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Scatological jokes aside, it turns out that a lot can go wrong after you swallow your supplements or eat a meal. Digestion and absorption might seem like straightforward processes, but for many people, the 30-foot-long digestive tract can hold a series of ambushes on your nutrients.

Kenneth Kent Kimmel, MD
(785) 842-7200
3310 Clinton Parkway Ct
Lawrence, KS
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1977

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Gaston Saliou Diallo, MD
(913) 682-9030
113 Delaware St Ste E
Leavenworth, KS
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ De Lausanne, Fac De Med, Lausanne, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1963

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Ihab Numan Shehadeh, MD
(937) 268-6511
Overland Park, KS
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Jeffrey Schlachter, MR
(913) 451-8520
4600 W 125th St
Leawood, KS
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.William Hartong
(913) 495-9600
10200 W 105th St # 200
Overland Park, KS
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
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Gastroenterologist
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Hospital: Shawnee Mission Med Ctr, Shawnee Msn, Ks
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Owen John Smith
(913) 491-9100
12330 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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(785) 354-0539
720 Southwest Lane Street
Topeka, KS
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
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Gastroenterologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael F Thompson
(913) 362-5510
9119 W 74th St
Shawnee Mission, KS
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Gastroenterology

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Lavelle Ann Ellis, MD
(785) 827-7261
737 E Crawford St
Salina, KS
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Gastroenterology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1986

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(785) 354-8518
2200 Sw 6th Ave
Topeka, KS
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By Jack Challem

Why you don’t absorb the nutrients you should—and what you can do about it

A few years ago, while I was chatting with a nutritionally oriented physician, the conversation drifted to absorption. I asked him how a person really knows if he’s absorbing the supplements he’s taking. The doctor chuckled. “If your supplements go ping in the toilet,” he said, “it’s a sure sign that you’re not absorbing them.”

Scatological jokes aside, it turns out that a lot can go wrong after you swallow your supplements or eat a meal. Digestion and absorption might seem like straightforward processes, but for many people, the 30-foot-long digestive tract can hold a series of ambushes on your nutrients. And worse, some of the problems may arise from the very supplements you take.

The bottom line? You aren’t what you eat. You are what you absorb. The good news is that most bioavailability (the degree to which a nutrient is absorbed into your system and thus physiologically available) problems are relatively easy to solve. We’ve investigated seven of the most common, and we offer clear recommendations to help you get the most out of your supplements and foods.

the tighter the pill

problem: Not all supplements are created equal. Occasionally, tablets get pressed too tightly during manufacturing, so they take much longer to break down and instead wind up passing through your system either partially or wholly unused.

Vitamin companies follow US Pharmacopoeia manufacturing guidelines, which stipulate that a tablet must break apart in your gut in 30 to 60 minutes. That doesn’t always happen, making tablet absorption difficult. Over the past 20 years, many vitamin companies have shifted from tablets to soft- and hard-gel capsules because digestive juices break down the thin gel wall more rapidly to release the capsule’s ingredients.

Excipients pose another potential problem, especially in tablets. These compounds aid consistency in supplement manufacturing; the name is really an umbrella term for fillers, binders, lubricants, and disintegrants. Excipients are technically safe and approved by the FDA, but just because they’re safe doesn’t mean you want these artificial colors and sugars in your vitamins.

Capsules contain fewer excipients than tablets because capsule ingredients don’t have to be pressed together to form a tablet. Tableting machines stamp out tablets in fixed sizes, so companies often have to make a tablet bigger than is strictly necessary to deliver a certain dose. They do that by adding more excipients to the mix. Capsules use excipients to ensure that the powdered mixture is consistent and to fill up a hard-gel capsule so it doesn’t look half empty. Generally speaking health-food store brands of capsules and tablets contain fewer and less-noxious excipients than drugstore or discount brands. In health-food brands, the most common excipient is plant cellulose; drugstore brands usually choose lactose. Cellulose is innocuous, ...

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