Leaky gut syndrome can be tricky to diagnose because many of the symptoms it produces match several other ailments of the gut. Sometimes when trying to find a problem in the gut doctors have to use invasive procedures but both the doctor and patients usually save those as a last resort. This is partly because certain procedures can cause possible damage and further irritation to an already out of sorts issue.
There are several causes linked to leaky gut so the tests are given based on symptoms, any current medical conditions, and various lab results. Below you will find the four tests that can lead to a leaky gut diagnosis.
The Food Intolerance Test: If the immune system enters hyper-reactive mode the body sees everything as a threat. The body then begins producing antibodies to various foods you eat on a regular basis which results in the food intolerance. An elimination diet is used and it eliminates possible trigger foods one at a time for a set amount of time, generally two weeks, and any reactions are monitored and recorded. Foods are then slowly reintroduced with any activity tracked. Trigger foods must be eliminated from your diet. Sometimes this is for a few months while other times it is indefinite. Sometimes you only have to limit certain foods rather than eliminate them completely.
Parasite Test: Bacteria is sometimes the cause of a leaky gut. When this is suspected a parasite/bacterial test and/or breath test is given. A leaky gut and an imbalanced microbiome leads to the perfect environment for bacteria and parasites to breed. Parasites/bacteria present in the results can be an indication of leaky gut.
Lactulose/Mannitol Test: This is a urine test that analyzes urine for the clearance of two kinds of sugars, lactulose and mannitol. Both sugars are byproducts of leaky gut syndrome.
Bacterial Dysbiosis Test: This test is used to see if and or what kind of bacteria are out of balance in your gut in order to target and address the problem. A weakened GI system can cause an imbalance of bacteria leading to conditions such as SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut.
After you get your diagnosis and lab results you can be on your way toward natural leaky gut treatment. This requires the use of leaky gut supplements managed/adjusted diet, and possibly probiotics. Healing your gut is healing your body if you have concerns you might have a leaky gut contact your doctor to see about testing.