Balanced Existence

Achieve and maintain health and wellness within the modern human environment

Entries for June, 2009

Foods That Fight Q&A

I can sympathize with the feeling of not knowing what on earth to eat given the principles of food combining or the discovery of food allergies. I’ve been through both and to begin with it seemed impossible. However, I’m here to tell you that once you get through it you’ll have no idea how you managed to live the way you did. That is, the way you are living right now. It really is a case of whatever you get used to.

The How & Why of Foods That Fight

Protein requires an acid medium in order to be digested. The production of hydrochloric acid is stimulated when protein is consumed and enters the stomach. This activates the enzyme pepsin which has the function of splitting and digesting protein. Incidentally, seasoning your steak with pepper aids digestion because pepper stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Also if you are dehydrated your body may not have enough water available to produce adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid and you’ll experience problems such as heartburn and reflux.