Diagnosing Leaky Gut
There are many ways to diagnose leaky gut. Often times, people will have so many of the symptoms that they just assume that they have it. Usually they are right.
*Note: I do recommend making a list of all of your symptoms. It’s helpful to have this list during the healing process to see your progress.
Others need more reassurance. Some of the common tests people take are:
- Intestinal Permeability Test
- Blood Test for Antigens (IgE levels)
- Skin Prick Allergy Test
These tests can be done by a local health-care practitioner.
I personally recommend getting a blood test because this seems to be more accurate than a skin prick test (remember, it’s your blood that’s attacking the antigens, not your skin). A skin prick test can be accurate too, but a blood test is usually more accurate.
This lets you know exactly what foods your body attacks and how bad your reactions are. It also tells you which foods are passing through your intestinal wall into your blood stream since it is testing the antigens in your blood.
Process of Elimination
Another thing people do is eliminate one food at a time (or reintroduce them one at a time if they are already on a strict diet) in order to see which ones they react to. This works well when you are unsure what foods make you sick and which ones do not, but it can be complicated to find a control in this experiment. You must be sure to document your eating habits and symptoms in a food journal. Doing so will make this process easier.
Another way to find out what foods you react to is through muscle testing. This is a controversial method since many people don’t believe the chemistry behind it works, but it is very commonly benefited from and free, so there’s no harm in trying. This YouTube video is very good at demonstrating how to perform muscle testing at home and explains how it works. There are also holistic doctors who practice muscle testing that you can look into.
Note that instead of having specific vials of the food like the video suggests, holding a baggie with the food works just fine. You will also need someone else to aid you in this process.
*Tests are not always accurate
I wanted to mention that sometimes specific problems won’t show up on tests even if you do have them. This has a lot to do with your blood chemistry, what you’ve eaten recently, and many other factors. If you feel like you have leaky gut but don’t test positive for it, please take heart. You can still follow the guidelines in this series and get your life back. This is something anyone can do and benefit greatly from.
Guide to Healing Leaky Gut
If you are ready to take the next and final step in the healing process, to completely heal your body and get your life back, you can follow my book, Healing Leaky Gut. It takes the information I’ve taught here and applies it to completely heal your leaky gut in a step by step format. You can find here.