Did you know that the combination of foods you eat might actually waste nutrients and negatively affect your digestion?
There are food combinations that can actually alleviate gastric problems, and promote good health.
When healthy digestion occurs, nutrients are absorbed, cells repair, and energy and metabolism increase.
How we compromise our digestive process
Different foods require certain pH conditions and enzymes in order to be properly digested.
High protein foods, especially meat, require an acidic environment in the stomach to properly break down the protein for absorption.
Starches on the other hand require a slightly alkaline balance for the best energy production.
When your body attempts to create the proper conditions for digesting these two food groups simultaneously, neither food is optimally processed.
Meat alone would normally take about 3 hours to digest before it reaches the small intestine.
But when combined with starches, the process of digesting the meat then increases to up to 9 hours.
No wonder you are uncomfortable!
And worse, the proteins that have begun to break down and decompose, with starches that have begun to ferment, cause chemical reactions which are more harmful than good for your system.
The microorganisms that result then begin to feed on the nutrients that were meant for you.
This is why you may so often feel tired upon waking in the morning, after your body has worked all night trying to digest your food and you did not benefit from the nutrients it contained.
Top 5 mistakes in food combinations
Any excess of fatty or oily foods is extremely hard on the liver.
Sweet and acid fruits do not combine well with one another.
Milk should not be combined with meat and should best be taken alone. It will tend to curdle around other foods and inhibit digestion of those foods (fermented dairy products and cheese do not cause this problem).
High sugar fruits should not be combined with foods that digest more slowly (the slower digested foods will sit in your stomach up to 9 hours if combined with meat and starches).
Drinking fruit juice between meals compromises digestion unless two hours past a starch meal and four hours past a protein meal. And do not drink icy liquids while eating. The temperature change also disrupts the digestive enzyme production.
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