Food Absorption

  • Malabsorption is a term for any condition in which one or more essential nutrients or minerals are not properly absorbed by the intestines.
  • Fats are the most commonly malabsorbed nutrients, but proteins, carbohydrates, electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium), vitamins and minerals (such as iron and calcium) may be poorly absorbed as well.
  • Factors that may cause malabsorption syndrome include: 
    • Damage to the intestine from infection, inflammation, trauma, or surgery. 
    • Prolonged use of antibiotics.
    • Lactase deficiency, or lactose intolerance.
    • Other conditions such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, chronic pancreatitis, or cystic fibrosis.
  • Chronic diarrhea is often the first symptom. Other  symptoms, such as weight loss, greasy stools (due to high fat content), water retention, abdominal bloating, low blood pressure, dry skin, hair loss, anemia and malnutrition.
  • We will design a special diet rich in the nutrients your body needs.