Impaired digestion is one of the most common complaints in medicine. Moreover, it is a foundational causative factor in many other conditions from skin to psychiatric to orthopedic to respiratory. Healthy digestion is top tier for optimal health.
Digestion begins in the mouth. The mucosal tissue that lines the mouth and the sinuses is a differentiated skin tissue that houses a complex mucosal immune system, the SIgA or secretory immune system. This type of mucosal immune tissue extends from the mouth to the anus. The cells that comprise the SIgA sample and respond to everything that enters our body from the outside. This comes to light in oral tolerance disorders, where exposure to certain foods cause symptoms. It breaks down food into its building blocks to be absorbed as nutrients.
Symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, stomach pain, IBS, Chrons Disease, Colitis, Bechets syndrome, bloating, gas, SIBD, SIFO, abdominal distention, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, sinus issues and others are all symptoms of an impaired digestive system and are all treatable through nutrition and functional/Chinese medicine. There is a thirty nine trillion cell micro-biome living in our large intestine. We have begun digging deeper into the importance of the bodily and yes, mental health. Like skin disease, there is much to delve into beneath the symptoms.