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Why You Aren’t (quite) What You Eat..

Why you aren’t – quite – what you eat

Contrary to popular belief, being healthy does not just depend on what you eat.  I can already hear you say: “..surely if I eat lots of kale and nuts, I’m healthier than someone who eats junk. Right?”..well, not quite.

To consider whether you are really healthy or why you don’t feel great despite all the ‘good’ food you eat, you must assess how well you’re able to digest it.  ‘You are what you can digest’ is therefore far more accurate than the popular adage.

So if you regularly suffer from bloat, irregular bowels, pain, gas or low energy, you need to assess whether your gut is strong enough to break down those nuts, seeds, wholegrains and raw greens. 

For most of us, this isn’t the case.

You might also be spending a fortune on supplements and not notice the benefits for the same reason: you are not utilising the nutrients properly – most likely due to poor absorption.


There are quite a few reasons why you may not be digesting food or absorbing nutrients, but the main one is likely caused by low gastric acid production.

This low acidity is often caused by:

  1. Age: as our gastric acid ‘production’ starts declining as early as your 20s*
  2. Stress: the fight, flight, freeze stress response will stop your digestion, as instinctually and biologically your body goes into ‘action’ mode by switching off certain bodily functions and processes that don’t serve it in times of threat
  3. Deficiencies in zinc and B vitamins (which also get depleted more rapidly when stressed)
  4. Over-medication: yup – taking those antacids, ppis etc may affect long-term acid production
  5. H-pylori ulcer-causing bacterial infection – get tested if you have any doubts
  6. Surgery in the abdomen area
  7. Damaging eating habits: eating fast, not chewing, eating too much gluten, dairy, sugar

In addition to low acid production (hypochlorhydria), some foods – such as raw foods, nuts, seeds, pulses, grains, contain acids and anti-nutrients (ie: phytic acid, leptins, saponins..) that are meant to protect that food from pests.

These anti-nutrients interfere with digestive enzymes and also prevent you from absorbing many essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

The solution:

  • Ease digestion by soaking, sprouting and fermenting nuts, seeds, pulses and grains. This will not only boost their digestibility, but it will also increase their nutrient absorption.
  • Cook (lightly) all your vegetables, and always eat ripe fruit.
  • Eat nutrient-dense lightly cooked foods such as full fat dairy (if tolerated), traditional fats (butter, goose/duck fats, ghee..), muscle meat and fish.
  • Look out for signs that your gut isn’t tolerating or digesting something (however ‘healthy’ it’s meant to be). Remove that food or soak/ferment/sprout it and see if it works better for you.
  • Practice mindful eating.  Eating under any amount of stress, or at high speed will tremendously alter your digestive capability and nutrient absorption.

As always, your body always ‘tells’ you when something you eat isn’t right for you.  Ignore these signs at your peril.

Nathalie 🙂


2. Why Stomach Acid is Good for You by Jonathan Wright, MD and Lane Lenard, PhD M. Evans and Company


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Brighton (UK)-based and international Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach

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Nathalie Sansonetti

BA, MA, DNn, Dip AIT, HCI Certified Coach

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  • Nutritional Therapist (10+ years)
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  • Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, Member
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The information on this course is not intended to replace medication or advice from your general practitioner (GP), medical doctor or specialist and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information based on the research and experience of Nathalie Sansonetti and her work as a Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach. N.Sansonetti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.