Many health practitioners and advocates advise that the following food combinations are ideal, as certain categories of food require certain pH-sensitive enzymes and time in the stomach:
a) [raw] fruit should be eaten alone and at least 30 minutes before other categories of food
b) animal protein may only be eaten with vegetables, non-sweet fruit (e.g., lemons, avocado, tomatoes) and fat
c) complex carbohydrates/starches may only be eaten with vegetables, non-sweet fruit and fat
d) fat may be eaten with either animal protein or complex carbohydrate/starch
[Raw] Fruits leave the stomach most quickly and require the least amount of HCL(acid); its simple sugars will readily ferment if eaten with other categories of foods, contributing to intestinal dysbiosis
Starches have a moderate transit time through the stomach and require moderate levels of HCL (acid) and enzymes that are only active in mildly acidic environments
Animal proteins leave the stomach least quickly and require highest amounts of HCL (acid) and pepsin.
Fats are not digested in the stomach but do slow transit. However, will not affect the alkalinity of the stomach. Hence, complete digestion of neither starches NOR animal proteins will be impaired.
Due to the increased stomach acidity (HCL), triggered by animal protein, any starch with which it is eaten will not be completely digested. The undigested starch will later lend to intestinal dysbiosis.
However, in cases where HCL production is compromised, the lower acidity or the stomach may allow for more complete digestion of starch but impair digestion of animal protein. The undigested animal protein will later lend to intestinal dysbiosis.
Dr Jeff, what is your opinion on these food combining rules? In your experience, do they affect candidiasis?
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