There are more microbia in your gut than there are cells in your body.
What’s even crazier is that your gut maintains constant two-way communication with the brain regarding both the quality and quantity of this bacteria. Picture this: there is an overgrowth of a particular type of bacteria in the colon. The digestive lining senses this, sends a message to your brain, which interprets the information, determines an appropriate response, and sends a message to your immune system, endocrine system (hormones), cardiovascular system, and digestive system.
This process happens every moment of every day.
This two-way communication occurs mostly via the vagus nerve: a cranial nerve that exits the base of the skull and passes down with extreme proximity to the top cervical vertebra, the atlas.
The implication here is huge. Any subluxation of the atlas vertebra (one of the most commonly misaligned during major traumas, including head injuries, the birthing process, and repetitive traumas, such as sitting at a desk) can interfere with the function of the vagus nerve and interrupt this two-way communication.
Recently, researchers published in Frontiers in Neuroscience detailed the possible effects of this type of interference. Specifically, they detailed how abnormal function of the vagus nerve can result in various types of digestive dysfunction, such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Furthermore, they detail how, because the vagus nerve is primarily anti-inflammatory in nature, experiencing emotional stress with an improperly functioning vagus nerve can result in global inflammation!
We know how the function of the vagus nerve is influenced by chiropractic care. When the spine misaligns, it can cause interference on this very important nerve, and when subluxation is corrected via specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments, proper function of the nervous system can be restored. Therefore, chiropractic care is so extremely important for every man, woman, and child, regardless of the presence of any ache, pain, or symptom!
Bonaz B, Bazin T and Pellissier S. (2018) The Vagus Nerve at
the Interface of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis. Front. Neurosci. 12:49. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00049