Your gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is the system in the body that digests and absorbs food and then expels waste. The GI tract also contains many immune system cells and serves to protect the body from infection. 85% of your immune system lines your GI tract. All illnesses that relate to the gastrointestinal tract are categorized as digestive diseases.
There are millions of Americans suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, which range from mild symptoms to more serious symptoms that can affect normal daily activities. All of these symptoms can be related to chronic illness.
When people think of digestive disorders, symptoms come to mind that relate to the stomach, small intestine, large intestine and colon. However, digestive disorders can be the underlying cause of many conditions we don’t usually associate with the gastrointestinal tract. Common gastrointestinal symptoms can be related to a disease such as colon cancer, or to “functional” disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.
How We Treat Digestive Disorders
We can properly evaluate and treat the GI tract by regulating or normalizing gastrointestinal function. To develop your customized treatment, we may utilize a change in diet, probiotic supplementation, enzyme therapy, nutrients that repair the GI lining, or direct treatment with medication.