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 lactulose-mannitol test, so these are
two sugars that are not really digested in the body. You basically take them in and pass
them out. You drink a mixture of these two sugars, and the urine is collected for six
hours thereafter. Lactulose is the larger sugar and you shouldn’t really pass that out
through the urine. If you’re going to pass that out, it means that you’ve got permeability
of the small intestine. So that’s one simple way to find out if you’ve got leaky gut syndrome
or not. Quite an impressive test to do. If you’re interested in doing a test, you can
contact 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 looking
at the bacteria, at the IGA, and many other different markers that will show me what type
of digestive function the patient has. And generally, most patients I see with chronic
Candida have got leaky gut syndrome. Usually, I’ll do the stool test up front and not worry
too much about the leaky gut test. It’s more important for me to get all the
facts pertaining to the case, and particularly to get the bacterial balance right to see
how high their IGA is, if their immune system is upregulated or downregulated. Also, to
see what the amylase is, the pancreatic enzyme, we can pick up in the stool. And we can pick
the colon health up. We can look at what we call short chain fatty acids or products of
bacterial fermentation. We can see that in the stool results as well. The whole health
of 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 mannitol
test. It’s quite a simple test to do. Thanks for tuning in.

9 Replies to “How To Test For Leaky Gut Syndrome”

  1. Good to know. Spent most of life suffering especially last 3 years and a gastrinoloist basically refused to look into small bowel in any detail beyond scopes which only show so much. Wanted to medicate. Was sent to an allergy "specialist" who did skin tests for environmental, food allergies and then sent on for PFT test at another referral and back again. Through in the towel and been regulating diet trying to "kill" candida and heal leaky gut on own with exclusion and herbals etc. Canzida sounds good. System is defunct in Canada that i can say with confidence. Why is the "Hippocratic" oath taken "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates.

  2. Hello Eric!
    I am a 25 year old male from Sweden that had to take a strong antibiotic for a pneumonia 2010. After that I started getting Acne. The doctors gave me 5-6 rounds of antibiotics for that and suddenly I got Seborrheic Dermatitis on my scalp and face. I really try to focus on my lifestyle and diet, and I see some good results. But will this never heal permanent? Do I have to be this strict for ever with everything just to hold it back? You said in one of your other videos: You can set that person up for life for being sick for many, many years by starting them on this wicked course of antibiotics. Would be glad to hear from you!

    Best regards,

  3. Hi Eric,
    I spoke to a "Practitioner of Nutritional and Fucntional Medicine today". She didn't recommend the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis that I've seen you recommend she recommended going with something called the "GI Effects Test"… she also said there's no need for the Lactulose and Mannitol test as she can detect leaky gut from the new "GI Effects Test"…. I'm confused now… is the "GI Effects Test" a good way to go?

  4. My integrative GP gave a script for both the urine test and the stool test you describe. Im a little confused. Why would I need both? Thanks.

  5. Hi Eric i am Yuven a PhD student from Leiden, Nederlands. I saw in your website for lab tests (stool tests). The nearest for me is the UK one: Nordic VMS. I noticed that you work in Nordic VMS also. If my stool tests are being done in the UK may I know the option for consultation. Is the consultation only via Skype and in NZ only or do you do consultation in Nordic since you work there also? Since I am student its beit of the limit to travel to NZ or do the skype call. Kindly please advise. Thank you.

  6. I am suffering from loose muddy stools and pain in lower right abdomen gurgling sound sometimes. It feels like injury pain.Every test came normal. I'm really looking forward to you to help me. What could it be. My body's not absorbing properly.It doesn't matter what probiotic I take. I tried a lot from kefir to kombucha to vsl3. It's like they are mere water doing nothing. If someone sees this post. Please help me for God's sake. I'm helpless

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