Food combining to relieve your digestive issues

Food combining has been around for a long time. It is the art of putting the right foods together to help digestion and toxin elimination. There are certain foods that when eaten together can cause problems with digestion. The reason for this is because some foods are digested faster than others so if a food that is quickly digested gets eaten with a slow digesting food, it will stay in the stomach longer that it should. This can lead to food fermentation and this causes bloating and gas. Having these gases can cause tiredness as your organs have to work harder to remove them from the body. Toxic gases often cause irritability, headaches, and bad breath and sometimes inflammation, constipation, high blood pressure and arthritis. If food sits in the stomach or intestine too long and rots it can also mean that we are not absorbing all the nutrients that it has to offer.

Drinking liquids with meals dilutes the enzymes that your body uses to digest protein, fat and carbs. If you drink at least 10 minutes before a meal or at least an hour after a meal can help stop this happening.

Eating protein with other proteins can cause a loss of energy as it is hard for the body to break them down and having them together causes the body to have to work overtime to digest the food properly. Examples of this is bacon and eggs, meat and fish and yoghurt with nuts. If you are eating these together it will help if you also add foods that have a high-water content such as broccoli, lettuce and onions.

Starch eaten with animal protein, such as eating meat or chicken with potatoes and pasta can also lead to gas as the different digestive juices can ferment the carbohydrates and putrefy the protein.

If you combine fruit with a meal, such as salad with berries or apple pie for dessert, the fruit will sit in your stomach for too long and ferment. Fruit is a fast digesting food while meat, grains and even low water fruit like banana and avocados are a slow digesting food. The differences in digestion time causes issues. Fruits should be eaten by themselves at least 30 minutes before a meal.

Some foods eaten with the wrong type of fat such as meat fried in vegetable oil or tuna mixed with mayonnaise can cause problems with digestion because fats need bile salts from the liver and gall bladder to break down. If they are mixed with other digestive chemicals they can cause slow digestion.

If you are having problems with your digestion try cutting out some of these combinations and it will help relieve the symptoms. If symptoms still persist see your naturopath or nutritionist for better advice on what digestive enzymes and probiotics/prebiotics you need. Don’t just pick one off the shelf. These supplements need to be specifically suited to your needs and only a trained natural expert can advise on that not a shop sales assistant in the health food store or even a doctor. It is not their area of expertise. Seek out a good naturopath or a nutritionist.

About Stressfree Management (R)

Jenetta Haim runs a one stop natural health clinic called Stressfree Management (R) in Greystanes, Sydney, Australia. She is an international author. Her credentials sport a BA and a Masters in Eastern Philosophy and its application to stress in Western Society with certifications in many modalities. She is a registered Naturopathic Nutritionist with ATMS & CMA, a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the ASCH, AHA and ANHR, an affiliate counsellor with the ACA, a registered NLP Practitioner with the ABNLP, has taught Meditation & Mindfulness for over 35 years, is a Theta Healer and a Reiki Master/ Practitioner/Teacher with Reiki Australia. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jenetta also provides Corporate seminars for staff and productivity development. Purchase her book and find further information on
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3 Responses to Food combining to relieve your digestive issues

  1. Thanks for the likes guys. Glad you enjoy this topic 🙂

  2. benrock88 says:

    Hi, thanks for this article. The idea and methods of food combining were written up by Dr. William Howard Hay in his book “Health via Food” almost a hundred years ago. His book is available in a free .pdf, if you look for it. Later, Dr. Herbert Shelton confirmed the idea in his book, “Food Combining Made Easy”, published in 1952. Perhaps the ancients knew of this too. All I really know is that it works for me. They used to teach this in medical school, where it was called “applied trophology”. To put it in a positive light, the key for me aat least is to combine green vegetables with starch or green vegetables with animal protein, but never starch with animal protein, as you point out. If you try to promote this idea, you can run into a brick wall of silence, because this is contrary to how 90-99% of people already eat, such as toast with eggs, cereal with milk, rice with fish, potatoes with meat, pasta with meatballs, and so on. Dr. Hay saw and described it all before in his book.

    • Yes you are spot on. Actually when you look in the bible there are dietary laws of ‘kosher’ which is not to mix meat and milk and perhaps they also had a system there which were for dietary and religious reasons.

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