Digestive problems are pretty common these days, mostly because of the kind of foods we eat and the fact that we are not conscious about food combinations. Food combining is a health-conscious approach to eating, where foods that require different digestive environments are eaten separately. This is something we hardy consider but if you look at the consequences of bad food combinations, you might as well start reconsidering what you eat.
Some of the consequences include: gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. These can clear up in a day or two but long term effects may be more severe such as bad breathe, rashes, chronic inflammation and digestion issues.
Here are some of the common food combinations that can cause havoc to your health:
Fruit after a meal
This is a habit many of us are fond of but guess what? It tampers with your digestion. According to Ayurveda, modern hygienists and physiologists, when you combine fruit with foods that take longer to digest such as fat protein and starch, it stays too long in your stomach and starts to ferment. Rather, you need to eat fruits 30 to 60 minutes before a meal as it prepares the digestive tract for what’s to come.
Animal proteins plus starch
Ugali and meat is a favorite meal to many but turns out having starch and animal protein in one meal is a danger to your digestive system. The protein will “decay” while the carbohydrate will ferment in your stomach causing gas in your system. Rather you are advised to add green vegetables top minimize the side effects.
Drinking water with meals
Yup! Doing this is wrong too. Juice is even worse. Any liquid in your stomach dilutes enzymes your body needs to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is advisable to take water 10 minutes before a meal and one hour after.
Yoghurt with Fruit
I know this sounds healthy but combining the two or any other sour fruits with dairy is a bad idea. According to Ayurveda and food combination theory, it can produce toxins, cause sinus congestion, allergies and reduce the ability of your body to digest foods. If you must combine the two, have natural unflavored yoghurt with raisins or a bit of honey.
Two concentrated proteins in one meal
Having bacon and eggs for breakfast is quite common, not forgetting how delicious they are. They are however a bad combination as they take a long time to digest. If you have to eat two concentrated protein sources together, it’s best to add high-water-content vegetables such as onions, cauliflower, broccoli, or lettuce. Also, meat should be eaten in the last course of your meal.
Now you know, food combination is a thing! Take it into consideration.