Scientific studies have documented that the body’s digestive organs have limits. When the digestive functions are hindered or even sometimes suspended due to incorrectly combined foods, the proper conversion of food into vital body nutrients, such as sugars, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, does not take place. Under these circumstances, our digestive systems are unable to properly absorb and assimilate the foods we take into our bodies. The resulting undigested or partially digested food particles can produce harmful toxins in the body which place great strain upon the cells, tissues, and organs of elimination. If these unnatural conditions of improper food combinations occur over a long period of time, they can bring about more serious diseases. Proper digestion is also hampered by the use of condiments, vinegar, alcohol, tobacco, soft drinks, tea and coffee at the time of the meal.
Using the proper food combinations, which nature intended us to do, places only a minimum effort on the digestive organs, and does not wear out these organs prematurely. Foods are then easily and properly assimilated and the wastes are readily eliminated. Our bodies therefore spend less energy breaking the food down, and we are able to absorb more nutrients which allows our bodies to have more natural energy (not chemically produced energy). (Food Combining Made Easy, Herbert Shelton, M.D.)
So what are the rules for proper food combining?
- Eat meats and starches at separate meals. Meats produce acids which neutralize the alkalinity required for starch digestion resulting in indigestion and fermentation of the meat.
- Proteins and carbohydrates should never be eaten together for the same reasons outlined in #1.
- Eat only one kind of protein at a meal.
- Eat proteins and fats at separate meals.
- Eat sugars (fruits) and protein at separate meals.
- Eat fruit alone. Fruit combines with almost no other food, as it undergoes no digestion in the stomach and is held up and putrefied if eaten with foods that require digestion in the stomach.
- A green, leafy salad can be eaten with any meal, as it combines with proteins, carbohydrates and fats. (Herbert Shelton, M.D.)
By properly combining your foods at every meal, you will find that you will need less energy to digest your meal, enabling you to use that extra energy for living your life to the fullest. Try it for 10 days and see how great you feel!