SIBO Can not be starved just with a diet, it must be killed and the cause needs to be addressed in order to heal. The elemental diet is an exception, it has shown some efficacy to starve out the overgrowth bacteria, because it is a therapeutic treatment and not a long term diet.
You need to feed the SIBO in order to kill it, alive bacteria is much more sensitive to Antibiotics and easier to kill. It is important to eat lots of fermented foods during the treatment to keep the bacteria active for the antibiotics effectively take downs this bad bug.
Your treatment can not be only focus on diet, the root cause needs to be fixes. Make sure you find a SIBO DOCTOR. (Naturopath Physician).
All this diets should only be used on a short term ( Fast tract, Low FODMAP, or SCD, because they reduce the total bacteria load in the GI tract what can make you feel confortable for a period of time but not on a long term, this diets should not be used for longer then 3 month so you do not run the risk of creating new problems.
Some of the problems created by this diets when you have SIBO:
- Reductions of good bugs – Reduce bifidobacterium and total microbiota in the GI tract, this can lead to gut dysfunction, Bifidobacterium is essential for healthy microbiome.
- Overfeeding 1 bacteria and starve the others.
- Become malnourished
- When you starve the bacteria, they start eating you, by eating the important immunological barrier in your gut.
- Low carb and fruit diet can lead to Thyroid malfunction
Finding the best diet for sibo treatment should be determinate case by case, you need to find what is right for you and the treatment/protocol you are following.
Diet is very important to good and bad bacteria population.