Got excess intestinal gas, bloating and GI distress? Expand your knowledge on the topic of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with our guest expert gastroenterologist, Dr. Mark Pimentel. Dr. Pimentel is a true maverick in the field of GI motility and the complexities of the small intestinal microbiome.  His team has truly helped pave the way to our understandings of many complex GI conditions, including SIBO and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He shares insights from novel research happening in the Pimentel Lab, where he serves as the executive director of the esteemed Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California.   We kick off this episode debunking the myth that IBS is a woman’s only disorder highlighting the importance of funding research for GI conditions which is essential for ALL.

Ever experience food poisoning? Learn how this may or may not have contributed to your current GI symptoms. We delve into the complexities of diagnosing SIBO with breath testing and examine its evolving credibility.  We discuss how current state-of-the-art research is steering us toward more precise, microbiome-friendly treatments.       We conclude with a holistic perspective on managing gut health, with a scientific review of the impact of artificial sweeteners to the up-and-coming tailored approaches needed for conditions like SIBO.  We address the critical importance of personalized treatment in the face of medical gatekeeping and underscore the necessity of balance in both diet and lifestyle.

Tune in for an insightful episode that promises to enrich your understanding of the delicate interplay with small intestinal microbes and our digestive system.   And… join our Gut Health Podcast Community! Subscribe and share – your gut will thank you!

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The information included in this podcast is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing treatment.


Thank you, Mark Pimentel MD,  Kate Scarlata RD, Dr. Megan Riehl, and The Gut Health Podcast.