Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome? You May Be Surprised
Posted on April 2, 2011
The following Leaky Gut Syndrome questionnaire (From Elizabeth Lipski’s book, Leaky Gut Syndrome) doesn’t provide a definitive diagnosis, but it can help you to assess the functioning of your small intestine. It is not intended to replace a physician’s care or an intestinal permeability test. However, if you score high on this self-test, seek a practitioner who is knowledgeable about leaky gut to help you.
Circle the number that most closely fits, then add up your results. 0 = Symptom is not present or rarely present 1 = Mild/sometimes 2 = Moderate/often 3 = Sever/almost always
LEAKY GUT TEST
Constipation and/or diarrhea Abdominal pain or bloating Mucous or blood in stool Joint pain or swelling, arthriti Chronic or frequent fatigue or tiredness Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerance Sinus or nasal congestion Chronic or frequent inflammations Eczema, skin rashes or hives (urticaria) Asthma, hayfever, or airborne allergies Confusion, poor memory or mood swings Use of NSAIDS (Aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin) History of antibiotic use Alcohol consumption makes you feel sick Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s or celiac’s disease
YOUR TOTAL SCORE: _____________ Score 1-5: Leaky gut less apt to be present. Score 6-10: Leaky gut may possibly be present. Score 7-19: Leaky gut probably present. Score 20+: Leaky gut almost certainly present.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a condition that involves damage of the “junction” cells of the small intestine causing incompletely digested food particles, bacteria, and other large-sized molecules to “leak” through the intestines and into the blood circulation. The foreign substances entering the blood can produce local and the systemic, inflammatory responses leading to such problems as allergic reactions, digestive issues, food sensitivities, migraines, skin issues, joint pain, and many other ‘itis’ conditions. Paradoxically, damage to intestinal cells in LGS is also associated with diminished absorption and assimilation of important nutrients such as proteins, leading to malabsorption. Malabsorption can lead to weakened red and white cells production, hormonal system imbalances and energy production issues. Additionally, toxins entering from the damaged intestinal lining place extra demand on the liver and it’s detoxification function. Toxins can then bypass the liver and can end up in various tissues and systems any where in the body. Leaky Gut Syndrome isn’t commonly diagnosed in conventional medicine, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be affecting your health. Many health issues related to LGS go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or outright ignored by traditional medicine. You may be left with frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms and no answers from your doctor.
Some Conditions That May be Linked to LGS • ADD/ADHD • Allergies • Arthritis • Asthma • Autism • Bloating and gas • Celiac Disease • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Crohn’s Disease • Diabetes • Eczema • Emotional imbalance • Fatigue • Fibromyalgia • Headaches and migraines • Heartburn • Hormonal imbalance • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Joint pain • Liver Disease • Lupus • Malabsorption Syndrome • Psoriasis • Sinusitis • Ulcerative Colitis
What Causes Leaky Gut?
Some factors that may contribute to LGS include: • Stress • Intestinal Infections • NSAIDS, antibiotics and other drugs • Poor diet • Inadequate dietary fiber • Excessive alcohol intake • Food sensitivities or allergens
Intestinal Permeability Test Though conventional medicine does not readily diagnose or treat LGS, it can still be diagnosed and treated. Intestinal Permeability Test is can measure the amount of damage to the intestinal lining as well as the ability of the intestinal tract to absorb nutrients. Patient can complete the test at home and send the urine samples to the laboratory.
Treating Leaky Gut In order to achieve a complete cure of LGS, underlying root causes must be addressed. The “4R-Program” which stands for Remove, Reinoculate, Replace and Repair does it all. All steps in “4R-Program” and mutually supportive and reinforcing. “Remove” stands for removing and destroying the pathogens, problem substances and “bad” microflora that inflame the digestive tract. “Reinoculate” involved reintroducing the friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifidus. This step helps to fight the “bad” bacteria and inflammation. “Replace” is to support the digestive tract with digestive enzymes and nutrients that enhance enzyme production, helps with absorption and assimilation. “Repair” provides a proper nutritional support to repair the intestinal lining.
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Posted by: Lisa Mir at  2012.11.24
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