Nerve supply to the digestive system

OptiStart Chiropractic
August 6, 2018

Digestion is a subconscious process controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is broken down into the sympathetic (fight and flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. These two systems need to work in balance and having either constantly activated is detrimental to digestion. Your sympathetic nervous system directs blood away from the nervous system and slows down digestion. If the sympathetic nervous system becomes dominant people can develop constipation, diarrhea or bloating. The parasympathetic system controls the balance of your body’s systems and produces the calming affects that allow your body to heal and repair. The parasympathetic nervous system increases blood flow to stimulate normal digestive function. The sympathetic nervous system breaks down glucose to create energy where as the parasympathetic nervous system breaks down fat to create energy. When the parasympathetic system is not functioning optimally it can be hard for our bodies to break down fat stores. When a spinal subluxation is putting pressure on your nervous system it can affect the function of the nervous system.