Gut Health


The gut flora holds good and bad bacteria, each of which has a role to play in the complex dance that is our metabolism, lifestyle choices and life events.

Gut health is associated with many health conditions including autoimmune disorders, food sensitivities and inflammatory bowel disease, just to name a few. An Intestinal Permeability test can provide a detailed insight into the state of your gut health and how your health might be improved as a result of your gut being healed.

If you don’t drink alcohol, have no stress, only ever ingest pure organic produce, live in a toxic free environment and have a perfect genetic constellation, you might be the rare individual that has a perfectly functioning gut. And if that’s the case, you are a VERY rare individual.

Test Details:

Intestinal Permeability – Urine

Turn Around Time:  5-7 Business Days

The gastrointestinal tract has two main functions; a) to digest and absorb important nutrients for the body’s growth and function, and b) to act as a barrier to keep toxic food particles, environmental chemicals and bacterial waste from entering your bloodstream. When the integrity of this complex system is disturbed and intestinal permeability exists, it can disaffect your health in a myriad of ways.

‘Leaky gut’ causes disease as the intestinal barrier allows toxic molecules to enter the bloodstream and poison the body.  Intestinal permeability can be measured using the lactulose/mannitol test. This test should be considered for the assessment of intestinal permeability and the malabsorption of nutrients from your food.

This test can be used to monitor improvements or deterioration in intestinal permeability as a result of diet and lifestyle choices or circumstance, therapy, disease or drug use.  Furthermore, the intestinal permeability test has been used to monitor the compliance and effectiveness of a gluten-free diet in patients with Coeliac disease.

Common Conditions:

  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Coeliac
  • Fatigue
  • Food allergy and sensitivities


I might recommend this test after we undertake a health assessment which indicates ongoing bloating, food intolerances, inflammation, joint pain and digestive discomfort.  Remove the guess work and get a clear picture of your gut permeability and malabsorption status.