What is Food Combining ?
What is Food Combining
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. After years of ignoring these signs that your body is delivering, you can begin to experience far more serious problems and irreversible damage.
Here are some of the basic food combining rules.
- Do not eat proteins and starches together. Your body requires an acid base to digest proteins and an alkaline base to digest starches. Proteins and starches combine well with green, leafy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables, but they do not combine well with each other.
- Eat Melons Alone – Do not mix with other fruits
Have you ever had the misfortune of consuming a melon after a BBQ ? Most likely you experienced gas, a slight blood sugar drop, and/or nausea. That is because not only are melons a type of fruit (and should be eaten alone), but they digest completely different than other sweet treats. For optimal digestion, melons should be consumed alone and on an empty stomach.
- Generally fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits. (Except Melons). Fruits digest so quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods, they will rot and ferment.
- Wait 3 hours after eating a grain-based meal before you have a protein meal.
- After a protein meal, give yourself 4 hours to fully digest.
- Try not to drink cold water during meals. A cup of warm tea, however, will aid digestion. Avoid ice when you drink water.Stick to room temp water that doesn’t shock your body and do not drink for at least 15 minutes before you eat or 1 hour after a meal.
- Click at the chart below for your reference.
May 05, 2015 by Annie