How To Test For Leaky Gut Syndrome
Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.I'm going to talk about how to test for leaky gut syndrome.A common test that is performed by many naturopaths is the lactulosemannitol test, so these aretwo sugars that are not really digested in the body. You basically take them in and passthem out. You drink a mixture of these two sugars, and the urine is collected for sixhours thereafter. Lactulose is the larger sugar and you shouldn't really pass that outthrough the urine. If you're going to pass that out, it means that you've got permeabilityof the small intestine. So that's one simple
way to find out if you've got leaky gut syndromeor not. Quite an impressive test to do. If you're interested in doing a test, you cancontact your naturopath or your health care provider to find out.Stool testing is another way I can really pick up leaky gut with patients by lookingat the bacteria, at the IGA, and many other different markers that will show me what typeof digestive function the patient has. And generally, most patients I see with chronicCandida have got leaky gut syndrome. Usually, I'll do the stool test up front and not worrytoo much about the leaky gut test. It's more important for me to get all thefacts pertaining to the case, and particularly
to get the bacterial balance right to seehow high their IGA is, if their immune system is upregulated or downregulated. Also, tosee what the amylase is, the pancreatic enzyme, we can pick up in the stool. And we can pickthe colon health up. We can look at what we call short chain fatty acids or products ofbacterial fermentation. We can see that in the stool results as well. The whole healthof the gut is important to me, not just the small intestine.But if you want to know if you have got leaky gut syndrome, just do the lactulose and mannitoltest. It's quite a simple test to do. Thanks for tuning in.