Friday, October 24, 2014

How much nutrition do you absorb from food?

The question of how much nutrition your body absorbs from food has always been fascinating to me. I mean -- it is so complex -- turning food into nutrients that your body than uses for energy and healthy cell formation to than getting rid of undigested food that your body no longer needs! 

In the following article published in Scientific American and written by nutrition diva Monica Reinagel, she answers a listeners question who asks:

 “We can measure the amount of vitamins and minerals in a food, but how do we know how much of that our bodies actually absorb? If a banana contains 422 mg of potassium, for example, do our bodies take in 100% of that? What factors determine how much (or how little) nutrition we get from our food?”
"There are, in fact, lots of things that influence what percentage of vitamins and minerals are absorbed, such as the other foods you eat at the same meal, how they are prepared, drugs or supplements you may be taking, even your age and the time of day. Taking all of these into account, you might absorb anywhere from 10 to 90% of a given nutrient from a given food!"

To learn more, check out the article when you click the link above.

Upon asking Andrew Weil, M.D., naturopath, teacher and writer on holistic health about absorbing all nutrients in the body he says, "it depends" - on the nutrients themselves and what is already in your stomach when you consume them. To learn more about this topic, go here

Another certain thing is that eating the right kinds of foods is what truly heals our bodies and more than likely will keep us out of the hospital due to lifestyle changes that could be better -- "food wise". Thoughts? There is no doubt that food as medicine only promotes good health and optimal well being -- and -- frankly, who doesn't want that?

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