A leaky gut refers to the increased permeability of the gut lining. The digestive tract has been damaged and is allowing undigested foods and other non-beneficial invaders to infiltrate into the blood stream putting strain on the immune system.
This is not a medically recognised condition but the research that supports the theory of leaky gut syndrome and the related conditions is compelling and can offer an alternative treatment option for many sufferers of chronic illnesses that include: irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and allergies, eczema, asthma, autoimmune conditions and mood disorders.
What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?
It all comes down to the health of the gut flora. Our digestive system is a long hollow tube that is open to the outside world, to protect us from various microbes that can cause disease our digestive tract is lined by a thick layer of beneficial bacteria. This provides a natural barrier to anything that can damage the surface of the gut lining. This includes undigested foods, toxins and parasites. If the layer of beneficial bacteria becomes depleted the gut wall can become vulnerable and over time can be damaged. This can lead to issues with the breakdown and effective absorption of nutrients and many other problems associated with inflammation and immune impairment.