Beyond Breath Testing: Using the GI-MAP to Uncover Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgroth
The current diagnostic standard for SIBO within the functional medicine community is a three-hour lactulose breath test. This test is useful in identifying dysfunctional gas production in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Beyond gas production, however, the lactulose breath test does not provide a complete assessment of GI function and other infections.
Signs and symptoms of SIBO often include:
Loss of appetite.
An uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating.
Unintentional weight loss.
Evidence has shown that in order to reduce SIBO-related symptoms, it is important to carry out a deeper assessment of the gastrointestinal health of our patients. Ask us for a comprehensive gastro-intestinal functional test. It is accurate and easy to do.
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