GI sensitivity and your Spine

We’ve all had our moments of over eating, let’s be honest. Sometimes we do it intentionally, other times we are just so hungry we want to scarf down everything insight. I’m going to share the epiphany I had during my most current “Cheat Day”. Everyone knows what a cheat day is. You’ve been making good decisions towards your health so consistently for so long, you’re going to “treat yo-self” to the indulgences you rarely afford when your diet is on point.

I’d been eating a pretty strict diet for almost 6 months at that point and figured I deserved a day to eat the stuff that would typically be my kryptonite. After the gluttony transpired I found myself:

In a hot sweat,

breathing very shallow, and

still feeling absurdly hungry.

Even worse was the sleep(or lack there of) I had the same night. It felt like there was no room in my abdominal cavity for anything to move or expand. It occurred to me then what was really happening. My body was rejecting the garbage-quality food I ingested and was still seeking proper nutrition, which was why I was still so hungry even after that big meal. We’ve all heard the gluten sensitivity and lactose intolerant buzz words that have been thrown around, but now I was getting a chance to clearly feel their effects. There are a number of additional ways the components of these foods can cause cellular breakdown, but we will focus strictly on the cascade of physical, mechanical breakdowns that can happen with a reaction to these foods.

Essentially, when I, or people who are also sensitive to these foods or any other food/chemical compound, ingest the foods that don’t work well with my digestive system I get bloated.

Our gut is basically one really long tube. Different parts of the tube(small intestine, large intestine, duodenum, colon) that all have different specific responsibilities, but all in all, are part of the tube. When we eat things that “upset our stomach” what’s really happening is we are creating these air/gas bubbles or pockets that not only slow down the movement of whats in the tube(food:nutrients) but also causes the tube to expand. With enough air bubbles in the tube, movement of the food inside the tube is dramatically slowed down making me feel…constipated! The expansion of the tube restricts proper absorption of nutrients because the wall of the tube has very small holes to let good stuff in. It’s a lot like mesh fabric, when its relaxed, the spaces between are nice and open, allowing nutrients to pass through the wall. When that mesh is pulled tight or stretched, the openings become MUCH smaller.

That’s what’s happening on a cellular level when we get bloated, gassy, inflamed(whatever you want to call it). Unfortunately, its effects start to restrict other physiological mechanisms in the body, breathing being the main one we’ll focus on. There are a few different way to take in a breath. I like to think of it as two different ways: Belly(diaphragmatic) breathing or Barrel Chested breathing.

To most successfully take a full deep breath using your diaphragm, inhale primarily through the nose and sink the diaphragm towards