If your digestion is sluggish and in need of a makeover, you may like to consider some very simple food combining principles that offer instant results.
Food combining is nutritional approach that bases it principles on specific food combinations designed to promote digestive health. The technique combines specific foods whose ingredients complement one other in the process of digestion and nutrient absorption. Food combining may also dramatically reduce the amount of energy required for digestion, thus leaving an individual with more energy, improved digestion and an overall better state of health.
Foods are broken down into chemicals that in their different combinations may allow for easy digestion or a digestive nightmare. Individual enzymes in the stomach then require either alkaline or acidic environments to function break them down. For example, the enzymes that work to break down carbohydrates require an alkaline environment to function, whilst those that break down meats require an acidic one.
When alkaline and acidic foods are combined, the relative secreted juices in the stomach neuralise one another leaving only a watery solution that offers very little assistance with digestion. This results in food lying stagnant in the gastrointestinal tract, causing a build-up of unhealthy bacteria, and symptoms such as bloating, gas and nutrient malabsorption.
Some foods digest faster and more readily than others. Concentrated proteins may take more than a day to digest efficiently whilst a simple piece of fruit takes a couple of hours at the most. Combining foods that digest at unequal rates to each other can cause a digestive mess as the faster digesting food get stuck and may cause symptoms such as gas, bloating and discomfort.
Food combining entails the combination of different food groups such as:
Foods that are beneficial to combine include:
Foods that incite poor digestion include:
If you are interested in learning more on how food combining may improve your digestion, please speak to a professional nutritionist or naturopath for more information.