Once eradication of the SIBO is complete, and the majority, if not all of the IBS-like symptoms have resolved, it is extremely important that the final stage of treatment is begun. This phase of treatment is specifically dealing with healing the gastrointestinal tract and preventing SIBO from arising in the future. This is the phase of treatment that many doctors fail to administer. This is why research has shown that 50% of SIBO cases will have a relapse within 6 months of eradication. In these cases, the root cause of why the SIBO occurred in the first place was not addressed. Dr. Coombs will focus on correcting the usual root cause of SIBO – a dysfunctional migrating motor complex (MMC). This can effectively be done with certain medications, nutrients, and diet changes. Healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract is also done at this time. This will allow for even more efficient digestive processes and allow the gastrointestinal immune system (GALT) to heal. When these steps are done, relapse rates are significantly reduced and patients can experience ideal digestion for many years to come.
A healthy “gut” leads to healthy assimilation of nutrients, healthy skin, healthy immune function, a healthy central nervous system, and most importantly, a healthy sense of well-being.