What is a Leaky Gut, anyway?!
The part of the "gut" that the term refers to is the duodenum of the small intestine. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine into which the stomach dumps its high acid mixture for further digestion and absorption. If that part of the small intestine has holes in it or is damaged, it is termed "leaky". That's because it leaks. Into the bloodstream...your bloodstream. The transportation system of the body, the one that carries nutrients to cells, and wastes away from cells...read on.
- Your food has not been digested, so your body will not get the nutrients from the food. If this goes on for a long time, you will be malnourished, and suffer the symptoms that that brings.
- Your food has not been digested, so large molecules will leak into the bloodstream. If they are protein molecules, the body will recognize them as "foreign proteins", and launch an immune response. If this goes on for a long time, you will likely develop autoimmune disorders.
- Foreign food molecules in the bloodstream mean that you will develop food sensitivities. In the beginning, just a few sensitivities. As time goes on, your body will become highly reactive to many foods.
- Toxins will also leak into the bloodstream, which will go to the brain and cause focusing issues, brain fog, and inability to concentrate. If this goes on for a while, ADD, ADHD, OCD, SPD, depression, and mood swings--think bipolar-- can develop. Schizophrenia has also been indicated.