8 Signs You May Not be Absorbing Nutrients from Your Food

8 Signs You May Not be Absorbing Nutrients from Your Food | CM Connect Blog

Your body requires nutrition from the food you eat to carry out every body function and process. Yet absorption of nutrients can be compromised for many different reasons. It can vary with the amount and rate of nutrient absorption and dependant on many different factors. For example, Vitamins and minerals must first be absorbed from the digestive tract by complex mechanisms. Sometimes, you may have a deficiency of a certain nutrient because your body is unable to absorb and use it properly. The complex system of digestion and absorption can cause deficiencies with several types of symptoms.

1. Digestive Issues

If you have poor digestive health it might put you at risk of not absorbing enough nutrients in the day. Being malnourished can impair your ability to physically and mentally function. For example, digestive diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease can significantly hinder the body’s ability to absorb iron. If the digestive system is compacted with waste, then the digestive system cannot absorb any nutrition from the food when it’s been eaten.

2. Hair Loss

Malabsorption syndrome refers to conditions that impair the absorption of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) from the intestine into the bloodstream. If you’re having difficulty absorbing protein, you may experience dry and brittle hair and even hair loss. 

3. Elimination Issues

It’s no secret, the appearance of your stool is a clear indicator of how your body is absorbing nutrients from food. It can indicate malabsorption, especially a high odour or light colored stool. If you notice a change in your elimination patterns, please consult with your physician and discuss the issue with them immediately.

4. Numbness and Tingling

According to Dr. Lisa Ashe, Medical Director of BeWell Medicine, if you experience numbness and tingling it could signify a nutritional deficiency. She says that people who are lacking in vitamin B12 might show such symptoms. You may be taking B12, yet not absorbing it effectively. 

5. Fatigue

Fatigue and dizziness can be present in those lacking in iron and magnesium. When the body doesn’t absorb enough iron from their food, they might be at risk of getting anemia, which can affect energy, mood levels and leave you feeling more tired and withdrawn that usual. 

6. Bloating and Swelling

Vitamin D deficiency is common in people with bloating and swelling. Simply increasing vitamin D intake won’t necessarily reverse your deficiency, says Michael Holick, M.D., director at Boston University Medical Center. "It all depends on how efficiently your body absorbs vitamin D.”

7. Menstrual Cycle Issues

If your cycle is off you may not be absorbing critical nutrients your hormones require to stay in balance. If you find that your periods are irregular, it could be due to diet. Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients each day through whole foods. Remove foods that are endocrine disruptors such as artificial sweeteners, added sugar, conventional meat and dairy products; also, avoid eating and storing food in plastic.

8. Muscle Cramps and Weakness

It’s normal to feel muscle cramps and weakness when you’re not properly absorbing nutrients such as vitamin B1, B5 and B6. Your body needs to be correctly fuelled with these vitamins in order to move and function well.

If you had or have any of these symptoms, the first step is to consider making changes to the quality and types of foods you have in your diet. Even then, if you’re a health nut like myself and reach for quality foods, take a close look at the gaps in your nutritional foundation - supplements.  It's well known that our body is not capable of absorbing most supplements . 

I realized how much money I was wasting not fully utilizing the expensive ingredients I was putting in my body. It’s time to say goodbye to annoying symptoms due to malnutrition (lack of nutrients) and allow your body to take in the goodness nature provided.