Food combining is a centuries-old way of eating for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Food combining centers around the idea that meals should be kept simple in order to be digested properly by enzymatic action – the natural way our body works to break down food and absorb nutrients. As different foods require their own unique enzymes (even foods in the same basic category, such as wheat and barley), too many different foods in one meal confuse the body and it is not able to produce all of the necessary enzymes simultaneously. This leads to a whole host of digestive issues, starting with belching, heartburn, intestinal gas, abdominal pain and swelling. As benign as these symptoms seem, they are just that: symptoms of a larger problem. If you are experiencing these digestive “upsets” on a regular basis, you should definitely consider food combining.
If you’ve recently begun a natural healing process and notice that your symptoms are getting worse instead of better, don’t give up just yet !. You may be going through a healing crisis (officially called the Herxheimer Reaction), which is a natural part of the detox process. A healing crisis commonly occurs when your body is getting rid of toxins and other waste products. Many cleanses and other natural healing processes cause your body to cycle out old tissue, bacteria, and toxins. This is a positive process that will leave your body healthier and cleaner. However, as the process begins, the toxins being released can aggravate your body. A healing crisis occurs when your body is releasing more toxins than your liver, kidneys, and intestines can process. These can cause negative symptoms or a temporary worsening of the condition you’re suffering from.