Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can be diagnosed by testing your breath samples for levels of hydrogen and methane. After ingesting a lactulose test substrate, you collect breath samples every 20 minutes over a 3-hour period, in the comfort of your own home.
Lactulose is not absorbed and therefore acts as a food source for bacteria, if present, in the small intestine.
The bacteria ferment the testing substance and produce hydrogen and/or methane. These are diffused into the blood stream and exhaled via the breath. Breath samples are collected every 20 minutes for 3 hours.
Elevated levels of hydrogen and/or methane gas within the first 100 minutes of test indicate the presence of bacteria in the small intestine.
A third gas, hydrogen sulphide, can also be present but cannot be assessed via breath testing at this time.
To learn more about the testing and treatment options available it is recommended you take a free 15 minute phone consultation. During this call you can learn more about the programme and have all your questions answered. This call is to determine if we are a good fit for one another rather than a history or complete consultation. There is no obligation, and no strings attached.
It is quick and easy to book your free 15-minute phone consultation using the online calendar. Just click the button below, choose a date and time convenient for you, enter your details, and Matt will call you at your chosen time.