What is SIBO?
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a condition where bacteria which are normally found lower in the large intestine have overgrown in the small intestine instead.
What Is The SIBO Breath Test?
The breath test is a simple, non-invasive test. After a 24 hours preparatory diet, the lactulose (or glucose or fructose) test substrate is swallowed.
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 bloodstream and exhaled via the breath.
Breath samples are collected every 20 minutes for 3 hours. A third gas, hydrogen sulphide, can also be present but cannot be assessed via breath testing at this time.
All our tests use machines from QuinTron, the original manufacturer of BreathTracker, to measure both hydrogen and methane in a single sample of breath (alveolar air)
Testing for SIBO using the QuinTron BreathTracker is considered gold standard.
Extensive quality control, including carbon dioxide measurements to assure an acceptable alveolar air sample, comply with the highest standards of analytical excellence.
Watch this short video about why it's important to test, and not just treat, for SIBO.
What Is Included?
- Breath Collection Device
- 10 Test Tubes
- Sugar Substrate
- Detailed Instructions
- Detailed Report and Treatment Plan
24 hours (48 hours if you are constipated) before you start the test, you MUST restrict certain foods. You must also avoid certain medications and supplements for a minimum of 1 week.