Getting the Most Out of What You Eat
More than ever before, people are moving away from simply reacting to symptoms and searching for a better way to look after themselves and their families. Wellness is the health care paradigm of the future and you don’t have to look very hard to find the “health food” section in the grocery store or an ad for a personal trainer. Many people are eating well, taking good quality supplements, exercising regularly and even taking the time to meditate.
Despite these encouraging behaviours, there are countless people who still suffer from problems that they cannot find the solution to. They visit multiple healthcare practitioners, spend a lot of money on the latest fads, perform endless Google searches and are often still coming up short.Most people do not yet understand the role that the spine and nervous system play in wellness. Many would agree that posture is important, but generally only in the context of pain relief and pain prevention. Scientists have known for more than a century that the nervous system controls all body functions and interference will result in potential health problems.
In the context of diet, a fully functional nervous system is especially vital. Imagine a body being nourished by the best possible nutrients, free of preservatives and toxins and still suffering from conditions such as indigestion, constipation, reflux, fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, and other diet related problems. Perhaps the problem isn’t what is going into the body; perhaps the problem is what the body is doing with the fuel.Imagine the stomach, the intestines, the body’s regulatory hormones and all other structures related to digestion. If the signals that control them were not arriving correctly, they may not be able to process even the best available nutrients.
Some nutrients may not be fully absorbed, and some may be passed over entirely and some may be treated as though they This is where the spine comes in. Rather than just looking at the spine in the context of back pain, we should view the spine as an integral part of body’s operation. The spine is a unique structure designed both for strength and flexibility. Under enough stress, it can shift out of alignment and place stress on the nervous system. The resulting lack of function affects people in a diverse way and is certainly not limited to painful conditions.Often people who consult chiropractors find that their digestive health improves although their primary concern was back pain or headaches. They are often puzzled because they did not make the connection between the spine and digestive health. At the same time, many people have heard stories of digestive conditions improving from chiropractic, therefore have visited a chiropractor yet experienced no improvement. Upon deeper investigation, however, it is usually revealed that those patients with no improvement were also the ones who still consume a poor diet and do not exercise. So, while the spine is a very important factor that is all too commonly overlooked, it is very important not to forget the basics. If we have a perfectly aligned spine and eat fast food all day and remain motionless in front of a computer, our digestion will likely remain