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Food Combining Aids Digestion and Weight Loss

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Food Combining Aids Digestion and Weight Loss

Combining your foods for optimal digestion has a long and controversial history. Many people, as well as, health practitioners, swear by how it aids in digestion, assists weight loss, clears up acid reflux and chronic digestive problems. As it is a simple and not too difficult method of organizing your meals into specific food groups you can easily experience it for yourself.

Basically, foods are separated into groups that require a particular enzyme for digestive purposes. These can be an acidic gastric juice or alkaline pancreatic enzymes. When more than one type of food is eaten together the necessary gastric juices and enzymes compete with one another, which compromises digestion in the stomach. For example:

  • Protein foods depend on gastric acid, which consists of hydrochloric acid and an acidic enzyme called pepsin.
  • Fats are emulsified by bile, and carbohydrates require pancreatic enzymes and are mostly broken down in the small intestine.

Since enzymes decline as we age, heartburn and indigestion become more prevalent. We can help to alleviate these symptoms by eating more raw foods high in natural enzymes, following food combining guidelines, and/or taking digestive enzyme supplements with meals. Fermented, cultured vegetables are loaded with enzymes and should be eaten with your meals to aid digestion.

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11:17AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

We must keep it simple for eating is a continuous process, isn't it?
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7:07PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Brilliant, thanks.

12:29PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

I used to mock FC, based on a cultish FC book I owned about 20 years ago.
Recently, I started reading Elson Haas' books, and he explained it quite well.
One tidbit I can add is beans (dried beans) are protein AND starch but treated the same as flesh foods.
From the reading, I basically see that vegetables that are not starchy are the main food to east with starches (incl. grains, potatoes, carrots) and proteins, but not protein and starch. Fruit is on it's own, but that means either eating it first, or waiting a half-hour or so after eating other foods.
(info from Staying Healthy with the Seasons, Elson Haas, Celestial Arts, 2003.

12:37AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Good info,something I need to try.

8:36AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I've tried it - it worked. Not from a "oh wow, I lost x number of kgs" but just that it made me think before I ate... and in truth I DID feel better eating like with like. The more complex my diet gets the more my body starts doing strange things... keeping it simple has always worked. Combining correctly is not complicated, it just requires some self discipline :)

6:37AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Thank you.

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