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Can We Eat Too Many Nutrients in One Meal and Can Too Much Water Inhibit Absorption of Minerals/Vitamins?

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Created January 25, 2013 at 6:04 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, in regards to water, I have heard that drinking too much water can dilute stomach acid, but can it also flush the minerals/vitamins out of our system faster before we've had a chance to absorb all of it?

Thanks!

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2904 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I completely disagree with you on Magnesium. NOBODY is getting too much magnesium, it's so scarce in the food supply. The soil is depleted and plants contain overall less magnesium than they once did. And high-carb foods steals magnesium from the body. That's why the CDC even puts Magnesium Deficiency as being prevalent in 68-80% of Americans. It's by far the most common nutrient deficiency.

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3150 · April 06, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Didn't know about the Bristol chart, you always learn something new here, +1 for that!

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91 · February 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I'm definitely not down on Magnesium... it's really important for a lot of our bodily function and strength. I put a word of caution for those that tend to overdue "healthiness". One of my favorite ways to get Magnesium is through Pumpkin Powder. I buy it on EBay for like $15 bucks. It last me months. The fiber in it, keeps things moving....

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10994 · February 08, 2013 at 7:40 PM

@Roth I've definitely had too much magnesium before, say hello to #6 on the Bristol Stool Chart...

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343 · January 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Great answer! What about folks who only eat one or two large meals a day?

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1811 · January 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Plus the body has a pretty effective way of dispensing excess magnesium.

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2904 · January 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

metabolic processes. Since we're told to consume foods with fat-soluble vitamins with a source of fat, that means some of the fat-soluble vitamins might be passing through us unabsorbed. Water-soluble vitamins need water to be absorbed (some fluids with your meal might not be a bad idea for this reason, I drink ginger tea with some sea salt because it's hydrating but it also encourages stomach acid production)

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2904 · January 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

You never absorb 100% of any food or its nutrients, except maybe breast milk. Yes, you do lose vitamins from food sometimes. Your brain only takes as much as it needs or can handle at any one time. If food X has more b5 than your body needs at that particular moment during digestion, it will be flushed out in your urine. Minerals are stored in bone and bone marrow, we have a reserve of minerals for when we need it, but it's a safety measure, we're not meant to use those minerals except in cases where we're malnourished, the body will leach minerals from bone into the bloodstream for the body's

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91 · January 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM

There are water based vitamins and minerals, and there are fat based. Vitamins; Water soluble are like C and B complex Fat soluble are A, D, E, and K

Minerals, You can definitely overdue Zinc, Magnesium, Copper etc...

We can take quite a bit. Taking too much will result in organ troubles, headaches etc..

Some can kill, but it takes a lot and you would need to be compromised in some way.

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2904 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I completely disagree with you on Magnesium. NOBODY is getting too much magnesium, it's so scarce in the food supply. The soil is depleted and plants contain overall less magnesium than they once did. And high-carb foods steals magnesium from the body. That's why the CDC even puts Magnesium Deficiency as being prevalent in 68-80% of Americans. It's by far the most common nutrient deficiency.

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1811 · January 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Plus the body has a pretty effective way of dispensing excess magnesium.

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10994 · February 08, 2013 at 7:40 PM

@Roth I've definitely had too much magnesium before, say hello to #6 on the Bristol Stool Chart...

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91 · February 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I'm definitely not down on Magnesium... it's really important for a lot of our bodily function and strength. I put a word of caution for those that tend to overdue "healthiness". One of my favorite ways to get Magnesium is through Pumpkin Powder. I buy it on EBay for like $15 bucks. It last me months. The fiber in it, keeps things moving....

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3150 · April 06, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Didn't know about the Bristol chart, you always learn something new here, +1 for that!

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0 · June 01, 2013 at 3:14 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.

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