You may eat a clean, organic, nutrient-dense diet, but if your digestive system isn’t functioning properly, you might still be nutrient-deficient. Poor absorption due to a poorly functioning digestive system is not an uncommon issue, and luckily there are things you can do in order to improve digestive functioning.
Symptoms of Poor Nutrient Absorption
Symptoms can vary from person to person, but there are some good indicators that will tell you whether you might want to look into your digestive health. Below are some of the most common. You’ll notice that they can be contradictory due to different symptoms manifesting in different people
- Weight loss or inability to gain weight
- Excess weight
- Feeling hunger even though you’ve just eaten
- Bloating, cramping, and gas
- Bulky stools and/or chronic diarrhea
Other symptoms of malabsorption may be malnutrition indicators, such as:
- Fatigue, apathy, depression and/or irritability
- Longer time to recover from illness
- Wounds that take a long time to heal
- Greater susceptibility to feeling cold
Recovery from Poor Absorption
If you think your digestive system is in need of repair, there are several things you can do. Firstly, you’ll want to limit your water intake during meals so that you don’t dilute the digestive enzymes that are helping you process your food. You will also want to be sure you’re chewing your food thoroughly to make the digestive process easier.
You’ll also want to consider the use of digestive enzymes. They will aid your digestive system as your heal and repair the damage that is leading to the inability to absorb all the nutrients your body needs.
One great full-spectrum digestive enzyme is Premier Digest from Premier Research Labs. You’ll want to take these before your meal for optimal digestion of fat, protein, starch, lactose, sugar, and fiber. This supplement will enhance your immune system response, destroy harmful organisms in your food and promote the complete digestion of food for increased nutritional uptake.
Another post-meal option is Premier HCL, which provides beet-derived betaine hydrochloric acid in order to assist the body’s natural stomach acids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Supplementing with HCL becomes especially important as we age, because as we get older we typically produce less hydrochloric acid (HCL) which reduces our ability to efficiently absorb nutrients from food.
For optimal digestive health and to improve poor absorption, take Premier HCL with Premier HCL Activator, at the end of meals (continuing to take your digestive plant enzyme formula at the start of meals). Always use 1 Activator along with 1-4 HCL, depending on your need and the meal.
Premier HCL and Activator are also used between meals as an effective, inexpensive, full-body detox that provides:
- Immune, gastrointestinal, arterial & whole body cleansing and health
- Excellent oral and dental detoxification
- Purification and deep-cleansing of the lymphatic system, especially congested tissue
For full details on the HCL detox, click here.
For more on poor nutrition due to poor nutrient absorption, read this post by Save Our Bones. They’ve compiled information that will help you understand your own digestive process and things you can do to optimize your digestive health.
For the full catalog of digestive enzyme products available at Long Natural Heath, click here.