Unexplained Gas and Bloating? Do you have Bacterial Overgrowth?

Are you having trouble with gas and bloating? Unexplained abdominal pain/cramps? Do you suffer from constipation or diarrhea? Do you experience irritable bowel syndrome (abbreviated as IBS)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to look into small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (abbreviated as SIBO).
WHAT IS SIBO?
SIBO is a chronic bacterial infection of the small intestine.
There are a number of conditions that can be linked to SIBO, incl…uding Celiac Disease, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, GERD/reflux, as well as hypothyroidism, acne, diabetes, fibromyalgia, among other things. Actually, US News and Report proposed a likely connection between SIBO and obesity risk (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/03/26/breath-test-might-predict-obesity-risk).
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SIBO?
Hydrogen/methane breath testing is the most widely used testing method for SIBO. This simple, safe, non-invasive test measures hydrogen and methane gases emitted from your gut bacteria after ingestion of a non-absorbable sugar. Before, this test had to be done in a hospital clinic setting.
Dr. Ann Marie Nguyen is now offering this test at her Century City office; home kits are also available.
To see if you are a candidate for this SIBO test, make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today!
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