One of the least talked about but most common issues in our office involves digestion. Our patients aren’t alone either—digestive disorders affect 60-70 million Americans each year. This begs the question: Why are digestive issues so common in the United States?
The term digestive disease encompasses all parts of the digestive system, from the esophagus down to the large intestine. The cause of many digestive disorders is unknown, but the United States has several contributing factors, such as chronic stress and exposure to harmful pesticides. There is also overwhelming evidence that the Standard American Diet might be the most significant contributor to digestive disease. The diet is high in carbohydrates, refined sugar, and processed foods, all of which contribute to gut dysfunction.