How does a healthy digestive system become a leaky gut? What does that mean?
The digestive tract is a complex affair. This is a twisted tube, from mouth to anus. Interestingly, if you were to lay out this tube, with all its folds lay flat, it would cover a tennis court. If it were leaky, you would be in trouble.
A regimen of soda, donuts, antacids, antibiotics and processed food alone, could lead to trouble. The unhealthy aspects of these, along with a host of other junk many of us consume, can lead to leaky gut.
Leaky gut means the delicate lining, especially of the 24-foot-long small intestine, is not quite as robust as it once was. Undigested food particles can slip through the lining into the capillaries or lymph vessels which are similar to vein capillaries. These undigested food particles contain chains of amino acids which should be broken down into single amino acids.
These chains of amino acids look like viruses, bacteria or other microscopic parasites to the immune system and an immune response is initiated. Because the lining is undernourished, it continues to leak, and the immune system continues to attack. At first the response is like the police calming down a riot. An advanced response feels more like war. Inflammation is always part of an immune response. In medical speak – inflammation means pain, redness, heat, and swelling or any one of these.
Eating overall healthy food is part of the handling. Healing the lining with specialized, highly concentrated foods, herbs and the like is the other part of the healing process.
How healthy do you eat? Do you have a leaky gut?
Dr. Mike Spearman
Spearman Better Health Center
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