Food combining is a health conscious approach to eating and another way to create optimum digestion, better energy and overall health. Different foods have different transit schedules and require different digestive enzymes and conditions. When we combine food properly, we can manage the trafic in our gut to move smoothly and without jams.
Not everyone is sensitive to miss-combined meals. Tru it for yourself if you suer rom belly and bowel troubles after meals and you might see a big difference. A few days to a week should be enough to know if food combining is helping you.
The basics principles of food combining are pretty simple. Here is a list to get you started.
Eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach – Fruit is a food that digests best alone. Abundant in nutrients, anti-oxidants, and water, fruit is an excellent snack that is easily digested by the human body but needs to be eaten first!
Protein go well with vegetables but not with starches – When you eat proteins like poultry, fish, meat, and eggs, your stomach secretes hydrochloric acid and the enzyme pepsin to break down the food in a highly acidic environment. When you eat starches like potatoes or bread, your stomach secretes the enzyme ptyalin to create an alkaline condition. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The poorly-digested food travels through the digestive tract reaching the intestines where it putrefies and causes your blood to become acidic. It also provides a welcome environment for disease-causing pathogens!
Protein and starch do not combine well (like peanut-butter and bread or nuts and grains) –> Starch go well with vegetables
Though avocados are technically a fruit that is loaded with protein and good fats they fall in the starch category. This beauties go with everything!
Veggies are like Switzerland – totally neutral and go with everything
But what about Green Smoothies? You can make juice with fruit and green veggies.
Digestion times – Because foods digest at different rates, you can lessen the taxation on your body by waiting until the previous food has exited the stomach and is being digested in the intestines. Wait the following amount of time between foods that don’t combine:
- Two hours after eating fruit
- Three hours after eating starches
- Four hours after eating protein
Don”t take it for credit! Try out and let us know if food combining works for you!