Effects of Cooking on Nutrient Absorption

When looking to increase nutrient/mineral intake…

(Jannes Jacobs)

It is important to know how much of that is retained throughout the digestive process – and how much is let pass through the system. It is normally understood that cooking foods denatures the live enzymes – causing nutrient/mineral loss.

…However, did you know that in some foods it actually increases certain minerals like calcium?

According to one study – cooking spinach actually increases the calcium content from 25mg/cup to 245mg/cup! This is an outstanding difference – now it is important to understand that the body absorbs only a percentage of that. The values differ for each mineral – where calcium is about 35% whereas minerals like copper, zinc and selenium (used for various organ functions) ranges from 30%-80% absorption.

Going even further – there are now brands that sell fermented vitamins that promise up to 70% absorption of each supplement. These strategies can be combined with taking live enzymes found in raw apple cider vinegar, probiotics, and yogurt to maximize this absorption and uptake. And from a personal perspective – it is important to choose foods which will sit with you for longer periods of time. These foods include many raw fruits and vegetables – that take longer to break down, and when combined with stretches and meditation – can significantly improve the uptake of benefits.

Foods from quick restaurants like Taco Bell and Mcdonalds will actually pass through the system at a quick rate – where very little is actually held onto and taken into the system as useful long-term energy. That is something to think about after your meal – how does it make you feel? Do you feel calm and grounded, coming from a more alkaline-based food habit – or do you feel stressed with heartburn? If so, monitor these things in your mind, and read my next blog about the importance of maintaining a balanced pH.


Benefits of Eating Kiwi

Loaded with vitamin C – kiwi fruit is a low-glycemic index, rich flavor fruit. There are, of course, a host of benefits, including a boost in immunity, improvements in cardiac health, and improvements in digestion. About the size of a toddler’s fist – kiwi are roughly 40 calories per fruit.

Interesting Facts

(Engin Akyurt)

There are plenty of interesting facts about kiwi, such as how they contain around 60 milligrams of vitamin C.

The skins of kiwi are optional and yield 50% more fiber, 32% boost in folate, and a 34% increase in vitamin E as opposed to eating skinless kiwi.

There are a host of reasons to boost these nutrients in your body. Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are the reagents for powerful reactions in your body. They help your brain perceive senses, and help flush your organs of water and waste.

At the end of the day, eating kiwis can help maintain a healthy blood pressure and boost your vitamin C levels. Kiwis contain 230% of your daily need for vitamin C, and kiwis can also protect from inflammation and disease.