Have you ever been told not to drink coffee with your breakfast or have cheese with your steak? There is a very good reason. Caffeine affects your ability to absorb calcium and other nutrients and increases the rate of excretion of calcium and other nutrients from the body. Breakfast is often the time when most people would have their serving of dairy. We know dairy is full of calcium, yet when you have milk in your cereal, or yoghurt with your fruit salad and wash it down with a cuppa, you can almost forget counting that serving as your calcium source. It is best to wait at least 30 minutes between having your cuppa and eating food.
Calcium and iron compete for absorption and high intakes of protein increase excretion, so enjoy your steak, without the cheese and don’t calcium rich foods with iron rich foods to aid absorption of both nutrients.
Avoid having fruit after a meal and eat fruit on its own. Fruit is digested quickly, yet proteins, fats and some starches can take a long time to digest. This can cause the fruit to ferment in your gut leaving you with a bloated and gassy stomach. This is not nice for anyone. Melons digest faster than any other food, so also choose to eat melons on their own. Wait about 2 hours after eating fruit before eating other foods.
Alcohol affects the absorption of many vitamins and minerals and increases the excretion of important nutrients. So while it is important to drink alcohol with food to control the effects of the alcohol, it causes havoc with your overall nutrition. It is definitely best to drink alcohol in moderation.
Remember the ‘Fit for Life’ diet? This diet was all about food combining and claimed the body is not designed to digest more than one concentrated food in the stomach at the same time. Any food that is not a fruit and is not a vegetable is concentrated. So this would mean avoiding starches and proteins together. For example, no meat and pasta together, fish and potato, chicken and noodles, eggs and toast! Starches and proteins require different enzymes and different levels of acidity to be digested. Eating two concentrated foods simultaneously can cause the food to rot and increase gas. By eating a concentrated food on its own, you can allow for proper digestion, no putrefaction, no fermentation, no gas, no flatulence, no heartburn and no acid indigestion requiring medication. However; by filling up on vegetables rather than more starchy food or protein can only be good for your health. Allow about 3-4 hours between meals that are properly combined to allow for good digestion. Meals that are not properly combined allow between 4-8 hours for good digestion.
Soft drinks affect absorption of nutrients too, so if you are going to drink them, drink them away from food. Soft drinks can erode tooth enamel and make teeth soft. Soft drinks also contain many harmful substances so are best avoid altogether.
One combination anyone wanting to lose weight must avoid is high fat and high sugar foods together. Foods high in sugar cause the body to release higher levels of insulin to control blood sugar levels. The only issue is, when insulin tells your cells to take more sugar out of the blood to keep blood levels stable, it also tells the body to take up more fat. So essentially the combination of high fat and high sugar foods together, is telling your body to place that fat straight into your fat cells. For example, chocolate, ice-cream, dried fruit and nuts and many processed foods contain this combination should be avoid. If you are unsure if a food is high in fat or sugar, consider downloading the ‘Food Tracker’ app, where you can add in the total grams per 100 grams for fat and sugar and it will display a traffic light colour either green, amber or red if it is considered an unhealthy level.
We all need to drink more water, yet drinking water with your meals is not the best time to do. Drinking large volumes of water with your food can dilute your digestive juices and affection the digestion of your food. Your water intake is best drunk in between meals, however if you do like to have water with your meal, just make sure you sip and not gurgle.Posted by Katherine Rothwell | 0 comments