There are few things that can ruin your day faster than stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn or other digestive problems. But before you reach for the antacids, there may be a treatment you are not considering that can offer safe, effective, lasting relief for your digestive issues.
What Causes Digestive Upset?
There are as many causes for an upset stomach as there are ways to experience it. Some of the most common include:
- Poor diet
- Food sensitivities or allergies
Most Effective Treatments for Digestive Issues
Reaching for the antacids may offer temporary relief but often causes rebounding, a condition marked by worse symptoms than you were experiencing before. Instead, the most effective treatments for digestive issues involve long-term lifestyle changes. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can relieve heartburn, indigestion, and constipation and promote a healthier immune system. Reducing the amount of stress in your life can limit the number of times you reach for an acid reducer. However, there are two treatment options that safely and quickly relieve digestive upset that most people do not consider.
Most people don’t realize that your nerves don’t just control the muscles in your body, they also control your organs. When they can communicate with your brain and organs without interruption, your body stops sending out distress signals in the form of pain and digestive upset. When the nerves that originate in your brain and spinal cord are interrupted by improper positioning of your vertebrae, the electrical signals are interrupted, creating problems throughout your body. These problems may take the form of pain, numbness, or tingling, or they may appear in nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, or other digestive issues. If you properly position the bones in the spine through chiropractic care, you eliminate the pressure on the nerves, and with it the stomach and intestinal problems.
For hundreds of years in Eastern medicine, acupuncture has been used to create targeted stress for digestive upset relief. Using tiny needles, strategically placed in different areas of the body, acupuncture balances the entire digestive system while harmonizing organs to relieve IBS, diarrhea, and constipation. It can also promote a healthier stomach dynamic to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and bloating. By targeting specific channels for internal organs, acupuncture can even promote the proper function of the largest component of your immune system, your stomach, and intestines.
Ultimately, your digestive system begins and ends with what you put into your mouth. With so much misinformation on proper nutrition and the lower nutrient density in the typical diet, digestive upset comes as no surprise. Fortunately, strategic supplementation coupled with a customized nutrition plan can play a vital role in relieving digestive issues. However, it is important to remember that what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. It is important to consult with a functional medicine expert who can prescribe a plan that is right for you.
Regardless of the source of your digestive upset, the time has come to say farewell to your stomach and intestinal issues for good. Call our office today or schedule your consultation online and start on the road to wellness.