Do I Need a Leaky Gut Test?
If your car tyre keeps going flat, it’s safe to say that you have a leak. While this may be a very simplistic analogy, it serves to highlight the fact that our bodies will tell us when there’s something wrong – we just need to know how to listen. So, before you spend thousands of Rands on a leaky gut test, why not take a look at these common symptoms which may help you to understand why your tyre keeps going flat.
Common Signs of Leaky Gut
More often than not, our diet is to blame for developing and maintaining leaky gut syndrome. Allergies or intolerances to certain foods stimulate an internal battle where our immune system tries to fight off what it perceives as invasive aliens. Inflammation results leading to intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut.
Sadly, leaky gut is not often tested for as the symptoms are common to many other illnesses. However, if you are consistently battling with a number of the following, then a leaky gut test may be in order.
- Memory loss or brain fog
- Joint pain
- Mood disorders such as anxiety or ADHD
- Dermatological problems such as acne or eczema
- Constant illness from a poorly functioning immune system
- Chronic diarrhoea or constipation
- Deficiencies in essential minerals and vitamins even though they may be present in your diet
- Bloating and gas
Looking at these symptoms, it’s easy to see how leaky gut syndrome may fly under the radar. Maybe you’re stressed, not sleeping properly, have a poor diet or suffering from an autoimmune illness – they can all look very much the same.
Is There a Leaky Gut Test?
No doubt you want a definitive answer, so you can work towards healing yourself from the inside out.
If you have checked a number of these boxes, then perhaps it’s time to talk to your doctor. Various tests will be able to pinpoint whether your leaky gut is caused by certain foods, or whether over the counter medicines have damaged the integrity of your intestinal lining.
The Lactulose/Mannitol test examines the urine for two sugars which will be present in leaky gut sufferers. A food intolerance test will help to identify foods that your body is treating as toxic. A parasite test will highlight issues with an imbalanced internal microbiome, and likewise, a bacterial test would check for elevated levels of bacteria resulting from an imbalanced pH.
However, whatever the outcome, there is no simple fix and you will likely have to make changes to your diet and lifestyle to enjoy long-term. We’d like to encourage you to book a consultation with Dr Sanua who cares for the whole body and can assist you to find lasting relief from this insidious illness.