You know that old saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, whoever came up with that didn’t take into consideration that we don’t always actually absorb the nutrients that we are eating. When you are not absorbing nutrients it is easy to overeat in order to compensate for not getting enough vitamins and minerals. This can lead to sluggishness, feeling fatigued and weight gain over time.
Digestion Affects Your Ability to Absorb Nutrients
When your digestive system isn’t functioning properly, it cannot fully digest and absorb the nutrients that you just consumed. You can be eating an incredibly nutrient-dense diet but if there is an issue with digestion, your body will really only absorb a portion of those nutrients – which could still leave you with nutrient deficiencies!
Nutritionists see this happen all the time with clients. Clients may eat lots of fruits and vegetables, organic high quality foods, avoid processed foods, etc and still have multiple symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Their overall health suffers and they are left feeling confused and frustrated as a result.
Digestion is the Top Healing Priority of the Body
If digestion is off, you can bet some aspect(s) of your health will suffer. Not only will you suffer from physical issues but bad digestion and an unhealthy gut has been shown to lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Some symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies include:
- Muscles feeling exhausted or fatigued easily
- Depression, anxiety, and agitation
- Racing heart
- Night sweats
- Small bumps on the back of the arms (keratosis pilaris)
- Easy bruising/bleeding
- Calf or foot cramps
- Skin issues
- Pain or swelling in joints
- White spots on fingernails
- …and more!
Find a Nutritional Therapist Who Specializes in Gut Health and Digestion
Is your digestion functioning properly? Are you actually absorbing the nutrients from foods that you are consuming? If you experience digestive issues or any of the symptoms above, find a nutritional therapist who can help you fix your digestion so that you can feel your best!
Nutritional Therapy is an individualized approach which focuses on holistic nutrition as well as implementing natural dietary and lifestyle changes to help people feel their best. Nutritional therapy can focus on a variety of issues beyond nutrient absorption including bloating, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, food sensitivities and nausea. This type of approach educates clients on why they are experiencing symptoms in the first place, and empowers them to take the steps toward overall and long-lasting wellness. Functional nutrition digs deep to discover the root cause of the symptoms in order to determine why the body is out of balance in the first place and how to correct these imbalances.
About Sarah Lawley Chernick of Nourish Heal Balance
My name is Sarah Lawley Chernick and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP), and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). As the owner of Nourish Heal Balance, a San Diego nutritionist business, I serve clients online and worldwide. I studied Psychology and attained a Masters degree in the field so I am very well-versed in the importance of addressing the mind-body connection. After years of struggling with my own physical and mental health issues, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Digestive troubles, PMS, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, chronic pain and headaches…you name it, I’ve had it! After years of going to doctor after doctor and nobody being able to help me, I eventually found Nutritional Therapy. This allowed me to get to the root cause of where all of my symptoms were coming from and through this holistic approach I was able to heal my body on a deep level!