Symptoms of a digestive problem may not always present right away, yet when they do occur, the symptoms include bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, food allergies and sensitivities, fatigue, brain fog, and more.
Often times a digestive problem is not detected until disease is diagnosed or the onset of severe symptoms appear. Our digestive tract plays a very important role within our immune system necessary in warding off harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Our digestive health constitutes 75% of our immune system for fighting off disease. Poor digestive health not only diminishes the ability to fight disease, it can also affect the function of your metabolism, needed in maintaining a healthy weight. The digestive system is also responsible for the absorption of food nutrients and vitamins which our body requires to maintain optimal health. Scientific evidence also indicates that our digestive system has a role in balancing our moods, the ability to handle stress, obesity, cholesterol levels and heart dysfunction. Diet plays a very important role in the development of a digestion problem.
A diet high in sugar and processed foods can cause a PH change within the intestine, decreasing the production of the microflora our bodies need to ward off disease. A decrease in production of microflora, a “leaky gut syndrome” can occur, due to a thinning and weakened state of the lining leading to food allergies or sensitivities, eczema, and inflammation. Decreased absorption of vitamins A, D, B6, as well as, minerals such as zinc, selenium, potassium, iron and iodine also occur.
Holtorf Medical Group physicians are trained to recognize digestive problems and implement effective treatments, which may include dietary changes, supplements or other digestive aids. If you believe you have a digestive problem, call 877-508-1177 to speak with a team member today.