There is no question “food combining” works for some. There are lots of people who feel well on Dr. Hay’s combining regime (Dr. William Howard Hay introduced food combining in 1911. You may hear it called “The Hay Diet”).
If you follow the instructions for food combining (fruit at breakfast, carbohydrate at lunch and protein for dinner), you inevitably tip the balance of your diet. Fruit for breakfast means less dairy, cereal and sugar for a start. Starbuck’s and Café Nero would be a no-go, because most people can’t take coffee without lashings of latte and cream. That alone would cause millions to feel better!
We all eat far too much wheat and milk products. Grains and dairy are what I call “farmer foods” and have only been in our diet for the last 10,000 years! They are NOT natural and “healthy” for humans.
These two foods alone cause a great deal of ill health. Lots of people will feel better cutting down on them. That’s because these are inflammatory foods for many people, not because of Hay’s unsubstantiated (and illogical) theory that the body can’t digest starches and proteins in the same meal!
Hay said to avoid processed foods and eat mostly vegetables, salads and fruits. That too would eliminate a whole raft of common inflammatory foods. So again, many people feel better and that’s why.
The Hay diet does not truly work because some people cannot eat it. Heck, I know a patient who got severe migraines from eating cucumber. Salads wouldn’t do her much good! A child patient of mine had severe epileptic fits if he ate anything from the carrot family—carrots, celery, parsnips, celeriac, coriander (cilantro) and parsley. Eating “veggies” would likely have killed him before adulthood, because carrots are perceived as a healthy food!
All the same arguments apply to the trendy theory of eating acid vs. alkaline foods. It’s all nonsense because we pioneer doctors back then knew very well that if someone ate a food they reacted to, the whole body would turn acidic in minutes. It didn’t matter if that food was one supposed to be “alkaline” or “acid”. The result was ALWAYS acid [we learned to correct it with a mixture of alkali salts; sodium and potassium bicarbonate].
Because some of the more common bandit foods are classed as "acid" (they are not), people avoid them and feel better, so they swear eating only "alkaline" foods works for them. Right result, wrong reason.
So, if you want to feel great and live a very long time, you need to address the issue of chronic inflammation, which is present to a degree in everyone’s body. It’s a complex issue but there is no question that reducing your inflammatory food works dramatically and works wonders.
That’s not to say foods are the only problem. I do say that foods are easiest to deal with, it needs no medical training, it just requires knowledge and application. Once you understand what to do, you’ll have it sorted in no time!
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