Food Combining for Optimal Health

food_pyramid     The concept of food combining for optimal health and well-being has been around for a long time. Learning to combine the right combination of foods can improve digestive issues and promote weight loss. It also improves your metabolism and increases your energy by ridding the body of toxins.
Here’s the concept:

Eating proteins such as poultry, fish, meat and eggs causes your body to secrete hydrochloric acid.  The enzyme pepsin will break down the food in this acidic environment. Eating starches such as potatoes, breads and pastas causes your body to release the enzyme, ptyalin, which creates an alkaline environment in the body. This combination creates an imbalance in the body’s pH level. In other words, these foods will neutralize each other and create some digestive issues.
Also, food that is not properly digested will rot in the intestines and create acidity in your blood. This can lead to more than just digestive issues. It can lead to allergies, headaches, depression and cancer.
So What Does This Mean?
This basically means that you really shouldn’t eat that delicious steak and potatoes meal that we all love. Proteins are best eaten with non-starchy veggies such as broccoli, spinach, lettuce, peppers, etc. Starches are best eaten with non-starchy veggies such as broccoli, spinach, lettuce, peppers, etc. Non-starchy veggies can be eaten with anything except fruit.

Finally, fruit should be eaten alone. To help improve digestion it’s best to eat fruit alone, 30-60 minutes before a meal. Fruits have a lot of water and take less time to digest. You never want to eat your fruit after eating a meal because the fruit will sit on top of that meal and ferment. Besides creating a lot of gas, the fermentation will cause poor absorption of nutrients from other foods and create an environment for yeasts, such as candida, to grow.
Does it really work?
The research supporting effective food combining is very little. Everybody is different and you have to find what works best for you. If you have digestive issues, educating yourself in this area is well worth it. If you have digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis or bloating after meals, by removing gluten and dairy from your diet you’re practicing food combining anyway.
When it comes to weight loss food combining will work for two reasons:

1. Your body is properly digesting food which increases your metabolism
2. By food combining you’re consuming fewer calories which will, naturally, lead to weight loss
Whether you chose to practice food combining or some other method to improve digestive issues, always consult your doctor to ensure what’s best for you and your health.
Have you ever practiced food combining?


About fitchick007

I aspire to educate and motivate others towards acheiving a healthy body and lifestyle.

Posted on August 4, 2013, in Health Tips and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. this is absolutely fascinating! I had no idea, but it makes sense. My husband will be so sad, steak and mashed taters are his fave. I’m going to start incorporating this, esp. for my daughter’s sake who has an eating disorder and lots of digestive issues related to it. thank you. 🙂

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