Food Combining for Perfect Fitness

There are varieties of foods available in the world around us – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, sea products, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, soy products and herbs. They form the core of our diet and we take them (actually we have been dependent on them from the beginning of human existence) whether raw or cooked or boiled or whatever.

But there are also problems because of the food that we eat. Not because they are bad, but because the combination that these foods create within themselves or with our complex system (called human body). Therefore knowing how our bodies react to certain foods and knowing how varied foods react with themselves is the key for a healthy dietary and living habit.

An Example

The simple reaction that can be used to explain food combination is to give an example of acid and alkali. Acids react with alkali to neutralize each other. And everyone understands that there are acids in our digestive system. If the food that we take is not properly digested, it reaches the intestinal tract without being completely broken down. These can be stuck between the crevices located in the intestinal track, because of which toxic wastes can be formed. The toxins can result in nerve failure or even cause simple ulcers to cancer.

Different foods – Digestion

Different foods get digested in the stomach differently. Starchy foods need an alkaline digestive medium. This is supplied in the mouth by the ptyalin enzyme. Foods like protein require an acid medium to be digested. This is provided by the hydrochloric acid present in the stomach.

Rules of Food Combining:

  • Acids and starches should be consumed at separate meals. Acids, when taken in, neutralize the alkaline properties that are important for starch digestion. This results in fermentation and indigestion.
  • Carbohydrates and proteins should be consumed at separate meals. As already mentioned above, protein foods are digested well only in an acid medium.
  • Only one kind of protein food should be taken per meal. This is because different proteins need different levels of acid concentration.
  • Acidic foods and proteins should not be combined with each other. Acid nature of the acidic foods may neutralize the proteins before the body can provide it, which results in the proteins not being useful to the body. Also certain acids inhibit secretion of digestive acids that are required for protein digestion. Undigested protein rots in bacterial decomposition, producing potent poisons.
  • Fats and proteins should also be taken separately. Fats need longer hours of digestion, because of which the protein may not be digested well.
  • Sugars (fruits) and proteins also should be taken separately.
  • Fruits and starchy foods should not be taken at one meal. Fruits do not undergo digestion in the stomach, and if eaten with foods, they are held up in the stomach and made to rot.
  • However, alcohol is considered to give pleasure, and so one can only recommend moderate intake.
  • Fruits like melons and grapes should be consumed separately. They should not be combined with other food.
  • Desserts taken in a traditional way of eating lie on top of the food that is already taken in. They lie heavy on stomach undigested. Bacteria turn these foods into alcohols and acetic acids.