Nutrition at Peak Performance
We spend countless hours researching superfoods and new herb extracts to give us the physical appearance, sports performance, and beauty enhancements we are looking for.
We consume raw this, cold pressed that, herb extracts and dietary supplements.
Do we ever ask ourselves: are we getting the most nutrients from our nutrition? Just because we eat something “healthy,” does not mean our body is getting all the nutrients from our healthy superfood or supplement.
Is There a Way to Make My Superfood More Super?
How do we get as much glucosamine as we can into our knees?
We take curcumin for its numerous health benefits, but how do we get the most out of our curcumin products?
Protein shakes have been the craze for decades. We all have a shaker or two in our cupboards, but how exactly are we getting the protein from the shake and into our muscles?
It really boils down to how bioavailable these nutrients are to our bodies, and how bioavailable our body narrows down to absorption.
Once we consume a superfood or supplement, it is broken down into smaller building block. The digested building blocks move down our intestines and then are absorbed into the bloodstream.
90% of our body’s absorption occurs in the small intestine. This is where carrier molecules (think delivery trucks taking foods to loading docks) transport various nutrients into our bloodstream which is then delivered to cells, tissues, muscles, and organs in our body.
If 90% of the nutrients are absorbed in this key area, it is vital for our absorption aka our body’s bioavailability to be at its best.
How we digest and absorb determines how much nutrients in what we eat actually get to the trillion cells in our body.
Most nutrients are absorbed by helpers or carrier molecules (transporters) to get them through the intestinal wall out into general circulation (bloodstream) so they can be distributed to the entire body.
This is how our favorite superfood or supplement can have the most effect on our bodies.
Absorption can be impaired by diets, medication, stress, pollution, and a sedentary lifestyle. Consequently, absorption plays a critical role in the final bioavailability of nutrients in the human body and has a great impact on our health.
The healthiest diet does not equate to the most nutritious diet if you are not getting the most nutrients from your nutrition.