Leaky Gut Test
Lactulose and Mannitol Test
Easy and Convenient Intestinal Permeability Test
Increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome, is a situation where large materials such as toxins and undigested food particles are absorbed through the GI tract into the blood. The absorption of these large materials can create devastating burdens on practically all systems of the body.
How Does the Leaky Gut Test Work?
The food we eat needs to be broken down into very small pieces in order to be absorbed through the GI tract. Larger molecules such as food particles, bacteria and toxins are left in the GI tract to be excreted.
Our leaky gut tests requires that you take a baseline morning urine sample (done at home). Once completed, you will be required to drink a mixture of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol. At this point you will collect 6 hours of urine. The lab will measure how much lactulose and mannitol was excreted.
If leaky gut syndrome is present, the the large lactulose molecules should remain in the GI tract and thus test low in the urine. If high in the urine, leaky gut syndrome should be considered.
Possible Causes of Leaky Gut
- Intestinal infection (test panel)
- Ingestion of allergenic foods (test panel)
- Trauma and toxins
- Toxic chemicals (test panel)
- NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen etc.
How Can The Leaky Gut Test Help?
The leaky gut test is extremely important when embarking on restorative treatment plans. As intestinal health improves, the lactulose/mannitol ratio should improve.
Since monitoring is recommend by most doctors, we would like to extend a 10% discount when you order 2 or more leaky gut tests (will be added at checkout).
What's Being Tested in This Panel:
- Total Urine Volume
- Includes: Mannitol/Lactulose drink
Fasting: 8 hours before first urine sample (no food or water). Read all kit instructions.
Specimen Type: Urine, Genova Home Test Kit
Turnaround Time: 7 days
Note: This test is not intended for those with kidney dysfunction.