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10 Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health

10 Food Combinations That Can Ruin Your Health

Do you often have problems in digesting a meal? If you have ever wondered about the reason, it is probably because you eat foods that should never be combined. This causes problems in digestion which sets in motion a sort of chain reaction. You probably have painful gas, heartburn, and an upset stomach. As if that was not bad enough, you are not getting the full benefits of proper nutrition because of the faulty digestion.

Here are 10 food combinations to avoid like the plague. Your health will benefit a lot.

1. Fruit with food

Lots of people finish their meal by having a piece of fruit. The problem here is that normally fruit is easily digested but if taken on top of a hefty meal of pasta and meat, then it will stay far too long in the digestive tract. It will ferment and cause some damage to your intestines. That is why fruit is much better as a healthy snack between meals.

“Eat melon alone, or leave it alone, or your stomach will moan.”- Dr. Mercola, nutrition expert

The experts say that ham and melon would be digestive suicide but try telling that to Italians who adore that combination!

2. Alcohol and food

Drinking a bottle or two of wine with your meal can wreck your digestive system. This sort of heavy drinking can lead to stomach ulcers and damage to the pancreas, among other things. It also makes it really difficult for the body to absorb all the nutrients. So, a glass of wine is OK with a meal but when you are opening a second bottle, then you might want to think again.

3. Protein and starchy food

Protein needs a lot of the stomach acids to be completely absorbed. If you start by eating bread and pasta and then move on to meat, the the whole operation is slowed down. Green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and other non-starchy veggies go well with protein. That is why munching on bread before a steak is not a great idea. Meat and potatoes and even a turkey sandwich are not brilliant combinations either.

4. Yogurt and fruit

According to Ayurveda dieting principles, mixing sour fruits with yogurt can disturb digestion and also nasal congestion, coughs and allergies. You can sweeten the sour fruit by adding a teaspoon of honey and also add in some raisins if you cannot go without yogurt. Why not watch the video where Dr. John Douillard explains some of the principles of Ayurveda dieting.

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5. Tuna and mayonnaise

If you read Donna Gates’ book, The Body Ecology Diet, she warns against combining fatty foods with protein. The reason is that fats require bile salts from the gallbladder to be broken down. When protein, such as tuna is added, the digestive system is under greater stress.

6. Water with food at mealtimes

Now we are having a go at water! What next? Actually, drinking water before a meal is a much better idea. There is a simple reason for this. If you are drinking while eating, precious enzymes for your digestion are diluted and they are not nearly as effective.

7. Bacon and eggs

The problem with two proteins together is that it takes ages to digest them. Compare these with fruit which takes about half an hour. Meat and fish can take up to three hours! That is why having two proteins sources in the same meal is not really a good idea.

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8. Bananas and milk

This means that your banana smoothie may not be the best snack for you. The problem here is that the different digestion times will cause the fruit to curdle. Fruit, as we have seen, is very easily and quickly digested but milk is not. That means a lot of extra acidity in your stomach. But you can ease the process by using ripe bananas and adding nutmeg to sweeten the deal.

9. Honey and tea

What better way of sweetening your tea than adding honey. The problem here is that once honey melts in the tea, it is going to produce more toxins and also clog up the body’s channels. This is why honey is better with a cold drink or on its own.

10. Salt in salads

You don’t need extra salt, so why put it in salads as well? Another problem is that salt will drain the salad leaves of their moisture and all the other valuable nutrients as well. We all need a little salt but going overboard on salty snacks (even soda contains salt!) is not a great idea. Doctors and heart specialists say that we need 2,400 milligrams of salt a day – that is one teaspoon.

Key takeaway message

Basically, the food combinations that really do damage are when alkaline and acid foods are consumed together. Not only that but the American diet is far too acidic (too much eggs, dairy and meat) and we are not eating enough alkaline foods. There is a complete list here.

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Dr. Wayne Pickering, the famous nutrition expert, explains what happens when this combination is chosen.

“Starches require an alkaline digestive medium to digest. If you put your fist in your stomach while it’s digesting steaks and all that, chances are, you wouldn’t have a hand anymore. The acid is intense… When you mix them both together – an acid-type of food and an alkaline – basic chemistry shows that they don’t digest. They neutralize. Then what happens? If the food is not digesting… it’s going through your body [undigested], throwing it into all kinds of turmoil.”- Dr. Wayne Pickering.

Featured photo credit: Double smoked ham, truffle brie and spinach on house made Pide bread at Speakeasy/ Katherine Lim via flickr.com

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Robert Locke

Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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