Why You Need To Balance Your Digestive System

I suggested early on that your system’s processing of raw foods is much faster than its processing of refined foods but that no matter what was in your digestive system, your body would pull what it could from that food for as long as it remained inside of you. Eating raw foods is a good way to speed up your digestive system but there are a lot of other things you can do to accomplish this as well. Digestion happens to be the most energy consuming act that your body does, so anything you can do to make it more efficient will ultimately help you grow healthier.

The process of digestion is designed to break down food that you’ve eaten into the materials that it’s made up of, and then using what it can how it sees fit. Every single piece of food that reaches your stomach will be broken down into vitamins, minerals, calorie based energy, and etc. This does not mean that all food is digested the same way. Foods rich in protein are broken down using acids while carbohydrates require alkali’s to digest as they should.

Consequently, mixing proteins with carbohydrates in one meal will confuse your body, while on the other hand, when you produce acids to digest proteins and alkali’s to digest carbohydrates, then the two substances will cancel one another out.

The result is that nothing is digested and sooner or later your system will give up. So instead of eating protein and carbohydrates in the same meal, separate them and eat them in different foods and at different times so that there’s no confusion.

Because vegetables can either be considered acids or alkali’s by your body or therefore digested as such, add vegetables to each meal. These steps can help your digestive system become more effective which will speed up your rate of weight loss since, as I’ve already said, the longer food stays in your stomach the more calories are pulled from it.

The Importance Of Vegetables:

It’s unfortunate but most of us have a very limited and prejudiced view concerning vegetables. This is especially bad if you’re trying to lose weight by shedding fat because the more vegetable included in your diet, the more effective it’ll be as time goes on.

Vegetables are very high in nutrients and minerals and light in saturated fats and sugars which is the perfect combination for your needs. Also there’s no limit to the amount of vegetables that you can eat. Ordinary day-to-day vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and cauliflower are powerhouses of essential vitamins and nutrients.

What I want to talk to you about is ‘Super Foods’ of foods, like vegetables, that you should focus on.

Eat a large salad every day and if you aren’t able to at least have some of these things included in your daily food intake. Including foods like mustard, collard greens, kale, bok choy, cabbage, radish, or spinach. You can also find room for water filled vegetables like celery and cucumbers since these foods have the double benefit of keeping you hydrated while adding a couple of calories to your diet.

Starchy Vegetables Are The Only Things You Should Try To Place Limits On.

These would be potatoes, beets, sweet potatoes, and yams, all of which are vegetables that are mostly carbohydrates and should therefore be separate from your proteins like meat, chicken, and etc. Just a few servings of these vegetables should be sufficient each week. Try to eat them earlier in the day so that your digestive system has enough time to break them down before you lay down for bed.

Otherwise since raw vegetables are such a good addition to your weight loss efforts, you should try to eat about a pound of them every day. Some vegetables are better off when cooked but don’t boil them, and NEVER fry them.

Comments

  1. lestermount says:

    Fat is fat and calories are calories, it is the total amount that causes you to gain weight.

    You can not eat a lot of fat even if it is "good" fat.
    It will be stored in your body as fat just like "bad" fat.

  2. khushboohdesai says:

    I am personally not against anyone eating meat. I dislike people criticizing, staring and making faces when others consume meat. If I am left with no choice, I don’t mind eating non-vegetarian food (mainly fish and chicken).

    Coming to the point of dietary requirements of the body, I have read at a couple places that one does not need to consume meat so as to make up for the essential vitamins and minerals. There are vegetables that can provide the same amount of nutrition which is obtained by consuming meat. Since you are an expert in the field of nutrition and dietetics, I’d appreciate if you could elaborate on this topic and let me know more about the same.

  3. tmarschall says:

    Since many diets are poor in fruits and veggies, any additional portions from those food groups will benefit overall health, resulting in increased fertility. Eating them raw can't hurt either, unless they are not organic, possibility of residual pesticides and such. Cooking is said to alter some vitamins and enzymes so that they are not as beneficial. I have no clue if it will help with your PCOS problem, but I don't see how it can hurt.

  4. Diane Knott says:

    Janet, there is a cookbook for baking fat-free and low-fat goodies! It's called “Secrets of Fat-Free Baking”. I have a sweet tooth too! Living the low-fat lifestyle is very difficult and we do have to deprive ourselves of so many delicious things! *sigh* I'm not good at this! So every once in awhile I DO have a treat but it's not an everyday thing. How I remember those days when I could eat ANYTHING and not gain an ounce.

    Diane