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Stress, Low Energy and the Stomach

It's fairly easy to say stress = energy deficiency. But it's not easy to say, "Just be less stressed." If anything, that tends to cause more stress about being too stressed.

We want to help you understand the possible cause of your symptoms. Arguably, digestive and bowel problems are some of the most common secondary symptoms seen at our chiropractic office in Vancouver- often connected with neck and back pain, chronic pain, after an auto accident or personal injury.


First, we must understand that stress presents itself in three different ways:

1. Emotional Stress

2. Physical or Structural Stress

3. Chemical Stress

Each of the above can be exhausting and result in specific signs and symptoms. When the body struggles to maintain it's normal functions, it prioritizes the most important functions. Therefore there is not enough energy for other organs to do their part. GERD or Gastritis is a prime example of how when stress is high, a secondary organ cannot function properly. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studies indicate you are more likely to have GERD:

- if you are overweight or pregnant (Physical stress)

- if you take certain medications, including antihistamines, painkillers, and/or antidepressants (chemical stress)

- if you smoke or are regularly exposed to smoke (chemical stress)

- if you have a hiatal hernia (physical stress)

This is not simply a problem of "excess" stomach acid. In fact, new research is proving digestive symptoms are actually related to stomach acid deficiency. Therefore, a simple trick is to take an Apple Cider Vinegar tablet before meals, which can help the stomach better prepare to digest food. Try it for 30 days and see if it helps. Work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that’s best for you, whether it’s lifestyle changes, medications, or a home remedy like ACV tablets.

Common medications, such as the ones below are used by medical doctors to treat reflux :

  • Antacids to help neutralize stomach acid

  • H2 receptor blockers, such as famotidine (Pepcid), to block the receptors in the stomach that release acid

  • Proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole (Prilosec), to reduce acid production

Lifestyle changes that may help acid reflux include the following:

  • Eat smaller meals

  • Avoid foods and beverages that trigger heartburn

  • Quit smoking

  • Don’t lie down after eating

  • Elevate the head of your bed several inches

  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar (liquid or tablet form) before meals to aid in digestion

Taking these small steps, can help get your digestion feeling better. And let's face it, when we feel better, it's easier to manage other stress. If you want to talk more to one of our providers about how we can help with stress reduction, pain management, or you're looking for chiropractic and massage Vancouver, please give us a call or text

360-718-2346. Our goal is to get and keep you well.

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