“Leaky gut” is the layman’s term for intestinal permeability. Leaky gut describes the intestinal syndrome where cracks or holes exist in an unhealthy gut lining allowing partially-digested food, toxins, bacteria, and other pathogens to penetrate the tissues beneath it and into the bloodstream.
While the barrier between these “undesirables” and the bloodstream isn’t designed to be impenetrable, it is important to maintain a healthy digestive tract to ensure gut flora balance.
When a healthy gut flora is present, the “good” bugs help aid in normal body function. When the gut flora is out of the norm, intestinal bacteria and inflammation can significantly compromise the body’s ability to ward off common chronic diseases.