Digestion and Fats

Digestion occurs in a “north to south” process beginning when the brain sends signals when food first enters your mouth. Undigested fats can become an assault on the immune system because they are meant to be digested and processed by the body (as are all foods that we consume).

Digestive dysfunction follows the same “north to south” pathway. In the case of fats not being properly broken down, the fats rancidify.  The undigested fats pass through the lining of the small intestine, sort of like a hose springing leaks, and that action causes the immune system to be overwhelmed. These fats that should be broken down through proper digestion travel to the ileocecal valve at the large intestine and can cause a blockage or get clogged. Picture a clogged drain, and in this case as the fats sit there, the healthy environment in the intestines breaks down causing the potential for inflammation, diverticula, and loss of tone leading to diseases such as Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, and Celiac Disease.