What are digestive system diseases?
One of the most sensitive components of our bodies is the digestive system. It breaks down food and drinks into nutrients that the body can absorb and use as energy and building blocks for cells. Stress, genetics, and environmental factors can cause malfunctions to our digestive system, which can lead to all sorts of diseases.
Digestive diseases are disorders of the digestive tract or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is made up of the esophagus (food tube), stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that between 60 to 70 million of people are affected by some type of digestive system disease.
The most common are Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) caused by changes in the GI tract, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) resulted by a weakened sphincter-muscle between the stomach and esophagus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which includes mentioned disorders like Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and Gastroparesis – a disorder which reduces the stomach’s ability to empty its contents.