Nutrition and Food Combining Principles20.12.2012
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Imagine eliminating the causes of back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis, candida albicans, cancer and many other illnesses.
Support your body with proper nutritional supplements, to heal and maintain a state of health. With adequate nutrition, your body can efficiently absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. You'll have a healthy immune system that can heal and be free of pain and disease.
When you eat simple & natural foods, properly prepared & combined, your body will be happy to restore and maintain vibrant health.
Why We Require Supplementation For Adequate Nourishment
Recent medical research shows that proper dietary supplementation is essential for complete nutrition. Our Standard American Diet and ways of thinking are causing needless ill health and numerous deaths. Unfortunately, even a good diet combined with mainstream supplements, does not contain enough specific nutrients for optimal health.
Supplementation is crucial for health, now more than ever, because nutrients have been depleted from our soils, and destroyed in the processing & cooking of almost all the foods we eat.
By providing your body with adequate nutrition, proper absorption of nutrients & elimination of toxins occurs, resulting in a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system can heal your body, and keep it free of pain & disease.
Our civilization is starving for nutrients that are lacking in our food chain. Now more than ever, supplementation is crucial for health, because nutrients have been depleted from our soils, and destroyed in the processing & cooking of almost all the foods we eat. This type of malnutrition can be the cause of pain and chronic degenerative diseases. Even though caloric intake is abundant, many bodies lack proper nourishment.
We know that our bodies naturally strive to be healthy. Given proper, absorbable, life giving nutrition, our immune systems work efficiently to heal and maintain health. Natural supplements are essential for proper nutrient absorption & toxin elimination, enabling a naturally healthy, pain free body.
Superior nutrition generally does not heal or cure specific symptoms (although this has happened). But when you feed your body all of it's requirements, you can perform optimally, as intended. Your body becomes an environment in which disease cannot thrive. These dynamic reactions are generally not understood by conventional medicine and science, but we know that nature provides what we need for health.
A Truly Inspirational Story of Healing Success
Dr. Aviva June, DMD, is a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Nutritionists. Her story is an amazing journey from ill health from even before birth, to her healing discoveries as an adult.
Nourish Your Body With Everyday Meals of Raw Food
For any ailment you may have, or if you only desire more energy, we cannot over-stress the importance of a predominantly raw food diet, to regain and maintain your ideal body weight and health.
Your ultimate diet is 80% raw food (organic, if possible), including some live foods, that are still growing (sprouts, wheat grass, fresh picked garden salads). This diet includes more fruits, vegetables and grains than protein, which should come mostly from non-animal sources like nuts (almonds, apricot nut, hazelnuts), legumes (beans, peas, lentils), and seeds (hemp seed hearts, flax, sesame).
Food Combining To Nourish Your Body and Support Your Natural Body Cycles
Beyond ingesting the most nutritious foods, you must consider eating the proper foods at the right times. The sequence in which our society eats foods uses an alarming amount of energy for digestion. Since energy is the foundation of life, it is essential for regaining and maintaining your health. With proper food combining, your body uses minimal energy for digestion. And the less energy you spend on digestion, the more energy you will have for healing, and your daily life.
Food combining supports the three natural daily cycles of your body, all of which are continuous, but more intense at these times:
- First Cycle Cleanse by Eliminating Wastes & Toxins Morning, 4 am - noon
- Second Cycle Eating & Digesting Daytime, noon - 8 pm
- Third Cycle Absorption & Use of Nutrients Nighttime, 8 PM - 4 am
By eating the proper foods, at the right times, you enhance the functions of these natural cycles.
The First Cycle: Foods to Support Elimination of Body Wastes & Toxins
(Morning, 4 am - noon)
From approximately 4 am until noon, your body's natural cycle is in cleansing and eliminating mode. The foods you eat during this time must support and enhance toxin elimination. And those foods are fruit. Fruit, fruit and more fruit, in unlimited quantities, until about noon. And only raw, unprocessed fruit or fruit juices (not pasteurized). It is essential to eat fruit on an empty stomach, allowing 30 to 45 minutes before eating other foods. As fruit requires less energy for digestion than any other food, you will have more energy for healing. Eating any other foods at this time will slow or stop your natural elimination process, adding to your storage of toxins, and your ill-health.
Fruit is virtually the perfect food, and the most important food that you can put into your body. All your nutritional requirements are contained within fruits and vegetables; vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and fatty acids. When eaten during your natural elimination cycle, nothing can match the befits of fruit. We are biologically adapted to it, as our ancestors subsisted mainly on fruit. It has the highest water content of any food, which makes it highly effective for removing toxic wastes, and transporting nutrients to cells. Waste that has been built up over your lifetime will be eliminated. This way of eating will cleanse you to health, not clog you into sickness. To be vigorously alive, you must eat more foods that are high in water content, raw and unprocessed.
Supporting your natural elimination cycle by eating only raw fruits before noon is unquestionably the most important aspect of regaining and maintaining your health.
The Second Cycle: Foods for Eating & Digesting
(Daytime, noon - 8 PM)
This is the time to start eating all other foods. These foods will require more energy to digest than fruits, but when eaten in the proper combination, you will spend less energy on digestion than ever before. Remember that the less energy you spend on digestion, the more energy you will have for healing, and your daily life.
The foods to eat during the first part of this cycle include fresh vegetable juices (not pasteurized), raw salads, vegetables, nuts (almonds, apricot nut, hazelnuts) and seeds (hemp seed hearts, flax, sesame). Next in this cycle you may add grains, breads, potatoes, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils). The latest foods in this cycle would include any of the aforementioned, along with dairy foods and protein, which should come mostly from non-animal sources.
The way to properly combine foods is to make your meals almost entirely high water content vegetables, with only ONE other type of food. It's really quite simple: vegetables with meat OR vegetable with something else (grains, potatoes, pasta, legumes, or dairy products). We repeat to emphasize: you will spend less energy on digestion than ever before. Remember that the less energy you spend on digestion, the more energy you will have for healing, and your daily life.
The Third Cycle: Support Absorption & Use of Nutrients
(Nighttime, 8 PM - 4 am)
Now it's time to be finished eating, early enough for food to leave your stomach, before you go to bed. Food empties into your intestines about 3 hours after eating a properly combined meal (8 or more hours if the meal was not properly combined ). Your body needs to extract, absorb and use all the nutrients that you took in throughout the day. This takes most all your energy; to mend and heal, rebuilding a high state of health.
For more information on food combining, read the book "Fit For Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond.