Understanding SIBO: Trending Now Presentation


Written by: CDHF

Updated: February 1st, 2024

This presentation was done as part of CDHF’s 10th educational summit, “#TrendingNow: Putting the Biggest Gut Health Trends Under the Microscope.” In this talk, Lisa Spriet discusses SIBO and its causes and treatments. Curious to learn more? Watch the full presentation below!

Learning Objectives

What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. The small intestines are called ‘small’ because they are small in diameter. They are responsible for digesting and absorbing a lot of food we consume. In SIBO, the microbiome migrates from the large intestine back into the small intestine, overgrowing there. This is why it is important to have a balanced gut microbiome. Bacteria that may be beneficial for the large intestine may not be helpful for the small intestine.

SIBO Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms include bloating, gas, diarrhea and abdominal pain. when we have large intestinal bacteria going into the small intestine, they overly ferment some of the foods. It also can impair digestion and absorption. Quite often, those with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth experience alterations in nutrient levels (such as low B12, and high folate).

About the Speaker

Lisa is a Registered Dietitian and Co-Owner of NutriProCan, a company providing services by registered dietitians. Throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Western and The University of Guelph, Lisa studied nutrition, dietetics, biochemistry, genetics, and nutraceutical sciences. At the same time, she began her career in health and fitness, building a successful personal training business. She proceeded to work in clinics, gyms and biotechnology and teach nutrition sciences at Brescia University College.

Lisa is passionate about driving social change toward healthy eating and building her signature programs, including nutrition protocols for digestive health and disorders.

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