You can eat the healthiest, freshest, most nutrient-rich diet possible, but still wind up chronically ill from diseases related to malnutrition. Why? Your digestive system may be functioning less than optimally an increasingly common occurrence as you age. The experts say health complaints that plague ageing adults from impaired immunity to digestive distress and nutritional deficiencies can be traced to a key underlying factor: poor digestive health. They also say digestive health is important no matter what your age. There is even a website devoted to theissue, (www.digestivehealth.org). It says most people experience digestive health problems at one time or another, and usually consider their symptoms merely an inconvenience. But the digestive system is extremely important as it functions to support the rest of the body and deliver nutrients throughout the body. When it malfunctions, the entire body is at risk.