Sibo? I hear you ask.
Until this year I had never heard of it either. Then my daughter was diagnosed with it. It stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. Apparently these creatures are not mean’t to be anywhere near the Small Intestine. But if they get there, then they can proliferate in alarming trillions of numbers and do enormous damage. For starters, they literally starve you. Then like sated Romans they lie around and produce odious noxious gases which poison you to boot.
Wrongly diagnosed by most GP’s as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, SIBO can be on a spectrum. After you eat, you might bloat a bit or feel overly full, have a gurgly tummy, be constipated or have the runs, feel nauseous after eating or be in really severe pain all over your indigestion system. Or all of the above, when SIBO is really serious, as it is in my daughter’s case.
The only treatment that we know about to date, is to starve them out with a restricted diet and supplements. Over a long, long time, maybe 2 – 3 years as is the case with her. She is under the care of a knowledgeable functioning medical practitioner and has become something of an expert herself in the condition and how you can eat sensibly with it.
As I suffer from some of the same symptoms, it seemed sensible to follow a similar diet. While I am not fructose intolerant and she is, some of the recipes will contain onions and garlic. When I find recipes for her, then they won’t.
There is no gluten of any sort and across the board and the recipes are much higher in good fats then I have been used too.
There is a lot of science around what are called Fodmaps. I don’t know enough yet to write about them, but it is something to do with the food chains and how they are digested. Will learn more and write about it as I do.
In the meantime, I have been charged with cooking sweet foods where I can that have no sugar, diary or gluten. Surprisingly, they are delicious and the first recipe is a Choc-top Slice.
Always seek the right medical advice
Look forward to learning a lot more about how to cook for people with SIBO, gluten intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As a word of caution, I would say, I am no expert, just an interested observer. If you are suffering severe symptoms, please find a good naturopath or functioning medical practitioner and have the test to measure if you have these invaders in your small intestine.
And why not try this SIBO-friendly Choc-top Slice recipe as an experiment.