Leaky gut or Intestinal Permeability Issue - Tests or Healing ideas

I am having and have had some noticeable positive results based on the guidelines posted in relationship to leaky gut. At this point, I am wondering if we have any ideas on the following:

1. Tests (directly or indirectly related) to find ensure the existence of leaky (or damaged) gut? How trustworthy these tests are? What the test's outcome could mean to me as a Psoriatic?
In other words, have anyone had done any tests for leaky gut?

2. Are there any food or supplements or methods that can be taken/followed alone or in conjunction with regular food, that could help heal such leaky/damaged gut faster?

There is an extensive discussion on just leaky-gut and psoriasis on this thread: http://www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasis/discussion/leaky-gut-related-d iseases/
To be fair to the other discussions:
So we will try to avoid posting "leaky gut and psoriasis" relationship to this thread.
On this thread, we will stick just to the tests and specific things that are targeted to heal or help leaky gut in a perspective (free of psoriasis).

Thanks

Edited April 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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Hello. I am currently being treated for "leaky gut." My D.O. had me take a food sensitivity test (blood serum) that indicated I have 28 food sensitivities including dairy, wheat, soy, corn, and eggs. The test is actually analyzed by Alletess--an independent company that has a web-site you can go to. I believe my doctor surmises that I have "leaky gut" by virtue of having all these food sensitivities and psoriasis. So, for me, there's not been a direct test for leaky gut.

To heal, she has me on an elimination diet (for a minimum of 6 months) and I take 2000 fish oil daily, 5000 vitamin D daily (my levels were tested for this dose), and a multi-vitamin with folic acid. I also have been advised to drink slippery elm and american saffron teas (one morning, one night). She's also advised me to integrate "digestive tract-friendly" foods like coconut oil and raw foods into my diet. I've only been on this for 1 month--no results yet, except that I feel better (less sluggish and less moody). My psoriasis is pretty much the same, but I am hoping that it will improve with time. I'd love to hear about others' experiences with this more integrative approach to treating psoriasis.

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Have you heard of soluble fiber?From what i have been reading lately,soluble fiber feeds the gut flora in our intestines.I have also been reading that our gut flora today is much less than that of our hunter,gatherer ancestors.Here is one article- http://anti-inflammatoryremarks.blogspot.com/2010/05/dietary-fiber-function s-and-benefits.html This one even suggests that lack of diversity of gut flora may be why people have allergies to certain foods http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111208114853.htm

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Hmmm,I can't seem to edit the above post.The first thread purports how to heal leaky gut.the second is a supplement to it.

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There is a test to determine if you have a leaky gut. It is called the lactulose/mannitol test. We discussed this recently on this forum, and you can Google to find out more. Essentially you drink a sugary concoction then collect your urine for the next several hours. The urine is then analyzed to determine what has seeped through your intestinal lining. Having said all this, most doctors probably believe such a test is a waste of time since it is known that autoimmune disease sufferers are very likely to have a leaky gut. Certainly if you also have any sort of food sensitivity they'll say "yep, you've got it". But I certainly cannot see harm in getting the test done.


_Lazza

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Oh, I forgot to say that I don't know how much it costs for the lactulose/mannitol test but it shouldn't be costly. I also don't know if an insurance company would pay for such a test.


_Lazza

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Thanks to 'anthrogirl', 'food4u' and 'Lazza' for your replies. I will try if I can do the test. I will read about gut flora or intestine friendly things.
This is mainly because, as I mentioned in the other thread, three days since I stopped the grains, 90% of my arthritic pain went away. It is been 10 days, it did not come back. I never had a 10 day period like this for the recent past. I do not want to conclude anything yet. I am going to wait for few more weeks. I was amazed though. To begin with, since the past two years, I was following pretty good diet (except for few grains, millet, brown rice, mung beans, chick peas and lentils) rich steamed vegetables, juice in the morning, soup in the night, no oil cooking, no nightshades.
Well lets see. Thanks again.

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My acupuncturist, who is also an M.D., diagnosed me with leaky gut several years back. He put me on a food elimination diet, supplemented by a product called Clearvite, made by Apex Energetics. I have since given up dairy, soy, and gluten, and eat a plant-based, mostly raw diet. Apex does not claim that Clearvite is vegan-friendly, however, I think because it contains taurine.

Here's their website: http://www.clearvite.info/

I continue to drink a shake every morning, for maintenance. I haven't tried any of Apex's other products, but there are lots of reviews online. Hope this helps.

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sepgs, it's great to hear about your current pain-free phase, hope it continues that way... alcohol, nsaid drugs, antacids, changes in gut microbiota, lectins (nightshades, legumes, lentils, etc.) and gluten (that's the real killer - including wheat germ agglutinin) are some of the main known contributors to a leaky gut situation... the best way to tackle it is to simply stay away from these items... on the other hand there are also many items which help heal(?)/maintain/support an intact barrier function, for example glutamine, lectin blockers, probiotics, curcumin, antioxidants, zinc, etc... pls read the following articles...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898551/
http://mdheal.org/leakygut.htm
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1440-1746.2003.03032.x/full

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also research about other lectin reducing approaches like soaking and extended cooking... i'm biased in that regard & always seem to miss it :)

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Potato glycoalkaloids adversely affect intestinal permeability and aggravate inflammatory bowel disease
http://www.ask-force.org/web/Pusztai/Patel-Potato-Glycoalkaloids-Adversely- 2002.pdf

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To anthrogirl,
Where have you found the saffron tea? I'm in Southwest Florida and have yet to come across it. Thanks much.

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I got american saffron tea on-line....actually through amazon.

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thanks for the links...interesting

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