Many people deal with digestion problems daily. Some have problems like I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) that causes them to avoid spending time with friends and family in social settings — especially meals. Other individuals seem to find that they can eat and eat, and not feel satisfied because their bodies are not getting the needed nutrition out of the foods they are eating.
Food is an important part of our lives — and not just because we need food to survive, but because there is often a social element involved. Whether it is a first dinner date, family Thanksgiving dinner, having friends over for a fun evening, or a birthday party thrown to honor the life of a friend or family member, it seems that food is always on the menu.
Next to your brain, your gut is the most complex part of your body with 10 times the number of cells than the rest of your entire body combined.
The way your digestive system functions is important for many reasons including:
The main function of your gut is to process food, extracting the nutrients while eliminating the waste, and keeping you nourished and healthy. The enteric nervous system is in constant contact with your brain, letting your brain know if you have to throw up or go to the bathroom, but also can communicate sugar cravings as well. We ask a lot from our digestive system when we feed it junk food, processed chemicals, and sugar-laden foods with no nutrients to work with. Yet we expect it to extract vitamins and minerals to sustain life.
While you may not control the means through which your digestive system processes food, you do have some control over the environment in your gut and outside forces affecting it. Here are some steps to take to improve your digestive system.
Many of you may be wondering how chiropractic care can help your digestive system work better. Chiropractic care is not just about dealing with pain, its also about making sure your central nervous system is in optimum running condition and helping it stay that way.
The nerves exiting the lower back (lumbar spine) control the function of organs and muscles within the body. If these nerves are being pinched, or have pressure on them you can experience symptoms like:
After a chiropractor adjusts your lower back, the communication with your digestive system, organs, and muscles will improve. This, in turn, will help your digestive system function better and have better communication with your brain. If you are currently experiencing low back pain, the odds are your digestive system is not functioning as well as it could. Additionally, since only 10% of the nervous system experiences pain, you could be experiencing the problems listed above and not have pain yet.
Getting a chiropractic adjustment is a good way to help keep your body functioning as it should. Contact Dr. Gary Olson at 631.426.917 today to arrange for an appointment, or use our convenient appointment form. If you feel any of your friends or family can benefit from this article, please share it with them.
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