A leaky gut sounds kind of alarming, but it is more common than you would think. It's not about food and liquids gushing out of your small intestine to who knows where, but it's all about a microscopic change in the wall of the small intestine.

If your proteins are not properly broken down in the acid environment of the stomach the no further digestion occurs in the alkaline atmosphere of the small intestine.

These partially digested proteins can then enter the blood stream through the leaky gut and the response is an inflammatory or allergic reaction.

Leaky gut or its technical term dysbiosis is caused by a change in the health of the wall of the small intestine. The microscopic pathways which allow amino acids, water and other nutrients to pass naturally into the blood stream.

But when the gut is leaky larger molecules of undigested food can move into the blood stream. The difference could only be seen through a microscope, so it's not as scary as you might imagine, but the health implications are serious.

Asthma, allergies, skin problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain are the tip of the ice berg.

Leaky gut can be caused by any number of things.

Alcohol, anti-biotics, Bali belly, over cooked barbequed foods, stress, junk food, in other words all the foods and drinks we know to be unhealthy, plus some things which are unavoidable.

The process is that the good bacteria in the gut is finished making way for less desirable bacterial habitants. The wall of the intestine becomes covered with things like dust and gluten and toxins and this aggravates the tissue leaving it open to irritation which results in leaky gut.

Prolonged illness or a diet deficient in amino acids is also a cause. Some people when they first adopt a vegetarian diet miss out on important amino acids

The repair process is done over several weeks, but the first thing to do is to give your gut a rest by backing off on the offending foods and drinks.

A bit of rest and recreation goes a long way in allowing your gut to recover. Aloe Vera will soothe the gut and sometimes a protein shake with pre-digested branched chain amino acids, which ensures delivery into your blood stream.

By solving leaky gut it can make a big difference in your overall health and is the first step in your vital health recovery