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.