5 Most Efficient ways to Boost Your Nutrient Absorption Capability

Nutrient Absorption
  • Even if you try your best to eat the right foods for the best nutrition possible, there may be reasons why those perfect nutrients are not absorbed to their fullest capacity
  • Stress is sometimes difficult to avoid. It will affect the dynamics of nutrient absorption in our bodies
  • Certain medicines will compromise the absorption of nutritious food combinations
  • Caffeine is said to reduce iron absorption by eighty percent
  • It seems that what we eat and what we do have great relevance to how nutrients are absorbed in our bodies


Even if you try your best to eat the right foods for the best nutrition possible, there may be reasons why those perfect nutrients are not absorbed to their fullest capacity. Effective nutrition for the proper bioavailability should be taken into consideration when composing that balanced diet. There are many factors to nutrient absorption. Certain foods should be paired together for effective nutrition and optimal bioavailability. Iron should be teamed up with vitamin C as in a spinach salad with chopped red bell pepper. The bagel and cream cheese will pair up the recommended calcium and iron combination. Beta carotene and fat is another blend for effective nutrition. An example would be eating carrots with a drizzle of olive oil. This and other processes will provide optimal nutrient absorption.

STRESS is sometimes difficult to avoid. It will affect the dynamics of nutrient absorption in our bodies. Stress will cause indigestion, heartburn, sleeplessness, and more. If symptoms of indigestion arise, you can bet that nutrients are not being optimally absorbed in the body. It is advisable to either avoid stressful situations altogether. Or, learn to deal with stress in a different way. Change your mind set about certain happenings which are unavoidable. Meditate or take a yoga class to learn how to correctly breathe and relax more.

DRUGS can have an impact on effective nutrition. Certain medicines will compromise the absorption of nutritious food combinations. An example of this would be taking corticosteroids for reducing inflammation. These drugs are often prescribed for reducing inflammation due to sports injuries. However, this very drug will also decrease the absorption of vitamin D and calcium. Then again, grapefruit, whether as a fresh fruit of juice, will increase absorption capabilities of certain high cholesterol or anticonvulsant medications. A pharmacist or doctor would know best about the effect of the drugs you are prescribed.

ALCOHOL consumption will cause deficiencies. It will damage the stomach lining and small intestines. This would change and decrease the absorption of vitamins and minerals. By lowering the secretion of digestive enzymes, alcohol prevents breakdown of nutrients. For this reason, alcohol should be minimally consumed.

CAFFEINE doesn’t need to be completely avoided. However, that cup of brew should be consumed at least an hour between your meals or supplement intake. Caffeine is said to reduce iron absorption by eighty percent. Non-caffeinated products are suggested. If that caffeine is still desired, add a bit of milk or cream to ease the caffeine effect on absorption.

EXERCISE should not be done just before or right after a workout. When working out, nutrients and blood will be concentrating on the working muscles rather than properly absorbing into the body. Other than sports drinks to replace minerals and fluids lost with heavy exercise, food should not be consumed within a couple of hours of a workout session.

It seems that what we eat and what we do have great relevance to how nutrients are absorbed in our bodies. With the right combination of foods and a few other factors, maximum nutrient absorption will be obtained.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 7:27 am and is filed under Nutrition News.

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