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Digestive Issues: It’s More Than Just Tummy Troubles

Health

Dr. Melissa Brennan, DC

Did you know that 60-70 million people in the US are affected by digestive issues? And that $136 billion (with a B) are spent alone on medical care for these digestive issues?

That’s more than trauma, mental health and heart disease combined!

What constitutes as “digestive disease”?

Here are some common diagnosis and symptoms to name a few:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • GERD
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Acid Reflux
  • Indigestion

If you have any of the above, you have digestive issues!

Why you might ask is digestion even important?

As most holistic practitioners would agree, your digestive health is a picture of your overall health. So if your digestive system is not healthy, you yourself are most likely not healthy.

What does your digestive system do?

It is responsible for the following:

1. Digesting Food

2. Transferring and absorbing nutrients

3. Processing and Removing Toxins/Chemical Residues

4. And it’s your 1st line of defense for your immune system

In the next few months, I will be discussing why digestion is important, how your digestive system works, what harms your digestive system and how you can help your digestive system using natural approaches!

*Image by Eva Katalin Kondoros/Getty Images

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