Food is supposed to go through our digestive system from beginning to end without a hitch. What we are finding though is that more and more people are having problems with the intestinal part of their digestive system. When working correctly, food moves from the stomach to the small intestine where most of the nutrient absorption takes place and then to the large intestine where the waste is stored until elimination.
Most commonly the biggest problem area is the valve between the small intestine and the large intestine, called the ileocecal (il”e-o-se’kal) valve. The function of this valve is very important. It holds material in the small intestine until digestion is complete and it keeps waste in the large intestine from flowing back into the small intestine. When this valve is irritated it will get stuck either open or closed. The result is that the small intestine absorbs toxic waste causing your entire system to become toxic.
The usual symptoms of intestinal problems are constipation, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and gas pains. When your body becomes toxic, the weakest parts of your organs and muscles become more susceptible to problems. This is why other symptoms may include shoulder pain, sudden low back pain, sciatica, acute disc pain, pain around the heart, sacroiliac strain, tinnitus, flu symptoms, nausea, faintness, headache, dark circles under the eyes, and sudden thirst.
If you have this problem there are some specific diet changes that may help the valve function properly again. A laxative is not recommended, because people become dependent on them for elimination. These dietary changes are for a two-week period only, just to calm the digestive system and restore proper function.
Recurring problems with the ileocecal valve are often related to a sugar handling problem, adrenal stress, nutritional deficiency or anxiety. Your chiropractic applied kinesiologist will know how to help you with this problem by using specific nutrients, acupuncture, adjustments, and specific nerve stimulation.
Dr. Laura Shwaluk is an expert in figuring out intestinal issues. In fact, we have a whole binder of testimonials from grateful people she has helped!