The cells of our bodies are dependent upon the ability of the digestive system to break down food and assimilate nutrients. When a person cannot effectively digest or assimilate nutrients malnutrition is inevitable and normal function is consequently compromised. The integrity of our gut lining plays a critical role in the digestive process. Antibiotics and other medications, poor diets, and emotional stress can all disrupt the normal function of this lining and lead to problems with malabsorption and malnutrition. Furthermore, an unhealthy gut becomes an ideal environment for the overgrowth of fungus and bacteria, as well as infection from parasites. These common infections lead to inflammation and toxicity, which further disrupt normal function. Digestive dysfunction typically includes bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. If any of these symptoms are consistently present, you can be sure that digestion has been compromised.