The Digestion, Stress and Energy Connection
How Emotional, Visceral and Structural Stress Short-Circuits Your Body's Digestive Healing Power
by Dr. Christine Kaczmar
One of the most frequent questions I am asked in my practice is, “How did I get this digestive problem?”
Whether the patients I work with experience Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation or GERD, the origin of these conditions is very clear…an energy supply issue.
We derive our energy from properly digested food. Proper digestion is paramount to health, healing, growth, repair, hormone creation, neurotransmitter production and even immune system strength.
Energy deficiency = Symptoms
When our bodies lack the proper energy supply, we get symptoms. There are 3 categorical ways that digestive energy is squandered and they all have to do with stress. They are:
1. Emotional Stress (thoughts, relationships, finances, fear, etc.)
2. Visceral/Organ Stress (thyroid, liver, heart, eyes, etc.)
3. Structural/Mechanical Stress (postural distortions, car accidents, improper footwear, sports injuries, etc.)
These categories of stress are draining, disruptive and short-circuit your body's digestive healing power.
Now, replace the word "stress" with "energy deficiencies," because stress creates energy deficiencies. It robs your body of its digestive energy and the more energy deficient you are–no matter the deficiency's origin (Emotional, Visceral or Structural)–the more nutrition you need.
In other words, the greater the stress, the more nutritional "soldiers" the body needs to recruit. Depending on the urgency and intensity of the situational stress, only a few nutritional “army privates” may be needed to handle the task. On the other hand, perhaps an extensive “digestive battalion” will be needed to correct the cause of the energy shortage.
The point is, the greater the incoming stress, the greater and more decisive the digestive and nutritional requirements will be, and the efficiency of these responses is dictated by nutrition.
Only nutrition normalizes function.
The bigger the stress threshold, the more digestive energy and healing capability you will need.
Think about the ramifications on the body’s ability to properly eliminate waste when there is a shortage of digestive power or energy.
The result? Impaired elimination of waste leads to even more digestive energy deficiencies which means more symptoms, such as (headaches, heartburn, stiff achy joints, nausea, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn's, GERD, hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome, ulcerative colitis, etc.).
What do do?
Ask your medical professional to speak with you about any of these issues that you may be experiencing. You may also want to ask your medical professional about measuring how your body may have moved out of homeostasis (balance) and into a symptom-filled digestive weakness. And finally, ask your medical professional to discuss the importance of diet, digestion, breathing, exercise, hydration and energy.
Remember: Energy is key and robust digestion is the way.
Love yourself healthy!
For more information, or if you have questions, contact Dr. Christine Kaczmar, a.k.a The Digestion Doctor, located at 47729 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, MI. 586-685-2222 or visit her website: TheDigestionDoctor.com.
Dr Christine also hosts the Smart Digestion Radio podcast and her latest book Gut Check, How the Broken Medical Model is Creating More Sickness is available through Amazon.com and her website.