Did you know that the number of nutrients absorbed by your body can range anywhere from 10 to 90 percent?
This means you might only be absorbing a small portion of the nutrients available from the foods that you are currently eating right now.
Having our bodies functioning well and feeling really good is the goal, so if you follow these tips below and you should see great results in increased mood levels and your overall energy so you can start feeling more energized.
Because even though a balanced diet is healthy, it’s very important that you maximize your nutrient absorption to ensure that you’re getting the MOST out of everything you eat.
Let’s boost your nutrient absorption even FASTER with these 6 clever ways to absorb more nutrients from your food.
How To Boost More Nutrients From Your Food
1. Get Your Omega-3 Fatty Acids Faster.
You won’t produce enough energy, have a balanced mood, or fight colds and flues well if you can’t break down and absorb ALL those important nutrients the BEST way you can.
And ground flax seeds are one of the best ways to get omega-3 fat from a plant-based source. Omega-3 is known as an energy booster, so you want to absorb it quickly just after you ingest it.
It’s recommended that you buy your flax seeds in bulk as whole seeds (which are cheaper) then you can grind what you need for the next couple of weeks using a coffee grinder.
That way your body can easily access and absorb those omega-3 fats since they are all ground up and ready for fast absorption.
If you grounded up too much, you can also store those extra ground seeds that you don’t use in the freezer.
If you happen to not like flax seeds, other healthy sources of omega-3 fats can be found in chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts and they all can be used and grounded up in the exact same way.
2. Pair Vitamin C-Rich Foods With Iron.
When you’re consuming any source of iron make sure you add some vitamin C to spike its absorption. This will help boost your iron intake by almost half. Iron is a tricky nutrient that sometimes doesn’t get absorbed as much as it should so by doing this you’ll be rest assured you’re getting the full iron intake that your body deserves.
It’s recommended to pair your iron supplement with vitamin C (not synthetic vitamin C, like a tablet). Try to use actual lemons or oranges instead.
3. Avoid Caffeinated Drinks With Meals.
Although drinking tea is good for the digestive system (as it’s a laxative), its caffeine contents still may hinder the absorption of certain nutrients that are in your digestive system.
Absorbing nutrients is the goal here, so opt to leave out drinking caffeinated drinks with meals as it may not a good idea because compounds such as phenolic are present in caffeine and this can interfere with iron absorption and other nutrients your body really needs.
4. Drink Room Temperature Water.
It’s recommended that you drink only room temperature water or warm/hot water to get the full benefits of healthy nutrients. By doing this the warmth of the beverage will speed up your digestion and help your body absorb those nutrients just that much faster.
Make sure you avoid iced water or iced beverages and other refrigerated drinks as they can really slow the digestion and absorption of nutrient-rich foods and minerals while you eat.
5. Eat Probiotic-Rich Foods
Probiotics are live microorganisms (basically bacteria and sometimes yeast) that give positive health benefits, as you guessed it, absorbing nutrients better!
Experts highly recommend probiotic yogurt as the best choice for this nutrient tip. Simply add your probiotics to a smoothie or have it as is. On a plant-based diet? You can still get your probiotics from soy yogurts, fermented kimchi, and sauerkraut.
6. Pair Calcium-Rich Foods With Vitamin D Foods.
Did you know that dark leafy greens are chocked full of calcium? To get the most out of your greens and to absorb as much calcium as you can it’s recommended that you pair your salads with high vitamin D-rich foods such as white button mushrooms, tofu, or oranges. By doing this you’ll absorb those nutrients even faster for healthier hair and stronger bones.
The gut and mind connection is what truly gets me excited! The bacteria found within your gut can be controlling your emotions, your depressive anxiety symptoms, your mood, and even your appetite. So it’s great to add just a couple of these tips to your lifestyle and see if they improve!