SIBO: How to Kick Out Unwanted Bacteria in Your Gut

Sibo treatment

Receiving or hearing the diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can leave you with more questions than answers.

The understanding of this disease is not quite perfected yet.

There’s continuous research happening, as we speak, about the root cause of why these sneaky little bacteria think your small intestines is the cool place to hang out in your body – where they don’t belong.

Why is there excess bacteria in your gut and why aren’t the medications on the market helping to get rid of them?

These are questions that both doctors and patients are asking about SIBO.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea tend to overlap with SIBO symptoms.

And, this is just another curveball that comes with SIBO, because the diagnostic tests aren’t definitive in diagnosing SIBO or IBS.

This sounds like a huge merry-go-round that everyone wants to get off of!

And you can – if you cut out the root cause of this bacterial overgrowth.

How Do You Test for SIBO

As we said earlier, the diagnostic tests for SIBO aren’t very reliable. So unreliable that a large number of patients come back with false negatives.

Hydrogen breath tests are an indirect measure of your gut bacteria – meaning they aren’t directly testing your gut bacteria.

You’re given glucose or lactulose to ingest and doctors test the byproduct – methane and hydrogen – of these carbohydrates in your gut.

This indirect test leaves room for other influences from your intestines and diet to result in false negatives.

Although these tests are somewhat unreliable it’s the best option we have for now. Since the diagnosis of SIBO is on the rise, there are more eyes on this disease than ever before.

Which means more research being done, which will solve a lot of unanswered questions.

The SIBO and IBS Connection


When someone falls and breaks their arm they know exactly the cause of their broken arm – the fall.

Reenact the same fall with another person and they can walk away with all their bones in perfect condition – thanks to the protection of their strong bones.

This is because each person’s body is structurally different, which is why it’s so frustrating detecting the cause of SIBO.

There are numerous reasons why someone can develop SIBO, and it all depends on the person.

disruption of your gut’s natural diversity of bacteria – gut microbiome.

The following are the most common causes of SIBO:

causes of sibo

  • Low stomach acid
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Infection
  • Birth control
  • Antibiotics
  • Acute diverticulitis
  • Slow bowel transit time
  • Small intestine dysmotility
  • Type II diabetes
  • Prior bowel surgeries
  • Improper diet (alcohol, sugar, gluten, processed foods)
  • Major stress or anxiety

SIBO can go undiagnosed because doctors just assign it the label, IBS.

IBS can cause an upset in your gut microbiome, which can lead to bacteria to populate in your small intestines causing SIBO.

However, SIBO can be the cause of your IBS issues.  SIBO and IBS are so closely related that many researchers believe that they are truly one and the same, just labeled differently, but causing the same symptoms.  

When patients are treated for SIBO their IBS symptoms seem to be relieved. Studies show that 84% of IBS patients have tested positive for an overgrowth of bacteria in their small intestine.

SIBO and IBS are so closely related that many researchers believe that they are truly one and the same, just labeled differently, but causing the same symptoms.

SIBO Treatment to Kick Out Unwanted Bacteria

Take the same analogy of someone breaking their arm from falling and apply it to SIBO treatment.

Finding the right treatment – SIBO treatment depends on the person and the cause of SIBO.

The current go-to medication on the market for SIBO is an antibiotic called rifaximin (Xifaxan). It has been shown to be slightly helpful for those patients suffering from hydrogen-dominant SIBO which causes diarrhea.

This is because Xifaxan is FDA approved for IBS-D (IBS associated with diarrhea) patients which focuses on eliminating the hydrogen-producing bacteria in the gut – which is the cause of hydrogen-dominant SIBO.

But what about the patients whose unwanted guest are methane-producing bacteria causing constipation?

These patients tend to be the hardest to treat because medications focus on hydrogen-dominant bacteria leaving these methane-producing bacteria to continue to roam freely.

Atrantil’s botanical ingredients target both methane and hydrogen dominant SIBO.

Atrantil was released in early 2016 based research developed by the cattle industry. You’ve probably heard about how methane from cattle farms is a big problem for greenhouse gases.

Well, this research was developed in an effort to reduce methane emissions from these animals.

Atrantil consists of 3 natural products to help eliminate this unwanted bacteria in your small intestines – quebracho, conker tree, and peppermint.

These ingredients are tried-and-true in treating SIBO patients in relieving 80% of their uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal discomfort and bloating, with/without constipation, diarrhea or both.

As I said before, sometimes a single treatment doesn’t work for a disease. This is why patients end up on a cocktail of treatments.

Depending on your cause of SIBO the following supplements or medications combined with Atrantil can help destroy these bacteria:

  • Low-dose naltrexone or rifaximin
  • Low-dose erythromycin to improve gut motility

As with all diseases, “food is thy medicine” and it’s important to feed your good gut bacteria which helps in fighting off overrun bacteria and improves the balance of your gut microbiome.

SIBO diet food list:

  • Lactose-free dairy
  • Veggies and more veggies rich in polyphenols
  • Limit fruit to only one serving a day due to high sugar content
  • Low FODMAP carbohydrates

If you’re suffering from SIBO or IBS, it’s the bacteria you want to kick out of your small intestine and get to go back where they belong– in the colon.

You don’t have to sit in silence grinning and bearing these uncomfortable symptoms anymore.

With the help of Atrantil’s simple natural ingredients you can be confident your gut microbiome will finally be balanced and your digestive system back on track.

By |August 29th, 2018|IBS, Microbiome|21 Comments
  • Diana says:

    I had gastritis will peppermint make cone back ?

    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Diana,

      Thank you for contacting us. Because we do use peppermint, we recommend taking Atrantil with food to lessen any chance of having a flare up. Most customers with gastritis are able to take Atrantil when taking with food because of the small amount we use.

      However, we do recommend talking to your health care professional prior to taking Atrantil to see if Atrantil is right for you. We hope this helps to answer your question. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Joel Voth says:

    I suffer from SIBO due to slow motility from Scleroderma gut. I have found some relief with Atrantil when taking 2 tablets at least three times per day.

    I know the recommended dosage is 2 tablets three times per day initially, and then reduced to one tablet.

    Is 6-8 tablets per day harmful?

    This is expensive, is there a way to reduce the cost when buying larger quantities?

    Thank you,

    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Joel,

      Thank you for contacting us. There are no known side effects of Atrantil. In fact, Atrantil is ideal for daily digestive support and protection because it is packed full of beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols and even acts as a prebiotic in the colon.

      To cut down on the cost, we recommend looking into our subscription program where you receive 15% off each order plus free shipping. We hope this helps. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Katherine says:

    What other natural supplements/herbs can improve the MMC?

    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Thank you for your question. It really depends what the disruption of your MMC rhythm was caused by. If your MMC disruption was caused by bacterial overgrowth, then Atrantil will likely be a solution for you.

      If you are unsure what is causing your MMC disruption, we recommend talking to your health care practitioner to find out the cause and then finding a solution accordingly.

      Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Mitch G says:

    Thank you for the article, good information.

    I have a question about the recommended antibiotics suggested to take along with Atrantil. I’ve familiar with rifaximin but the other two naltrexone and erythromycin I am not. I Iooked both up and read about them and each seem a bit scary. I’m highly reactive to most prescription antibiotics.

    Are there any natural ‘antibiotics’ you might suggest?


    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Mitch,

      Thank you for your question! Unfortunately, we don’t have any natural antibiotics we have tested with Atrantil, so we are unable to give you a recommendation. We recommend talking to your health care practitioner to see what treatment options would be best for you.

      Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • GiGi says:

    My gastro Dr and pharmacist recommended Atrantil when I developed SIBO. After 2 treatments of Xifaxan and Atrantil I am finally feeling more like my normal self. I am still taking 2 caps with each meal. As long as I do not exceed the 6 caps a day is there any harm in continuing to take that many a day. Is it of any benefit?
    Thank you.

    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Gigi,

      Great question! Atrantil is IDEAL for continued daily use. Not only does Atrantil provide overall protection and support of your digestive system, but it is packed full of beneficial polyphenols and antioxidants.
      Even people without digestive issues are taking Atrantil because of the overall health benefits that the polyphenols and antioxidants provide. We hope this helps to answer your question.

      Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • GiGi says:

    Addendum for previous message:

    My last question should actually read: Is there any additional benefit?

    Thank you!

  • Jeremy says:

    I’m new so I dont know if this has been answered but is this product good for people with ulcerative colitis?

    • Atrantil.Web says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      Great question! Although we have not done clinical trials on those with IBD, Atrantil’s ingredients fight gut inflammation. In fact, Dr. Brown, gastroenterologist and co-founder of Atrantil, uses Atrantil on all of his IBD patients with great success.

      We hope this helps to answer your question. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Joejr2u says:

    Some of us are on fixed incomes and would like to know what else can we use with Antrantril to clean out system??

    • Atrantil says:

      Hi Joe,

      Thank you for your question. We don’t really have any other specific products we recommend. In our clinical trials, we had over 80% efficacy on those who suffer from bloating and abdominal discomfort, with/without diarrhea, constipation or both. In these trials, patients were on Atrantil alone. However, we do recommend stopping probiotics and sticking to a low-carb diet until symptoms have been relieved. Once symptoms have gone, it is ok to slowly add back in both the carbs and probiotics. We hope this helps, please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Mary gau says:

    I’ve been on Atrantil and LDN since August and no improvement. Any suggestions?

    • Atrantil says:

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for trying Atrantil! 80% of people see relief within 30 days and unfortunately, since you have went longer than 30 days, Atrantil may not be the right solution for you.

      Although, we have had some people who did not see relief on 2 capsules 3 times per day, but did see results when they raised the dose to 3 capsules 3 times per day. It is really up to you if you would like to try raising your dose temporarily to see if you get relief.

      In any case, we do have a money back guarantee and if Atrantil did not work for you, we encourage you to take advantage of it. We hope this helps and we sincerely hope you find relief from your symptoms.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Kumar says:

    Great information
    thank uu so much

    • Atrantil says:

      Hi Kumar,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. You are very welcome!

      We are so glad you liked our blog and we hope that it will help you or someone you know achieve digestive freedom! Please let us know if we can ever be of assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

  • Amber says:

    Is it ok to take probiotics with Atrantil? If not, when can I add them back in?

    • Atrantil says:

      Hi Amber!

      Thank you for your question! We do not recommend taking probiotics while taking Atrantil.

      Atrantil works to get rid of the overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel, which causes the adverse symptoms. By adding in more bacteria through probiotics, you are adding more fuel to the fire by putting more bacteria in the area we are trying to get rid of it. However, once Atrantil has had a chance to work and the small bowel is able to flow freely again, so that the bacteria flow into the colon where they belong, you can add back in the probiotics.

      But, if you do choose to take probiotics while on Atrantil, just know it may take longer to see results. And in that case, we recommend spacing them at least an hour apart from the time you take Atrantil.

      We hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Team Atrantil

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