Digestion, Heartburn & Ulcers
Structural abnormalities can cause stomach, esophagus, duodenum, and intestinal disorders. Your digestive system is a long tube that begins at your mouth and ends at your anus. Your throat, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and intestines (along with other organs) are modifications of this tube. It has a primary overriding goal: to break down food (digestion) and extract the energy & nutrients (assimilation) and send the rest down the tube to be eliminated. After you chew & swallow, your food travels down to your stomach where an extremely powerful natural acid – hydrochloric acid (HCL) – dissolves your food. If HCL were ever to escape your stomach, it could dissolve your heart, lunch, liver, veins, arteries, and every other organ in your body! Luckily, you have a thick layer of mucus covering your stomach’s inner walls that protect you from this happening.
Two common conditions that patients report with digestion issues are:
- Dyspepsia, also referred to as a chronic stomach ache, is just as common as ulcers. Ulcers occur when the powerful acids and digestive juices start to eat through the stomach & intestines. It is extremely painful!
- Heartburn & gastritis: Heartburn occurs when food reverses course and jumps from the stomach through the lower esophagus. Gastritis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the walls of your stomach.
Much of medical care is directed at making us feel better by treating symptoms (usually with pharmaceutical drugs). Treating symptoms alone can be hazardous, however. Once your symptoms are treated, many of us believe that the problem has gone away simply because we don’t feel our symptoms! This is not true in any regard – medical drug therapies can actually create more side effects, symptoms, and problems. Many people prefer to pursue more natural, gentler forms of healthcare that go hand in hand with chiropractic care. Your chiropractor analyzes your body for subluxations – these subluxations (distortions in your body and spine) can be tied to stress on your nervous system, an affected digestion system, assimilation, circulation, respiration, elimination, and nearly every other body function. Every gland and organ in your digestive system needs to receive proper communication from your nerves. Chiropractic care is divided into two parts – location and correction of your subluxations. With the art of chiropractic care, your doctor will correct your subluxations which bring an improved function of your glands and organs.
Dehydration can also be a major contributor! Ulcers, constipation, colitis, and dyspepsia can all be caused by dehydration. Many people, especially the elderly, do not even know they are dehydrated! Hydrating does not mean drinking anything – your body needs water!1
As we age, our digestive system can weaken – it becomes increasingly more important to take care of our digestive system to help prevent us from falling prey to a multitude of diseases. Remember – if your nerves are impinged upon by subluxations, no amount of drugs will relieve the pressure, it will simply ease your symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment is what your body needs!
- Batmanghelidj F: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, Falls Church, VA: Global Health solutions. 1992.