Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO is defined as harmful bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. It is accompanied by sometimes diarrhea, weight loss and malabsorption of nutrients. Unfortunately it goes misdiagnosed by many doctors; as the symptoms are such which does not point a doctor in the right direction. Medication unfortunately worsens the condition.

What causes SIBO?

Poor nutritional choices, erratic lifestyle, a leaky gut accompanied with dysbiosis are all factors that lead to SIBO.

How does Shonali help?

On a SIBO diet, Shonali’s approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.

She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance.

Shonali is based in Mumbai, but is practicing online in over 20 countries. She is the only one who works with you, and there are no assistants or other nutritionists between you and her. She conducts her own follow ups and meetings personally; as she believes turning your health condition around is a ‘personal’ business; and only she has been trained to diagnose your condition and monitor the progress one-on-one. The macrobiotic approach is integrative, alternative and comes under the branch of lifestyle medicine, using foods as medicine to reverse and cure your health ailment/disease.

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Number of Cases

21

Shalini Nanavati

AGE 42

“In Feb 2016 I fell ill. I would get severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea with severe nausea that lasted approximately 8 hours, every 10 days. I saw my GP and a gastroenterologist and tried the usual cocktail of medicines and it only made me sicker.When I was asked to do invasive tests to determine why I was not healing, I switched tracks and approached Shonali for help. Her advice was to start with a food intolerance test and then avoid those foods that didn't suit me and then start eating right,to repair my gut. Her advice on how to eat was invaluable but her steady re-assurance ,through the process ,that I would heal completely,was equally important in my getting well.”
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