How Healthy is Your Gut?

How Healthy is Your Gut?

written by: Dr. Andrea Esau
by: Dr. Andrea Esau
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Indigestion is uncomfortable and inconvenient. It is something that affects adults and children. Often, colic in small babies is caused by indigestion or upset stomach. Digestive health is very important for your overall health. Your gut health affects your overall health as well as your quality of life and comfort. How healthy is your gut? Take a moment to be honest with yourself? Would you like to digest your food better and absorb nutrients more easily? Did you know that your gut has a brain? So, what does all this mean for you? The enteric nervous system is referred to as the second brain and regulates everything that happens in your gut. There are several important things that happen within your gut. 1) Your gut contains intrinsic factor, which helps you metabolize vitamin B12, which is important for optimal function of your nervous system. 2) 80-90% of the serotonin in your body is produced within your digestive tract. Serotonin is thought to affect mood, digestion, memory and appetite. Because serotonin affects your mood, a happy, healthy gut may actually lead to improved mood. 3) Your gut is responsible for digesting and absorbing nutrients from the food you eat. If your gut isn't functioning well, you may not be absorbing all of the nutrients you need out of your food. Did you know that Chiropractic Care may be able to help you improve your digestive health? Your enteric nervous system usually communicates with the central nervous system via your parasympathetic nervous system. Chiropractic helps you improve the function of your parasympathetic nervous system. This means that your gut may be able to communicate with your brain better when your spine and nervous system are working to their maximum potential. Your parasympathetic nervous system is also very important for managing your stress and promoting relaxation. This may also help you have a happier gut, because stress has a tendency to trigger an upset or queasy stomach. When you're relaxed your body is able to digest your food better and absorb nutrients more easily. Are you looking for natural solutions to improve your gut health? When your spine is aligned, your brain can communicate with the rest of your nervous system and body much more effectively. Because of this, Chiropractic may be able to help you achieve greater digestive and overall health!