Heal Your Gut With the Food Combination Diet

It takes a great amount of energy to digest every meal, and your body needs a healthy gut flora in order to do so properly. What happens if your digestion isn’t working properly? The undigested food stays in your digestive tract and isn’t broken down, creating a toxic environment and allowing yeast, viruses, cancer cells, and parasites to grow inside you. Making you more prone to illnesses, causing your blood to be more acidic, and essentially damaging your inner ecosystem.

Food Combing is a way of eating that allows food to be processed and broken down more efficiently. This way of eating also alleviates symptoms of bloating, stomach pains, indigestion, constipation and gas. All digestive related issues. Not only will food combing heal your digestive issues, but it will also help you lose weight. There are many guidelines to follow within this diet. Here is a breakdown of the basics:

1.) Fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach and melon should be eaten alone entirely. Fruits digest extremely quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods they will rot and ferment in your stomach, which cause bloating and stomach pains. Melons shouldn’t be combined with any other fruits or foods because they will ferment those other foods in your stomach. “Melons are best taken alone because the sugar and other nutriments are in a less stable form than the nutrients of other fruits. It decomposes much more quickly than other fruits. Consequently, if it is held in the stomach awaiting the digestion of other foods, it will decompose (ferment) and cause a great deal of gastric distress.”

2.) Protein and starches should not be eaten together. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The undigested food will then cause your blood to become more acidic. To prevent this from happening, its best to avoid combing proteins and starches including grains like rice and quinoa and starchy vegetables like potatoes in the same meal. Instead, have non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, and ocean vegetables like seaweed with your protein meals to achieve optimal digestion.

3.) Fats and oils combine with all foods except fruit, but should be used and eaten sparingly. They won’t inhibit the digestion process, but will slow it down.food_combining_chart

4.) Foods digest at different rates, so it’s important to wait for what you ate previously to be digested before eating again. Here are the times to wait between eating foods that don’t combine:

  • Two hours after eating fruit
  • Three hours after eating starches
  • Four hours after eating proteinThis will ease the digestion process, and allow for the food to leave the stomach and reach the intestines before introducing a different food group into your stomach.What are the benefits of following this way of eating, you might be wondering? Well first off, you will avoid feeling bloated and gassy after meals. You also will have more energy, and not feel sluggish after eating. Food is nourishment, and you should feel rejuvenated after eating, not like you want to take a nap. You also will have clearer skin. If you breakout on your forehead a lot, it’s a sign of poor digestion. You also will get rid of constipation and promote a healthy gut flora that will be able to break down food efficiently without harming your body’s ecosystem. Your sleep will improve and you will be able to concentrate more easily throughout the day and think more clearly. I highly recommend incorporating this way of eating to heal your digestive system and digestive symptoms that may be holding your back. You can read about more ways I recommend to improve your digestive health here.

5.) Foods digest at different rates, so it’s important to wait for what you ate previously to be digested before eating again. Here are the times to wait between eating foods that don’t combine: Fats and oils combine with all foods except fruit, but should be used and eaten sparingly. They won’t inhibit the digestion process, but will slow it down.

6.) Protein and starches should not be eaten together. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The undigested food will then cause your blood to become more acidic. To prevent this from happening, its best to avoid combing proteins and starches including grains like rice and quinoa and starchy vegetables like potatoes in the same meal. Instead, have non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, and ocean vegetables like seaweed with your protein meals to achieve optimal digestion.

7.) Fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach and melon should be eaten alone entirely. Fruits digest extremely quickly that by the time they reach your stomach, they are already partially digested. If they are combined with other foods they will rot and ferment in your stomach, which cause bloating and stomach pains. Melons shouldn’t be combined with any other fruits or foods because they will ferment those other foods in your stomach. “Melons are best taken alone because the sugar and other nutriments are in a less stable form than the nutrients of other fruits. It decomposes much more quickly than other fruits. Consequently, if it is held in the stomach awaiting the digestion of other foods, it will decompose (ferment) and cause a great deal of gastric distress.”

  • Two hours after eating fruit
  • Three hours after eating starche
  • Four hours after eating protein
  • This will ease the digestion process, and allow for the food to leave the stomach and reach the intestines before introducing a different food group into your stomach.

What are the benefits of following this way of eating, you might be wondering? Well first off, you will avoid feeling bloated and gassy after meals. You also will have more energy, and not feel sluggish after eating. Food is nourishment, and you should feel rejuvenated after eating, not like you want to take a nap. You also will have clearer skin. If you breakout on your forehead a lot, it’s a sign of poor digestion. You also will get rid of constipation and promote a healthy gut flora that will be able to break down food efficiently without harming your body’s ecosystem. Your sleep will improve and you will be able to concentrate more easily throughout the day and think more clearly. I highly recommend incorporating this way of eating to heal your digestive system and digestive symptoms that may be holding your back. You can read about more ways I recommend to improve your digestive health here.

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Dorit Jaffe

Dorit Jaffe is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a certified holistic health coach. Dorit specializes in digestive health and stress management in her health and life coaching practice.She believes that being healthy encompasses a physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental state of well being. Using food as medicine and recognizing that everyone has their own individual dietary needs makes her coaching skills unique. Dorit has a passion for food, holistic medicine, and guiding clients in reaching their goals of having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Dorit is the founder of Whole Healthy Glow a website that displays her food pictures, recipes and health and lifestyle tips.

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