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Healing SIBO

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a widespread issue that has become a popular diagnosis recently. This article highlights the underlying cause of SIBO and reveals manageable steps you can take to heal.  

The True Underlying Cause 

If you receive a SIBO diagnosis, your doctor is likely to suggest taking an antibiotic. Unfortunately, in many cases any antibiotic you use will only offer temporary relief. Although medical communities recognize that SIBO is bacterial, they’re not aware that SIBO actually originates from chronic streptococcus in the body.

For many people, streptococcus appears during childhood. It can be passed from a parent at conception so that an infant can enter the world with strep already in their system. Others may pick up strep in daycare, or at school, or other places. Strep is easily passed from one person to another, and there are many strains you can contract.

Throughout the years, medical professionals have tended to focus on group A strep and group B strep, which are two of the eight groups of strep science and research have publicly recognized at this time. However, groups A through H are just a fraction of the actual number of strep groups—there aren’t even enough letters in the alphabet to classify the number of strep groups. 

Conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bacterial vaginosis are also a result of streptococcus, but these issues are often blamed on an unspecified bacterial infection or yeast infection. For more on candida, read Medical Medium. Even if some doctors were aware that these conditions are strep-related, they’d most likely have trouble observing the strep. If strep has been in your system for an extended period of time, it can become nearly impossible to identify its existence in the body with the testing that’s available today.

Nowadays, one of the few instances in which doctors and practitioners look for strep is when a woman is pregnant or looking to become pregnant. Although doctors and practitioners can occasionally detect strep through a vaginal strep test, these tests aren’t foolproof. 

SIBO in the Body

Presently, many experts are suggesting that SIBO is often just an issue in a person’s intestinal tract, but this is not the case. The truth is, SIBO can be present in the body from the mouth all the way to the rectum. That means SIBO can be found in your stomach, duodenum, small intestinal tract, large intestinal tract, rectal area, and esophagus.

Many medical professionals wrongfully conclude that bacteria mostly proliferate in the intestinal tract. They think this because of the pervasive but inaccurate belief that there’s no hydrochloric acid in this area. They may be skeptical that bacteria is able to create chaos in the stomach, because that’s where they believe the hydrochloric acid is. The assumption is this acid would break down and kill any bacteria, including streptococcus. 

The Truth About Hydrochloric Acid 

Medical communities still believe hydrochloric acid is a single acidic solution. The truth is, hydrochloric acid is a complex blend of seven acids. (I brought this information to light in Medical Medium and cover it even more in Liver Rescue). 

A doctor may tell you that you have ample or strong hydrochloric acid based off test results, but these tests don’t consider all seven components in a hydrochloric acid blend, because medical communities don’t realize this blend exists. 

Medical research and medical science are most familiar with one element of the seven elements that make up the blend. Consequently, if that element, along with three of the other elements that constitute part of the blend, are sufficiently present, then a test might indicate that you have adequate or even abundant hydrochloric acid even if the other three elements are severely depleted or completely absent. When just two or three of the components in the blend are low, bacteria won’t die when it enters your stomach. And that opens you up to the symptoms associated with SIBO and other gut health issues. 

You may know that bacteria can move and travel throughout the body. But what people don’t know yet is that bacteria can travel from the intestinal tract back up into the stomach, creating problems. For this reason, it’s critical to build up your hydrochloric acid blend so you can heal from SIBO or protect yourself from other gut health issues.

Some people who are told that they have ample hydrochloric acid still suffer from stomach ulcers. In this case, it’s likely because one or more critical elements are no longer present in their hydrochloric acid blend. Bacteria, which creates these ulcers, can proliferate when powerful hydrochloric acid isn’t present to maintain harmony in the gut. Whether you have an ulcer or just wish to prevent one, building up hydrochloric acid is critical. 

Building Up Your Hydrochloric Acid 

Many doctors recommend using antibiotics to treat SIBO, but this practice can strengthen streptococcus that’s already in the system. Plus, antibiotics can only suppress symptoms for so long. Streptococcus can quickly grow immune to antibiotics, and the frequent use of antibiotics can lead to an aggressive, mutated form. Overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of a number of different varieties of streptococcus. 

Decades ago, there were just two groups of strep with a small number of strains connected to each. Unfortunately, these groups of strep have grown increasingly antibiotic-resistant, and now groups A and B have turned into groups A through Z and beyond. Furthermore, each of these groups contains offshoots of mutated strains. Antibiotic-resistant strains can linger in the system for years, causing acne, sinus problems, UTIs, pneumonia, and even appendicitis. 

Don’t worry if you’ve taken antibiotics in the past for strep-related issues. Antibiotics can be necessary in certain situations, but the goal is to continue strengthening your immune system and knocking down the bacterial load in your body so they can be minimized where possible.

One of the ways you can begin to knock down the strep in your system is by building up your hydrochloric acid. This will help kill off the bacteria in your stomach and any bacteria that might be trying to get into your stomach. Hydrochloric acid works not only in the stomach, but also deep in the duodenum and small intestinal tract (though this is unknown to medical communities). Some of the six of the seven blends of hydrochloric acid that have not yet been studied are in charge of working with your immune system to protect places other than the stomach, such as deep inside the small intestinal tract, where certain elements of the hydrochloric acid blend work to kill off bacteria. 

One simple and powerful way to build up hydrochloric acid in your body is to drink 16 oz of straight celery juice on an empty stomach each morning. The mineral salts in celery help restore any missing elements in the blend of seven acids that comprise your hydrochloric acid. Once your acid is fortified, it will be able to destroy SIBO and kill off any variety of strep. 

The mineral salts also enhance your immune system because certain cells in your immune system find enormous support from the mineral salts in celery (similar mineral salts are present in the stems of spinach but this doesn’t mean spinach stems can replace what celery juice can offer you). Once your white blood cells gather these mineral salts, they help generate chemical compounds that can rid the body of SIBO. It’ll be hundreds of years before science and research discover the phenomenal ways celery juice assists the body. 

When I was a child, Spirit taught me the life-changing practice of juicing celery, so I’ve spent a lifetime sharing this tool with people who are looking for answers to their health issues. If you need motivation to start regularly juicing celery, check out the Medical Medium Instagram. You’ll find an inspiring global community of people sharing the impact celery juice has had on their healing journeys. Learn more in the book Medical Medium Celery Juice.

Redesigning Your Immune System 

When you’re working to overcome strep, it’s also important to restructure your immune system. Doing so gives your system the ability to create new chemical compounds—ones that streptococcus isn’t immune to—that can destroy the bacteria and remove it from the body. 

Once you know that a SIBO diagnosis means your body is fighting off strep, you may be able to recall periods in the past where this very same bacterium caused other issues over the years: strep throat, swollen tonsils, sinus infections, cystic acne or UTIs. Find out about all of these and more in Liver Rescue. Identifying what’s going on in your system completely shifts the trajectory of your healing process. It allows you to attack the underlying cause with confidence and precision you would not otherwise have. 

In addition, understanding the truth—that streptococcus is behind SIBO—actually starts to break down the bacteria that’s wreaking havoc in your system. You may know that your thoughts affect your immune system, but this intensifies considerably once you know the exact culprit causing your symptoms. (In this moment, thanks to your newfound knowledge, you are actually redesigning your immune system to better go after the bug). 

Once you know the truth, an identification process occurs where killer cells in your body can fully connect to the pathogen that’s triggering your symptoms or conditions. Through frequencies of thought, your immune system can modify, adjust, redirect, and absorb new information. These attributes are just the beginning. Your immune system can also restructure chemical compounds, a fact that science and research won’t stumble upon for three or more decades. Lymphocytes, a subset of the immune system’s white blood cells, use the healing information you learn and accept to create a new chemical compound that matches your understanding about what’s happening inside your body. This development allows your immune system to go after bugs that were once unaffected by its protective efforts. 

Fruit Fear 

People are often incorrectly advised to avoid fruit if they’re trying to rid their bodies of yeast, mold, and bacteria, or heal from symptoms and conditions such as Candida and SIBO. Sadly, this inaccurate advice can lead people to develop a severe fear of fruits, which are actually critical for genuine healing. (Learn more about the damaging fruit fear trend in Medical Medium).

Some people don’t feel the best when they start consuming fruit. They may think that it has too much sugar or fruit is not healthy for them. The real reason they might not feel their best is because fruit is highly detoxifying and helps to rid our bodies of toxins. This can cause some temporary discomfort. Acids naturally found in fruit dissolve bacteria, including streptococcus. Ripe, speckled bananas are particularly powerful for someone with SIBO, because they can suffocate bacteria and draw it out of the body. Other nourishing fruits include figs, cherries, mangoes and watermelon. Learn more about the miraculous physical, emotional, and spiritual healing properties of different foods in Life-Changing Foods.

Supportive Foods 

Bringing some simple herbs into your diet can help rid your body of SIBO and destroy the underlying streptococcus. Some particularly powerful herbs are rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, and cilantro. There are many ways to use them:

  • Sprinkle fresh herbs onto whatever cooked or raw dishes you whip up, including guacamole, hummus, salsa, or another kind of dip.
  • Sip thyme tea every day. 
  • Oregano, either fresh or in capsule form, is a tremendous weapon against SIBO. 
  • Juice parsley and combine it with a celery juice base (away from your plain celery juice in the morning). The mineral salts in parsley help knock down SIBO.
  • Eat cilantro, which draws heavy metals out of the body and helps destroy SIBO as well. 

Supportive Supplements 

Certain supplements can be a wonderful addition to your healing protocol:

You can find recommendations for high-quality supplements on my preferred supplements page

For more supplement and healing suggestions to help address SIBO, check out Liver Rescue.

Things to Avoid

If you suffer from SIBO, it’s critical to avoid chocolate until you’ve cleared the strep out of your system and are fully healed. If you have SIBO but adore chocolate and don’t see yourself giving it up, reduce your intake until you heal, and choose a cleaner option without dairy or processed sugars. 

Moving Forward 

If the path towards healing feels overwhelming, know that you can take it one step at a time and one change at a time. Shifting your diet and lifestyle choices can be a challenge, so it’s important to extend compassion to yourself as you move through these changes. Throughout this process, never forget this essential truth: your body loves you and desperately wants you to heal. It’s doing everything it can to make that happen. Remember that restoring your body takes time, patience, and persistence. Celebrate each step you take, and be assured that with accurate information and the proper tools, you are equipped to heal.

This item posted: 12-Jul-2017

 

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