SIBO Diet: Is There A “Best” SIBO Diet?

Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker, author
of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. Today we’re going to talk about SIBO, small
intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and specifically what are the best kind of foods to eat for
people affected by SIBO. I’ve just spent probably a good half an hour
looking on the internet on different SIBO websites, IBS websites, leaky gut websites
just to get an idea on the kind of information that’s out there for people. A lot of this information is put together
by people who never see any patients, but there’s also plenty of information put on
the internet by people like me who did see patients. What I want you to really get into your mind
is everybody has got their own opinion about what you can and can’t eat. There are no real laws or rules regarding
diet. Probably to sum this video up in a nutshell,
the best diet for SIBO or the best foods to eat if you’ve got a bacterial overgrowth are
the best foods that you can tolerate for your condition. I’ve got an interesting piece of paper here
from a particular website that outlines the different kinds of basic carbohydrate modified
diet. There’s probably real major carbo modification
diets that have sprung up probably in the last 10 or 20 years. The specific carbohydrate diet or the SCD
diet, for example, which was first put together by a lady named Elaine Gotschall for a child
that she had. I believe a child with celiac. She wanted to look for a diet that would have
very low reactive potential for her child. She believes that if you follow this diet
quite strictly for 12 months or more, you can almost get back to normal eating. I can tell you I’ve got plenty of patients
that have been on SCD diets for 5 to 10 years and they don’t come off them. A diet is a four letter word. A normal eating plan that we all do for me
what I would call normality. To me, a diet is a little bit like going to
the gym. You do something short term to get an effect
and then you go off that again. It’s not something you’re going to do for
the remainder of your life. If you do, do it for the remainder of your
life, it’s going to be slowly modified to suit your needs, to suit the foods that you
like to eat. But there’s a lot more than meets the eye
than just food when it comes to the gut. I’ve tried to make this quite clear in multiple
videos. The specific carbohydrate diet allows meat,
fish, poultry, eggs, some beans, lactose free dairy, non-starchy vegetables, ripe fruit,
nut seeds, honey, and saccharin. Not allowed: grains, starchy vegetables, lactose,
some beans, and any sweeteners other than honey, saccharin and the occasional stevia. That’s the SCD diet. We’ll come back to that one in a minute. Of course, the other one is the GAPS diet,
the gut and psychology diet, which is quite an interesting book put together by Dr. Carol
McBride. I really like this book. It’s an excellent book. It’s got some really good information in it. The GAPS diet is quite similar. A few modifications to the SCD diet. A few less beans. No baking soda or store bought juice. There are a couple of modifications to it. Of course, and also the low FOGMP diet. What does FOGMP mean? Fermentable oligosaccharides disaccharides,
monosaccharides, and polyols. These are different kinds of fermentable carbs
and sugars you need to avoid in your diet. When it comes to SIBO, a very important factor
for you to remember is have you got SIBO or not? Many people believe they’ve got SIBO. Many people will undergo a breath or stool
test. I’ve not found a patient with a very simple
presentation yet with a gut problem. Many people have got multiple issues that
affect them when they’ve got SIBO. They often have some kind of yeast. It may be an unusual yeast strain or it may
be Candida. They’ll often have down levels of beneficial
bacteria, particularly the lactobacillus and the bifida species will be low. And they’ll also have other issues like parasites
like blastocysts or Dientamoeba fragilis or pseudomonas or there could be other bugs there. When you talk to me about SIBO, I want you
to explain to me exactly what kind of condition is going on in the gut. And I keep banging on about the stool test
because the stool tests to me are one way of actually doing a criminal check on your
background, so I actually run a thorough check on it. I want to see what kind of bad people are
involved with you when it comes to your health. It’s easy to take people at face value, but
when you start digging a bit deeper, often you’ll find some very interesting facts. I can’t tell you how many stool tests I’ve
seen with the most remarkable results. Many patients the last few years are showing
up with very high levels of streptococci bacteria. Alpha homiletic strep, gamma homiletic strep. Many of these bacteria have sat in the body
for multiple years, have become resistant to many different pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, many of these people end up
going to see a functional doctor. They think they’re doing the right thing. They’re go on xifaxan or they go on another
kind of antibiotic and they think it’s the right thing to do. But little do they know that many different
types of pharmaceutical medications just create bugs to become stronger and more resistant. To me, it’s not really a viable option any
more to look at pharmaceutical intervention for any kind of gut problem. I’m not too bad on nystatin for some patients. I’ve had some relatively good results. But remember, nystatin is an antifungal. It’s not really antibacterial. When it comes to SIBO and food, to me, you
have to try to understand where I’m coming from. Have you got SIBO? Is it predominantly a bacterial problem or
have we got a mixed bag we’re dealing with? Are we dealing also with fungi issues, parasites
and beneficial bacteria issues? Then you’ll say, “What’s that got to do with
it? Just tell me about what kind of foods I can
and can’t eat.” It’s got everything to do with it. Because some people who are diagnosed with
SIBO can tolerate a wider range of fermentable carbs than other people who can’t tolerate
them at all. Again, I keep saying this similar sort of
thing. I don’t want to keep playing the same record. But a lot of it is experimental. A lot of it means that you need to try things
for yourself in very small amounts to start with. A very important I’d like to also stress in
this video is by modifying starches, it can have a very different effect in your gut. An interesting comment from a YouTube subscriber
who said that when he steamed grains, he could tolerate them really well. But when he didn’t steam them, he couldn’t
tolerate them. Many people have told me when they bake chick
peas or bake lentils or bake potatoes or bake pumpkin, they can tolerate that. But when they boil it, they get bloating and
gas. None of that information is here on these
websites. Don’t automatically assume because you’ve
got a problem such as SIBO that therefore you have to avoid every kind of starchy vegetable. You may be okay with certain types of starchy
vegetables. Some of my patients can tolerate wild rice
very well, the black rice. I had a patient recently email me and said
that he can tolerate brown rice mixed with a small amount of wild rice or the black rice
extremely well. But as soon as he adds basmati or jasmine
rice or any other kind of white rice, he gets immediate bloating and gas. Many other people have told me that they found
the information I gave them was correct was to start on a teaspoon of cooked rice and
then slowly build up to a tablespoon of cooked rice and not to take a large portion size. Sometimes starches work better if you improve
pancreatic function. That’s another thing you didn’t think about
is you need very good stomach and pancreas functional ability to be able to break starches
down. Many people have got issues with their digestive
organs. Not just bacteria. Now you can start seeing it’s getting a little
bit more murky and complicated. It’s not a matter of should I eat this or
should I not eat that. It’s not that simple. We didn’t even come near stress. Fifty percent of people with SIBO have got
autonomic nervous system imbalance. They’ve got a big problem with the nerve endings
in their gut, the hormone production in their gut and they get lots of issues with that
that can affect the motility of the stool through the bowel. That can mean that food particles stay longer
in certain parts of the digestive system and cause fermentation. When they should be moving through a bit more
quickly, they’re moving through more slowly. The movement of the food through the gut is
very dependent on the proper functioning of your autonomic nervous system, which is controlled
to a big degree by stress. Nobody talks about these things. Nobody talks in these GAPS diet books about
the effect of the motility and the fermentation and how the adrenal function either up or
down regulated can affect bloating significantly in the gut. These are things I’m going to explore a lot
more in subsequent videos. What are the best foods to eat for a SIBO
diet? Let’s go back and talk about that. The foods that you can tolerate. The first thing that you need to obviously
do is cut out all of the crap out of your diet. I’ve spoken a lot about this on previous videos,
so you know the foods you should cut out. Sugary foods, ice cream, alcohol, soda drinks,
breads that you buy in the shop, all these standard kind of foods need to go. Home cooked meals, basic foods, foods that
our grandparents used to eat, basic vegetables, basic meats, lean quality products, not with
a high amount of animal fat, in my opinion, not really the good way to go. Butter, I’ve always been a big fan of butter. Basic foods of a very high quality nature,
cooked okay, are usually going to agree with your gut quite well. Remember, the stress part. I read another very interesting article about
the exhaustion epidemic, which I’m going to do a video on today, too, about how many people
now are exhausted. We’re sleeping two hours a night less than
people did 70 years ago. Don’t you think that affects the gut? Come on. We’re getting more people with gut problems
than we’ve ever seen before in clinics like I run. In my mind, a big part of it is technology. Staying up at night. Not sleeping anymore. What’s that got to do with eating? This is a SIBO diet video. What the hell are you talking about? I’m trying to show you than there’s a lot
more than meets the eye than just what you put in here. It’s also your lifestyle. That’s something I don’t want you to forget. In the next video, we’re going to talk a little
bit about the foods you shouldn’t eat with SIBO and there’s clearly defined foods that
I really want you to avoid probably for a good 6 to 12 months. Let’s sum everything up we’ve said in the
video. Experiment with your diet. By all means, read the GAPS book, the SCD
book, the FOGMP books, read all those books. Get good ideas out of those books. Also have a look at Candida Crusher because
I write quite a lot about different diet approaches in that book. I write about body ecology and GAPS and all
these sorts of books. Donna Gags has got good ideas with body ecology,
putting fermented and cultured foods back into the diet. Everybody’s got their take on it. And all the shelves you see behind me all
bowing and ready to fall over, a lot of these are full of diet books. The best diet for you is the book that you
write for yourself. It’s the foods that you can tolerate at this
point in your life. Disappointed? Don’t be disappointed. Diet plays an important, but in my opinion,
a minor role in recovery from a lot of gut problems. Think about it. Thanks for tuning in. Don’t forget to click on the link below for
your free report. Thank you.

14 Replies to “SIBO Diet: Is There A “Best” SIBO Diet?”

  1. Hi Eric, After unsuccessfully battling SIBO for years I started taking your Canxida Remove twice a day. I am happy to say it seems to be working great. I am also sleeping much better now. I also take 12 drops of Grapefruit seed extract first thing in the AM, and ACV after certain meals (that I know will cause bloating). So my question is: When should I go onto the Canxida Restore?? Do I take that while still taking the remove?? Thanks Russ

  2. What are your thoughts on the GAPS diet? It seems to be helpful for some people, but I have heard some people say it can be harmful for different reasons. A naturopathic doctor that I used to see has said that he sees a lot of clients who have done GAPS actually develop more food sensitivities as a result and that it is unnecessarily restrictive.

  3. Do you think its a good idea to go to a nutritionist to give me regim for food cos its really dificult for me to find diverse food to eat now.I have like i ve said gastritis bad indigestion, the food stays long in my stomack,i think maybe sibo, Gerd, and Candida. I ve find difficult to tolerate meat in any form boild or baked, eggs especcialy, only i can tolerate boiled vegetable. so that leaves me with only vegetables on MEVY diet and i ve already ve lost 7 kg. I cqnt live only on vegetables?Advice?
    Also can you please discuss in your videos the reasons why food stays in the stomack and why indigestiin happens, how is the vegus nerves sistem in the stomack connected with it and how can it be fix if it s really a nerves problem without any surgery but instead with food. People with gastroparessis for example,or with low acid level ?Why these thing happen what is the underlying reason for them to happen. Thank you.

  4. do you think over consumption of peanut butter could cause a gut dysbiosis because aparently peanut butter has low levels a mold that produces an aflatoxin

  5. What home grown vegetables do you eat in wintertime? Do you mostly can? Im trying to plan my garden with the right varieties …do you use organic seeds only? Which seeds have now gone mostly gmo?

  6. Thanks for your videos, so helpful! What if you have SIBO, Candida and Leaky Gut? Would you suggest treating all three at once? My stool test showed I had high levels of Candida, and as well as low level of beneficial bacteria and other bad bacteria. I definitely have leaky gut too – I'm gluten and dairy intolerant (autoimmune issues). I have also have severe weight loss recently so concerned about diet. I do have hypothyroidism and also acne roseaca too (hormonal imbalance). Would your Candida supplements help all three? Would you suggest taking Remove first then store or can you take both at one time?

  7. I have SIBO and my SIBO bred from Streptococous, and made my stomach, eosophagus, mouth, I m small intestine and large colon, what regimen of natural medicine would you recommend to be taken? Please talk about this topic next video.

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