Eat Fruit Alone

An extremely important food combining principle is that fruit should always be eaten alone. When properly chewed, fruit will not usually be retained in the stomach for more than thirty to forty minutes (and often even for a lesser time). This processing time is far shorter than that of complex carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. Eaten alone, many carbohydrates will be held in the stomach for one and a half to two hours, proteins for two to four hours, and fats even a bit longer. Any food combined with fruit will slow the passage of that fruit through the stomach. The retained fruit will then inhibit the proper digestion of the other food, as that food needs more of the gastric juice that ends up being suppressed by the organic acid breakdown products of the retained fruit. This is essentially the same mechanism as with the digestion of the carbohydrates and starch, except that fruit needs much less processing in the stomach and so will begin to ferment more quickly.

If there are any fruits that have always given you indigestion in the past, try eating them first thing in the morning when your stomach is typically completely empty. Chew very well. You may be surprised at how well your body receives this meal. Many diets advise the limitation of fruit to one or two small portions a day. If you follow the rule to always eat fruit on an empty stomach, you may find that there needn't be such a limitation on fruit intake, unless you eat so much fruit that other important foods end up excluded due to a lack of hunger or appetite. Fruits are wonderful foods, and should not be minimized by nutritional counselors unaware of the manner required by fruit to be properly digested. Also, fruits should only be eaten raw, which further promotes digestion, since the natural enzyme content in the fruit hasn't been destroyed or severely limited by the cooking process, preserving process, or canning/packaging process. Processed fruits, especially those with added sugar, should be completely avoided. In general, the cooking of foods may be desirable in enhancing food taste, but many vital nutrients are lost in the process. The natural enzymes in raw fruit are also a factor in its rapid passage through the stomach, as more prolonged times are simply not necessary for proper processing and digestion.

Herbal Remedies For Acid Reflux

Herbal Remedies For Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is the medical term for what we know as acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the stomach releases its liquid back into the esophagus, causing inflammation and damage to the esophageal lining. The regurgitated acid most often consists of a few compoundsbr acid, bile, and pepsin.

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