The Key to Great Digestion



Picture source: Dr. Robert Morse International School of Detoxification



To optimize optimal health and weight loss, many of my clients have had success with properly combining food. Some people have supersonic digestive power and do not experience bloating, acid reflux, weight gain around the middle section, or any other effect from combining the wrong foods. For the rest of us, however, paying attention to which foods we eat together can vastly improve our health.

There are very simple rules to follow when it comes to eating the right combinations of food to optimize digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.


FRUIT: Fruit digests itself, passing through the digestive system within 20 minutes.  By eating fruit alone you avoid fermentation occurring in the belly. Fermentation can lead to gas, rob you of energy and slow down your digestion. If you want to push it further, certain fruits should not be mixed (see the chart below).

EAT STARCHES AND VEGETABLES: Foods such as baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or sweet corn should be eaten alone, with a vegetable or with a small amount of fat. It is advised to eat starches, such as quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, millet or amaranth only with vegetables, as starches require different digestive enzymes than proteins.

PROTEIN AND VEGETABLES:  Unlike starches, proteins require an acidic environment for ideal digestion, so it is best to eat protein with vegetables and a healthy fat. When you add a starch, you force your body’s natural enzymes to compete to digest your food.

Picture source: Dr. Robert Morse International School of Detoxification


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