IBS, SIBO & Mental Health Research

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SIBO Test Prep Diet

The Prep Diet includes the 24 hours prior to your test. The goal is to starve the bacteria for a day in order to produce the best results when doing the test. SIBO bacteria love plant products and sugars, so the Prep Diet is very specific.

Test Videos

Watch these videos to learn more about preparing for and taking the SIBO test.

What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO occurs when the small intestine has become chronically infected with an overgrowth of bacteria.

SIBO Symptoms

We have listed some of the symptoms for SIBO on this page, but this is not an exhaustive list. Please consult your doctor for more complete information about your specific symptoms and situation.

Associated Conditions and-or Risk Factors

We have listed some of the associated conditions and risk factors for SIBO on this page, but this is not an exhaustive list. Please consult your doctor for more complete information about your specific symptoms and situation.

SIBO Test Overview

SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. It’s when some bacteria that normally live in your lower intestine end up living in your small intestine. The small intestine isn’t set up for these bacteria, so they can cause a lot of problems. When bacteria digest food, they give off Hydrogen and Methane gasses. When these gasses are in your small intestine, they can cause a multitude of problems and symptoms.

Prep Diet Overview

The SIBO breath test involves a 24-48 hour prep diet (the length depends on your doctor’s recommendation), a 12 hour fast prior to the test, and a 3 hour breath test (once every 20 minutes) after drinking a solution of lactulose.

During the Test

The SIBO kit comes in a box with 10 glass test tubes, 10 labels, 1 sample collection device (with attached blue bag and needle holder), 1 packet of lactulose, 2 bubble wrap packing bags, the instructions from the manufacturer, and the Patient Record form. If something is missing, please contact the SIBO Lab.

Test Results

The results of the test will go directly to the ordering physician. The NUNM SIBO Lab is unable to tell patients over the phone the results of their test. Results from the NUNM SIBO lab are sent by either fax or encrypted email.