• Jennette Werle, CIHC, DH

Poor Nutritional Absorption Signs

Updated: Oct 12

Fragile fingernails, white patches or vertical lines on the fingernails are just some of the signs of poor nutritional absorption of micronutrients and macronutrients. You may be surprised to know that even if a person is underweight or overweight they can be nutritionally deficient. How is this possible? Well, their digestive system has become compromised due to emotional or physical stress in the body. Some of the physical stressors are toxins, diet, life style, medications, foods that lack nutritional content or infections. Infections can be physically obvious or hidden like dental infections. Watch the movie Root Cause on Netflix or Amazon. The movie will educate you and open your eyes! If you are having unexplained health conditions, you may want to visit a holistic dentist to diagnose hidden dental infections.

Let me explain how toxins prevent nutritional absorption in the intestines. Toxins attach to the receptors of the cells in the digestive system causing displacement of the minerals and vitamins (micronutrients). Instead the micronutrients are passed into the lumen of the digestive system for excretion leaving the person malnourished or literally starving. This constant circle of exposure to toxins from the environment, personal care products or other chemicals eventually damages the villi of the small intestine. The body starts to protect itself by producing extra mucus around the tops of the villi preventing the enzymes that reside at the tips of the villi from coming in contact with the partially digested foods in the small intestine. The extra mucus is a barrier that will not allow the enzymes to break down the food further. This undigested food remains undigested into the small intestine or colon fermenting, rotting and causing disease. A dysbiosis condition will arise and/or autoimmunity.

Over use of medications and infections can cause dysbiosis and damage of the digestive system in the same manner as described above. The golden age of prescribing medications such as antibiotics without regards to the host health is over. Life style or emotional stress will also damage the digestive system as well as the immune system.

Some of the nutrients missing in an individual with physical signs of fingernail or toenail damage are Zinc, Magnesium, B12, B9, B6, Potassium, D3 and Vitamin C. You may ask what can I do to reverse the damage? Plenty! You can start by changing the diet to more Paleo, SCD for a short term only, Mediterranean and/or plant based. It should include proteins, healthy fats like Olive and avocado oil that are rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, organic miso aged for 3 to 4 years to repopulate the intestinal healthy bacteria, HCL and Activator supplementation with every meal, prebiotic foods, probiotic Megaspores and clean filter water. Clean water has oxygen that can help clear toxins out of the body, but also supports the life of the bacteria in the gut (Aerobic bacteria). This imbalance leads to fermentation and rotting of food in the small intestine that can lead to SIBO and parasitic infections.

According to CDC in the USA, millions of people are infected with parasites. These gut infections also tax other organs like the liver causing nonalcoholic fatty liver or blockage of the Common bile duct in the gallbladder and many more end conditions like even possibly cancer. The mentality that parasites only exist in third world countries is not up to date. Read the CDC disclosure about parasites in the USA. Best practice is always wash hands and stay healthy by building up your immune system. Herbs like oregano, Vidanga, Neem, Japanese Knotweed, apricot seeds and many others may help with infections. Please always work with your health care provider as it is difficult to stamp infections out. Some of these organisms are microscopic and some are visible to the naked eye, but they always multiply by the thousands in a matter of days or weeks. A well-educated functional medicine doctor should be able to help you regain your health.

Implementing a protocol to support your liver, kidney, and lymph system will be helpful. There are many supplements available, but you should always consult with your physician or health care team. Nonalcoholic fatty liver sometimes can benefit from implementing small cup of coffee mixed with organic pure olive oil about 1-2 teaspoons in the morning before eating. This will cause the bowels to move in the morning, but it might be smart to have this cup of coffee in morning at least one hour before breakfast to make sure your breakfast will not be moved too fast before it is digested leaving you with no nutrition. It is thought that coffee helps by lowering the liver stiffness due to the fat accumulation. Please note too much caffeine can raise blood glucose.

Amino acid support is also very helpful as many foods are incomplete proteins that will not help rebuild the connective tissue or muscle. Also, Vitamin C in conjunction with the mineral Zinc form a synergistic action in wound healing and collagen production. These micro-nutrients might need to be supplemented in order to help reverse damage to the digestive system, immune system or fingernails, etc.

Vitamin D3 the most absorb-able form for the human body is extremely important to repair the immune system, responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium in the intestines and the number one source is from the sun. Implementing walking 4-5 times per week for 30 minutes a day can provide you with additional vitamin D3 in your body to maintain adequate levels and keep you healthy. Sun exposure in moderation is actually great for seasonal mood disorders too.

Magnesium is also important because it is necessary for thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body, glucose regulation and energy production along many other process. People with fatty liver disease are at a higher risk of magnesium deficiency.

Unclutter your life style and implement time for self-care. Do things that will nurture your spirit and body. Remember you matter. Take care of yourself. Read a book, do deep belly breathing few times per day, meditation or go for a massage. Is okay to say no. You do not have to explain or give a reason not to undertake job or social commitment. Deep breathing meditation from the belly can help reverse auto immune disorders, lower blood pressure, help with anxiety and depression.

Last, but not least, proper and complete elimination of waste is critical. If this is not happening, your colon and small intestines will become toxic and sick with your overall health suffering. Support your digestive system by spacing meals 4-5 hours apart, reduce snacking between meals, and avoiding food for at least 3 hours before bed. Rhubarb organic capsule supplement 1g per day should help you eliminate waste without causing habit formation until your digestive system heals.

Disease takes a long time to manifest and you may not have paid attention to the clues your body gave you alone the way. Be patient with yourself  healing will also take time to happen. Start by listening to your body and the divine universe.  Live with gratitude and compassion. 


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Poor Nutritional Absorption Signs

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 Jeannette Werle, Health Consultant

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