Do you have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The following questionnaire doesn't provide a definitive diagnosis, but it may help you assess the functioning of your small intestine. It is not intended to replace a Doctor's care or an intestinal permeability test. However, if you score high on this self-test, seek a Doctor who is knowledgeable about leaky gut to help you.

Give yourself a mark of either 0, 1, 2 or 3 on the following test.
0 = Symptom is not present or rarely present
1 = Mild/sometimes
2 = Moderate/often
3 = Severe/almost always

  1. 1. Constipation and/or diarrhea
  2. 2. Abdominal pain or bloating
  3. 3. Mucus or blood in stool
  4. 4. Joint pain or swelling, arthritis
  5. 5. Chronic or frequent fatigue or tiredness
  6. 6. Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerance
  7. 7. Sinus or nasal congestion
  8. 8. Chronic or frequent inflammations
  9. 9. Eczema, skin rashes or hives (urticaria)
  10. 10. Asthma, hay-fever or airborne allergies
  11. 11. Confusion, poor memory or mood swings
  12. 12. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, tylenol etc)
  13. 13. History of antibiotic use
  14. 14. Alcohol consumption or alcohol makes you feel sick
  15. 15. Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or celiac disease

Add up you score and compare with the results below
Score 1-5: Leaky gut less apt to be present
Score 6-10:
Leaky gut may possibly be present
Score 11-19: Leaky gut probably present
Score 20 +
Leaky gut almost certainly present

SOURCE: Leaky Gut Syndrome, Elizabeth Lipski, M.S. C.C.N, p.16


This quiz is an extract from the book Leaky Gut Syndrome by Elizabeth Lipski.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is synomous with "increased intestinal permeability". This occurs when the intestinal wall becomes inflamed and irritated, losing its ability to function. The intestinal lining has the important job of allowing nutrients to be absorbed through it, while keeping out inappropriate substances. With Leaky Gut, these inappropriate substances enter the bloodstream, which stimulates the immune system to get rid of them. Click here to learn more.

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