When we are told that we have a certain condition such as an autoimmune condition or any other form of condition , it’s generally told that it is because of the leaky gut and inflammation in the body. But what is a leaky gut? Leaky gut also known as”intestinal permeability,” is a condition in which the small intestine’s lining is damaged, which causes the undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream. These foreign substances when they enter the blood can cause an autoimmune response in the body including inflammatory and allergic reactions such as irritable bowel, migraines, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and many more.
With a leaky gut, the damaged cells in the intestines don’t produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion and as a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to hormonal imbalances and a weakened immune system.
Leaky gut can also be caused by medications including antibiotics, steroids and over-the-counter pain relievers which can irritate the intestinal lining and damage protective mucus layers. This irritation can start or continue the inflammation cycle that leads to intestinal permeability. In many cases, leaky gut is caused by your diet too.