Leaky Gut Test: Prevention of Adrenal and Thyroid Issues

Leaky gut might be causing your illness.

By Kath Wong | February 8 2021

Leaky gut, also known as “increased intestinal permeability” is a digestive condition in which leakage of bacteria and toxins happen through the intestinal wall. In the past, medical professionals did not recognize this as a real condition but lately there has been an increase in scientific evidence proving that leaky gut exists and it may lead to multiple health problems later on.

In a leaky gut condition, bacteria and toxins that are leaked out from the intestinal wall would enter the bloodstream. This can cause widespread inflammation and might trigger immune reaction. The possible symptoms of leaky gut includes intestinal bloating, food sensitivities, sugar cravings, constant fatigue to frequent diarrhea, digestive issues, painful joints and skin problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea. The real cause of this condition is not clearly known, but there are some factors that are believed to play a role:

1. Excessive sugar intake, particularly fructose

2. Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen

3. Excessive alcohol intake

4. Vitamin A, D and zinc deficiencies

5. Chronic inflammation

6. Chronic stress

7. Poor gut health with the unbalanced number of bacteria

8. Overgrowth of yeast in the gut

Normally in a healthy person, only a small amount of indican can be found in the urine; urine indican actually increases when bacteria in the intestine act on amino acid, tryptophan, in the case where protein is not digested properly in the body system.

To summarize, the inability to digest protein can lead to adverse effects on glycemic control, hormone balance and water balance which then results in high levels of urine indican, causing leaky gut.

Leaky Gut Test

Leaky gut test can be carried out by urine test, which is a non-invasive method and the level of Indican will be revealed from the urine sample collected. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and the results will be known within an hour. There are other advantages in taking leaky gut test, such as it screens for thyroid problems and it helps to identify the root cause of some skin problems as well. The test is recommended as it is a quick process and completely affordable.

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