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Doctor insights on: Five Ways Your Body Uses Nutrients

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How are nutrients processed in the body?

How are nutrients processed in the body?

Nutrients: This is hard to answer in 400 words, but basically foods are broken down by enzymes in the Gastrointestinal tract, then absorbed through the lining, distributed to the blood which delivers them to the cells of the body. ...Read more

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Does our body store extra nutrients if we have to much?

Does our body store extra nutrients if we have to much?

Yes: Mostly it will stored excess energy in the form of fat and sugar compounds. Some nutrients, especially fat soluble ones will be kept for a long time but you will deplete the stores of water soluble nutrients in a much shorter period of time. The body can handle starvation for a period of several weeks to perhaps 5 weeks before things happen which can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is there a condition where your body doesn't absorb nutrients?

Is there a condition where your body doesn't absorb nutrients?

Yes: Malabsorption is the inability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients. Causes include celiac sprue, whipple's, and a bunch more. Maldigestion is the inability of the pancreas to break down food for absorption. They may be linked together as "malabsorption". ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you crave a certain food, does that mean your body is trying to tell you that you're in need of it's nutrients?

Can you tell me if you crave a certain food, does that mean your body is trying to tell you that you're in need of it's nutrients?

Sometimes: It appears yes. Like in the case of pica, where people will have the urge to consume non-food (like clay) items in the setting of iron deficiency. It is thought that the body's preparation for increased nutritional needs, like salt, might drive pregnant women's cravings for things like pickles. ...Read more

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After masturbating does the body lose key nutrients?

After masturbating does the body lose key nutrients?

No, not really.: No, not to any significant extent. There are glucopolysaccarides (sugars) and fats in semen, and glucoproteins in sperm, which are obviously lost, but in relatively minute amounts. Your genital glands (gonads) are constantly replenishing these substances, and the small immediate loss is rapidly replenished. You body doesn't notice the "loss." ...Read more

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I feel very weak. Is there any test that can hlp me know which can show the composition of ol the nutrients in my body?

I feel very weak. Is there any test that can hlp me know which can show the composition of ol the nutrients in my body?

Nutrition tests: Two great tests to assess nutritional status are either the optimal nutrition eavaluation (http://www. Gdx. Net/product/10003) or spectracell's micronutrient eval (http://www. Spectracell. Com/patient-micronutrient-testing/). Both sites have doctor locator search option. If need be, you may want to assess for infection, thyroid disease, adrenal function and iron levels as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I keep "craving" sweet things all the time, is there a reason for this? Does it mean that my body needs a certain nutrient or what can it be?

I keep "craving" sweet things all the time, is there a reason for this? Does it mean that my body needs a certain nutrient or what can it be?

Don't skip meals: Craving for chocolate may reflect magnesium deficiency. Other than that, there may not be any nutrient deficiency. Stress and lack of sleep and rest as well as a diet high in processed foods are important factors, however. Skipping meals may be eh most important factor. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Which nutrients does long term use of Prevacid (lansoprazole) affect?

Which nutrients does long term use of Prevacid (lansoprazole) affect?

PPI's: There has been a lot of research done on the effects of PPI's on minerals and nutrients, specifically calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B12. The preponderance of the research has suggested that PPI's do not have long-term effects on these nutrients except for rare patients with low magnesium. There is no need to supplement your diet based solely on taking PPI's. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could your body absorb all the nutrients from the nutrition fact label?

Could your body absorb all the nutrients from the nutrition fact label?

Nutrition: That is a great question. Many people do have issues with their nutrient absorption due to the health of their gut (gastrointestinal tract). You certainly cannot count on being able to absorb exactly what it says on the label. ...Read more

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Does the skin heal better when our bodies rest from eating or when we eat a lot of food/nutrients?

Does the skin heal better when our bodies rest from eating or when we eat a lot of food/nutrients?

Balance: There needs to be a good balance. Eating too much sugar can impede wound healing, for example, but not having enough protein can also be bad. As with most things, a health moderation is best. ...Read more

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Does passing out "expensive" yellowish urine mean the multivat I take daily is not absorbed as nutrients into my body?

Your: Body absorbs what it needs and gets rid of what if doesn't need so your body is doing what it is supposed to do. So it is absorbing what it needs ...Read more

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Are veins responsible for transporting nutrients through the body?

Are veins responsible for transporting nutrients through the body?

No: Veins are responsible for returning blood to the heart. Arteries are responsible for delivering oxygenated blood with nutrients to the capillaries where the tissues are given oxygen and nutrients and CO2 is removed. ...Read more

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If RBCs carry oxygen, what carries nutrients throughout the body?

If RBCs carry oxygen, what carries nutrients throughout the body?

Blood stream: Nutrients that nourish the host are transported via the circulatory system to reach cells requiring the needed energy to properly function. Before nutrients are transported, ingested food is broken down into a more transportable size. This occurs in the digestive system..
Once broken down, nutrients moves into your small intestines, where they are absorbed into the circulation. ...Read more

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Does growing long hair really take away nutrients from the rest of your body?

Does growing long hair really take away nutrients from the rest of your body?

No: Growing one's hair long does not take away nutrients from the rest of the body. A person with long hair hanging down must always remember to stay away from moving machinery, such as fans, car engines, etc... ...Read more

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What nutrients does opiates deplete from the body and how do I get my energy back post recovery?

What nutrients does opiates deplete from the body and how do I get my energy back post recovery?

See below: Opiates don't deplete nutrients. What is depleted is your body's ability to make neurotransmitters. It can take months for these to return to nl. It may sound impossible, but trying to get some daily exercise (start w walking, working towards 30-60 mins/day) is one of the best things you can do. Otherwise, eat well, get support, & focus on your goals, including sobriety. Every step forward counts! ...Read more

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Which nutrients does pure Argan oil contain that will be absorbed into my body when applied to my skin?

Which nutrients does pure Argan oil contain that will be absorbed into my body when applied to my skin?

Vit E, EFA's, sterols&: Argan oils contains many nutrients. It is rich in Vit E and Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids as well as squalene, phytosterols & polyphenols.
See http://multiculturalbeauty. About. Com/od/Ingredients/a/Argan-Oil-For-Beauty. Htm
& http://naturalbeauty. About. Com/od/Ingredients/a/All-About-Argan-Oil. Htm ...Read more

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What nutrients can I get in almonds? Can I eat those withouse harming my body if I want to loose weight?

What nutrients can I get in almonds? Can I eat those withouse harming my body if I want to loose weight?

Many nutrients & yes: Almonds are rich in vitamin e, calcium & the essential fatty acid linoleic acid. They also contain b vitamins, copper, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium and phytonutrients like catechin, beta-glucosides & naringenen. One of the best ways to lose weight is to emphasize low-carb nutrient-dense foods such as almonds. Thus, in moderation almonds are a healthy snack for weight loss. ...Read more

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As a vegetarian, what blood tests should I have done to make sure that I am getting all of the nutrients that my body needs?

Here's my suggestion: You know you need B12 checked. Montior iron and vitamin D levels. Truth be told, your best bet is to get with a vegetarian-friendly evidence-based physician to guide you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What test or what type of doctor should I go to - if I feel my body is not able to absorb nutrients from food properly? Thank you.

What test or what type of doctor should I go to - if I feel my body is not able to absorb nutrients from food properly? Thank you.

GI or Functional Med: A gastroenterologist should be able to assess but I strongly recommend you see a specialist in Holistic/Integrative Medicine who practices Functional Medicine, as these doctors receive special training in exactly how to best assess and treat these issues. See http://tinyurl. Com/lrylka8 ...Read more

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Does bacteria infection cause damage to body tissues by also competing with body tissues for resources and nutrients?

Does bacteria infection cause damage to body tissues by also competing with body tissues for resources and nutrients?

Not really: The primary cause of body tissue destruction in context of most severe infections relates to the immune response to the insult. Phase I involves destruction of infected tissue and this is followed by anti-inflammatory properties and wound healing once the insult is neutralized and inflammatory signals fall away. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much h2o flush out nutrients from a person body. Ate dinner. Drink water. Feel like haven't eaten all day?

Can drinking too much h2o flush out nutrients from a person body. Ate dinner. Drink water. Feel like haven't eaten all day?

No: All things in the body are governed by a not too much and not too little so you can drink too much water, although the limits are very broad. ...Read more

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Pt. Aspirated on 9/12, last ate previous day, only on antibiotic and saline IV since. What kind of nutrients would the body be receiving? Any plans?

Pt. Aspirated on 9/12, last ate previous day, only on antibiotic and saline IV since. What kind of nutrients would the body be receiving? Any plans?

Nutrition through IV: In the hospital, often patients are not fed anything for one or more days depending on what the problem is. For aspiration, this is especially true since a Speech pathologist is usually called in and the primary problem causing the aspiration needs attention. There are a number of good options for nutrition here. To start with, I recc at least some 'sugar' through the vein-- dextrose can be added. ...Read more