For years, I snacked on dried organic fruits and granola cereals with soy milk, made energy smoothies in the morning and home-made veggie chili for a hearty dinner; but I never got the energy or health benefits promised to me.
I’m still a bit baffled as to how all of these healthy foods contributed to the depletion of my immunity. My case is not unique though – many healthy eaters, who unknowingly combine meals improperly, will suffer from digestive problems.
Incomplete Digestion Causes Most Disease
If I were asked, “What is the first major cause of most illness?” I would have to say incomplete digestion. If your food does not break down through the enzymes provided by fresh and raw food in your body, then putrefaction (rotting and decay) will take place. The result? Your body absorbs its own toxic waste before it can be eliminated.
Have you ever tried doing two things at once? I know I have, and still do, and if you are anything like me these tasks are usually rushed and incomplete. The same applies to your digestive process. If you combine the wrong foods together in a single meal, your body is required to process incompatible food substances at the same time. This results in “incomplete digestion”, discomfort, and putrefaction. Eating your meals as if they were a smorgasbord can only lead to disaster.
Food breaks down in the body with the aid of enzymes or bacteria. Enzyme breakdown is the natural course, while bacterial breakdown is quite destructive. Bacterial breakdown creates toxic gases which manifest in the body as bloating, burping, flatulence, candida, fatigue, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, low back pain, and so on. Your digestive tract will either be your highway to health, or to pain and suffering. You choose the road you want to take.
We have been educated via media advertising to compromise our health for the heavenly tastes in the mouth with no concern for the following thirty feet of discomfort and/or pain that follows in our intestinal tract.
Food Combining ‘Putting Logic Back into Eating’ – The Wolfe Clinic
Your body can secrete acid and alkaline enzymes to break down your food – but not at the same time. Protein digestion requires an acidic digestive environment, and carbohydrates require an alkaline one. Combining the two will cause confusion and putrification of your meal. Eating Sweet fruits alone and on an empty stomach is another digestive rule that will do wonders for your system.
There are also printable charts that can help u when meal planning or ordering out. Megan, a certified Health Coach, says about food combining:
I almost always have food combining principles in the back of my mind as I make decisions about my meals– both at home, and when dining out. Following the guidelines has quickly become habit for me because I feel so much better when I eat this way!
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer, researcher and health coach whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences recovering her son from autism.