We live in a world where we have plenty choice of food items which we can devour. It is a combination of various nutrients our body needs. The food we eat is rich in either one or to of the six essential nutrients. We take food as per our liking without considering the interactions these food elements have. This causes great hurdles in achieving a good health and thereby wellness.
The major nutrient in the food will have an effect as desired but taken as combination with some other food item, might have beneficial effect or may cause havoc. The food combination causing havoc being the same ones which have a positive effect on health of taken alone. Here we discuss some of the most widely used avoidable food combinations. These are the top ones hence covered here. This article is also to educate working millennial of this concept to that they can consciously take steps to avoid incompatible food combinations towards achieving wellness.
Incompatible Food Combinations
Honey and clarified butter is an interesting food combination. It is recommended to be have this combination and it has its own health benefits. However, it is recommended to never have it in equal proportion! Thereby, do not mistake this particular food combination but never have it mixed in equal proportion.
Milk and banana is a food combination which is never recommended having together. In fact, none of the fruit is recommended to have with milk. Fruits like banana have an acidic effect in our guts and cuddles the milk in our gut. This affects the functioning of the gastric juices causing uneasiness.
It is recommended not to drink water after having any fruit. It is the same thing as in case of milk. The fruits have an acidic effect and is digested smoothly in our guts given their strong acidity. However, drinking water over fruits disturbs the acidity of the gastric juices and affects its functioning. Besides, try to have warm water post meal after 45 minutes and up to 1.5 hours.
It is completely forbidden to drink water after having fried food. Oil and water never mingle which is a well-known fact. It is same case here where water only dilutes the gastric acid and oil is left undigested. This would normally result in acidity and belching.
Egg and milk is the other food combination to avoid. Same is true for fish with mill. Both the food combinations are incompatible and known to cause skin irritation on having this combination regularly.
Drinking Water with Food
It is imperative not to drink water over with or immediately after meal. So when should one drink water to quench thirst?
One should not drink water at least 45 minutes before having your meal and another 45 minutes after it. Water dilutes the strongly acidic gastric juices in our body and does not let it work optimally. Thereby, the food remains undigested and causes lot of painful experience like acidity or a heavy stomach.
Is there anything else one can drink to quench thirst after a meal? Yes, yogurt drinks or smoothie is OK to have over a meal. It adds to the acidity of the gastric juice and aids digestion. A drink made of fennel seeds is best for digestion. But that might be challenging finding across the globe.
Food aiding digestion
It becomes necessary to cover the subject of which food taken pre-meal or post-meal aids in digestion. Here a small amount equivalent to one tablespoon of warm clarified butter taken before meal is probably the topmost ranked here. This amount can be added to the soup taken before meal. It can also be added to any food item in your meal to aid digestion.
Yogurt is another food aiding digestion after having your meal. A bowl of yogurt works best. Fennel seeds and jaggery taken in small amount after meal is known to prevent acidity and aids in digestion. The jaggery should be dark and not the white variety which is most common in stores.
The Mechanism Explained
The digestive mechanism of a particular food item depends on its nature it acquires reaching our guts. Lemon contains citric acid and usually the juice is acidic when raw. However, it turns slightly alkaline when it is ready for digestion. Likewise, the nutrients in food usually behave this way. It has a particular nature when taken alone but changes its property when taken in combination with some other food during digestion. This is the root cause of avoidable food combinations. How they interact with each other is important during digestion.
Have you ever noticed that the brains slows down after a meal. You feel sleepy after a while. Our guts draw blood from all over the body when it is working hard to make the food digest. This lessen the oxygen level in our brains and we feel sleepy. It is recommended to listed to our body’s call and take a nap after a mean. This is a great method to allow our guts to digest food. This is practice followed in Japan when there is a 20-minute break after lunch so you wake up refreshed for balance of the day.
We are now better aware that it is not only important to feed essential nutrients to our body and also the way it should be taken. A food might be good if taken alone but might cause havoc if taken in combination with an incompatible one. Food items can have a particular nature as stand-alone but might behave differently when inside our guts.
Therefore, it is important to be conscious about such avoidable food combinations. Using this knowledge will lead to reduced inconveniences like acidity and stomach upset and thereby reduced digestion. Following a diet avoiding such food combinations will lead to wellness.
I encourage you to start being conscious of such avoidable food combinations. Leave your comments with your learning, questions and experiences in the comment box below and spread the word in your network to benefit maximum people who might not be aware of this food mechanism.