Health experts believe that 96-99% of the population suffers from digestive issues.
The body uses five different digestive juices to digest food: saliva, gastric juice, pancreatic juice, bile and intestinal juice. What is important to understand is that different juices are used to digest different foods.
The digestion of starch begins in the mouth with saliva. Saliva changes the starch to maltose in an alkaline condition. The body completes the digestion of starch using the pancreatic juices to turn maltose into glucose.
Proteins are digested very differently than starches. The body uses the gastric juices in the stomach (hydrochloric acid and pepsin) to digest protein. Given that hydrochloric acid is an acid, proteins are digested in an acidic environment.
In order to optimize digestion, it is advised to NOT eat protein and starches together. The alkaline condition that starches are digested in and the acidic condition that proteins are digested in neutralize each other and send foods to the intestines undigested.
Undigested foods in the intestines will begin the process of fermentation, creating a wonderful place for yeast, pathogens and parasites to live and grow.
Vegetables are digested based on the type of nutrients in them. For example, a potato, a starchy vegetable, is digested in the saliva and pancreas like all other starches consumed. Vegetables that are high in protein are digested in the stomach, as with other proteins consumed.
An example of a meal that takes into account the principles of good food combining would be broccoli (a protein vegetable) eaten with a lean piece of meat.
Fruits, because of their high sugar content, are digested very quickly. When they are consumed with other foods, they sit in the stomach too long and begin fermenting very quickly. Therefore, fruits should be eaten alone.
Avocados and tomatoes follow slightly different food combining rules than other vegetables and fruits consumed. Avocados combine well with all foods except proteins and melons. Tomatoes can be eaten with non-starchy vegetables and proteins.
If you’re part of the 96-99% that suffers from digestive issues, I hope you’ll consider following these food-combining guidelines. They’ll help your digestion tremendously!
Also, if you’re part of the 96-99% that suffers from digestive issues, I hope you’ll call today to schedule a live blood cell screening!
As I mentioned, fermentation takes place within the gut and provides a safe place for yeast and other harmful pathogens to live and grow. This condition can be seen in a live blood cell screening!! There are several other indicators within a live sample of blood that help me understand a client’s digestion (and of course, make recommendations for improved digestion)!
Let’s get started today; I have the tools to help you!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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