Eat the way your digestive system wants you to and you’ll feel better than ever.
Have you ever felt tired and slugish after eating? Or wandered why your stomach makes weird sounds? The answer could be that your meal contained too many complex food combinations for adequate digestion.
The most common health complaints are linked to poor digestion. Many people rely on antacids to curb digestive discomfort, while others simply resign themselves to living with these symptoms.
Understanding how to optimize digestive function is essential for greater health. And the good news is, it’s easy when you know how!
There are four main digestive processes:
Digestion, Absorption, Assimilation and Elimination.
Has your mouth ever watered before eating something good? When we first see, or smell and begin to chew food, our mouths secrete digestive enzymes to break it down. Once the food goes into the stomach and depending on the type of food, the digestive organs release the appropriate enzymes.
Problems begin when we eat foods that are incompatible
How does this affect you? The body uses tremendous amounts of energy when it attempts to break down foods that are not compatible in the stomach. This, can create large energy dips after eating and can lead to the incomplete breakdsown of what you just ate. The end result is fermentation and even putrefaction in the digestive tract. This results in feeding undesirable bacterium, yeasts, moulds and fungus, which thrive in these conditions.
Candida overgrowth is a common health issue. It can easily spiral out of control when there is fermentation present, leading to a range of uncomfortable symptoms: bloating, depression, nail fungal rashes, among other things.
CC for Combining it Correctly
The solution to many health issues may be found in understanding that different foods digest in different ways; good digestion is possible when we learn how to eat healthful combinations as different enzymes are required to break down different foods. If too many foods that require differing enzymes are eaten together, it leads to indigestion, rancidity and fermentation all along the digestive tract.
Much greater digestive health is within reach when we learn to get back to the basics with simple food combining.
3 Golden Rules
1 – NEVER EAT PROTEIN TOGETHER WITH CARBS
Because different enzymes are required to break down these very different foods. Proteins require acidic enzyme secretion and take to 4 hours to digest!!!Carbs require alkaline enzymes and only take up to 2.5hours to digest. When eaten together, the foods do not get properly digested which leads to indigestion.
ALWAYS combine protein with plenty of low glycemic (low sugar) vegetables only. Carbs also go well with veggies, but remember never to mix both.
Examples for Proteins: lentil soup (protein) with salad and steamed green beans; celery and carrot sticks with humus (protein), salad with goat cheese (protein), quinoa (protein) served with salad and veggies soup.
Examples of how to eat Carbs: veggies risotto with salad, pasta with tomato sauce and a side salad, baked sweet potato with cinnamon and steamed asparagus.
2 – NEVER EAT FRUIT WITH ANY OTHER FOOD
Fruits digest very quickly and is pre-digested. On average, it takes one piece no more than 30min to exit the stomach. When eaten with other foods it can’t be digested, and the result will be fermentation in the digestive tract.
Watch out for melon – must be eaten alone. It digests rapidly and can cause fermentation it it is forced to spend too much time in the stomach.
Always eat fruits on an empty stomach and ideally early in the morning. Which is a fantastic way to “wake up” your digestive system.
Lemons, Limes, Tomatoes and Avocados are all technically fruits. However, they combine well with either veggies or fruits!
3 – AVOID DRINKING WITH MEALS
It’s best to avoid drinking large amounts of any fluids with meals otherwise the digestive enzymes will become diluted.
Try to stop drinking 30 minutes before meals and wait at least 2 hours to drink again after eating. A small amount of liquid with meals is OK. In fact, a small cup of warm water with ginger and lemon before meals can actually aid digestion.
These food combining rules may seem difficult to follow first, but they are in fact very easy when adopted into a healthy eating program. The results with lead to enhanced digestion, improved energy levels, weight loss and a greater sense of well being.