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6 ways to boost your nutrient absorption and prevent nutrient deficiencies

Eat more probiotics, say nutrition experts.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : February 17, 2017 10:15 AM IST

You eat healthily, exercise regularly, take your supplements every day, but despite your best efforts, there is always a lacklustre feeling that follows you around. Or you show signs of mineral deficiencies like achy joints and tight muscles. This may come as a surprise, but your gut health could be a reason behind poor nutrient absorption. Nutritionist Raksha Chopra tells you ways you can promote your gut health to improve nutrient absorption.

1. Get more probiotics: The beneficial bacteria in probiotics not only help break down the food into smaller components but also that your body can absorb but also produces enzymes that promote absorption and digestion.

2. Consume glutamine-rich foods: The gut bacteria is made up of mighty gut microbes and the intestinal wall that acts as a divider between the external environment and blood stream. However, if the gut barrier does not function properly, your body cannot absorb nutrients adequately. You can increase the nutrient absorption by consuming foods rich in glutamine such as bone broth. Here are 5 reasons why paya soup or bone broth is good for your health.

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3. Avoid sugar and processed foods: Sugar, processed foods and artificial ingredients can wreck havoc on your gut health by destroying the gut bacteria that can help with absorption. However, you can get things back on track by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Here are 6 healthy ways to cut down on eating processed foods.

4. Try intermittent fasting: Intermittent fasting can allow your hardworking gut bacteria and your entire digestive system to take a break and fully detox. You can incorporate intermittent fasting into your day by eating an early dinner and going for a late breakfast. You can do this once a week, and your gut will thank you for this.

5. Ditch antibiotics you don t need: Did you know intake of too many antibiotics can wipe out good bacteria from your gut? Other medications such as birth control and antacids can also be detrimental to your gut health. So it is best that you steer clear of unnecessary drugs that you don t need.

6. Stay stress-free: Also remember being always stressed directly affects your digestion and your ability to absorb nutrients. So make a commitment to engage in anything that makes you relaxed and happy.

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