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Healthy Diet, Healthy Lifestyle

Absorption of Nutrients

To live, your body relies on at least 40 nutrients found in food. As you digest food, it is broken down into nutrients which are absorbed into your bloodstream and carried to all the cells in your body.

A healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eating the right foods and taking supplemental nutrients may not make you healthier if the nutrients aren't being absorbed. Different nutrients need different conditions to be properly absorbed.

Look at the list below for methods to help you absorb all your nutrients.

What you want to Absorb
This helps absorption
Amino AcidsTake on an empty stomach
Iron Eat a little meat
IronDon't drink coffee at the same time
IronVitamin C
Calcium Vitamin D
Vitamins A, E, K and lycopene Fat
CarotenoidesCook your food
Vitamins in CerealDrink the milk at the bottom of the bowl
ChromiumAvoid Antacids
CalciumDo not take with iron supplements
Vitamin D Get 15 minutes of sunlight
MultivitaminsDon't store them in the bathroom
B vitamins Avoid Alcohol
B vitaminsDon't rinse cooked pasta

For more information on how to incorporate the nutrients that you need into your diet, click on the specific vitamin or mineral located on the left column of this page.

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