Building a healthy body requires a good nutrient absorption, yet the shocking fact is that the human body doesn’t absorb the 100% nutrient intake. It absorbs a ration between 10 and 90%, depending on how you pair your foods and other factors that affect absorption.
So, what can you do to increase the health benefits of your food intake?
Of course you don't have to eat all fruits and vegetables in the world, you may only need to follow these simple tips:
1- Take care of your digestive system.
Nutrients enter our bloodstream, as they get absorbed from food intake, through the small intestines then they are delivered to the body cells. 90% of nutrients are absorbed in small intestines, so it is important to keep them healthy, clean your guts and treat any disease. Any damage in this area will affect your overall health.
Gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel disease and other colon problems are major reasons for not getting benefit of the food you eat. Taking probiotics is a good solution for defeating these diseases and improving your digestive tract condition.
2- Get fresh juices.
Getting fresh juices on daily basis is one of the healthiest habits you can follow to improve your health. Juices are fruits and vegetables that are already broken down by juicing. Your body doesn't do any work in breaking their flesh, and hence their benefit go directly into your bloodstream.
3- Learn how to pair foods to get the highest benefit.
Pairing food is very important as some elements won’t get absorbed unless they are paired together, like iron and vitamin C. Another example is dairy and meat, but in this case you avoid calcium loss due to the phosphorus content in meats.
Fat soluble vitamins; like A, E, D, K…won’t get absorbed unless you take them with olive oil, butter or other fatty foods. Olive oil, nuts, avocado, and coconut oil are known to enhance nutrient absorption.
4- Chew slowly.
Chewing slowly is the first stage of digestion, as the saliva secretion contains digestive enzymes that help breaking down the food into small particles, leaving less effort for the stomach to do.
5- Avoid alcoholic beverages with meals.
You probably know that feeling when a drop of alcohol touches your skin. Imagine how harsh it would be on your stomach and intestines!
Alcohol has very bad effects on your digestive system. It damages the cell lining, the inner lining, of the stomach and the small intestines, and also reduces the secretion of digestive enzymes. Such terrible effect makes it hard on your body to break down the food, digest it and absorb nutrients.
6- Avoid stress as much as possible.
Many people suffer from chronic stress due to the hectic rhythm of the daily life, work, family problems and other matters that create a stressful environment. Stress usually causes headache, insomnia, weight gain/loss, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, digestive problems and sometimes heart attack.
In particular, it causes certain chemicals to be released into your body, denying it from good rest, affecting the good bacteria in your guts and hence causing toxins to build up in the colon. In bad cases it leads to leaky gut syndrome and severe colon problems.