Separate power system: basic provisions

The idea of ​​com­pat­i­bil­i­ty and incom­pat­i­bil­i­ty of prod­ucts is the basis of sep­a­rate nutri­tion. The Amer­i­can natur­opath Her­bert Shel­ton is rec­og­nized as the found­ing father of this sys­tem. Let’s take a clos­er look at which foods are best com­bined with each oth­er and are eas­i­er to digest by our stom­ach.

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G. Shel­ton wrote the book “The Right Com­bi­na­tion of Foods”, where he pop­u­lar­ly out­lined his the­o­ry. Its essence is that the con­di­tions for the diges­tion of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts vary sig­nif­i­cant­ly. When eat­ing one type of food, one group of enzymes is released that are most effec­tive­ly involved in the diges­tion process. When com­bin­ing prod­ucts, a com­bi­na­tion of enzymes with dif­fer­ent expo­sure con­di­tions is nec­es­sary. Their joint activ­i­ty is reduced, as is the qual­i­ty of food diges­tion.

Key points

Accord­ing to G. Shel­ton’s the­o­ry, the fol­low­ing com­bi­na­tions should be avoid­ed:

two pro­tein prod­ucts (meat with cheese);

milk with oth­er food;

car­bo­hy­drates with pro­teins (por­ridge with meat or bread with meat).

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The the­o­ry of sep­a­rate nutri­tion dis­tin­guish­es between the hours of tak­ing sol­id food and liq­uids, defend­ing the opin­ion that by com­bin­ing them, a per­son dilutes gas­tric juice, slow­ing down and there­by wors­en­ing the diges­tion process.

A good exam­ple, accord­ing to the the­o­ry, are ani­mals that con­sume water and food sep­a­rate­ly. They are nat­ur­al, they are part of nature, with which a per­son has long bro­ken the har­mo­nious rela­tion­ship, and there­fore does not feel its nuances, does not feel its warn­ings, does not fol­low its exam­ples.

Arguments against

The the­o­ry of sep­a­rate nutri­tion has its sup­port­ers, because it echoes dietary rec­om­men­da­tions. On the oth­er hand, its pos­tu­lates are eas­i­ly refut­ed by the uni­ver­sal­i­ty of the body’s diges­tive sys­tem. For thou­sands of years, mankind has been eat­ing mixed foods, to which pan­cre­at­ic enzymes are adapt­ed.

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The sep­a­rate use of sol­id food and water (liq­uid) is a pure­ly indi­vid­ual mat­ter, as well as their joint intake. The stom­ach is able to cope with any task. After all, hydrochlo­ric acid of the stom­ach is not con­stant­ly present in its cav­i­ty, but is pro­duced by cells in response to a cer­tain com­po­si­tion of food. If you like to drink food, then hydrochlo­ric acid will be released as much as the food mass that fills your stom­ach requires.

Rational grain

The the­o­ry of sep­a­rate nutri­tion is close­ly relat­ed to dietary rec­om­men­da­tions and tra­di­tion­al food com­bi­na­tions. What has been test­ed by time is not a dis­cov­ery. It is not worth rein­vent­ing the wheel where indis­putable facts have long exist­ed. Indeed, the com­bi­na­tion of meat and veg­eta­bles is eas­i­er to digest than meat with por­ridge or pas­ta. But the rea­son is not in enzymes, but in the nutri­tion­al com­po­si­tion of these prod­ucts.

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Veg­eta­bles con­tain high amounts of fiber, which ini­tial­ly cre­ates vol­ume and a feel­ing of sati­ety. But fiber is not absorbed by the body, quick­ly pass­ing through the intestines with a “brush”. There­fore, the diges­tion process will not be long. While grains are not as high in fiber, they take longer to digest, which delays the feel­ing of full­ness in the stom­ach. But long-term sat­u­ra­tion has its “plus­es”, sup­press­ing the feel­ing of hunger and reduc­ing appetite. There­fore, a hearty meal is indi­cat­ed for those who are asso­ci­at­ed with phys­i­cal exer­tion or increased men­tal stress.
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Source: Home Doc­tor mag­a­zine

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