The ways to avoid poor nutrient absorption and get our bodies to accept or assimilate, what we eat is through the proper ways of eating. There are many ways to properly eat, yet, the focus will be on two important ones. The first way to proper eating is proper chewing of our food. Remember being told to chew the food before swallowing? Well, that principle is still true today and probably the culprit to most of our digestive issues. When thoroughly chewing food, this process allows digestive enzymes within the saliva to mix with the food. Once the food has been made into mush in our mouths, when we swallow, it will be properly broken down and processed by our digestive organs. If food is not properly chewed, it will cause dis-order during the digestive process. The second way to proper eating is proper food combining. This process involves eating foods together that the digestive system will not have a problem breaking down once processed. There are certain food combinations that can cause issues with digestive organs because the process to break them down becomes difficult.
There are 7 rules to proper food combining and they are as follows:
1. Proteins DO NOT Combine with Starches
a. It takes a series of acid digestive juices to digest the protein and a series of alkaline digestive juices to digest the starch. When a protein and starch are eaten together, they neutralize themselves, minimal digestion is the result and the food putrefies in the digestive tract.
2. Fruits DO NOT Combine with Starches
a. Fruit sugars are quickly absorbed into the intestines while the starch requires digestion in the mouth and stomach. If fruit sugars are held up in the stomach while digestion of starch continues, the food will putrefy or decay in the system.
3. Fruits DO NOT Combine with Proteins
a. As with starches, fruit sugars are quickly absorbed into the intestines, while protein requires significantly more time digesting. Again, if the sugars are held back in the stomach while trying to digest the protein, the fruit sugars mix with will putrefy.
4. Fruits DO NOT Combine with Vegetables
a. Fruits are cleaners and vegetables are builders. Tomatoes are a fruit and an exception to this rule. Tomatoes combine with the following vegetables: leaf lettuce, celery, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers and summer squash
5. Eat Melons ALONE or LEAVE them Alone
a. Melons combine with NO OTHER FOOD. They are in their simplest form and require no digestion at all in the stomach. If they are held back in the stomach of 104°F or 40°C, while digesting anything, they will putrefy.
6. Acid Fruits DO NOT Combine with Sweet Fruits
a. These two food groups definitely repel each other. The Chemistry of these fruits is not compatible. For example: bananas and grapefruit, oranges and raisins, tangerines and prunes.
7. DO NOT Mix more than 4 or 5 Fruits or Vegetables at a Meal
a. Our digestive system’s ability to effectively process the foods eat depends, in part, on not overloading the gastrointestinal tract. Some people believe in eating only one particular food for a meal. This is known as a monotrophic diet.
When using these rules to eat properly you can reduce or eliminate most digestive issues that occur. By making these small changes today, this will help to bring about a healthier body tomorrow.