Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is NOT an infection.
Put simply, it is a reflux of bacteria from the large intestine into the small intestine via the ileocecal valve. The bacteria normally live happily in the colon and we want them there. We do not want them to migrate from their “home base”. In the case of SIBO, we have a situation of the “wrong place” and always at the wrong time”. The bacteria aren’t bad guys; they’ve just lost their way.
*Did you know that approximately 65% of IBS/IBD cases are positive for SIBO?