The Root Cause of Malabsorption

Article written by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD, Photo by Kindel Media

Malabsorption is a problem where the food that is eaten is not properly digested and absorbed into the body. As a result the person develops various types of malnutrition. People with malabsorption often have diarrhoea that is watery and large in volume. Pale and offensive stools can indicate fat malabsorption (steatorrhoea). They also have distended/bloated stomachs, cramps, weight loss and undigested food in their stools. People often try and compensate for this by spending large amounts of money on health food and multivitamin supplements but these things pass right through, just like the original food. Therefore you need to deal with the root of the problem which is fear, anxiety and stress in your thought life.

To understand malabsorption, I recommend that you turn to page 180 to gain a background understanding of the effects of long term fear, anxiety and stress on your body before reading this section any further.

The physical mechanism for malabsorption is similar to constipation described above: The nervous system in your brain consists of 2 parts:

• The sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) – this is what is active during stage 1, 2 and 3 of stress

• The parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) – this is the part of the nervous system that is active when you are at rest or when you relax, eat and digest your food.

When the sympathetic nervous system is activated, it suppresses the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system and vice versa. When you are perpetually in a stressed state, the sympathetic system is overactive. One of the effects of this is that it decreases peristalsis which is the movement of the intestines that helps digest your food; it also decreases the production of saliva, stomach and intestinal enzymes which also help digest your food. The reason for this is that the sympathetic nervous system (stress reaction) was meant for emergencies. There is no time to eat and digest food in a danger situation so your brain diverts blood away from your stomach and intestines towards more important organs like your heart, brain and muscles. But the sympathetic system (stress reaction) was only designed to be active for short periods of time – when it is active for a long time (because of fear, anxiety and stress in your thought life), you can’t digest your food properly and malabsorption results.

Fear and anxiety also causes something called cell membrane semi-rigidity (this is explained under the heading “Toxic Retention” in the chapter I initially referred you to on page 188). Normally, the digested food is absorbed into your blood stream through the lining of your gut which is semi-permeable membrane. However, the sympathetic nervous system, which is over active during stage 2 and 3 of stress, causes the cell membranes that line your gastrointestinal tract to become rigid. As a result your food cannot be absorbed through this membrane because it is stiff. Thus the food doesn’t get into your blood stream and it just goes out the other end into the toilet.

You can be healed of malabsorption by getting the fear, anxiety and stress out of your thought life. This is because you will no longer be in stage 2 and 3 of stress and therefore the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system will be restored. The cell membranes lining your gut will become permeable again and your gastrointestinal tract will serve you as God originally designed it to. Turn to page 523.

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