Digestive disorders are common. Somewhere between one-third
and one-half of all adults have one, including conditions such
- Heartburn /
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's, ulcerative
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Gut flora imbalance
- Celiac disease
- Incomplete digestion of
Proper digestion and absorption of food is critical if
the body's cells are to get the essential nutrients needed to
function well. If the
gastrointestinal system is not working correctly, it is very likely
that one or more of the body's other major systems (e.g., vascular,
nervous, immune) will also be significantly
There are many potential factors that may affect
digestive function, including:
- Infectious agents - e.g., yeast, bacteria,
- Damage to the lining and function of the gut
- Enzyme deficiencies
- Low gastric acid secretion
- Inadequate dietary
- Medication use - e.g., antibiotics, NSAIDs, aspirin,
- Environmental toxin exposure - e.g., heavy metals,
- With testing and/or an elimination diet,
identify potential food sensitivities/allergies and
reduce/avoid those foods.
- Shift to an anti-inflammatory diet.
- Supplement to support and maintain healthy digestive function:
Essential fatty acids
- Identify/address existing chronic infections
(bacterial, parasitic, fungal).
- Avoid future toxin exposure, and safely / properly reduce existing toxin
levels in the body.
- Seek professional help for existing
psychological factors (e.g., stress).