Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2021-11-01
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Food Intolerances: A Warning of Bad Things Ahead
discussed how the majority of food intolerances, whether to FODMAPs,
histamine, nightshades, fructose, etc., are really manifestations of dysbiosis
and SIBO. Here is another way to view these phenomena: Food intolerances
are your body’s signal to you that serious deterioration in your
health is coming.
In other words, if all you do is choose to reduce or
eliminate the offending food, you are still left with the massive disruption
of your intestinal microbiome that caused the food intolerance in the first
place, along with increased intestinal permeability and endotoxemia. So say
you eliminate fermented foods because they contain histamine, or apples and
pears because they contain FODMAPs, or tomatoes because they are nightshades,
but still have, for instance, overproliferation of E. coli,
Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, and Enterococcus
species in your colon, ileum, jejunum, duodenum, and stomach—30-feet
of trillions of unhealthy species of microbes that live and die in rapid
succession (since they survive for only hours to days), eroding the protective
mucus barrier, inflaming the intestinal wall, some bacteria penetrating into
the intestinal wall to worsen inflammation, some bacterial debris entering
the bloodstream (endotoxemia).
What is likely ahead in your health future when you leave SIBO (and related conditions such as H2S-producing SIBO) uncorrected?
The list of health conditions that emerges when you fail to take action to correct this situation reads like a laundry list of common modern health issues that includes:
- Food intolerances and food allergies
- Depression, anxiety
- Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Metabolic deterioration—increased insulin resistance, fatty liver, increased blood sugar and blood pressure, increased triglycerides; pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
- Diverticular disease and diverticulitis
- Colon cancer, other gastrointestinal cancers such as biliary and pancreatic
- Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s dementia
If you therefore have any form of food intolerance or
any of the other telltale
signs of SIBO, it is time to take action. You will find more discussions
on what actions to take here in the Wheat Belly Blog, in my membership website
Undoctored Inner Circle, as well
as in my new book Super Gut: A Four-Week Plan to Reprogram Your
Microbiome, Restore Health, and Lose Weight to be released February 1,
2022 and available now for pre-order. In Super
Gut, I show readers how to recognize SIBO in all its forms, whether it is
advisable to confirm or whether just proceeding based on your best judgement
will do, which
herbal antibiotic products have been shown to be efficacious, how to
strengthen the intestinal mucus barrier for added relief, even how, in our
preliminary experience, we are now using a collection of specific microbia
species in what I call “SIBO Yogurt” that, so far, has
been eradicating SIBO in the majority.
Bottom line: If you have a food intolerance, take it
very seriously, even if you feel better by eliminating the offending food.
You have been given a powerful warning of what lies ahead in your future,
so take advantage of it.