It's estimated that 70% of people in the US have either GI symptoms or some sort of GI disease. We all know that the digestive tract does much more than digest, metabolize, absorb and detoxify. A major role of the gut is to act as a barrier to finely regulate the trafficking of macromolecules between the external (food/microbes) and internal environment (systemic, cells, tissues, etc).
When this complex barrier is broken, foreign macromolecules can enter, interact with the immune system, and result in an in! flammatory response, which can lead to a multitude of local intestinal and systemic extra-intestinal (physical, mental and emotional) symptoms and diseases. Because of this, it's very important to embark on a program to heal the gut before focusing on fixing and alleviating symptoms. I've had some amazing results when choosing to heal the gut nutritionally first rather than focusing on the symptoms that manifest when the gut isn't healthy.
Until next time, Dr. Jill