Damaging the defense mechanism. Your digestive tract is home to about 70% of your immune system, composed of various cells and proteins that safeguard the body from infection. The inflammation that causes a leaky gut also damages the protective coating of a healthy digestive tract, creating not only food allergies but also an entry in the bloodstream for bacteria, fungi, and parasites that normally would not penetrate this protective barrier. And, in larger amounts, these harmful substances can overwhelm the liver's ability to eliminate toxins (detoxify).
Inflammation: a chain reaction. Practically any organ or body tissue can become affected by food allergies and inflammation created by a leaky gut. This intestinal inflammation can send out signals to other systems in the body, causing inflammation in other areas that can lead to chronic conditions. A compromised intestinal tract or leaky gut (intestinal permeability) has been observed in inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease.
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