Abundant Life

Chiropractic Wellness Notes

What’s Digestion have to do with Your Health?

That is a good question to ask?    Our digestion can affect our emotional , social health and physical health.   Our digestive tract is where  we have colonies of  bacterial and we want to nurture good bacterial that promote good health.   How do these levels of good bacteria change?   What we eat can change this, stress and medications such as  antibiotics can change this.     There is research that indicates when these  good bacteria get out of balance that  can influence our health.   We can influence that balance by what we eat.    In addition these good bacteria influence our bodies level of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which contributes to our feelings of happiness. www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-feelings-the.second-brain-in-our-gastrointestinal-systems-excerpt.

How does digestion affect our social health?   We may feel uncomfortable being around other people with the responses that our digestive tracts give in response to the foods that we eat .  We may not be comfortable using a public restroom or just being far from a rest-room further limiting our opportunities  for fun and interaction with our friends and coworkers, and family.

How does digestion affect our physical health?   We are what we eat and what we digest.  If we do not digest well, then we are not getting the nutrition that we need to rebuild our bodies.   A common example of this is acid reflux.  We may think that we have too much acid but this is rarely the case.   It is usually just the opposite, our bodies have too little acid and /or digestive enzymes  in our bodies.  This is sadly very common for many in their 30’s and up.   As the body does not digest well , it takes longer to digest and can actually rot instead.   Yuck!   This can create a host of  problems.    One of which is acid reflux.   Since it easier to go up it does  and gives us symptoms.   A common solution is a proton pump inhibitor that we can get over the counter or by medication.   So now the symptoms do not happen ,no more acid reflux but now the digestion continues to get worse.   Decreasing acid decreases protein from being digested which decreases your bodies ability to repair proteins such as muscles.   An acid environment is needed to digest calcium and without good digestion there is an increased risk or broken bones associated with osteopenia or osteoporosis.   In addition the cells  in our stomach that make the hydrochloric acid  which  decrease production with a  proton pump inhibitor also make B12 which is needed by your body to make healthy red blood cells.  Not enough B12 leads to decreased energy.      Now that you know how important digestion , did you know that there are things that can be done to improve I your digestion naturally so that you can enjoy improved emotional, social and physical health?

What Our Nutrition Response Testing Patients are Saying:

I decided that she wanted to be evaluated by Dr. Susanne Bates with Nutrition Response Testing.

“I had digestive issues and bowel issues for years.   Nutrition Response Testing has helped me.  I don’t feel bloated.  For first time  that I can remember, I have normal bowel movements, reduced gas and no longer have hot flashes.” Lorrie D

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-evasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health.   When these are corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, the body can repair itself in order to attain and maintain optimal health.

What will your new story be?

“Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both” 

William Shakespeare

Dr. Susanne Bates Speaks 

Personally  On Digestion

Prior to having my first acute low back injury, I noticed my digestion was at times too fast or too slow.   I could be gassy at times.     It did not make sense to me and since it was gradual condition., I did not know what caused it.

After receiving my first chiropractic adjustment in 2002.   I noted over the next month or two that my digestion became more regular without any extremes and their was noticeably  no  gas.

The difference was chiropractic allow the nervous system that is charge of everything to function increased 100% capacity.

In addition through Nutrition Response  Testing,  my doctor was able to advise me foods that I needed to let my body rest from so I could further heal.

The Maryland Food Bank is our Philantrophic organization through March

Now through March, anyone  who comes in for a chiropractic consultation and examination for through March, Abundant Life Chiropractic will be donating our time so that 100% of the proceeds  of the $20 examination will be going the Maryland Food Bank.

Who do you know who wants to maintain their health, flexibility  and freedom as they age?  

What does the Maryland Food Bank do you may ask?

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need becoming the leading anti-hunger organization in the state. Through carefully crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 102,000 meals per day — more than 37 million meals annually — the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.

Healthy Fats Are Critical for Our Health.  Our Brains  Are Approximately 2/3 Fatty Acids

Celebrating our Chiropractic Patients Success Stories

I have low back pain for past 5 years and it kept me from being active in life.   Since chiropractic I definitely have more energy and am more able to do I could not do  before  like kickball, walk and kayak.    Stacey L.

I have had low back pain, upper  left back pain and right hand numbness for many years, I was restricted in daily activities including hobbies.   I have been helped very much so .   I can be very active, pain free and am able to life and play with my grandson. Sue M.

I had a burning sensation in my neck and lower back and stiffness if I sat too long and for the past four months it has been difficult to exercise and enjoy amusement parks.    I have no pain now, and I am able to enjoy activities with my six year old son.   Lorrie D

I have suffered with lower back and hip pain for several years.  I could not sit comfortably for an extended period of time.   Physical therapy alone had provided poor results.   I have had amazing results from Dr. Bates in a relatively short amount of time.  I can work, sit,  and drive without pain.  I have much more flexibility and am more comfortable thoroughout my day.  Janice R.

Want to know more about


Response Testing?

  1. Consider coming for an appointment for a Heart Rate Variability Test on Friday afternoon March 16 to see if you would qualify for the next step.
  2. Stay tuned for upcoming health talks.
  3. Normally an initial consultation and examination for Nutrition Response Testing is $120.

If you mention this article in the newsletter, you can be considered to become a Nutrition Response Testing Patient, pending  the results of your initial consultation and examination for $55.  This also included a report of findings.

Both appointments  first and second appointment take about 1 1/2 hours and then fine tuning check ups takes about 10-15 minutes.

What Are Our


Response Testing



“I had developed arthritic joint problems, which prevented me from making a fist, and it also made normal daily functions extremely painful.   I have been suffering with this for over 5 years.    I am now able to make a fist and perform daily tasks with minimal pain and swelling and have greater strength.”

Allan F.


“I always felt tired and fatigued.    I didn’t think to change much nutritionally.  I thought I was eating healthy.  I tried adjusting my sleep schedule and going to bed earlier when I could.  I felt tired for a least one year.   I became accustomed to it as a norm.   My problem has absolutely been helped through working with Dr. Bates and Nutrition Response Testing.   I have more energy.  I sleep better, and I can think more clearly.  I am able to do daily activities with feeling exhausted.”

Gina V.

Hope you enjoyed this newsletter.   Let us know your feedback and what you would like to learn more about.  Dr. Susanne Bates


Abundant Life Chiropractic

9660 Belair Road

Nottingham, MD 21236

















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