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How To Effectively Treat A SIBO Infection

August 16, 2019

Greetings. It’s naturopath Eric Bakker from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary
supplements. Thanks for tuning into my video. I’ve done quite a few videos already on SIBO,
small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This video is going to be about how to effectively
treat SIBO. Let’s have a good look at how we can offer the patient with SIBO some really
good natural solutions on how to nail this thing. The different kinds of treatment options
I recommend. What is already available out there, what experts are recommending, and
what I recommend. I’m by no means an expert. I don’t consider
myself an expert. Some people call me an expert. I consider myself still a student and a practitioner.
When you see patients, you’re a clinician, and you have a practice, which means you’re
still practicing, you’re far from perfect. And anyone who claims to be perfect and who
knows everything, you need to avoid these kind of practitioners because there is a lot
to learn. I can tell you that much. Treating people with SIBO is not really unlike
treating people with a Candida yeast infection. It’s quite similar really, when we think about
it. Candida yeast infections are opportunistic infections. But the difference between Candida
and SIBO is Candida is a fungal or yeast infection. Whereas, SIBO is a bacterial infection. What
we’ve basically got is an overgrowth. We’ve got an imbalance. When you’ve got an imbalance
in your digestive system, it means that you’ve got an imbalance in your life. Something is
not right. You’re doing too much of something or not enough. There is an imbalance going
on. When I wrote my Candida Crusher book, I wrote
about basically – if you go into one of the introduction chapters, you’ll see I’ve got
a see saw with resistance on one side and susceptibility on the other side. It’s a fine
even balance. If you’ve got a heavy person on one side, if you’re pushing down too hard,
you’re going to create an imbalance on the other side and vice versa. If we look at the
middle, the balance, it’s stress. Stress you can break down, and understand there are many
different kinds of stress that can cause imbalances in people’s lives.
If we draw stress – I’ll just get a piece of paper and I’ll show you what I mean because
it’s good to illustrate what I’m talking about here. Stress comes in all shapes and forms.
We can see the stress triangle here; you can see that one. If we look at the top part here,
the little pinnacle of stress, that’s emotional stress at the top. Because I believe that
the biggest stresses in our lives are people and how we feel about people and how they
feel about us. They’re huge stresses. Stresses that we’ve got at home with our partner or
our children or teenagers or mother in law or a mother or father or our neighbors or
employers/employees. These are massive stresses. We’ve got many other stresses in that triangle
that affects the susceptibility and the resistance to disease. When you’re doing good things,
you become more resistant. When you’re doing things that are not so good, you’re becoming
more susceptible. We can shift that goal post either way depending on our attitude, depending
on the changes that we’re willing to make. Patients that I see with SIBO lead imbalanced
lives quite often or they’ll do things to themselves that will cause them to be more
susceptible to SIBO. For example, taking an antibiotic. I’ve done videos on this. You
can have a look at that, antibiotics. Or, for example, the causes of SIBO. Pharmaceutical
medications, medications to block stomach acid, medications to stop pain we call non-steroidal
drugs. Advil, for example, paracetamol. These sort of medications can make us more susceptible
to SIBO because they can attack our digestive system. Antibiotics are a key cause as well.
One of the biggest causes, in fact, when it comes to pharmaceuticals.
But this video is not about causes. It’s about treatment. I want you to understand that stress
packaged in many shapes and forms will make us more susceptible. So treating a disease
is about understanding your risks and reducing the ability of the bacteria to overgrow in
the first place because that’s the most important part of treatment is prevention. Preventing
a disease from happening means that the treatment is going to be a heck of a lot easier for
you out there. When you’ve got a full-blown SIBO problem, you’re looking at trying to
get the balance back again, and that can come at quite a cost to you. Not just financially,
but also in terms of side effects and symptoms, die off and all sorts of problems. You’re
probably thinking, “Hang on a minute, Eric. Get to the point. You’re spouting off all
this nonsense.” I think it is important for you to understand the foundation of treatment
is understanding your risks and your causes. If you don’t understand those, go back and
look at some of my causation videos. Let’s get into the proper treatment itself,
the natural treatment. Before we jump into natural treatment, you can also have a think
about what Dr. Allison Siebecker talks about when it comes to SIBO. Dr. Siebecker is an
expert with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. But one point that Dr. Siebecker and I differ
on is Dr. Siebecker is okay with using antibiotics with many patients. But the antibiotics that
Dr. Siebecker recommends, in fact, in about half the cases are either ineffective or there
is a recurrence of the problem. I’m not a big fan at all of using any kind
of pharmaceutical intervention when it comes to SIBO. My experience has shown me that I
can treat people just as effectively with natural treatment methods as there are pharmaceutical
options available. So don’t think for one minute that you have to go for pharmaceutical
medication like metronidazole or low-dose erythromycin or a drug like that because you
don’t need to do that. There are highly effective natural protocols that work quite okay as
well. The biggest part of treatment that we’re going
to start talking about is the diet. Now, if you don’t really understand much about diet,
I urge you to look at There are about 1,000 of my articles on that
website. Many articles I’ve written now on how to eat properly. The kind of foods that
you really should eat and that you shouldn’t eat. Very shortly, I’m going to do an in-depth
video on the “yes” foods for Candida and SIBO, and the “no” foods for Candida and
SIBO. That’s going to give you a ton of good information.
But suffice it to say, the foods that you need to eat are the whole foods, the fresh
foods. I prefer to grow a lot of my own vegetables, and I always urge people to do the same. There
is always room somewhere in your garden to grow some kind of green stuff. If you can’t
do that, you can also go to your local farmer’s market and buy nice fresh leafy green produce.
My diet is a good diet when it comes to SIBO because it’s a lot of fresh green food. I
had a lot of steamed spinach for lunch today and two free-range eggs. I consider that a
good lunch. For dinner tonight, I’m eating some certified free-range chicken and there
will be some broccoli out of the garden, and probably a couple of Jerusalem artichokes
and a little bit of quinoa or a grain like that. I tend to eat smaller meals relatively
frequently. High quality protein, green foods, whole foods.
If you’ve got bad SIBO and particularly a lot of gas and bloating and maybe some abdominal
pain, which are some of the chief signs and symptoms, you may need to be careful with
the starchy vegetables particularly when you start treatment. We’re talking about things
like potatoes, pumpkin, squash, carrots; even sweet potatoes can give some people a lot
of grief. Some people believe the best SIBO diet approach is a completely grain free specific
carbohydrate diet approach. I don’t really believe that SCD diets are the way to go for
SIBO. In my opinion, the SIBO varies from patient to patient. I’ve got some patients
who fair quite well on fruit, others any kind of fruit they feel sick on it and get a lot
of gas. I’ve seen other people who can eat certain types of grains. We’re talking rye
or oats. And others have a problem with that. What I want you to do is get a piece of paper
and write down all the foods that you’re currently eating, all of the foods on a piece of paper.
And then grade all those foods. You have a column next to the food, one, two, or three.
Three means you love the food; you want to eat it a lot. Two means you like it. And one
means you can take it or leave it. Be careful of the foods that you love the most. I’ve
mentioned this before in videos because they could give you a lot of grief. Be aware about
any food you eat, any protein, carbohydrate, or fat could invoke symptoms if you’ve got
SIBO or Candida. There are no rules here. I’ve got many patients that can tolerate gluten
and fruit and all the “no” foods quite okay on Candida, and I’ve got others who can’t.
It’s impossible for me to give you a very specific diet when it comes to SIBO. You’ll
have your own reactions to certain foods. You know that you need to avoid those foods.
Just be aware that the foods that you love the most could be giving you the most symptoms.
Good foods to include with SIBO are things like fresh ginger and fresh garlic. And in
summertime, oregano is a good one to have in there, thyme. So these sorts of herbs,
rosemary, basil, these are good herbs to include because they have antimicrobial qualities.
Put some fresh cloves or some dried cloves, I should say, in with your cooking. Cinnamon
and cloves are quite good, woody herbs to include because they also have antimicrobial
properties. I generally find that sourdough bread, and I’m discovering that rye sourdough
is a very good one for SIBO and Candida patients. If you have a problem with it, toast it because
you seem to be able to tolerate it better toasted.
Have a look at some of my writings on the FOS and GOS foods, fructooligosaccharides,
and galactooligosaccharides. These are specific types of sugars, and certain foods like asparagus,
Jerusalem artichokes, there are many different kinds of foods like it that contain these
sugars. And they often contain resistant starches in them as well, which allow the beneficial
bacteria to grow. I’m not a fan of recommending oligosaccharides or sugars as prebiotics in
the dietary supplements because I’ve had too many bad experiences with patients with these
dietary supplements like ThreeLac and Syntol and products like that. I just get too many
bad reports on them. When I designed my own product, which I’ll mention later, I didn’t
include the prebiotic sugars. I believe you should get these from your diet and not from
supplements. That way you can regulate them much better and include or exclude them from
your diet. Because once they’re in a supplement, you’re going to take them in every day. You
can get a lot of problems. Get a feeling for the kind of foods you need
to eat. Green bananas, the plantain green bananas cooked in coconut milk are a good
snack. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, globe artichokes, chicory root. Asparagus is one
of my favorite foods steamed up. So there are many different kinds of foods that you
can eat that contain these prebiotic sugars, and they seem to be good for SIBO patients.
Initially, be careful of gas and bloating. You might need to use some supplements that
we’ll mention later that will help to reduce the bacterial load until you can tolerate
these kind of foods. Sometimes stool testing is good upfront with bad SIBO to determine
your level of beneficial bacteria and dysbiotic bacteria, so we get a ballpark on where you
are before we start with the treatment. But just remember, diet is a very important part
of SIBO. Eating light proteins, fish, good quality
eggs, and free-range chicken are good foods. Lamb, we’ve got a lot of nice organic grass
fed lamb in this country. It’s beautiful meat. Red meat is okay. I’m not a big fan of too
much red meat into the diet. I love fresh fish. We have an abundance of fresh fish in
New Zealand, ocean caught, good quality fish. Really good proteins to eat. Plenty of fats
you can eat, coconut is one of my favorite fats for the gut, pure butter, if you’re getting
a nice organic unsalted butter is really nice to add to the diet. I tend to use a good quality
extra virgin olive oil. I buy a high quality one that’s not rancid. Be careful of the oils
because a lot of them are rancid, particularly fish oils. Many fish oils today are rancid,
so you need to be buying a good quality one. SIBO treatment is a lot more than just diet.
I’m really big on lifestyle with patients. Many of my SIBO patients stay up too late.
They live under high stress. Remember what we said initially about people being your
biggest stress. Lots of SIBO patients lead unfulfilled and unhappy lives. They can work
in dead end jobs or have shift work. They can have low incomes and feel very financially
stressed. They can be going through messy divorces, separations, or custody issues.
They can be looking after elderly relatives or things like this. These are stories I hear
every day in my clinic with SIBO patients. The bowel is very susceptible to stress. The
small bowel particularly susceptible to stress. You need to understand the difference between
sympathetic dominance and parasympathetic dominance. Sympathetic dominance is the “fight
or flight,” it’s the stress mechanism. It’s what drives us, keeps up going, makes us do
things, makes us act, and also makes us react to situations. Whereas, the parasympathetic
is the “rest and digest.” All your organs in your body are stimulated by the sympathetic
and the parasympathetic. Some organs only have sympathetic stimulation.
The thyroid and the adrenals, for example, are stimulated by the stress mechanism, and
they are not deactivated by the parasympathetic, which is very interesting. So the only way
you can relax the adrenal and thyroid is by conscientiously relaxing. Other organs like
the pancreas have only got parasympathetic stimulation and no sympathetic stimulation.
What that means in normal English is that you can only digest food when you’re relaxed,
not when you’re stressed. Many people I see don’t even digest food properly because they’re
so stressed out all the time. They’re on their mobile phone trying to eat food. They’re having
arguments with people. They’re unhappy. They’re not chewing food properly. They’re not digesting
food properly. How the hell can you have a well-functioning bowel and small bowel if
you’re eating under any kind of stress or duress?
Look at shift workers eating at crazy times of the day. So never forget, you need to have
a nice relaxed easy going life with a positive frame of mind to have good digestive capacity.
It’s not just all about “is this gluten free?” Don’t fall into the trap of thinking
that every bit of food you eat is the most important aspect when it comes to SIBO because
it’s not. I believe that stress is one of the key things overlooked when it comes to
SIBO. It’s an area I’m going to spend a lot more time on in the next few years is understanding
the sympathetic and parasympathetic dominance in the gut because it’s completely unspoken
of on YouTube or you don’t read about it much in books. But in my clinical experience based
on nearly 20,000 patients, I can tell you that stress is what I believe are the aetiology
or etiology. Those two words mean, is probably the mother of most diseases is some form of
stress, so think about that. Sleep and SIBO. Many SIBO patients don’t sleep
properly. And a lot of rejuvenation of your health and digestive repair occurs in the
deep phase of sleep. So if you’re not sleeping well and having really rested sleep, you’re
not digesting well. You’re not rebuilding well. If you’ve had SIBO and gut problems
for years, think about working on your sleep patterns. It’s a profound thing that you’re
doing to yourself by improving your sleep. That’s only a couple of aspects of lifestyle
I’ve spoken about, but I could spend an hour on this video just going into more detail
on all the fine shades of lifestyle imbalances I see in my patients.
Let’s look at another quadrant and that’s supplementation. It’s your call. You don’t
have to supplement. You can treat a lot of gut problems with diet alone. But the problem
is it can take you months and years and years to get on top of the problem. Whereas, a good
quality supplement is going to fast track your healing. That’s one of reasons why I
developed my own product line. This video is not about selling supplements. It’s about
you understanding the full picture of SIBO itself. It’s also explaining to you that you
can get well without supplements. But a quality supplement taken at the right time is going
to make you feel pretty darn good pretty quickly. I’ve used all kinds of supplements now for
over 20 years in my practice from many different companies. I’ve tried them all. I’ve tried
just about every probiotic, professional ones, and retail ones on patients. The same with
enzymes. The same with multivitamins and fish oils. I’ve looked at all of those things.
I’ve also been a company director, I think they call it president in America, of a dietary
supplement company and manufactured my own products here in New Zealand now for about
15 years. I’ve been involved in the actual manufacturing of supplements.
I’m quite aware of all the products on the market, the raw material suppliers, how products
are made, the tablet versus capsule debate, looking at PABAs, looking at different countries
where raw materials come from, these are all things that are close to my mind. Having been
involved in the industry for nearly 30 years now, I worked out a few years ago; it was
time to make a really high quality range of Candida dietary supplements that were also
suitable for people with SIBO. Also suitable for people with irritable bowel syndrome,
inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and colitis, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome,
constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, parasites, it goes on and on. I wanted to make something
that nobody really had made before. I wanted to design something that was amazing for people.
And I think I’ve achieve that with my Canxida range of supplements. I’m very passionate
when it comes to helping people, and I wanted to be able to put something in someone’s hand
that was of very high quality that actually did what it’s supposed to do and actually
works. Because a lot of the junk that I’ve used over the years just didn’t work as well
as I’d like it to. So the first product I made was called Canxida
Remove. Canxida Remove is a special tablet containing 12 different anti-bacterial/antifungal
components in it. These are all standardized herbals predominantly. Standardized herbals
are very important for you to understand, as opposed to herbals that are non-standardized.
Non-standardized herbals give you a dose every time you take it, which is not consistent
in terms of its therapeutic value. So every time you take this product, it could be hit
and miss and the potency will vary from batch to batch.
Standardized herbals, however, are much stronger and consistent. This is a bit like how pharmaceuticals
are made. Every time you take a tablet, you know you’re getting a specific outcome from
that therapeutic does you’re taking. I spent a huge amount of time formulating Canxida
Remove. It took six months, even longer, just to really work out the right kind of standardized
herbals to use. I sincerely believe that Canxida Remove is the quintessential anti-parasite,
antifungal, anti-bacterial product on the market today. If you find a better product
than Canxida Remove, I’d like you to email me and show me. I don’t think you will because
I’ve tried every single product out there on the market, and that’s why I designed my
own product range because I just couldn’t find products with the same clinical efficacy
I thought I could if I made it myself. I trust that you’re going to be very happy using Canxida
Remove. We’ve had thousands of satisfied customers. My second product is called Canxida Restore.
Canxida Restore is basically a combination of seven different enzymes and six of the
best probiotics combined. As I mentioned earlier in the video, I’ve left out the FOS component,
the fructooligosaccharide. It’s not a good idea in my professional opinion to add prebiotics
in with probiotics. I think it’s a bad move. And I’ve heard this also from many professional
people going to different seminars. Many people I’ve spoken to say that prebiotics have aggravated
their patients. Many patients have contacted me who’ve been on products like ThreeLac and
Syntol and there are many others that have aggravated on them. They’ve had more bloating,
more gas; they felt sick on them. I used these products for several years in my clinic and
thought, “That’s it. Enough is enough. It’s time to make something now that’s going to
give me a better therapeutic outcome with my patients.”
I also picked the best enzymes in terms of their effect on the carbohydrates, fats, and
the proteins. All patients with Candida and SIBO need some kind of enzymatic support.
The enzymes will help to break down the foods much more to their molecular components. This
is going to allow increased absorption, digestion, and therapeutic value from that food. It’s
also going to give the bacteria downstream a better substrate for feeding on, which will
mean less bloating, less gas, less brain fog, less inflammation, and just more comfortable
digestion in general, and more energy and better sleep patterns happen. I’ve chosen
the best probiotics as well in this product. You can read a lot more about why I’ve chosen
each specific enzyme and probiotic on the website. I go into detail about
why I created the products, exactly what’s in them, so you can read a lot more about
that. I’m also now designing my third product called
Canxida Rebuild. This will be the first time a product like this has ever been created.
It’s a specific multivitamin designed just for SIBO patients and for Candida patients.
It’s going to help to rebuild people’s digestive systems. It’s also got a fungal/bacterial
backbone, so it’s got a base in it that allows a low-level amount of cleansing to occur for
a long period of time. The Canxida Rebuild was designed for you to take one or two per
day for a long period of time to keep you clear from fungus, to keep you clear from
imbalanced bacteria, to keep you clear from parasites. So many patients I see have got
parasites today, Blastocystis, Citrobacter freundii, the list goes on and on. I get them
every day. I see them in stool test reports. And this is why I created the Canxida Rebuild.
The Canxida Remove and the Canxida Restore are both best taken together. The Canxida
Rebuild can also be taken, so this trio works fantastic together. It’s a really good product
range. Not just to help you recover from Candida and SIBO, but also to keep you clean for a
long, long time to come. The dosage for Canxida Remove is generally one tablet, two to three
times per day. The Canxida Restore you take one with breakfast, and you take one before
bed, so two per day. And the Canxida Rebuild will be anywhere between one to four tablets
per day. But generally, one per day long term maintenance is going to go a long way. That’s
the product range. That’s the Canxida product range.
I’ve got some more exciting Canxida products coming out and also specific foods I’m designing
just for Candida, SIBO, irritable bowel patients. Stay tuned to see some future videos. That
gives you a little bit of an insight into the kind of work I do with people. I’ve got
patients now in about 50 countries, all through Skype and through Face Time on Mac. I catch
up with patients on an almost daily basis during the week and get feedback from people
that allow me to fine-tune my protocols. If you have any questions, please come in
through my YouTube channel. If you have any topics for YouTube, make sure that you let
me know what topics you’d like me to speak about. Please subscribe to this channel because
you’ll get a lot more videos like this coming. I look forward to you also doing my yeast
infection quiz through I think it’s probably one of the best websites
currently online for Candida. We’re also working on some cyber websites as well to create a
lot more information on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
I sincerely hope this video has been of use to you in your quest to help you get on top
of a SIBO infection. Just some parting words for you. You don’t need to take antibiotics
to beat SIBO. You need to look at a holistic, natural approach, and that will involve eating
the right kind of foods, avoiding certain types of foods, understanding the diet and
lifestyle, and understanding the importance of supplementation. If you still have questions,
make sure that you look at a lot more of my articles that I’ve written on SIBO. As I mentioned,
I’ll be doing a specific one shortly on the “yes” foods and the “no” foods for
Candida, which is going to be a perfect one also for SIBO patients.
Thanks for tuning into my video today.


  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Check my range of candida supplements here:

  • Reply Someone xx March 27, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Is acacia ok for a prebiotic?

  • Reply bebiyot bella March 28, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Hello , i have sibo and candida symtomps i guess , for three months i am on a suger free diet and i took canxdia restore and remove they are on their way,but i dont see any improvement on me , my question is for how much time should i take these products (canxdia restore and remove )and how to take them)
    Plss i am waiting for your reply , thanx

  • Reply Lisa Reed May 14, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so very much for sharing your wisdom!! Truly appreciate it!

  • Reply nycgemini7222 June 4, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Rye is HIGH FODMAP.

  • Reply Kefir Karen June 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for all you do and your calm, caring manner.

  • Reply Ayad Hussin June 21, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Is there connection between unintentional weight loss and SIBO?
    I suffer from it many years.
    Im 29 year old male

  • Reply LoriSavingWild July 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    i dont know how to figure out what foods cause my symtoms because I eat a variety of foods. What do you suggest?

  • Reply Listen Linda August 5, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    What a attuned video. I just retired from a career as an RN. I have spent all my days decompressing, from sick people and sick culture and sick beliefs. My ethics, were ground down. I’m 5’8 and 115 lbs. I’m healing. You are my kind of doctor. People can really bring the hell.

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