Food Combining for good health
Food combining – is it a missing component of every diet? Is it true that foods combined incorrectly can be the main cause of digestive problems and misdiagnosis? Is it true that using food combining principles one can eat anything and not suffer the consequences?
It doesn’t matter if you are dieting on the most popular and effective diet. If has to include correct combination of foods, or it won’t be as efffective and as healthy as it can be. Some foods are compatible and some are not. Even the best quality components, organic etc, won’t work if they are miscombined.
The art of food combining is a revolutionary approach to healthy eating and it is well known since 1911 as the Dr.Hay diet.
Hay’s diet and “New Health Era”
Dr. Hay was a medical doctor specialising in surgery, but after developing a fatal kidney disease he developed a principle of food combining in 1930s, which is based on the physiology of the human digestive system.
This new (in 1911-1930) food combining method not only cured his disease, but became the one and only food combining system which has very strong and famous followers and absolutely no opponents (see books on amazon dedicated to food combining).
What are the principles of food combining?
The main principle of food combining is based on the fact, that some foods, need acid to get digested, some require alkaline and others are neutral. Your digestive system produces acid or alkaline juices and enzymes according to the foods you eat.
If you remember your chemistry lessons well, acid and alkaline react with each other, losing their chemical properties alltogether. Mixing foods which need acid with foods needing alkaline means, that these foods will be digested poorly because the digestive juices reacted with each other and became neutral losing its power to digest. The food will enter the gut undigested, it will ferment, rot and putrefy until it’s literallyforced into the small intestine (by your next meal).
And what’s the result of miscombination?
You guessed it – gas, heartburn, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, you-name-it. Neutral foods, which require a small amount of enzymes and no strong acid or alkaline environment are good to go with one or the other of first two groups, but never with both at the same time.
Basic food groups according to the digestion physiology:
Fresh (non-starchy) vegetables , since they are largely comprised of water, are a more “neutral” food and pass through the stomach quickly with little or no digestive enzymes necessary.
Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive enzyme, which starts in the mouth with the enzyme ptyalin and continues in the stomach and small intestine.
Protein foods are digested by acid; specifically, hydrochloric acid and pepsin secreted by the stomach
CONCENTRATED PROTEINS AND STARCHES CANNOT DIGEST EFFICIENTLY IN THE STOMACH AT THE SAME TIME.
Yet our typical diet consistently includes such combinations.
For example, how often do you eat:
Chicken and rice, Hamburger and fries, Spaghetti and meatballs, Fish and rice, Steak and a baked potato, Pork chops and fried potatoes, Turkey and stuffing, Roast beef and mashed potatoes, Pot roast and noodles, Corned beef and boiled potatoes, Eggs and toast, Meat sandwiches (beef, chicken, ham, turkey, fish), Ham and new potatoes.
The bad news is that EVERY ONE of those meals is mis-combined—a concentrated protein and starch combination. A recipe for digestive disaster and pain.
The good news is that now that you know this, you can adjust your eating habits in order to boost your energy, speed your digestion, normalize your weight, and improve your health in every way.
These are the basics of food combining, helping to achieve pain free digestion, weight loss, good metabolism and great general health. The results of correct food combining are outsatnding.
The Food Truths I described in Eating for Health are basics and the foundation of a good diet, but adding a food combining component to it will take it to the next level of amazing health improvements.
Some of you may be saying, “I eat those things all the time and don’t have any stomach pain or bloating.” It’s entirely possible that you may be that “lucky.” However, you’re not really lucky because chances are, that you’re suffering in other ways from such diet, and don’t even realize it.
All of these symptoms below, can be the result of inefficient digestion:
- Tiredness/chronic fatigue
- Frequent colds
- Runny nose
- Skin break-outs
- Back aches
The GOOD NEWS are:
You can enjoy truly delicious meals every single day that are properly combined! That’s the reason I wrote this article – to tell you that you can eat everything you like and as much as you like if you combine it in the right way. All the work is all done for you and all you need to do is reap the benefits (both on your taste buds and in your body).
I recommend to search for some books on Amazon using food combining or Hay diet keywords, these books are written by people, who found food combining has changed their life, they tried and researched it for you, so you can start making changes right now.
As you know, I only recomend treatments, methods, systems and books, which I have tried myself.
Good luck and do not hesitate to e-mail me or leave comments.