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Food Combining For Digestion Perfection

Food Combining For Digestion Perfection

by Dr. David Klein
Director of the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center www.colitis-crohns.com
Author of “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s”

Food combining is the selection, preparation and consumption of foods which are compatible with our digestive physiology for our meals; this greatly enhances our digestion and promotes optimum health. Everyone soon benefits from this simple practice.

Why Practice Food Combining?

We need to practice proper food combining because constitutionally we are not omnivores. We are designed to eat simple meals of primarily one kind of food at a time which is suited to our fruitarian constitution, as we would procure in nature. While mono meals (one type of food per meal) yield the best results, simple meals of 2 or 3 different compatible foods also work well.

We have digestive limitations–we cannot completely digest haphazard and complex food combinations, as evidenced by 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. This is because meals of improperly combined foods limit or negate digestion–the foods will decompose or rot in the gut, poisoning us and potentially leading to irritable bowel, colitis, Crohn’s disease, GERD and many other gastrointestinal diseases.

If we have chronic gastrointestinal gas, queasiness, bloating and body odors we are not healthy, even if we feel “fine” in some ways. Toxic matter and gases in the body erode our health, sooner or later leading to disease and suffering. Those who can seemingly eat “anything” are, ultimately, not going to get away with it. In fact, hygienic physiologists agree that over ninety percent of all known common maladies and major diseases are caused by autointoxication, i.e., self-poisoning, mainly from eating diets which are incompatible with our physiological constitution and systemic capabilities. The old Chinese saying holds true: “Disease enters through the mouth.”

The practice of food combining is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence. During the United States Civil War era a medical doctor named Beaumont performed many clinical tests on a man who, by virtue of an unusual injury, had a temporary hole extending to the exterior of his abdomen which afforded direct sampling of his stomach contents under various eating conditions. Those observations were used subsequently by 19th century physiologists Dr. John H. Tilden and Dr. Herbert M. Shelton in the formulation of food combining guidelines. Dr. Shelton’s classic, “Food Combining Made Easy,” has helped millions. Furthermore, food combining instructions date back to ancient times, as revealed by Kosher dietary laws and ancient yogic texts.

The Physiology of Digestion

Specific digestive enzymes are required to digest specific food components, i.e., to split certain molecules into assimilable and usable components. Herewith are the physiological basics of digestion with regard to 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 pHs 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.

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. 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 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. Furthermore, 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 sweet, non-acid fruit smoothies will not be digested.
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 because the acids in the fruits aid in the breaking down of protein molecules.

Test It Yourself and You’ll Quickly Know

The validity of the food combining guidelines (or “rules”) has been readily confirmed by everyone who has diligently applied them. A properly combined, alkalizing, low-fat, vegan diet of 75 percent or more raw, vegan foods will clear up most digestive maladies in short order.

In my own case, after 8 horrific years of ulcerative colitis my g.i. system quieted down within 24 hours of adopting a fruit-based vegan diet and applying food combining protocol. I felt wonderfully well and healing was rapid. Previously, during my long siege of ulcerative colitis, my g.i. system had been a virtual erupting volcano when eating. Countless others have experienced similar relief of their g.i. ills. Everyone who adheres to these guidelines, avoiding overeating and incorporating other essential elements of healthful living, sooner or later derives the benefits of excellent digestion, absence of body odors, minimal or no gas, inoffensive feces, effortless defecation, clear urine, clearer skin, eyes and mind, more balanced composure, ideal weight level, greater physical stamina, faster healing, better sleep and youthful vitality.

When food combining is optimized, your digestion and elimination should be silent and effortless, and healthful eating should be a total pleasure.

For more in-depth information on food combining and natural healing via my Vegan Healing Diet Plan, please read “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s”; it’s available from www.colitis-crohns.com. You will learn how to set yourself free of the misery of gastrointestinal diseases and love eating like never before.

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Is Your Food Digesting or Rotting in Your Gut?

Is Your Food Digesting or Rotting in Your Gut?

Eating in a manner whereby food does not digest completely will ruin our health. Eating in a manner which enables perfect digestion is the pathway to flourishing health!

by David Klein, Ph.D., H.D., Director, Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center
808-572-0861
www.colitis-crohns.com
www.digestionperfection.com 
www.shop.colitiscurebook.com

Humans are provided with the senses and faculties to select and completely digest our most nutritious and biologically suitable foods. However, in our modern society we have departed from instinctual, simple whole foods and digestive maladies run rampant. Happily, with the help of some guidelines, we can correct our harmful eating habits and establish excellent digestive health.

The Joys of Healthful Eating

When we eat in a manner whereby everything digests completely, we derive outstanding results! When our natural foods digest completely, we can experience these major benefits and more:

• a clean internal bodily environment,
• a silent, unnoticeable digestive system,
• a clear mind and stable metabolism, unfettered by chemical imbalances caused by toxemia (a toxic blood stream),
• pleasant or no body odors,
• pleasant or no body waste odors,
• effortless, pleasant, regular bodily waste evacuation,
• freedom from most illnesses and strong resistance to environmental pathogens,
• the promotion of excellent, dynamic health, physical beauty and longevity.

The Miseries of Unhealthful Eating

When we eat unwisely, whether in our choice of food or in our manner of eating (we do have digestive limitations!), nutrients decompose in our gut via the action of bacteria. Under this scenario, fermentive and putrefactive bacteria decompose the food matter, weakening the intestinal tract, impairing nutrient absorption, defiling our entire body with pathological substances, impairing our mental functions and causing fatigue. This condition is known as “toxicosis” (general bodily toxicity or “auto-intoxication”) or, less formally, as “food drunkenness”; it impairs our health and eventually imperils our life. Indigestion (flatulence, belching, bloating) and foul bowel and body odors are just some of the unpleasant warnings signaling the beginning of illness.

Undigested protein (chiefly from meat, dairy products, beans, nuts and seeds) will readily putrefy (rot) in our warm gut, just as milk spoils at room temperature on a warm day. Putrefactive byproducts are highly toxic and carcinogenic. They include: methane, hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans (which yield the rotten egg odor when carried out by the methane gas), cadaverine, putrescine, ammonias, indoles, skatoles, leukomaines and host of other toxic and carcinogenic gases and substances. Just as hydrogen sulfide gas will decompose concrete, iron and steel sewer pipes, it will irritate and destroy the flesh inside our intestines and colon.

Under haphazard eating conditions, simple carbohydrates (from fruit) and complex carbohydrates (starches from grain products and white potatoes) are readily fermented by fungi and bacteria in the gut. The result is the production of alcohol and vinegar which is dozens of times more toxic than alcohol. These ravage bowel tissue and can cause painful ulcerations.

Furthermore, the overeating of slow-digesting fatty high-protein foods causes the stomach to secrete and retain copious amounts of acid. When this hyper-acidic condition occurs chronically, the stomach and intestines can become inflamed and ulcerated and the pylorus sphincter, which normally allows food to enter the duodenum, can become swollen shut. This typically leads to fermentation and putrefaction of the stomach’s contents, GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease), vomiting and great pain. Chronic inflammation and ulceration lead to cancer.

It is imperative to avoid operating our gut as a composting bin filled with odoriferous, rotting, acidic wastes at all costs! The toxicosis that results from indiscriminate, haphazard eating accelerates aging, causes disease, including gastritis, irritable bowel, colitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcers, and is the cause of most deaths! We don’t really want to endure chronic, incomplete digestion and toxic bowels. Sadly, most live this way and accept it as “normal.” Happily, there is a way to create perfect bowel health.

The Formula for Perfect Digestion and Superb Health

Via the science and fine art of selecting our natural biological foods and eating them correctly—i.e., only when we are truly hungry, alert and relaxed, in proper sequence and combinations, in quantities which do not exceed our digestive limitations or point of satiation, in their fresh, ripe, raw state and chewed to the point of liquefaction—we can enjoy complete, perfect digestion and all the wonderful benefits of a well-nourished and clean body!

Here are basic, time-tested, scientifically proven healthful eating guidelines for promoting optimum digestion and gut health.

Food Selection:

Choose raw, fresh, ripe, organic, whole, vegan foods. Base your diet in fruits and vegetables and eat only those foods which are attractive to your senses, especially your sense of taste. Obtain enough calories from fruit to maintain sustained peak energy and internal cleanliness. Avoid animal-derived foods—they are poorly digested and toxic when cooked. If you choose grains and legumes/beans (neither are recommended, since they also digest poorly), select them in their whole state and either sprout or cook them lightly. If you choose to cook vegetables, light steaming is the least deleterious method; however, they won’t digest perfectly, either. Fashion a diet with close to 80% of the calories from carbohydrate, 10% from protein and 10% from fat. Deriving more than 10% of your calories from fat and/or 10% from protein will invariably exceed your digestive limitations, resulting in toxicosis and disease.

Food Combining:

Follow food combining guidelines to a “t.” Eat fruit only on an empty stomach, alone or with leafy greens, celery and/or cucumber. Eat melons alone. Eat citrus fruits at least one-half hour before non-acidic sweet fruits. Starchy foods (squash, potatoes, grains and old carrots) combine well with all vegetables and bell peppers; they do not combine well with tomatoes or other acidic or sweet fruits, nuts, seeds and avocados. Fatty, high-protein foods (nuts, seeds and avocados) combine well only with non-starchy vegetables (greens and celery), cucumbers and minimal amounts of acidic fruits including tomatoes; they do not combine well with starchy or non-acidic sweet foods.

Meal Sequencing:

The best sequencing is fruit-and-greens meals during the day, then, optionally, a glass of raw vegetable juice followed at least one-half hour later by a dinner of vegetables with one fatty food, i.e., avocado, nuts or seeds. Note: it is not necessary and, in many cases, unhealthful to eat a fatty food every day. Furthermore, it is OK to have a dinner of simply more fruit and greens.

Meal Spacing:

It is most beneficial to space meals as long as is comfortably possible. Assuming you are not so fatigued that you need to take a nap to restore your energy, a slightly uncomfortable feeling in the back of the throat and a dip in your physical and/or mental energies are the signs that it is time to eat again. Sweet, juicy foods, eaten in sufficient quantity, will quell hunger, rehydrate you and supply your caloric fuel needs. To put it simply, eat sufficient quantities of nutritious, simple carbohydrate-rich, whole foods—primarily fruit—to keep your blood sugar and hydration at a level which assures sustained physical and mental performance.

Daytime Diet:

Eat one or two types of juicy, sweet fruits for breakfast, or have a glass of fresh juice made of fruit and celery and/or greens, or a smoothie made of the same. Follow that with different types of fruits for each of the following one to three meals, eaten with or without greens, celery and/or cucumber, taking them in sufficient quantity for satiation and sustained energy.

Dinner Diet:

If desired, drink raw vegetable juice, then at least one-half hour later follow it with a simple salad of vegetables and fruit-vegetables such as tomato and bell pepper. If you include carrot in your vegetable juice, avoid having tomato with your dinner. If you desire a fatty food, have one to two ounces of nuts or seeds blended with vegetables, tomato or orange juice as a dressing, or two to four ounces of avocado. Caution: it is generally imperative to avoid fatty foods, raw vegetable salads and acid fruits if you are fatigued and experiencing inflammation and illness. If you prefer a meal of more fruit for dinner, that is generally a healthful choice—follow and trust your senses when they call for raw, delicious foods!

You Can Do It!

These guidelines may seem tedious in the beginning, but within a week or two they become easy and “first nature.” Listening deeply to the body’s signals and eating simple, whole-food meals are the keys. As we experience digestive ease and the great revitalizing benefits, this way of eating becomes simple and most pleasurable. So, dig in! Digestive maladies will soon become a thing of the past. You’ll love eating, your tummy will love you and glorious health will blossom forth!

For further insight, study Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s and Digestion Perfection. These books are available from the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center Bookstore at www.shop.colitiscurebook.com. Also see  www.colitis-crohns.com and www.digestionperfection.com and www.veganhealingdiet.com. If you are seeking health guidance, I offer international counseling by phone and Skype. Please feel free to contact me at dave AT colitis-crohns.com, or dave AT digestionperfection.com, or 808-572-0861 (Hawaii). I will be glad to help you.

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Suffering with GERD, IBS, belching, gas, gastroparesis, constipation, ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s?

Dear Health Seeker,

Are you or someone you care about suffering with GERD, IBS, belching, gas, gastroparesis, constipation, ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s, or any other gastrointestinal malady? They can all be solved, and perfect digestion and bowel function can be attained — permanently! What and how we eat are the keys. Modern haphazard, starch and meat-based diets don’t work. By learning how to eat natural digestible foods in a manner which results in perfect digestion, internal cleanliness and optimum nutrition, anyone can transform digestive hell and poor health into heaven in quick time. I know — I did it (25 years ago after a horrid illness) and so have thousands of my clients over the past 17 years. My medically-endorsed bestseller, Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s, teaches precisely how to attain perfect digestion and g.i. health, and I will be glad to guide you or yours there.

Please visit: www.DigestionPerfection.com and contact me with your questions. I am available to help right away.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dave Klein
Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center

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