Do you really not feel well, in spite of being “just fine”?
Has your doctor given you a laundry list of treatments that don’t seem to be working?
If any of this sounds familiar, we may have answers for you – finally.
Because your symptoms may not be the problem at all. The problem may be in your gut.
Take the leaky gut test, and learn if relief is just around the corner…
Leaky Gut Test, Part One:
1. Are you gluten intolerant?
2. Do you have food allergies (ex. – wheat, milk, eggs, or nuts)?
3. Are you stressed (honestly)?
4. Do you suffer from ongoing constipation?
Leaky Gut Test, Part Two:
5. Do you regularly experience gas and/or bloating “for no reason” with, or without, constipation?
6. Have you experienced headaches and maybe even severe migraines?
7. Is your skin red, rough, or prone to acne?
8. Are you tired all of the time no matter how much sleep you get?
9. Is your doctor stumped by your symptoms and what may be causing them?
Reading the Results – Part One
Part one of this leaky gut test looks at some of the most common causes of leaky gut. It works like this: A healthy gut is impermeable, nothing can leak or seep through it. You stay healthy.
But a leaky gut is one that has had microscopic holes open up in it. Toxins from your digestive tract can move from your gut through those holes, and into your blood stream, making you sick.
Those holes can be created from any number of conditions. In people who are gluten intolerant or who have food allergies, eating those foods – even just a bite or two – can damage the digestive tract.
Long-term constipation can have the same effect. Your bowels get stretched by the blockage and the result is minuscule tears. Good old fashioned stress and simple aging can cause your gut to weaken, as well. And of course, once those minute holes are created, let’s say by a food allergy, the other causes will just worsen the situation.
Reading the Results – Part Two
The second half of the leaky gut test examines some of the most common symptoms. After all, those tears are internal and microscopic. There’s no way you can see them to identify the issue. So it’s important to recognize the symptoms instead.
Leaky gut boils down to toxins in the bloodstream, affecting your entire system. You know toxins are bad, that goes without saying. And the symptoms can be wide ranging, and seemingly unrelated because those toxins are being spread throughout your whole body. This is part of what makes leaky gut so difficult to diagnose – and what makes a leaky gut test so important.
It’s common for doctors to see a random collection of symptoms without connecting them. Instead of seeing a single condition, doctors see – and treat – individual symptoms, without ever addressing the real problem. But none of the symptoms can get better in the long run until you address the core issue – your leaky gut.
What YOUR Leaky Gut Test Results Mean
Look back at the answers you gave on the leaky gut test. If you answered yes to a single one of those in each section, it’s worth asking your doctor if you have a leaky gut.
Luckily, the way you treat leaky gut and the way you prevent a leaky gut are similar. So, if you didn’t do so well on the leaky gut test, or if you passed it with flying colors, these steps will help shore up your gut so you can rest easy in the future.
1. De-stress. Exercises, deep breathing, meditation, hot baths…whatever works for you, make it a priority. Uncontrolled stress will eat away at your gut – literally!
2. Make sure your diet’s healthy. Get plenty of fiber from fruits and vegetables. And don’t just focus on one vegetable (even leafy greens, as good as they are for you!) but instead think about eating a rainbow of foods. Every vegetable and fruit supports your gut health with different vitamins, minerals, and even different types of fiber.
3. Support a healthy inflammatory response. One thing that may not have been immediately clear in this healthy gut test is that many of those causes create an unhealthy inflammatory response in your body. So fight back by promoting a healthy one! Get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from fish and olive oil.
4. Get plenty of probiotics. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your gut naturally. Without them, you simply cannot have a healthy gut. You can get them in some foods, like yogurt, but if dairy is making your condition worse, supplemental probiotics work, too!
5. Help the probiotics with prebiotics. As strange as it sounds, you need to keep the healthy bacteria, well, healthy, and the best way to do that is with prebiotics. They’re available in foods like onions and garlic. But if those are too strong for your palate are prebiotics as well – and don’t smell quite as strongly.
Don’t live with the discomfort of leaky gut symptoms another day. Take the leaky gut test – and then take action!