SIBO testing identifies Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO. This is a common disorder often at the root of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
These symptoms can include:
- Bloating and gas
- Abdominal pain
Normally there are few bacteria found in the small intestines. However, under certain circumstances such as food allergies and intolerances, gut infection, antibiotic use and even stress, bacteria can migrate from the large intestines up into the small intestines.
Where symptoms indicate there may be an imbalance in the gut SIBO testing can be used to identify any bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
We offer SIBO Breath Testing from SIBO Canada.
When we receive your results we invite you to come for a complimentary consultation with our Functional Medicine practitioner, Dominick Hussey, to discuss what they mean for you. This follow up visit can be in person, by phone or video.
What does the test involve?
The SIBO breath test is a simple, non-invasive procedure that you can do in the comfort of your home. Following a specific preparation, a solution of lactulose is swallowed and six breath samples are taken over the next 3 hour period.
How to prepare for the SIBO Testing
There is a 24-hour preparation period before taking the test.
The first 12 hours require a particular diet, this consists of only the following foods: Baked or broiled chicken, fish or turkey (salt and pepper only),tofu, white bread (only), plain steamed white rice, eggs, clear chicken or beef broth with no vegetable pieces, water, plain coffee or tea (no sugar/ artificial sweeteners or cream).
The last 12 hours need a complete fasting period, however, you may brush your teeth.
Are there any contraindications to the testing?
You will not be able to take the test if you are taking proton pump inhibiting (PPI) medications for heartburn and reflux including Nexium.
Some people who are lactose intolerant may experience reactions to the lactulose similar to those when they consume lactose.
How much does SIBO testing cost?
Currently the SIBO Canada breath test costs $200 plus tax. It is not usually covered on health benefits or OHIP.
Is SIBO testing right for me?
You may want to consider this test if you demonstrate the following:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Irritable Bowel Disease
- Unexplained digestive symptoms that have not responded to dietary changes
- The inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fibre, or probiotics
- B12 or Iron deficiencies that have not improved with supplementation
- Unexplained general body symptoms including pain, depression or fatigue
If you are unsure whether this test would be of benefit to you, please book a free in-person or phone consultation with Dominick Hussey, Osteopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner.
You can call our clinic on (613) 230-0998 or book online.
What does the test measure?
This SIBO Canada test measures the amount of hydrogen and methane produced by bacteria in the small intestines. These bacteria are from the large intestine and digest fibre producing either hydrogen or methane gas.The amount of these gases, and the length of time after consuming the lactulose that they appear, will provide information on the extent of the SIBO.
How long does it take to get the results?
Once the lab has received your sample, results are usually available within five working days.
We will contact you once we receive them and invite you to book your FREE follow up with our Functional Medicine practitioner, Dominick Hussey, to discuss what they mean for you. This follow up visit can be in person, by phone or video.