How to Make Sure You are Absorbing Nutrients

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you will always have a family member, friend, or a relative who will tell you to ‘watch your diet’ and to ‘eat plenty of fruits and vegetables’. This is really good advice, since leafy greens and fresh fruit have plenty of vitamins and nutrients our body needs. However, sometimes, no matter how much healthy food you take in, you keep getting sick and not feel healthier at all. If this is the case, your body probably doesn’t absorb nutrients properly, and you should do something about it.

Not all fat is bad

You have probably heard this before, but not all fat is bad for you. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some nuts and seeds is incredibly good for your heart and joints. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are encouraged to take in more omega-3 fatty acids since these make anti-inflammatory drugs more effective. This is why adding some of those good fats to your diet might actually help you absorb more nutrients from your meal, especially salad. Steer clear of calorie-dense salad dressings and use avocado and olive oil instead. Not only will your food be delicious, but your meal will be more nutritious as well.

Cut the drinks down

We have all heard about food which pairs nicely with a particular wine, but be careful when reaching for that wine glass nonetheless. Studies have shown that alcohol actually slows down the absorption of nutrients. What’s more, alcoholic drinks are high in calories, so if you are trying to watch your diet, steer clear of beer and cocktails for a while. This doesn’t mean that you should not drink anything for the rest of your life, but merely reducing your alcohol intake will do wonders for your metabolism. When it comes to drinking anything during dinner, the safest option is plain water.

Bad digestion slows you down

Not only is bad digestion incredibly stressful to deal with, it prevents you from absorbing nutrients at the same time. Is there any food you are intolerant to? Even if the answer is no, you should check if you have any food allergies. These allergies do not have to be as severe to cause a rash or serious problems, but they can mess up your digestion enough to prevent you from getting enough nutrients from your food. You should also eat foods that increase enzymes such as pineapple, avocado, cucumber, and yogurt. Also, taking a probiotic from time to time can help ease stomach ailments, by keeping the good bacteria in your system active.

Chew your food well

It cannot be stressed enough just how important it is to chew your food properly before you swallow it. Not only does that mean less ‘work’ for your stomach, but it also allows you to get the most nutrients at the same time. The smaller the pieces that you break your food down to, the more use your body gets on a micro level. All this starts in our mouth, and while sometimes we think we chew our food enough, it is not always so (especially if we’re hungry). Slow down and chew thoroughly so that the enzymes in your mouth have enough time to do their job.

Healthy habits are incredibly important, but this doesn’t mean only eating clean. For your diet to really make a difference and for you to be really healthy, you should make some changes in your lifestyle as well. Be active, go for a walk often,  go to the gym at least twice a week, get enough sleep, and drink more water. By doing this, you will make sure your body absorbs all the nutrients, so you get the most out of your healthy diet.

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