Here's an interesting fact for you: The state of our body's nervous system determines how well we digest our food. This means that if you are frequently stuck in "fight or flight" mode, your body is preparing for serious action and many functions that aren't essential to your immediate survival—like digestion—slow down or stop altogether so your body can concentrate on things like increasing your heart rate.
The problem is that being regularly stressed depletes your entire system (including your gut microbes) and directly affects your digestion and how well you can absorb nutrients.
Fortunately, you can consciously activate the calming branch of your nervous system so you can move into "rest and digest" mode, which is associated with the release of all-important digestive enzymes, increased saliva, muscle relaxation, and even healthier gut bacteria—all of which means more nutrient absorption for you.
To encourage your body to spend more time "resting and digesting," make a commitment to engage in anything that makes you feel relaxed and happy, whether it's yoga, meditation, exercising, or laughing.
Prioritizing a gut-healthy lifestyle along with a whole-food, nutrient-rich diet will have you well on your way to enhanced nutrient absorption and feeling like your happy, healthy, vibrant self!