Having a plate filled with organic grilled chicken with brown rice and salad does look healthy, but is it? Do you think your stomach is able to digest all of what’s infront of you, utilizing and extracting every individual nutrient of the chicken, rice and salad? Well here’s a sentence from the book ‘African Holistic Health’ written by Dr Laila O. Afrika that may give a clear answer to the questions above ‘Wrong food combining interrupts, blocks and stops the sequence.’ Let’s talk about the process of digestion which is provided by Dr Laila O. Afrika’s book African Holistic Health:
‘The starting process of digestion is when you smell the food. Smell stimulates the digestive organs to get ready for food. Once the food enters the mouth, it should be chewed until it is a liquid so that acidic salivary digestive enzymes such as ptyalin (breaks down starches) can be mixed into it. The liquid food then enters the stomach, which secrets hydrochloric acid that further breaks down the starches and acidic gastric enzymes that break down proteins and emulsifies (combines) fats. The liquid food leaves the stomach and enters the duodenum. The duodenum triggers the stomach’s peristatic activities and triggers the liver and pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. The main activity of digestion occurs in the duodenum. The alkaline digestive fluids of the pancreas neutrilize the acidified food while it is in the duodenum. The liver secretes Bile, alkaline digestive fluids that break down fats. The digestion enzymatic sequence actually wraps (saturates) foods with a mucous code. The code puts the food on a waiting list for digestion and dictates the proper strength of enzymes needed to break down a particular kind of food.’
So as you can see digestion isn’t as simple as one may have thought, the body has to go through a lot in order to get the most out of the food that we consume. Dr Laila O. Afrika further explains how bad food combination can cause harm to our bodies ‘Animal flesh requires an acid fluid for digestion. These acid fluids are destroyed by carbohydrates and fruits. Animal protein or vegetable protein should not be combined with carbohydrates. When they are eaten at the same time, the animal flesh is not properly digested and the carbohydartes (starches) are not properly digested. Protein (vegetable, animal flesh) can be combined with vegetables.’
To give you further knowledge on how bad food combination can harm the body
- Skin eruptions
- Clogged veins and arteries
- Bad Breathe
- Plaque on teeth
- Coated tongue
- Stomach gas
- Bad Breathe
- Mood swings
Be very careful in how you eat, this piece of information is not a gimmick. Also key notes to take away from this post:
- Never mix sugars with starches e.g. honey, maple syrup,
The sugar burns quicker than the starches.
- Never mix oils with starches e.g. fried potatoes or meats
The digestive system only recieves one signal at a time. For example once a fried food enters the stomach, the brain receives the signal to digest the oil. While the oil was broken down, the starch or meat became rotten and created toxinsthat destroy health.
- Never mix sweet fruits with green fruits e.g. cucumber, squash, okra
This causes both fruits not to be digested properly.
Hope you’ve found all this information helpful, there is still a heck of a lot more just about this subject that I’ve managed to cut down and give you the main things that can help you.
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