Indigestion — Poor Nutrient Absorption

INDIGESTION manifests in discomfort or pain in the stomach area or anywhere in the abdomen, sometimes radiating up toward the throat (heartburn) or through to the back and up to the shoulder blades.  Other well known symptoms are belching, bloating, flatulence (gas), and irregular bowel movements (stools), as well as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, mental fogginess, and headaches.

Indigestion can seriously undermine your health.

Indigestion is not just a long or short moment of discomfort, pain, or embarrassment.  It is a red flag for incomplete digestion and absorption of the nutrients that food is supposed to provide to your body.

The body depends on us to provide it with the tools in the form of to build and maintain a healthy body and mind.  These tools are extracted from the foods we eat and come in the form of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and other micro nutrients.

Thus incomplete digestion means that although we eat plenty, and perhaps even well, we are not utilizing the nutrients to the fullest.  It may also mean that we eat in a hurry, are upset while eating, and don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or fresh air.

Our lifestyle habits contribute to indigestion.

Did you know that the body needs to be at rest to properly digest the foods we eat?  Hurrying up and running around while eating puts us into the “flight or fight” mode which signals the body to halt digestion.

Did you know, that without sufficient oxygen, the body cannot transform the foods we eat into energy?  Fresh air every day provides us with this life sustaining molecule.

Did you know that oxygen is transported to all the cells of the body by the blood?  Blood circulation is facilitated by regular exercise.

Did you know that the body does its repair and maintenance work while we sleep?  Hence, plenty of rest, especially at night, is absolutely vital to your health and digestion.

Indigestion may signal digestive organ dysfunction or ill health.

The major organs involved in digestion are the stomach, pancreas, liver, and small & large intestine.  Hence, problems with digestion, and experienced as indigestion, indicate dysfunction or illness of one or more of these organs.

These organs may suffer when exposed to medications, infectious diseases, alcohol abuse, smoking, illicit drugs, accidental trauma, surgery, and even postural habits, mental stress, emotional upset, or chronic muscle tension.

Treatment with medicines does not heal the digestive tract.

Treatment generally aims to suppress the symptoms rather than to heal the digestive tract. Medications used to suppress the symptoms often lead to more and different symptoms, indicating that the body is getting sicker.

Yet healing the digestive tract would not only get rid of the symptoms but improve digestion.  The results would be more energy, greater health, a stronger immune system, more mental power, less fatigue, a much greater sense of well being, and less vulnerability (susceptibility) to disease of any kind.

That’s what I want for myself.  How about you?

There are many ways to improved digestive health.

A naturopathic doctor has many tools to offer in this regard:  herbs, homeopathy, and nutritional & lifestyle advice.

Additionally, consider acupuncture, acupressure, and craniosacral therapy as another way to support healthy digestion.

Healthy digestion can also become impaired from trauma (accidental or surgical)  to the spine and abdomen,  or even the arms and legs (via the meridians — see my post on allergies).

Trauma twists, stretches, and/or compresses the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  It causes further distortion by stretching, compressing, and twisting the connective tissue (fascia) that weaves through and envelops all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as organs, blood and lymph vessels, nerves, meridians (energy pathways), and every cell and tissue in the body.

With trauma, the connective tissue exerts a strangulation effect on the structures within it, as it becomes sticky and tough (scarring of the connective tissue).  This may result in diminished blood and lymph flow, impaired organ function, nerve conduction and energy flow (meridians), as well as reduced ability to move.

Craniosacral therapy and energetic unwinding help the body to release the restrictions within the connective tissue to restore health and well being anywhere in the body, including the digestive system.  This therapy is very gentle and relaxing, yet extremely effective.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health