By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Testing for leaky gut is really simple and at the same time necessary for optimal health and wellness. Immune activity in the gastrointestinal tract can be assessed using SigA or secretory immunoglobulin A as a marker. SigA is an antibody / immune protein the body makes. It is also transported through the epithelial cells that line the intestines. Secretory IgA is the first line of defense of the GI mucosa and is central to the normal function of the GI tract as an immune barrier. SigA plays an essential role in keeping harmful pathogens out of the body, including food particles that can cause autoimmune responses or attacks.
Understanding the testing for leaky gut indicators is pretty simple. The lower your SigA reading, the leakier the gut is. Your protocol that comes with the test results will include nutrients and supplements to strengthen the gut lining and reverse the leaky gut. If sigA is high, the immune system is usually over reactive and there may be an abundance of mucous.
One example: a 10-year old boy is constantly mucousy yes the test for leaky gut may come back low, but it also may come back high. If it is low, leaky gut support is needed. If SigA is high, then we usually suggest food intolerance and allergy testing (see our IGG IGE food intolerance / allergy test) to learn which foods he needs to avoid to reduce the mucous and lower the sigA response to normal.
Another example: Lady age 50 comes in stating she is reacting to everything she is eating. Testing for leaky gut indicators is done via the stool. SigA is low which indicates food particles are most likely passing through the gut lining since it is weak and her immune system is overly attacking them, which attacks her.
How does it work? You order the leaky gut test kit, avoid gut supports for 5-7 days and the collection day. Results are emailed and mailed to you with a protocol based on the results in about 2-3 weeks.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.