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Is intolerance to red meat a good indication of infection/bacterial overgrowth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

It was recently recommended to me that I watch my red meat intake, as it may be exasperating my IBS symptoms. In response, I gave up red meat completely about 2 weeks ago and can say that I've definitely noticed a change. Mainly less constipation and the painful grumbling in my stomach has decreased.

Having done some research on the topic recently, it appears that bacteria use iron to grow.

I'm working on scheduling a hydrogen breath test to see if I have SIBO and will continue to avoid red meat for the time being.

So my question: Is intolerance to red meat a good indication of infection/bacterial overgrowth?

This seems to be true in my case, but I'd like to hear from others.

Thanks!

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:10 AM

That might mean the enzymes had betaine in them, and you didn't need it. (Enzymes without betaine might help maybe...?) That's a good thing. I'm sorry I can't really say much more about meat and sibo. Good luck with it and the breath test, identfiying problems/symptom triggers is always a big part of getting better

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on December 17, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Roth, I got very constipated eating beef and venison. Red meat is fine for most people, but for me they seem to exasperate my symptoms. The fact is, any kind of food (protein, fat, carb) is likely to cause issues in those with IBS. It's just my experience that when giving up red meat in favor of more carbs and fats, my constipation went away. I still have IBS symptoms but the bloating and discomfort is much more bearable knowing that I will at least be able to go to the bathroom.

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on December 17, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Thanks for the link, I think I've read that article in the past but I'll read it again. That's interesting that you mention histamine intolerance since I've been suffering with hives too. So far I've discovered the likely culprits are cinnamon and dark chocolate, but I can't say for sure if red meat had any influence on them as well. I just know since avoiding these 3 foods for several weeks, my hives are less frequent. I've haven't tried lemon or acv or betaine, but will consider them if I find my stomach acid low. I've taken enzymes but they seem to cause a burning sensation.

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on December 17, 2012
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Whatever digestive issues are 'almost exlcusively caused' by (if there is any one cause!) having symptoms from something doesn't necessarily meat that something is the cause of an underlying issue...

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Who told you that red meat will flare up your IBS symptoms? Although not impossible, it's extremely unlikely for meat or saturated fats to trigger digestive symptoms of any sort. Digestive issues are almost always exclusively caused by carbohydrates (polysaccharides in particular.)

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on January 14, 2013
at 03:47 AM

maybe you should try cutting out all carbohydrates (starches, sugars/fruit, artificial sweeteners/sugar alcohols, and FIBER) for a few weeks to clear your gut of possible SIBO and dysbiosis. then try re-introducing red meat and see if you have problems with it. i did VLC for several months with limited progress until i finally got rid of the big salads/steamed vegs that I was eating everyday and I feel better digestively.

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Having sympotoms after eating meat may relate to various things. What comes immediately to my mind is 'histamine intolerenace' or more likely in your case low stomach acid production linked with possibel SIBO, as you say. You migh tlike to read and consdier this - http://chriskresser.com/get-rid-of-heartburn-and-gerd-forever-in-three-simple-steps if you havn't already...

To more explicitly answer your question then, yes I think having symptoms after eating meat can be a indication of possilbe SIBO and low stomach acid production, and possibly broader issues. In the past I've digested meat better (ie not bloating, gas) when ingesting lemon juice and apple cider vinegar alongside it, although I've never been 'diagnosed' with SIBO etc, or experiemented with taking betaine due to being on aspirin... (Of course fibre ingested, in an dof itself and alongside the meat, might also have had an impact...)

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on December 17, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Thanks for the link, I think I've read that article in the past but I'll read it again. That's interesting that you mention histamine intolerance since I've been suffering with hives too. So far I've discovered the likely culprits are cinnamon and dark chocolate, but I can't say for sure if red meat had any influence on them as well. I just know since avoiding these 3 foods for several weeks, my hives are less frequent. I've haven't tried lemon or acv or betaine, but will consider them if I find my stomach acid low. I've taken enzymes but they seem to cause a burning sensation.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:10 AM

That might mean the enzymes had betaine in them, and you didn't need it. (Enzymes without betaine might help maybe...?) That's a good thing. I'm sorry I can't really say much more about meat and sibo. Good luck with it and the breath test, identfiying problems/symptom triggers is always a big part of getting better

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