Boosting your digestive system doesn’t start with your gut – it starts with your posture. Checking your (proper) posture is one of the easiest ways that you can manage your digestive system. When you go from a standing to a seated position, your body has to quickly compact itself into a smaller space. And, if you slouch or have poor posture, your body has to contort itself that much more – often slowing down important body systems.
If you’re like most working professionals, you may spend a lot of your week sitting. Whether it is during a meeting, in front of your computer, or on the train commuting to work, you likely spend an average of 13 hours per day in a seated position. That means for more than half of every day your intestines are constricted into a smaller than normal space.
Sitting up straight could aid better digestion. In order for your digestive system to function at its best, your stomach and intestinal walls must contract through a series of coordinated movements called peristalsis. It is this process that enables our food to travel throughout the digestive system, delivering nutrients to keep us energized. When you sit up straight, this process is naturally slowed down, but when poor posture is factored in, it nearly grinds to a complete halt.
Imagine trying to navigate your way through a long, dark hallway, as the ceiling is collapsing on top of you. It becomes very hard, very quickly, when the space you’re traveling in is getting smaller and smaller. This is exactly what happens to the food in your digestive system when you sit with poor posture. A decrease in food digestion often leads to a decrease in energy, as your body struggles to process foods and absorb nutrients. This can also lead to the production of gas, painful constipation, and acid reflux.
But, the good news is…
Poor or slouching posture can easily be corrected. The award-winning posture specialists at Corrective Chiropractic are experts in assessing spinal misalignments and using proven, pain-free techniques to help you feel your best. Our non-invasive procedures will help restore your posture to near perfect alignment, so you can live a happier and healthier life.
If you would benefit from having more energy, less stress, and an improved digestive system, then contact the trusted chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic today to schedule your first appointment.