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.
asked byKyev (153)
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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.
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...)