Breaches in your intestinal barrier allow food allergens, infectious agents, and toxins to pass into your bloodstream. This can lead to systemic chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases. This is why the majority of Functional and Integrative Medicine programs start with healing your gut. Gastrointestinal symptoms are often clues to underlying dysfunction. For example, difficulty digesting proteins may be due to low stomach acid. Abdominal bloating may be due to infections, gall bladder disorders, lymphatic obstruction, hypothyroidism, etc. Integrative Medicine offers significant testing and treatment options that are not part of a conventional medical practice.