|LPS IgA, IgM or IgG||+||+||–||+||–|
|Occludin/Zonulin IgA, IgM or IgG||–||+||+||–||–|
|Gut flora imbalance||Breakdown in intestinal barrier integrity by bacterial antigens through paracellular pathway||Breakdown in intestinal barrier integrity by factors other than bacterial antigens, through paracellul pathway ar||Breakdown in intestinal barrier integrity by bacterial antigens through transcellular pathway||Autoimmunity against mucosal epithelium and hronic other tissue cell cytoskeleton including Celiac disease, C Active Hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis|
|Clinical Approach||Pre- & Pro- biotics||Pre- & Pro-biotics Heal the gut||Reduce st ress Heal the gut||Pre- & Pro- biotics||Anti-inflammatories|
Research confirms that the root cause for many of undesired immune reactions originates in the gastrointestinal tract. GI tract abnormality can compromise the integrity of the gut barrier and increases the entry of undigested antigens into the sub-mucosa and the circulation, thus challenging the immune system. Reaction to these antigens activates immune and inflammatory cascades, resulting in the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and an array of antibodies, which further contributes to increased intestinal barrier permeability (or “leaky gut” syndrome).
Increased permeability of the intestinal barrier to macromolecules is associated with a variety of local and systemic inflammatory conditions. Intestinal permeability can cause systemic inflammation, which can then sustain itself by its ongoing effect on the gut. The target tissue damage is primarily determined by genetics and exposure of environmental factors, leading to various clinical conditions including:
- Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac disease
- Food Allergies
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease)
- Numerous autoimmune diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Type 1 Diabetes, Spondylitis, etc.)
- Neurological conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain Barré Syndrome, etc.)
- Cognitive Dysfunction (depression, anxiety, Schizophrenia, etc.)
Test results may vary depending on your age, gender, health history, the method used for the test, and other things. Your test results may not mean you have a problem. Ask your healthcare provider what your test results mean for you.
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