A wide array of disorders can affect your digestive tract, a long tube of organs that begins at your mouth and ends at your anus. Over ninety million people suffer everyday from some form of digestive issues (heartburn, acid reflux, GERD (gastroesophageal reflex disorder), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), indigestion constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc.).
- Your body produces digestive enzymes. However, it cannot produce enough digestive enzymes to keep up with the typical western diet, which is full of enzyme-depleted, cooked, and processed foods. This is one of the reasons why so many people suffer from digestive-related health problems.
- Add to this fact that genetically modified foods cannot be broken down properly and seen by the immune system as an allergy. 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract.
- If you were not breastfed as an infant and/or given solid food too early in life would make you a likely candidate.
- As we age our ability to produce digestive enzymes decreases by 13 percent every ten-year period.
- If you suffer from gluten sensitivities.
- If you have been diagnosed with a disease.
There are some diseases that are marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system. Normally, the immune cells protect the body from infection. In some people however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign substances and it attacks the cells of the intestines. In the process, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines where they produce chronic inflammation.