For those suffering from indigestion, gas, bloating, acid reflux, and weight gain “Food Combining” may be the magic bullet. In the United States alone 70 million adults are taking an over the counter or prescription drug for digestive issues. In a cost viewpoint, that’s 42 billion dollars a year. It is also estimated that some 200,000 workers miss work daily due to digestive problems!
In our Western culture we are accustomed to eating a meal consisting of a balance of protein (chicken, fish, pork, beef, etc…), a starchy carbohydrate (baked potato, rice, noodles, etc…) along with a vegetable (leafy, carrot, etc...) There is no scientific research to support that we need to eat in this fashion; our body’s metabolism will provide flexibility when we are in a healthy condition. As long as we are eating whole foods in variety and not including processed foods, we may consume different combinations throughout the day. Some research shows that food combining helps to balance body weight by improving the way we digest and absorb nutrients which, in turn, helps burn off excess calories. I personally know a woman who lost over 100 pounds by just food combining alone, and no counting calories!
The science behind food combining is that different foods require a different digestive pH for proper digestion. Protein foods require an acid pH, and starchy foods require an alkaline pH. Therefore, proteins and starches should never be eaten together. This means that since different foods need different apposing digestive juices, when eaten together they will battle each other for digestion, minimizing the pH potency in the acidity or alkalinity. In this process, instead of the foods being entirely digested in your stomach, the foods will decompose in your stomach. These decomposed foods may potentially cause indigestion, gas, bloating, weight gain, acid reflux, and auto-intoxication.
It is estimated that that up to 85% of Americans suffer from sluggish bowels, or constipation. These conditions along with the undigested decomposing foods may lead to a toxic build up in the colon resulting in possibly one or more serious illness, or a chronic degenerative disease. Over time the foods build up, and they start to become putrefied and rancid causing a breeding ground by developing disease causing bacteria, and toxic chemicals. When the body cannot relieve itself of this accumulated buildup due to intestinal stasis (sluggish bowels, constipations), the toxins may be absorbed through the colon wall and delivered back into the bloodstream (auto-intoxication), which may influence every part of the body’s wellbeing. This progression could cause physical and emotional conditions, and as mentioned, over time these conditions may become a serious illness.
Symptoms may include:
· lack of energy,
· increases in frequency of illness (weakening the immune system)
· skin conditions (eczema, acne),
· arthritic joints,
· bronchial problems, etc…
Food combining is simply eating the foods you love, however combining them together for utilizing the nutrients optimally, and promoting healthier digestion, along with minimizing auto-intoxication. Therefore, you don’t have to give up your desired foods; you just need to basically adjust the order and combination in which you eat them.
The Basics of Food Combining
· Eat fruit by itself, without any other type of food. It is recommended to eat fruit in the morning to help your body to rid itself of excess waste in your digestive tract (Melons, however, should be eaten alone.)
· Do not eat protein foods with starchy foods.
· Do not mix sugars (cookies, candy, fruit) with starches or proteins.
· Do not eat two concentrated proteins at the same meal. (For example: Avoid eating beans with chicken.)
· Drink fluids mainly between meals, as not to dilute digestive juices. Limit fluid intake to just a few ounces during meals.
· Milk is best taken alone.