You can eat all the organic – gourmet – fancy food in the world but if you don’t assimilate? It just goes down the drain. Pun intended.
Some foods tend to ENHANCE food absorption and other INHIBIT it.
For example, the phytates in some nuts and legumes inhibit a lot of important nutrients such as Magnesium, Selenium, Iron and Zinc. That’s why it’s important to make sure you know soaking and boiling times for legumes.
Another biggie is polyphenols. We’re talking tea and coffee. they create like a barrier in the gut and inhibit nutrient absorption, mainly the ones above, but also Calcium.
So if you’re used to taking your iron or calcium supplements in the morning with your coffee.. well they kind of fight each other. Timing is key here.
Oh and Alcohol. That one makes you pee out most B group vitamins and depletes Vit C, so you have less collagen. Not a friendly one!
Good news is, there are some associations that can help increase the bioavailability of certain nutrients!
For example, the acid in lemon increases folate absorption, iron calcium and zinc. Why not sprinkle some lemon on a salad? Lemon eliminates the fish smell but also helps to absorb essential nutrients 😉
Vitamin C is like a big boss to me. I don’t feel well if I don’t have enough of it during the week, from a food-based source. Remember, I prefer food to the closet natural form possible. Supplements are a totally different topic, that I don’t feel like discussing for another few months.
Anywho, Vitamin C is useful for collagen synthesis, and the immune system (and lots more, but won’t go into that now). When you pair Vit C with iron you help absorbing iron. Very important for Anemics! Sodium also helps Vit C bioavailability.
So how does an organic lamb cutlet with red peppers and spinach on the side and some olive oil, salt and pepper? Bloody delicious, thought so.
Other Vit C rich foods are broccoli, cauli, strawberries, Brussel sprouts, kiwi, mango, tomatoes. That’s right, not ONLY oranges!
Probiotics also help with water and electrolyte absorption. How about sauerkraut or tempeh, or home-brewed kombucha?
There you have it, a few tips of better nutrient absorption 😀
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Thank for you reading 🙂