You are not what you eat, but what you absorb from the food you eat.
Are you eating the right food but still craving to eat more? Maybe your body’s not absorbing properly.
Do you drink soda, coffee or tea regularly during certain meals of the day? These favorite after meal drinks contain substances, like caffeine, that can reduce nutrient absorption. Find out more health facts about proper absorption. It could be the missing link to a fitter, healthier you.
Nutrients In. Not absorbed – nutrients out.
Eating the right food, like fresh fruits and organic vegetables regularly is not a guarantee that you will be healthier. You may have eaten tons of super foods but if there is very minimal nutrient absorption, then everything just go down the drain through the colon. The reason is simple, nutrients are not technically in your body until they are absorbed in the small intestine. So what happens if they are not absorbed? The truth is, it really doesn’t matter if they come from food or supplements, they just passed through a bigger tube and get flushed out of the body.
Important facts about nutrient absorption.
Nutrient absorption is very vital to our health. Remember the Go, Grow and Glow food? Insufficient absorption can lead to serious health problems. Weight loss, joint pains and poor immune system are only some of the bad effects. On the other hand, increased muscle growth, a sexier belly and better energy production are a few of the positive effects of proper absorption. At the end of the day, having a healthier body is one step further than knowing what to eat. We also need to know what happens to our food when they enter the gut.
Studies show that people absorb anywhere between 10 – 90 percent of the nutrients in food. If you want to be healthier, check out these five simple tips to improve nutrient absorption:
- Chew food well
Chewing is the primary, simplest and yet the mostly ignored process in digestion. The moment food enters into the mouth, they are broken down into smaller particles during chewing to help the body digest faster. The smaller the particles become, the better for the small intestine to absorb its nutrients as they pass through.
If you are a fast eater, chances are you aren’t chewing your food properly. Check out the following tips:
- Take smaller portions
- Enjoy your food and chew slowly
- Chew from 20 to 40 times depending on the type of food
- Avoid putting more food or fluids in your mouth while you are chewing.
- Pair food properly
To maximize absorption, you need to pair some vitamins with fat. Vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat-soluble and you need to combine them with fat such as avocado oil and coconut oil. Such food pairing can improve your body because these vitamins support many tissues and organs in the body.
- Consume Probiotics regularly
Probiotics play a major role in our digestive system. They help move food through the gut. At the same time they repair damaged digestive tract. They are actually live bacteria and yeast that are good for digestion. In fact, when you lose good bacteria in your body, like after taking antibiotics for a week, probiotics can replace the good bacteria.
Approximately 90 percent of nutrients absorption take place in the small intestines. After absorption, nutrients enter the bloodstream where they are put into good use by the body. This goes to show that this part of the digestive system should always be efficiently working. Probiotics can help maintain the proper balance in the body.
- Lay off the Alcohol
Alcohol inversely affects nutrient absorption in two ways. First, it decreases the secretion of digestive enzymes, that aid food digestion. Because of this, your body will have a hard time breaking down food. Secondly, alcohol damages the cell lining in the stomach and intestines, making it harder for nutrients to enter the bloodstream.
So the next you go out with friends, think twice before you order a bottle of wine, whiskey or beer. You can never go wrong with a glass of warm water to enjoy the benefits of your nutritious meal.
- Let go of stress.
How you feel and what you think affects your gut. That is why if you’ve been stressed lately, you might feel having an upset stomach, or pain and discomfort. This can also affect nutrient absorption in a bad way.
So next time you feel the stress coming, let it pass through and do not absorb. Beat the stress, keep calm and let go. It’s okay to experience stress, but do not stay stressed for long. You will end living healthier – stress free and will better absorption nutrients.
Trying applying a couple of these tips and observe incredible changes in your health.
Don’t waste time. More so, don’t waste food. Choose the right food and make every bite count. Absorb every bit of nutrient that goes inside your system. Make it nutrients in, nutrients absorbed.
Health is Health.