1) Food Combination
Why is it important to combine foods? To digest them completely. If the food reaches incompletely digested in your intestine, it goes into rotting within your body.
This will give you a constant source of toxic substances that poison you every day, expose you to many diseases, and develop an excellent environment for the development of harmful bacteria.
All of these things expose you to many diseases such as cancer, digestive diseases, various intestinal parasites, constipation, hepatitis, etc.
2) What Happens in The Stomach?
- When the food reaches the stomach, the gastric juice adjusts its acidity and enzymes so that the food is digested as well as possible.
- By consuming together two foods that need different adjustments of the gastric juice, it results in gastric juice that does not digest completely any of the 2 foods.
- The food reaches the intestine incompletely digested and goes into rot, the result being: the accumulation of toxic substances in the intestine, as a result, some internal organs such as the liver, pancreas, kidneys may collapse, thus resulting in chronic disease.
All this happens even if we eat the most bio and natural foods but we combine them wrong.
3) Food Combination Rules
Food combinations are divided into 3 categories:
1. The optimal combination – which is the best choice you can make to have complete digestion.
2. The neutral combination – with little effort the digestive tract can cope with such a combination, it is good not to abuse such combinations as it could damage you.
3. The harmful combination – thus combining the foods you have all the chances of your digestion being a failure.
You will get bloating, constipation, gas, and by repeating this for years, you will get chronic diseases.
But to understand the principle of combining food, I will present the approximate digestion time of food:
- 10-15 min: water
- 15-30 min: most of the raw fruits, vegetable and fruit juices
- 40 min-2 hours: raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, greens
- 45 min-4 hours: cereals, beans, potatoes, soy, peas
- 2-4 hours: nuts, raw seeds
- 4-10 hours: various types of meat, fish, processed dairy.
Try to guide yourself through the table below and consulting it daily before the meal you will learn a habit of combining the right foods.
|Proteins||Neutral Food||Foods rich in starch|
|Soy||Sauces, Sour cream||Pasta|
- The Bad Combinations
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- The stomach cannot digest 2 concentrated foods at the same time (A concentrated food involves any food that is not a vegetable or a fruit), especially those containing protein sources, more specifically, do not mix them never at the same meal: meat with eggs with cheese and legumes (beans, peas, lentils).
- Never mix animal proteins (meat, cheese, eggs) with those rich in starch (pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, pastries, legumes).
Animal protein requires a type of enzyme to digest while starch needs a whole other enzyme, resulting in a large no to combinations such as French fries with steaks, meat pasta, but with vegetable sauce, a pastry stuffed with meat.
- Never combine fruits and sweets with the rest of the food. Fruits must be eaten only on the empty stomach. So at least half an hour before or 1-2 hours after a meal. Sugar, honey, fructose inhibits the secretion of gastric juice so that mixing it with the rest of the food will make you feel bloated and uncomfortable after the meal! So no dessert!
- Do not mix fatty foods (butter, lard, sour cream, bacon, and oils) with high-protein but neither with the ones rich in high-starch.
First, fats mixed with protein greatly hinder the passage of food from the stomach into the intestine.
Secondly, fats mixed with starch forms an extremely rich bowl of empty calories (not supplemented with the nutrients needed to be used by the body they are depositing).
- Do not drink water before or during your meal!
Consuming water at the table, you do nothing but dilute gastric juices and so digestion becomes very slow.
Consuming the water right after the meal, you do the same thing.
Drink water at least 30 minutes before and after a meal!!!
- Do not combine acidic and sweet fruits at the same time!
The acidic fruits like oranges, apples, berries, can be combined but the sweet ones are consumed one way at a time, either bananas, either just pears, etc.
B. Good Combinations
- Combine animal proteins with low-fat starchy vegetables, especially green and water-rich like parsley, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, broccoli, cabbage, etc.
- Fats are also very well associated with light vegetables.
- Starch-rich foods: pasta, potatoes, bread, corn, rice, etc. are greatly complemented with legumes: beans, peas, lentils, grains, chickpeas.
- Consume only on the empty stomach: the fruits and the milk and when you eat melon don’t combine it with another fruit.
- All that is sweet is consumed only on the empty stomach!
Give up the desert after the meal! sugar of any type strongly inhibits enzymes responsible for digestion.
REMEMBER: The dessert, be it only a fruit, is a very unhealthy habit that seriously spoils the quality of digestion!
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