Food Combinations to Combat Belly Bloat

If you have experienced belly bloat, gas, indigestion, diverticulitis or other gut and bowel discomfort, you might want to consider looking into the rules of food combing. Discovered a few decades ago, these simple guidelines are incredibly effective and easy to apply.

The concept is that different foods have different digestion transit times. For example, meat goes through the intestines quite slowly, but fruit goes through quite quickly. If you have a lot of bloating and gas, you will want to look at these “rules” and see if changing the combinations of how you eat food affects your symptoms.

Food combining is quite simple actually. You want to eat foods with faster digestion times, first.

Imagine traffic going through a tunnel. If there is a zippy little sports car and a large 18 wheeler, who could go faster? The sports car will really, really get frustrated behind the 18 wheeler. Food kind of does the same thing. If you have eaten a hamburger, and then for dessert have a bowl of cherries, you will definitely experience bloat and might become uncomfortable. While waiting for the hamburger to digest, the cherries will start breaking down and eventually start to putrefy.

Here are some general rules to follow:
1) Eat fruit alone


2) Eat melon by itself


3) Do not mix starch with protein. (i.e hamburger on a bun, steak with potatoes)

4) Combine protein with vegetables and greens.


5) Combine grains, starches or carbs with vegetables and greens.

After a little while, you will get the hang of it! This has been life changing for me. It might take a few days for it to help your gut bloat because some foods take a couple of days to completely digest. Keep us posted. Have more questions? Please visit www.mindfulnutrition.net 

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About Ana Goldseker

I am a whole foods coach specializing in weight loss. I help people with food addictions and building a food plan that works for them. Please visit my website at www.mindfulnutrition.net for more information.
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