Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
One of the most common gut health issues in hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s patients is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO. And, scientific research has shown a strong correlation between the two.
Excellent for Hydrogen and Methane SIBO
What is SIBO
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth occurs when the bacteria in our gut get out of balance and overgrow. How do we get too much of some bacteria over others? This can manifest in several different ways, and often occurs in those eating a diet high in sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates. Certain strains of bacteria feed off of refined carbohydrates and break them down into short-chain fatty acids, creating gas and causing bloating.
Another strain of bacteria can break down bile salts before your body has a chance to use them. Bile salts are crucial for the breakdown of fats; without them, the end result is fat malabsorption or diarrhea.
Finally, a third type of bacteria can produce toxins that damage the lining of the small intestine. This prevents your body from absorbing the nutrients you need, much like what we see with a leaky gut. Taking necessary supplements and following a FODMaps diet is recommended for healing SIBO.
10 Signs you have SIBO:
4. Abdominal pain or cramping
5. Constipation (much less common than diarrhea)
6. Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease
7. Food intolerances such as gluten, casein, lactose, fructose and more
8. Chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, neuromuscular disorders and autoimmune diseases.
9. B12 deficiency as well as other vitamins and minerals
10. Fat malabsorption
How Hypothyroidism Causes SIBO
Your thyroid regulates all of your metabolic processes. So if it is under-active, as is the case with hypothyroidism, all of these processes slow down, including digestion. That’s why hypothyroidism so often causes constipation. When you are constipated and food lingers in your intestines, it becomes a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria.
Many hypothyroid patients also have a decreased level of HCL, the primary stomach acid. If you are low in HCL then you can’t properly digest your food, which allows bad bacteria to overgrow in your gut.
How SIBO Contributes to Hypothyroidism
Twenty percent of your T4 (the storage form of thyroid hormone) is converted to T3 (the active form) in your gut. However, if your gut flora is disrupted and it’s not functioning up to par, this conversion is reduced, leading to hypothyroidism symptoms.
The good bacteria in your gut are also critical in preventing leaky gut, or intestinal permeability. Leaky gut occurs when the tight junctions of your small intestine open up, allowing toxins, microbes, and partially undigested food particles to escape via your bloodstream. These particles are tagged as foreign invaders by your immune system, which sends a wave of inflammation to fight them off. Leaky gut is one of the primary triggers of autoimmunity, including the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s. If your gut remains leaky, your immune system continues to attack your thyroid relentlessly, worsening thyroid dysfunction symptoms.
Two (2) Supplements that work together to heal SIBO are below:
This herbal capsule is an innovative formulation combining standardized olive leaf extract with a synergistic blend of botanicals to enhance the broad-spectrum qualities of olive leaf. Both historical references and modern research attest to the value of the phytochemicals of this ancient tree. Available in 60 500mg capsules.
Assists Detoxification: Botanical cofactors including extracts of Milk Thistle, Dandelion and Uva Ursi assist in elimination via the drainage pathways. This is helpful in decreasing die-off or Herksheimer Reactions.
Added Immune Support: Cordyceps, American Ginseng, and Morinda help* to stimulate immune response.
-Superior Olive Leaf Combination offers Broad Spectrum Support
-Highest Potency Olive Leaf Extract Available, minimum 18% Oleuropein
-Synergistic Blend of Additional Botanicals Assist Detoxification
-Contains Added Immune Modulators and Adaptogens
Take 1-2 capsules 2-3 times per day as needed. For best results take on an empty stomach with 8oz. of water. Additional water throughout the day is recommended.
Serving Size: 1 capsule
Amount Per Serving
Proprietary Herbal Blend ... 500mg
1375mg Olive Leaf extract (organic, minimum 18% oleuropein content), 125 mg combination of the following: Garlic (plant), Goldenseal (root), Milk Thistle (seed), St. John’s Wort (plant), Uva Ursi (leaf), American Ginseng (root), Bladderwrack (plant), Cordyceps, Dandelion (root), Noni (dried fruit), White Willow (bark), Rice Flour, Vegicaps
Contains no allergens such as dairy, wheat, gluten, sugar, soy, preservatives, animal products, artificial flavorings or colorings.
Supplement 2: In Dropper Form
These drops are a potent Broad-Spectrum Botanical Combination which addresses the G.I tract and supports a healthy and balanced intestinal ecology. In addition to G.I. uses, it may also be used as nutritional support for systemic wellness, and is an excellent support for winter wellness.
It is recommended by leading physicians in the field of Functional and Integrative Medicine, who are faced with complex and chronic clinical presentations. Independent laboratory testing has concluded that this formulation has broad reaching effects in various and challenging environments. For general use, it has been helpful for those undergoing cleansing programs and for health maintenance.
Summary of Benefits:
-Broad-Spectrum Botanicals and Essential Oils target Systemic and G.I. Wellness.
-Laboratory and Clinically Tested for Effectiveness for over 25 years.
-Pleasant Tasting liquid is enjoyed by both Children and Adults
-Recommended by leading G.I. Dysbiosis, Autism, Candida and Lyme specialists.
-Excellent support addressing Biofilms.
Take 1-5 drops 1-3 times per day. May be taken on an empty stomach. To decrease cleansing reactions begin with 1 drop and increase amount gradually per tolerance. May be used at a higher amount for short periods if well tolerated. Please download Usage Chart for details.
Children use 1 drop per 10 lbs. of body weight per day divided into 2 - 3 doses.
Bilberry extract (25% anthocyanosides), Noni, Milk Thistle, Echinacea (purpurea & angustifolia), Goldenseal, Shiitake, White Willow (bark), Garlic, Grapeseed extract (min 90% polyphenols), Black Walnut (hull and leaf), Raspberry, Fumitory, Gentian, Tea Tree oil, Galbanum oil, Lavender oil (plant and flower), Oregano oil (plant and flower).
Vegetable Glycerin, (Alcohol less than 2%)