Everything Begins in the Gut- Leaky Gut

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By Nan Sprouse, FNP-BC, FAAMM and Staff of Forum Health Knoxville

Leaky gut is the result of a lack of intestinal enzymes necessary for digestion to happen. If the body cannot digest correctly, it cannot absorb vital nutrients. When this happens, you can experience immune dysfunction and hormone imbalance.


Abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivity, joint pain, skin rashes, autoimmune issues…Do you struggle with any of these?


You may want to ask you Functional Provider to look for leaky gut.

Tests that look for leaky gut:

-Zonulin or Lactulose Test (Advanced Intestinal Barrier Test)


-IgG Food Intolerance Test (LeapMRT Test)


-Stool Test (Genova GI-2200 Comprehensive Stool Test)


-Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Test (ION Profile with 40 Amino Acids)

A healthy gut should be your aim!

The gut contains 10X more bacteria than the rest of your body, good and bad, and is a large part of your immune system.

How to get started on gut healing?

Evaluate what you are eating every day. Your diet may be the ultimate driver of your gut inflammation! The typical American is eating a diet high in sugar and saturated fat, and low in fiber and nutrients. Go ahead and remove refined grains and oils, sugar, and highly processed foods from your diet. Incorporate more gut healing options:


  • Bone Broth(Kettle and Fire)
  • Fermented Veggies
  • Sprouted Seeds
  • Omega-3 Fats


Already doing some of these? That is great, keep up the good work!


As always, everyone is different, so please call for a personalized treatment plan for gut healing.


Ready to heal your gut? Learn about our GDRx gut-detox program.


Contact us to schedule a 15 minute health advisor call today.