The bioavailability of the food we eat is the most important factor in whether your body will easily absorb its nutrients. Just because you eat healthy foods does not always mean you are getting all its value and effective nutrition. Furthermore, in a world where food has become so enriched and over-processed, it is becoming more difficult to get all the daily vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay happy and healthy. Bioavailability is determined by the processing of the food, the interactions of compounds, and even the individual’s physical makeup.
Unfortunately, due to the SAD (Standard American Diet), many of us eat processed foods that are filled with chemicals, simple sugars, and carbohydrates. These foods cause the intestines to become coated with layers of undigested matter. This affects our body’s ability to absorb proper nutrients.
Your digestive tract contains approximately 100 trillion microorganisms or friendly bacteria that help to break down and absorb your food while providing the body with needed enzymes. At the same time, these tiny organisms are removing waste and toxins from your body.
“The digestive system’s main role is to extract energy and nutrients from food,” said Martie Whittaken, CCN. “These functions are compromised, however, when there’s a lack of healthy intestinal bacteria.”
Each person’s mix of bacteria varies. Interactions between a person and the microorganisms in his body, and among the microorganisms themselves, can be crucial to the person’s health and well-being. When the bacteria in your gut are abundant and healthy, they promote good health, prevent illness, and protect your well-being. Their health is literally your health.
“Every day we are exposed to environmental factors that destroy these “good” bacteria—chlorinated water, processed foods, stress, alcohol, and antibiotics—so it is necessary to replenish them with probiotics.”
The best probiotics will strengthen your colon and digestive tract too. Your body must be able to properly eliminate toxins and waste material efficiently and effectively to remain healthy.
“There is no doubt that a healthy digestive system is critical for proper nutrient absorption and improving absorption can dramatically improve your health. Probiotics are helpful in breaking food particles such as proteins into smaller nutrient molecules, aiding their digestion and absorption,” said Ms. Whittaken. “The beneficial bacteria assist by lowering the pH level in the intestinal tract, which is necessary for optimal absorption of nutrients and trace minerals.”