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What Is Secretory IgA And Why You Should Know About It?

August 18, 2019

Greetings, Eric Bakker from Naturopath, thanks
for tuning in and checking out this video. I’ve got quite a few topics to cover today,
but let’s start with IgA, Secretory IgA I often get questions from people regarding
stool tests. What does this marker mean? Can you explain more in detail what this marker
means? I’ve had my doctor on Naturopath do a test
on me, I got the results back, and I don’t really understand exactly what these results
mean. Or they weren’t explained to me properly. So I’ve got a question here from somebody
over in the States, and this question is, what Secretory IgA deficiency of the immunoglobulin
A? What should I know about it? What does it do? So this persons quite inquisitive and really
wants to understand what Secretory IgA is. So let’s talk a bit more about that in this
video. So what you may not know about is that, or
you may well know, I’m not sure what your level of medical knowledge is, that the bodies
immune system makes up various antibodies. So these are basically cells that help to
counter unwanted responses in the body or unwanted organisms. They help to clean the body up and basically
keep the body healthy and balanced. So there are different types of antibodies,
you’ve got several in your blood stream. You’ve got certain types that are only found
for example in breast milk. Certain types found in tears or saliva, but
the one we’re going to talk about is called Secretory IgA. It’s produced by the mucus membranes of the
body. So the mucous membranes, these are basically
parts of the body exposed to where they secrete a mucous into their environment. For example if we think about the ear, nose,
and the throat there’s a lot of Secretory IgA going on in that particular area. The whole digestive tract, the intestines,
the stomach, everywhere throughout this area where there’s mucous being secreted that you’ll
find Secretory IgA. So the body starts making large amounts of
this, up to two or three thousand grams per day, I believe, was it milligrams of micrograms? It’s very, very tiny, I think it’s grams. It’s actually grams. So that’s quite a bit. So the body needs large amounts of this antibody
basically to help defend itself from all kinds of unwanted visitors and pathogens. So don’t confuse Secretory IgA with IgA that
you normally would find in a blood test. Unless it’s the little S in front of it, it’s
not secretory, or secretary, or I think other people might call it by different names. So the other IgA that you find by way of a
blood test, that will often be bundled with for example, IGM, IGE, other antibodies will
be bundled with that particular one. This is often done as part of an allergy test
or a specific immune test, your doctor will do this, this will be a blood draw. A blood test. I’m talking more about a stool sample, with
the SIgA, or a saliva test that was done to determine the Secretory IgA. Remember it’s called Secretory, so it’s coming
from the mucous membranes. So you need to know about this, this is very
important because if you’ve got a very low number then you need to look further afield
at why the number is so low. So the SIgA help basically to grab hold of
things that don’t like in the mucous membrane and transport it out of the body. Either through way of blowing the nose, or
out through the bowel motions, it’ll get basically passed out and dealt with that way. So you need to look further afield if you’ve
got very, very low numbers. That’s quite a concern, because there’s a
drain on the immune system in that case. You could have had an unknown, unwanted candida
problem. You could have had a bacterial problem. It needs further checking out to see why the
number is so low. But the other thing it could be, it could
be a food allergy. This is quite common too, is when the IgA
is very, very low it can be a significant problem. So the numbers I’m thinking of are nought
to 200. I think this is micrograms per 100 mill, or
DC liter of blood. So when the IgA level falls well under 200,
if you’ve got levels say of 10 or 15 this is very, very low indeed. When the levels go really high that’s a different
story all together, but healthy people will have a level of around about 130, 150, maybe
170 micrograms, which is the U/DL. So depending on your scale that you’re looking
at. But I’ve seen some Secretory IgA that was
in stool tests as less, extremely low, like 0.5 in some people, so barely detectable. Right to the other end of extreme I’ve seen
them as high as 2500, when they’ve had a very, very powerful inflammatory response in the
body. So when you’ve got a low number the great
thing would have been to have a history of IgA with perhaps tests performed every six
or 12 months to track, to see what’s going on with your digestive tract, and your health
in general. It’s not an expensive test, you should be
able to get a saliva test done for about 100 bucks, from what I’m thinking. If it’s part of a stool test it shouldn’t
be that pricey, as just a standalone test it’s probably going to be cheaper. ‘Cause if you bundle that again with the comprehensive
stool test you could be looking at $200 or $300. So remember don’t confuse this with the blood
test, the blood test is entirely different, they’re not really what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the saliva SIgA or the
digestive Secretory IgA, that’s what we’re talking about. So there are different ways you can get the
level up. So let’s talk a bit about that now. You can get it up, it’s a great thing to do
to get this number up to good levels, because it will definitely improve your defenses in
your body and stop unwanted micro organisms from forming bio films and whole colonies
in your body. So you really want to try and keep the numbers
up, not too high, not ridiculously high but in the ball park where I mentioned. It’s just going to keep your defenses right
up. Probiotics are very important to keep it up,
and you’ll find that the low Secretory IgA often are found in conjunction with leaky
gut syndrome anyway. So remember if the numbers are low also check
potentially for a food allergy because IgA’s also used a tag. So the body will actually tag foods that are
good, that it’s known, like it will put a sticker on their backs, yeah mate you’re good
to go through. Every time they pat some guy on the back it’s
another sticker, it’s another IgA down. So your numbers could be low if they don’t
build up because of a good brushboarder. So you need probiotics to build good numbers
of IgA, because you do tend to use a lot of these guys up. Because remember your bodies making grams
per day to tag good things that it likes, but also to kick the bad things out. So you need to keep the numbers up. Probiotics are a good start, digestive enzymes
are quite good to consider. Of course eating probiotic foods. I mentioned this in some of my other videos,
so go and check out any other videos on the Candida Crush YouTube channel on probiotic
foods. ‘Cause you’ll need to incorporate these into
your diet to give yourself a really good chance to get those numbers up. So remember people who have parasites, Candida,
bad bacteria, food allergies, one or multi food allergies these are people that are typically
going to have lower Secretory IgA. If you’ve got very high Secretory IgA again,
this is where it pays to do more extensive stool testing to determine if you’ve got any
inflammatory markers. Excuse me. ‘Cause that could mean that you’re looking
more at Crohn’s Disease, ulcerated colitis or inflammatory bowel disease, or polyps,
or things like that. So then you look for blood and mucous, and
other kinds of things as well. So higher, we do tend to find as well, it’s
more common to find the lower one but we do find the higher one. Of course the higher it is the more urgent
the need to find what’s causing this high amount of IgA to come up. So I hope that gives you some useful information
today on Secretory IgA, what it is, how important it is, sort of the numbers and you can do
a saliva test as a standalone. You can sometimes do a standalone stool test
rather than bundled with another stool test. Please subscribe to my channel because I enjoy
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  • Reply fetttoful May 30, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Eric, I've gotta another question that might be worth a video regarding these stool sample results. Findings of abnormal amounts of microscopic yeast, what does it mean? What does it mean if no other dysbiotic flora or bacteria is found and microscopic yeast is still present?

    Thank you for your awesome work, your videos are great.

  • Reply Avizoon December 22, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    my Secretory IgA is actually higher than normal.

  • Reply Aspergers versus Neurotypicals June 20, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Hello and thank you for your video. (Dr. D'Adamo claims
    15% of the population is a non-secretor)
    Do non-secretors give test results of "0.00000 s-IgA" in their secretions? and is it impossible for these non-secretors to raise s-IgA (in bodily secretions) using food supplements, since non-secretors basically have a genotype that [does not secrete antibody information into bodily secretions]? thank you for any light you can shed on this.

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