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by 225 · February 22, 2014 at 04:17 PM

I've heard you need fats to properly absorb a lot of the vitamins in vegetables. I personally eat veggies sometimes as snacks between meals -- with no fat. Would it be wise to try to include some fats with this? Interested in what amount of... (more)

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Alan_11 0 · February 20, 2014 at 08:40 PM

I love veggies with butter. They taste so much better and it is nutriious.

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by 397 · February 13, 2014 at 12:42 AM

So I've heard some vague discussion about how some minerals can interfere with the absorption of other minerals. Eg, calcium can block the absorption of iron. I've heard some say that you only have to worry about this when taking... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · February 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

i dont focus on this at all and my bloodwork is good.

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by 3277 · July 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM

I'm evaluating 2 different magnesium supplements (a citrate and a glycinate). If I take the same net magnesium amounts (the gross weights will be different), and one causes loose stools, and the other doesn't, does that mean the one that doesn't... (more)

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KA24 0 · May 31, 2012 at 04:36 PM

It can. However, I've found that with myself, and others, that when digestion is already good and bowel movements are frequent and regular, Magnesium has little to no effect as long as you are adequately hydrated. My advice would be to try using... (more)

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by 43 · August 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hey guys, I have really sensative tempormental skin, I have for years now. I changed my diet, witch helped so much to where I only have some hyperkeratonized skin on my arms and bum, face and then soul crushing acne, that just never stays away for... (more)

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Micheal78 0 · August 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

It sounds that you have very sensitive skin so for that you have to take extra care of your skin. Don't touch your skin very frequently, make sure to wash your hands with antiseptic soap,(but remember never apply soap on your face) before touching... (more)

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by 43 · July 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Well, I've been reading about Vitamin A and such, and they say that even perfectly healthy people don't convert beta carotene in plants to Vitamin a very efficiently. We would have to eat SO many plants to get a wee bit of vitamin A...UNLESS we... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · July 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

A thing to keep in mind: Biology is not efficient. Why would we effectively need to absorb them? They likely ate manyfold as much pro-vitamin A as we do now. Even poor converters would have enough given that level of consumption.

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by 3277 · May 10, 2013 at 09:23 PM

I'm trying to get up to speed on phytic acid and I'm still confused: If you eat almonds, is the problem that: phytic acid binds to the minerals in the almond and prevents the almond's minerals from being absorbed, or the phytic acid also... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 10, 2013 at 05:18 PM

Let's see if I can elucidate a bit. Phytic acid binds phosphorous (the phytate part of the molecule) - it is literally comprised of phorphorous, which renders it unusable to humans. Phytic acid chelates other minerals - meaning, that it "traps"... (more)

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by 18 · April 03, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I am completely gluten free these days (had dermatitis herpetiformis on face before I quit), but I'm wondering if it would be safe to be in restaurants or places that cook with gluten. Does the stuff get into the air? From I've read, it is readily... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · April 03, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I don't think it's the smell. I don't think you're being paranoid, but maybe a tad overly cautious if you're not extremely sensitive. HOWEVER, flour gets on everything and if you're extremely sensitive you can react to the gluten in that. I react... (more)

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by 25 · March 17, 2013 at 05:43 PM

I know there's phytic acid in coffee beans, but is there enough to worry about in brewed coffee? Doesn't the roasting/hot brewing inactivate any of it? I drink a cup every morning along with my breakfast of meat and vegetables and all my... (more)

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littleballoon 0 · March 17, 2013 at 04:37 PM

Only if you have some physical ailment that you're looking to cure and you suspect it may be due to phytic acid. Personally I'm sensitive to tannic acid in coffee, tea, wine etc. so if I drink them my stomach bloats up like crazy.

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by 342 · June 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM

I guess those two seem like separate questions, but my mother has been nagging me to not eat too many nutrient dense foods in the same meal because she believes that the body can't properly absorb it all at once and so it becomes a waste! Also,... (more)

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Neptune 0 · June 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM

Meals of one food may be easier for your digestive system but it could be difficult to obtain sufficient variety if you did this at every meal. Hydrating about an hour before meals and two hours after may not harm you but is unsupported I understand. (more)

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by 2401 · January 15, 2013 at 03:28 PM

I've heard omega 3 and 6 compete for the same receptors, so they should be ingested apart from one another. Is this true? What about other fats such as coconut or saturated fats?

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D_K_ 0 · January 15, 2013 at 03:28 PM

I take all my supplements, including omega 3s, immediately after a workout along with my protein and starchy carbs. I figure my body is hungry for just about everything after a heavy workout, so I load up on all the good stuff as much as possible. (more)

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by 80 · January 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM

I have been wondering lately, because that's what everyone always told me every time that I wanted to eat an orange after sunset; that it's pointless and that it needs to be daytime for the body to absorb vitamin C. I don't know how they all got... (more)

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PilatesGatekeeper 0 · January 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM

I don't think it matters what time of day you eat the orange I think the body absorbs vitamin C regardless of the time of day

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by 12607 · August 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM

I'm interested in making a list of how to best absorb specific nutrients. Whether or not we always want to best absorb each nutrient is debatable, but I think putting this information together could be really beneficial. I started with iron and... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · August 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM

I can tell you that the research seems to indicate that B vitamins, particularly b12, seem to be better absorbed sublingually than orally. I did a LOT of reading when I found out that I was severely deficient (combo of celiac and a b12... (more)

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by 0 · July 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM

How much of the sesame oil that I use for OP gets absorbed in my system through the membranes of my mouth? I'm asking because I'm not supposed to eat sesame seeds or foods cooked in sesame oil, Using only 1 tablespoon of oil that only stays in... (more)

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Natalie_Pfund 0 · July 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM

I support the coconut oil vote. I've tried it, and felt that it was a beneficial element to healing me root canal infection holistically. For more info, check out my... (more)

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by 5111 · August 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM

I usually take a spoonful of fish oil and a few drops of liquid vitamin D in the morning with breakfast. I don't always get a chance to eat breakfast though, so I just take a dose of fish oil and the vitamin D before running out the door. I know... (more)

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Joe_DiPenta 0 · July 09, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Seafoods Exclusively a handful of kinds of fish are normally found to possess tremendous amount of vitamin D. Fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmons and also sardines are usually rich in vitamin D. These types of oily fish and also classified as... (more)

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by 15 · May 31, 2012 at 01:19 AM

I am eating a VERY big salad daily. Relatives are concerned about the possibly high content of oxalates I am taking. The daily salad consists mainly of: Lollo rosso/red cabbage Romaine cabbage Spinach One small red beet 1-2 Small... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · May 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM

I had some issues with high oxalate foods, cutting back spinach and replacing it with other greens is a good first step. Also, reducing carrots and beets seemed to help.

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by 421 · May 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM

What’s your view on the recent emerging buzz that the typical hunter-gatherer tribe eats only once a day? If humans can only absorb around 35g of protein at one time, this would mean that even H-Gs eating very high protein diets would ACTUALLY be... (more)

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VB 0 · May 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM

I disagree with one meal per day. I mean, do what works for you but... isn't Paleo about going back to nature and natural eating patterns? Which means breakfast, lunch and dinner?

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by 3277 · May 17, 2012 at 07:36 AM

In case it matters, this is the mineral formula I use: http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Calcium-Bone-Maker-Complex-180-Capsules/27750?at=0 : Calcium (from microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) 600 mg 60% Potassium (from potassium citrate) 99 mg... (more)

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Swede 0 · May 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM

Yes. In most cases, food based vitamins and minerals are more absorbable than supplements because the food based nutrients exist as part of a food complex. In other words, they are contained within a matrix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates;... (more)

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by 2909 · April 26, 2012 at 08:27 AM

Since they're fat-soluble, would applying some sort of oil like coconut oil, EVOO or neem onto the skin before/in combination with the retinoid increase transdermal absorption? I also heard that applying topical retinoids on damp skin increases... (more)

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by 550 · February 15, 2012 at 06:58 PM

I've heard that eating different foods at separate times is better. For example, eat meat for one meal, veggies for another meal, etc. Thoughts? Data?

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dzone 0 · February 15, 2012 at 06:58 PM

It sounds similar to sequential eating. I tend to use sequential eating and it has definitely improved my digestion. drbass.com/sequential

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by 313 · December 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM

I know our stomach acid has a ph of around 3 but adding a significant amount of more acid could be bad. What effect is possible from adding a serving of onion and other acidic foods? What is the ph of cooked onion and why is it that what I have... (more)

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raydawg 0 · December 31, 2011 at 02:00 PM

Unless you're chugging vinegar by the cup, I wouldn't worry about getting heartburn. If you hear certain foods make your blood acidic or alkaline, you're hearing BS, not science. There is a similar question to this one here:... (more)

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by 2782 · March 19, 2014 at 07:14 PM

I'm trying to determine potential causes for my moderate case of anemia, which has been affecting me for the past several months. I'm consuming large quantities of iron from natural sources, so the problem presumably has to do with absorption. I... (more)

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Ammy 0 · September 04, 2013 at 06:26 AM

Anemia from active bleeding: Loss of blood through heavy menstrual bleeding or wounds can cause anemia. Gastrointestinal ulcers or cancers such as cancer of the colon may slowly ooze blood and can also cause anemia. Use this International Drug... (more)

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by 313 · December 09, 2011 at 05:27 PM

I have read some pages concerning Arginine which quite significantly inhibits Lysine absorption. Does anyone have any information about this or if the lysine in the food has to be in the stomach at the same time as the Arginine? I just want to... (more)

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PatternMatching 0 · December 09, 2011 at 05:27 PM

Well, if we're anything like a pig, then you are absolutely correct. Basically, it would seem that arginine causes secretion of lysine into the intestines. Lysine would thereby be much better absorbed without other amino acids. Or so the... (more)

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by 6218 · December 01, 2011 at 04:13 PM

My mother has osteoporosis and I was thinking of suggesting this for her: Before she forks over $$ for this I wanted to get some feedback. https://www.drrons.com/bone-calcium-from-grassfed-New-Zealand-cattle.htm TIA (more)

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by 1662 · October 30, 2011 at 07:04 PM

Taken into account that our bodies absorbed the nutrients we gave it. This leads me to another question. How do we know if our bodies are absorbing the nutrients we are giving it? Are there certain foods/herbs/supplements we can take to make... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · October 30, 2011 at 04:48 PM

We're not designed to feel like we're on an euphoric high 24/7; good health is not a drug. Eating a highly nourishing diet will make you feel "not bad" all the time. The rest is up to you. The amazing feelings in life are not automatic, they're... (more)

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by 239 · November 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I am unfortunately a veteran in bowel diseases and IBS interested to know which fat is the easiest for the inflamed system to take.I don't know,i vomit even from tiny amounts.Need help

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Eugenia 0 · October 14, 2011 at 08:01 PM

Have you tried getting a digestive enzyme? I have IBS-D, but I can eat fat.