What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome
A leaky gut is sometimes referred to as an increased intestinal permeability. It is a syndrome that occurs when the thin wall of your intestinal tract gets damaged by poor eating habits or exposure to harmful substances which can create tiny holes. This causes toxins, proteins such as gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles that are being processed in the gut to leak out into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.
Your gastrointestinal tract houses about 70% of your immune system, so a leaky gut also has a profound effect on your immunity. When leaks happen, the gut flora alerts our immune system to “fight” the breach. If these breaches occur all the time as a result- a leaky gut, your immune system is constantly fighting fires and has little resources left to look after the rest of your body.