SIBO Breath Test prep

After being given a list of medical conditions, along with minimal treatment options (5-6 small low fat, low fiber meals, Miralax & Bentyl) I turned to Functional Medicine.

Contrary to what Western medicine tells me, I think there is at least one underlying issue that is causing this daily GI distress. If we’re being real here, I think the IBS diagnosis is just a bullshit excuse for I don’t know what’s wrong with you, here’s a label so you have something.

If I’m coming across angry or frustrated, that’s because I am. But I am also optimistic there are answers out there, I just have to keep looking for them. I’m used to busting through roadblocks in life like the Kool – Aid man anyway.

After meeting with a Functional medicine & acupuncture doctor, we ordered an at home test for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO for short.

There are other options to test for SIBO, but from what I understand the breath test with lactulose solution is considered the gold standard, so that’s the one I choose.

The test requires a very restricted diet the day before and it takes 3 hours to complete the following morning.

The restricted diet starves bacteria in the gut and the lactulose solution taken the morning of the test activates it. I’ll share more about this & my experience in the next post.

I spent the day before (yesterday, 1/4/17) the restricted diet, to prepare some meals for it. I don’t really expect it to be that bad, it’s only one day, but I figured if I made some food ahead of time and keep myself busy the day of, it will fly by. PS will someone please have some pizza for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I steamed some Basmati rice in the pressure cooker. BTW it only takes 5 minutes!

After taking the rice out, I put boneless, skinless chicken breasts with 3 cans of chicken broth and pressure cooked them on high for 20 minutes.

While that was going, I boiled some eggs.

Some meals to choose from:

  • Chicken & rice soup
  • Chicken & rice noodle soup
  • Boiled eggs with S&P
  • Fried egg on white toast
  • BACON!!!!!

Things I will not be partaking in: plain coffee because coffee without non-dairy creamer & sugar is just wrong.

I also have a list of things to do to keep myself busy. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have you ever taken the SIBO test?

How to you keep busy on days like this? 

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

2 Comments on “SIBO Breath Test prep

  1. I’ve taken the SIBO test and two other breathe tests this past summer. Compared to the colonoscopy food prep (more like starvation) I though this one was a piece of cake! Getting through the day wasn’t too bad since I work an 8-5. My husband did the meals with me for breakfast and dinner each time so that totally helped. My doctor doesn’t really diagnose IBS (I think you’re right it’s a blanket fix all diagnosis). So what we found out was I had a small amount of bacterial overgrowth. He said they could prescribe something if I wanted but it was a low enough amount I could do without. My stomach issues are under control about half the time and the other half are horrible so for now I’m taking fiber daily and hoping for the best. I’m not allergic to gluten, fructose or dairy. And I haven’t tried elimination diets.

    • Yikes, I’m sorry you’re on the GI struggle bus too. I’ve never tried elimination diets either. They seem way too difficult. Have you tried food allergy & sensitivity testing? It was a huge help for me, until I had my gallbladder removed last April.

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