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© David Klein, Ph.D.
Food Combining is the practice of selecting and eating combinations of foods for each of our meals which are compatible with the limitations of our digestive enzymes and physiology.
Because of the limitations of our digestive physiology and the fact that we are not omnivores, we must eat in accordance with food combining guidelines in order to completely digest our food, avoid decomposition and acid-waste poisoning, and create vibrant health.
Always follow Food Combining Guidelines to a “t.”
The rationale for Food Combining is valid based on the facts that: 1. we would only eat simple meals of one kind of food as found when foraging in nature; 2. poor, haphazard and complex food combinations rot in the gut, causing these toxic disease conditions: indigestion, flatulence, acid reflux, diarrhea, vomiting, irritable bowel, body odors, colds, flu, pimples, dandruff, chronic pain, fatigue, earaches, colds, sore throats, fevers and countless other signs of toxemia; 3. specific digestive enzymes with specific pHs are required to digest specific food components, i.e., to split certain molecules into assimilable and usable components, and they cannot do their work if they become mixed and the stomach content’s pH is unsuitable; and 4. our long experience practicing food combing has demonstrated its efficacy and outstanding benefits.
Those who can seemingly eat “anything” are, ultimately, not going to get away with it—poor food combining is an acidifying autointoxication habit which invariably results in disease.
The old Chinese saying holds true: “Disease enters through the mouth.”
The bottom line is that we need to eat for complete digestion; otherwise we become malnourished, acidic, toxic, enervated, and our body degenerates and it will function and perform poorly.
Food Combining Guidelines, as taught in our Vibrant Diet Healthful Eating Guidelines, give us a sensible approach to eating for Acid-Alkaline Balance and Vibrant Health.
While mono meals (one type of food per meal) yield the best results, simple meals of two or three different compatible foods also work well. Eating specific food combinations assures complete digestion and Maximum Nutrition for peak physical and mental performance because it obeys Nature’s Acid-Alkaline Balance Law of the body. The Basic Food Combining Guidelines are:
- Eat Sugary-Sweet Fruits on an empty stomach and alone or with green vegetables
- Do not eat Sugary-Sweet Fruits after a meal containing cooked foods or fatty-protein foods.
- Combine Fatty-Protein foods only with vegetables and Acid Fruits
- Do not combine Fatty-Protein foods with Starchy foods
- Combine Starchy foods only with vegetables
Fatty-Protein foods in the Vibrant Diet include: nuts, seeds and avocado.
Oily foods in the Vibrant Diet include avocado.
Starchy foods in the include white potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, taro and grains including mature corn.
Semi-Starchy foods are: squashes, mature peas, legumes (beans), artichokes, beets, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, yams and mature carrots.
Vegetable-Fruits include cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet bell peppers.
The validity of the Food Combining Guidelines (or “rules”) has been confirmed by science and readily confirmed by everyone who has diligently applied them.
Herewith are the physiological basics of digestion with regard to Basic Food Combining.: Starch digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary amylase enzymes/juices are secreted when we chew starchy foods. Therefore, we must chew starchy food well, mixing our saliva with the food (the process known as “insalivation”).
Our salivary enzymes are highly alkaline and their functionality is weakened when mixed with acids. When alkaline and acid enzymes are mixed the pH’s cancel out and digestion is impaired. Therefore, we must not consume acid fruits with starchy foods.
Strong acidic digestive enzymes (hydrochloric acid and pepsin) are secreted in the stomach when we eat high-protein foods (e.g., nuts, seeds and avocado). If we eat starchy foods with high-protein foods, the alkaline salivary enzymes will mix with the acidic stomach enzymes in the stomach, curtailing digestion, causing the starches to ferment and proteins to putrefy in the gut.
Thus, it is obvious that nuts and white potatoes or grains cannot digest well together.
This also applies to the conventional combinations of meat with potatoes, pasta with meatballs, pizza with cheese and meat, hamburgers and hot dogs on buns, meat and bread sandwiches with mayonnaise and butter, cereal with milk, and rice with tofu or beans.
Sugary-Sweet Fruits are predigested by the ripening action of the sun and their enzymes. As such, they require little digestion in the body.
Their nutrients need to be absorbed into the bloodstream within 10 to 60 minutes—otherwise, the sugars will warm up and ferment.
The denser, bulkier Fruits which have a bit of fat, such as bananas, require the longest detention time in the stomach—about an hour.
There they are mixed with a small amount of bodily water and gradually released into the small intestine.
Sugary-Sweet Fruits digest best by themselves or with “neutral” green vegetables.
The “neutral” vegetables (such as celery, lettuce and kale) are so called because their starch, protein and fat content is low and, thus, their digestion will not interfere with the digestion of Fruit.
In fact, the inclusion of greens with fruit meals generally aids digestion by virtue of their fiber and complimentary nutrient content. Energetically, greens with fruit is known to have a balancing effect.
The fat in Fatty Foods (most of which are also high in protein) is primarily digested in the upper part of the small intestine.
Fat is emulsified (broken down into small, assimilable droplets) by the strong alkaline enzymes in bile.
Bile is made in the liver, sent to the gallbladder and secreted into the duodenum.
When large complex meals are eaten, the food will be held up in the stomach for many hours and the fat will likely become rancid and rendered unusable before it can be acted upon by bile.
The complete digestion of starch, protein and fat requires time—approximately 1 to 2 hours for raw food meals and several hours longer for cooked foods.
The digestion of these nutrients also requires full-strength enzymatic action.
If Starchy and Fatty High-Protein foods are ingested with water, beverages and watery fruit, the additional liquid content will dilute the concentration of the digestive enzymes, reducing their effectiveness.
If Sugary-Sweet Non-Acid Fruit is eaten with large portions of starchy and/or fatty high-protein foods, they will be detained for more than an hour in the stomach and will transit more slowly through the bowel. •Their sugars will warm up and ferment, potentially causing all sorts of problems, including irritable bowel, candida albicans overgrowth, gassiness, diarrhea, vomiting and brain fog.
Simultaneous high concentrations of sugar and fat in the bloodstream causes problems with blood sugar metabolism, such as diabetes.
If small portions of starchy and/or fatty high-protein foods are eaten with large portions of sweet fruits or juices, this hinders the body’s ability to sense the presence of the starch, protein and fat. The digestive enzymes they require may not be secreted, and fermentation and putrefaction will likely occur.
As an example, nuts/seeds/butters/avocado added to Sugary-Sweet Fruit smoothies will not be digested—the proteins will putrefy, causing Toxicosis and gastrointestinal distress and sugar metabolism problems.
The combining of minimal amounts of Acid Fruits with fatty-protein foods (such as in a salad dressing) tends to digest well for some people.
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