Holistic SIBO Specialist
Working together to find the root cause of your digestive symptoms:
Understand what’s causing your bloating, irregular bowel movements, chronic constipation and food reactions.
Carry out a SIBO breath test to find out if you have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Implement the correct SIBO treatment protocol using either the recommended antibiotics for SIBO or natural herbal supplements for SIBO.
Receive a personalised SIBO diet including food lists and recipes for SIBO.
Address the root cause of your SIBO with tailored nutrition and lifestyle recommendations specific to your gut health needs.
Trust that you’re laying the foundations for improved gut health long term.
“Studies suggest that up to 78% of individuals with IBS may have SIBO as an underlying cause of their symptoms. Treating SIBO can resolve IBS in many cases.”
What is SIBO, how is it diagnosed and how do you treat SIBO?
What is SIBO?
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It is a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the population of bacteria in the small intestine. Normally, the small intestine has a relatively low number of bacteria compared to the large intestine. However, in SIBO, bacteria from the large intestine migrate upwards and multiply in the small intestine, leading to digestive symptoms and inflammation.
How does SIBO cause IBS symptoms?
The bacteria in the small intestine can ferment carbohydrates and produce excessive amounts of gas, causing symptoms such as bloating, heartburn, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and flatulence. SIBO can also interfere with the absorption of nutrients, leading to malnutrition, deficiencies and low energy.
How do you test for SIBO?
A SIBO breath test is done to diagnose the condition. The most common method for testing is the lactulose breath test. During this test, a lactulose solution is ingested, after which breath samples are taken at regular intervals to measure the levels of hydrogen and methane gases. Increased levels of these gases indicate the presence of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. This test is done at home and the test kit is sent back to the lab for analysis via post.
How do you treat SIBO?
Treatment for SIBO involves a combination of dietary changes and antibiotics or herbal antimicrobial supplements. Antibiotics like rifaximin or metronidazole are commonly prescribed to kill the excess bacteria. Alternatively, antimicrobial herbal supplements such as oregano, berberine, allicin and neem are used. Dietary changes, such as a low FODMAP or low carbohydrate diet are recommended to help manage symptoms during treatment. Correct diagnosis and treatment as well as addressing the underlying cause of SIBO is important to prevent a SIBO relapse.
How can I help?
As a SIBO specialist I can guarantee you:
- One-to-one time with a qualified SIBO specialist with over 4 years of clinical experience working exclusively with IBS and gut health
- Access to private functional testing to investigate your gut health and microbiome such as comprehensive stool testing and the SIBO breath test
- An explanation of what has caused and continues to trigger your digestive symptoms
- Advice around the best dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations for treating SIBO, reducing symptoms and rebalancing your gut microbiome for long term health.
Why work with me?
- I’ve been through the SIBO journey myself (read My Story here) so I can provide you with advice as a qualified nutritional therapist and from my own experience of treating SIBO personally
- I keep up to date with research on the gut microbiome and SIBO
- I’ve undertaken specific SIBO training including the SIBO Masterclass by SIBO Dr Nirala Jacobi and SIBO Dr Allison Siebecker
- I will listen to you thoroughly and ensure that you feel supported
- Although I am a SIBO specialist, I don’t just focus on the gut. I take a holistic approach and also consider hormone balance, thyroid function, immune function, blood sugar regulation and stress management.
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'I have more energy, my digestion is great, my bloating is gone and my skin is brighter'
Since working with Claire my symptoms are so much better. I can’t recommend Claire enough. She instantly makes you feel comfortable, is highly knowledgeable and gives real life practical advice to help get you feeling better. She was always there when I needed to ask a question. Thank you Claire!
Alana – York
'My health has improved remarkably and I am able to make informed decisions about my food that keep my body very happy'
Since working with Claire, I have been able to understand more about my diet, it’s consequences and how to choose the most beneficial food for my personal digestive system. The comprehensive diet plan and supplements that Claire has recommended have revolutionised my eating patterns and choice of food. Claire’s comprehensive knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to believe in a brighter future free of pain and discomfort. My health has improved remarkably and I am able to make informed decisions about my food that keep my body very happy.
Jennifer – Harrogate
'My stomach issues have completely gone'
I feel like I have a lot less inflammation in my stomach. Some of the supplements and food ideas Claire recommended to me also really helped boost my mood and I came to realise that the stomach and mind are very much in tune. Some of Claire’s recommendations were things I would’ve never have thought of nor been told by a doctor.
Charlie – York
1.5-hour consultation: £195
- Are you looking for dietary guidance and a supplement plan to calm your symptoms whether that’s bloating, heartburn, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea?
- Do you already have a SIBO breath test or stool test results that you’d like interpreting?
- Have you been prescribed antibiotics for SIBO and would like support around the best SIBO diet and supplement plan to improve the outcome of your treatment?
- Perhaps you’re looking for guidance on how to prevent a SIBO relapse following treatment. This one-off session is ideal.
This consultation includes a pre-assessment health questionnaire, comprehensive health review, dietary recommendations, food lists, recipes and a personalized supplement programme.
SIBO Breath Test & SIBO Treatment Protocol: £250
This package is ideal for anyone wanting to test for SIBO and receive the correct SIBO treatment protocol for their results (methane, hydrogen or mixed-SIBO), on a budget. This package does not include an online consultation but still includes a personalised treatment protocol, including all of the following:
- Pre-assessment questionnaire
- SIBO breath test & Interpretation (RRP £169)
- Food list, meal plan and recipes specifically for SIBO/IBS
- Personalised SIBO Supplement Programme to complement either antibiotics for SIBO or antimicrobial herbs for SIBO (you can choose your preference)
- Email support for questions about the treatment plan
Follow-Up Consultations: £135
Follow-up consultations are 45-minutes and can be booked after either of the above options for continued support on treatment and maintenance.
All consultations are held via Zoom.
Please see the FAQs for further information.
Not sure which option to choose or looking for something more bespoke?
'I have gained insight into foods that can trigger my symptoms and have had a significant reduction in symptoms'
Since working with Claire I have gained insight into foods that can trigger my symptoms and have had a significant reduction in symptoms, which has led to improved confidence in day to day life, and has actually made me able to make progress my career in a way that wouldn’t previously have been possible due to the unpredictable nature of my symptoms.
Louise – York
'Since working together my constipation has been completely resolved and my bloating has reduced by at least 75%'
Claire helped to identify that I’m actually suffering with SIBO, which has allowed her to tailor my plan more effectively. Claire couldn’t have put me more at ease from our first consultation and is always super friendly, upbeat and more than happy to help with any request or question. I’m so pleased to have come across Claire and would highly recommend her services to anybody struggling with their gut or thyroid, among the many other areas that she has expertise.
'With Claire's help & support, the candida is so much better!'
I had been suffering with candida for ten years before contacting Claire. I had also had bladder & womb cancer so wanted to reduce my chances of further cancers & to alleviate the candida symptoms.
I can now eat much more normally, go out for meals & even enjoy a glass of wine & some chocolate, without suffering a painful flare up of symptoms. Claire is so friendly, caring & easy to talk to, very knowledgeable too. I always look forward to meeting with her & have no hesitation in recommending her.
Heather – York
'Claire has a wonderful friendly approach...'
… and will work with you to formulate a treatment plan that suits your individual situation. She is passionate about expanding her knowledge and applying that to her approach and treatment plans. I feel fortunate to have found Claire and she has played a very important role in me moving forward with my health issues. I will be forever grateful.
Julie – Perth (NHS GP)
How long will it take to see improvements in my symptoms?
It varies from person to person depending on the root cause of the symptoms and how long you’ve had IBS/digestive symptoms. Symptom reduction can usually be seen within a few weeks of changing your diet and taking the recommended supplements, however, lasting improvements can sometimes take 6-12 months or more. I will provide you with guidance on how to continue working on your gut health longer term after the sessions ends.
Are the costs of tests and supplements included in the package fee?
No, supplements and tests are additional costs to the package.
How much can I expect to spend on testing and supplements?
A SIBO breath test costs around £150 with my discount and a comprehensive private stool test costs around £310. Thyroid function test is typically £86. These are not mandatory tests, but they can be very helpful in providing us with information on the specific imbalances that we need to target. Supplement programmes range between £50-100 per month. However, I am happy to accommodate lower budgets.
Will I have to eat a really restrictive diet?
I provide a dietary framework to follow and recommend avoiding specific trigger foods, however, I don’t believe in perfection or deprivation. I help clients find enjoyable alternatives to their favourite foods and always apply the 80:20 rule – follow the diet 80% and allow 20% wiggle room for eating out and treats!
Will I have to stay on this diet forever?
No, not necessarily. The low FODMAP/fermentation diet isn’t a “forever” diet and should only be used therapeutically for symptom reduction whilst addressing the root cause of your gut health troubles. I help clients identify trigger foods that may need to be avoided or reduced longer term but I am a strong advocate of eating a varied and enjoyable diet.
Can I still do this programme if I am going on holiday?
Yes, that’s no problem. I am happy to work around holidays and other commitments. You can still follow the recommendations on holiday or stagger the programme to accommodate time away from home. I provide guidance on how to eat out and enjoy food like a “normal” person”!
Will treating SIBO cure my IBS and food intolerances?
Potentially yes – if SIBO is the root cause of your symptoms and food reactions. If clearing SIBO does not resolve the majority of your symptoms, then I will discuss investigating other root causes which could include other infections or toxicity, leaky gut, nervous system dysregulation and autoimmunity.
I’ve heard about detox reactions when you treat SIBO, what does this mean?
When we begin treating (killing) bacterial overgrowth or gut dysbiosis, toxins can be released into the gut. For some individuals, this can result in a worsening of symptoms initially such as loose bowel movements, more bloating, headaches and flu-like symptoms. This should only be short term and I provide recommendations to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a detox reaction.
Do you recommend herbs or antibiotics to treat SIBO?
I predominantly use herbal supplements to target SIBO and other gut imbalances. However, I also use SIBO antibiotics with some clients that don’t get on well with herbs or prefer the antibiotic approach. The antibiotics have to be prescribed by a gastroenterologist or private doctor and I have a referral network for obtaining the antibiotics.
Does the package include email support?
The package includes reasonable email support between sessions for example two emails per week with quick-fire questions about the diet, supplements and recommendations. New symptoms, test recommendations and further research need to be discussed at the next follow-up.
Do you accept health insurance?
Nutritional therapy is not covered by private health insurance as it is a complimentary therapy. Therefore, I am unable to accept health insurance.
What is your refund policy?
You can view the refund policy within the Practitioner-Client Terms of Engagement here.