Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition where the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged to the point of leaking undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxic waste into the blood stream. This process triggers the immune system to go into attack mode against any particles considered foreign.
An estimated 80% of people in the US suffer from intestinal permeability. With a leaky gut comes a variety of symptoms affecting many areas of the body. Unfortunately, leaky gut is not well recognized by most practitioners.
Leaky Gut Symptom #1: Excessive Fatigue
Our bodies are generally really good at converting food into energy when supplied properly. However, with a leaky gut there is an energy shortage because most of what is ingested comes out of the intestines before it can be absorbed. In such cases, your body is going to use whatever energy it can get to power crucial systems such as your heartbeat.
Another reason for fatigue with intestinal permeability is the release of inflammatory messengers. As your body continues to use energy to fight food it considers dangerous, your energy stores become depleted. The combination of an unnecessary utilization of energy and unabsorbed energy leads to excessive tiredness.