Stress Induced SIBO (Post Competition)

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Stress Induced SIBO (Post Competition)

What happens when you combine high stress hormone, constant over training, high or low amounts of fake sugars, chronic dieting or a caloric deficit for long periods of time with binging or no post comp refeed.  Add pain reliever use and antibiotics from time to time and you’ve got the perfect environment for SIBO or a phenomena they call “commensal bacterial overgrowth.” @hailsyeaa probably goes harder then any bikini competitor I’ve seen.  Her goal driven mentality is her best asset and her worst enemy.  Training 2 a days and or lots of cardio for years at a time.  This cortisol secretion turns your body “sympathetic dominate.” Your body will under produce digestive enzymes which leaves food to “sit,” undigested and in the presence of carbs, they “ferment,” in the gut which can grow lots of bacteria quickly.  Also under that much training your immune system gets tired and secretory IGA (the antibodies who kill foreign invaders in the gut) begin to decline.  Now your bacteria that resides in gut with not much benefit to you but don’t hurt you unless they get out of control.  Now they over grow and produce biofilm.  This blocks antibiotics and anti microbial herbs.  At the same time yeast begins to grow and other “planktonic,” bacteria that is parasitic get into your gut tissue and begin to grow.  Your weakened immune system gets overwhelmed and your body begins to produce more cortisol to try and amp up the immune response, but it’s not enough and it just gives you anxiety. 

This is where Hailey found herself.  But in order to beat it she was going to have to do the reverse of everything she was taught in body building.  The challenge is more mental then it is physical.  Not only that i had to pull her one stress reliever, her workouts.  This is hard enough but then I ask you to eat carbs in a 3 day pulse format and do yoga.  The process isolates you while you recover and plays games with your mind.  But she hung in there and we had to coach her through many tough moments.  But that’s what Hailey is, tough.  She held on when others would break.  It took 12 weeks and it’s still not perfect but she can live life again.  Proud of you Hailey! #createimpact