Gastrointestinal Disorders and Symptoms

The function of the Gastrointestinal system is to process nutrients and energy from food and fluids that you ingest. To do this, the Gastrointestinal system first needs to break foods down or 'digest' them into their simplest forms. The process of digestion breaks starch and sugars from carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, potatoes and pasta into simple sugars such as glucose and fructose. In people with Gastrointestinal Disorders, these functions are impaired. Digestion of foods can be reduced, so fewer nutrients are converted into a usable form. The symptoms of the presence of a digestive disease are bloody stool, constipation , abdominal cramps, weight loss, heartburn, pale skin or yellowish skin.