If you've meticulously followed a healthy meal plan, but not witnessed any results, this could be because your body is not absorbing enough nutrients. Thankfully, this is an easy thing to fix with a few lifestyle changes.
Here are a few ways to maximize your nutrient absorption.
Pair foods rich in vitamin C with iron
If you get your iron from plant-based sources (tofu, legumes, and beans), add foods rich in vitamin C (oranges, peppers, broccoli) to your diet. This will help you absorb the non-heme iron present in the foods.
Study conducted by PubMed Central(1) reveals that a vitamin C intake of 100 mg alongside a meal can increase the absorption of iron by 67%.
Mixing iron and vitamin C can be as simple as squeezing lemon juice into your vegetables to optimize the process.
Say yes to some fats
They have a bad reputation, but your body requires the intake of fats. Vitamins such as A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble and require fats to get absorbed efficiently.
Olive oil, avocados, nuts, and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of unsaturated fats. FeelGood Organic Superfoods® Coconut MCT Oil powder is also a great source of C8 and C10 fats to incorporate in your diet.
Eat or Drink?
Fruits are a delicious source of vitamins and minerals. A fruit smoothie with superfood powders is an easy way to give your body a lot of powerful nutrients it can absorb quickly.
However, when in liquid form, fruit loses its fiber. Fiber is important for a healthy digestive system. Plus, the fiber in the whole fruit helps your body absorb less of its sugar.
Although when drinking fruit you can absorb the nutrients more quickly, a well-balanced diet should also contain eating whole fruits daily.
Probiotics are tiny microorganisms that help replenish the good bacteria in your body and act as a catalyst in the absorption of protein. It breaks down the amino acids to help the intestine absorb the proteins better.
Foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, and kefir are rich in probiotics.
Take a break from alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics. Not only do they dehydrate you by eliminating fluids from your body at a quick rate but, they also lessen the number of digestive enzymes present in your system. They damage the cell linings of the intestines and stomach, minimizing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
You can help provide your body with more digestive enzymes with nutrient-rich powders, like Superfood Mix by FeelGood Organic Superfoods®.
A few changes in your lifestyle may be all you need to start living healthier.