Is your stomach giving you trouble? Have you been diagnosed with acid reflux or indigestion? You may think it’s all your stomachs fault, but you may be the one to blame.
Digestion is an extremely important task. In a best-case scenario, our stomach takes the food that has been chewed sufficiently in our mouths and further breaks it down with the aid of an acid produced by the stomach called Hydrochloric acid (HCL), that has an extremely low pH of about 1.0. As you may recall from chemistry class, 7.0 is neutral. The acid (HCL) in the stomach breaks down the food into extremely small bits that then passes into the small intestines where it is absorbed and used to provide energy for healing and repair. This is the perfect scenario, which is not the norm.
Let’s dive into what is truly happening to most people who suffer from acid reflux and indigestion.
First, we are living in a world that is moving at an extremely fast pace. There is so much stress all around us, from work, family, friends, media, you name it, we are encountering massive amounts of stress on a daily basis. Most of us eat on the run, or in front of the TV, we are rushed through our meals to drop the kids off at school, rush to work then rushing to get back to work after lunch and so on. In an effort to save time, we try to speed up the eating process by woofing down our meals like wild animals while running to the next stressful situation.
Therein lies the problem.
All of that running, insufficient chewing and the big one, stress sets us up for developing indigestion, ulcers, acid reflux, stomach pain, gas and many, many other issues and diseases due to lack of nutrition and malabsorption.
Let’s talk about the Stress response baby! No, not the hit song form 20 years ago but the remarkable process that allows us to react if we should encounter a bear that wants to eat us. Most of us won’t encounter a bear but life can seem that way and our bodies go into the same response, believe it or not. We call this intelligent process the “fight or flight” response. This response gives us the ability to run or fight for our lives. This is an amazing thing, it can save our lives. During the ‘fight or flight” response our bodies shut down our digestive system, halts all production of digestive enzymes, acid (HCL) and shunts all the blood and energy to our arms and legs. This is so we can have the energy to fight, or run like hell.
Therein lies the problem, again!
In our daily lives, we are constantly in the “fight or flight” response! We are running and not resting when we eat. We are worrying about work and our children and spouse and deadlines and this and that and this and you know the routine. This is a problem, because when we eat during this “fight or flight” state, which can last hours after the stressor, our body does not have the ability to break down our food. What happens next is where the symptoms start to show. When we put food in our stomach that cannot be digested due to lack of acid (HCL) and digestive enzymes, due to our stressful state, the food sits in our stomach and begins to rot! Yes, the food rots in our stomachs. This rotting causes an organic acid and carbon gases to be produced from the rotting material. This combination is what most of us feel as acid reflux, stomach pain, farting, burping. Well what do you think happens next? You go to your medical doctor and tell them you have burning in your throat from acid reflux and what do they do? They put you on an acid blocker…well ok, the acid reflux is gone, but guess what? You still aren’t breaking down your food, what does that mean?? No nutrition, no healing, no energy, your body starves itself. This turns into a situation of robbing peter to pay paul, meaning the body needs to get the nutrition from somewhere so where does it get it from if the food you eat is not being broken down to provide the essential nutrients? The body begins to cannibalize itself!! Yes, I said it, it begins to steal nutrition from less valuable areas to supply the most valuable areas like your brain and heart. This robbing begins to take its toll overtime and eventually develops into more than just an acid reflux situation. This can develop into serious diseases, one of which could be cancer!
This all sound so crazy, right?! Just a simple act of not breaking down our food correctly can result in possibly turning into cancer! Our bodies need nutrition to heal and survive. If we do not get that from our food, the body will get it from somewhere and the only place it can feed from is, You!
So, what do we do about this situation? How do we reverse this nasty cycle? How do we get the most out of our food that we spend our hard-earned money on?
For Starters, we must learn to slow down! We must learn to reduce our stress, to relax while eating and understand that our mental state effects our physical body. There are also many nutritional options to aid in digestion and reduce your symptoms.
Want to learn more about how you can heal yourself and get the most out of your foods? Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We want to help you help yourself!
About Dr. Will
Dr. Will Munoz is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an emphasis on total body wellness. He believes that along with Chiropractic Care, there must also be steps in place to increase overall health awareness. This includes eating well, thinking well, and moving well. His philosophy allows you to see results fast. Dr Munoz graduated from Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas Texas with a Doctor of Chiropractic and he also has a bachelor's Degree in anatomy as well as Health and Wellness. He has a passion for nutrition and works to incorporate it into his practice. Teaching is also something that Dr. Will has a passion for.
The title of Doctor which translates; to teach, in Latin is something Dr. Will holds true in his practice. He is always willing to help and is full of valuable information that can get you healthy and keep you there. Doctor Will is a family practice doctor with a child of his own and believes that every man woman and child should be under regular chiropractic care to ensure that the nervous system is functioning at its optimal capabilities. This gives the body the best chance to thrive and grow.