Caffeine, fructose, among others.
- Abdominal pain or cramping.
- Digestion problems such as constipation.
- Irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Chronic problems such as fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, neuromuscular disorders, among others.
- Deficiency of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B12.
What can cause excessive growth of bacteria?
Excessive growth of bacteria occurs when something interferes with the digestive process, which is the one that transports the bacteria along with the food to its final destination in the colon. Damage to the nerves or muscles in the intestine Can lead to the remains of bacteria in the small intestine , Which increases the risk of bacterial overheating in the intestine. For example, diseases such as diabetes mellitus can affect the muscles in the intestine, resulting in the development of bacterial overheating in the intestine.
Other possible causes of abnormal accumulation of bacteria in the gut are physical obstructions in the gut such as surgery scars or Crohn's disease. It can also influence the consumption of drugs that alter the intestinal flora, such as antibiotics, drugs that block acid and steroids. Finally and as we had already mentioned, One of the main causes is the consumption of refined products, alcohol, carbohydrates, sugar, etc.
How to get tested for SBID?
At home you can take the breath test: Consists of fasting for 12 hours, breathing in a small balloon, ingesting an exact amount of sugar and taking the breath test every 15 minutes for 3 hours. This test can be somewhat complex because of the number of hours in the fasts, but can be used to identify SBID or other disorders such as Celiac Disease Or pancreatic insufficiency.
At clinics, hospitals, or any health center, they often identify this problem through urine tests or whole stool samples. In this case, it is necessary to consult the specialist beforehand and express all the symptoms.
How to deal with SBID?
One of the first recommendations to treat SBID is to reduce the carbohydrate diet and avoid the consumption of refined foods such as sugar and flour. You should also avoid Alcohol consumption And consult the doctor to receive special pharmacological treatment. Usually the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. It is important to avoid self-medication.
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