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To optimize your diet you really need to know how the body works and of course digestion is paramount. I want to identify the main concepts that allow us to digest easily which is the key to an optimized body. I will touch on four topics that relate directly to how our body reacts to food. One is how to eat things that are not acid forming; another is knowing what to combine when eating; a third is understanding how the body can develop toxic overload from eating things we can't digest; and surprisingly the fourth is how fruits provide us with ample macro-nutrients and are most aesthetically pleasing food to our pallet.

How Food Can Put Acid in Our Body

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Acid levels in the blood are monitored very closely by the body. We require a pH level of 7.04 and we can go into a coma or death if our blood becomes too acidic. Acid forming foods create big problems in our organism. The Eskimos are a perfect example of this malady. Modern Eskimos eat 200 grams of fat and 200 grams of protein daily and these acid forming choices take a toll on their bodies especially their liver and kidneys. The high fat content brings on heart disease and the extremely high protein content forces pH to go down (acidic) and the body scrambles to neutralize its fluids by taking calcium out of the blood. Later it replaces the blood calcium by removing it from the calcium stores in our bones and teeth. Modern Eskimos lose all their teeth at an early age and suffer from debilitating osteoporosis.[3] So diets high in proteins and fats are a bad idea.

Food Combining and Toxins

Improper food combining causes bad digestion and creates toxins in the body. Some things break down slower in our stomach than other things and when we eat them together the faster digesting food sits and waits for the slower processing food to be assimilated. This sitting and waiting causes putrefaction which is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and the waste products from these multiplying bacteria are toxic.[2] So it’s best to eat things that require similar digestion times. Animal proteins take the longest by far to digest.  Melons are the quickest.

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When our diet is easy to absorb, it's because it has food enzymes that are pre-digesting the food for us.[3] All fruits and vegetables (living things) have live enzymes that help prepare our food for us. When fruit ripens, the fruit enzymes actually break down the fruit making it ready for us to eat. Part of the reason fruits are the easiest foods to eat is because we don't have to digest much (if at all) and therefore have much more energy for life. 

Toxic Overload

Conversely when we eat things that we cannot digest, it causes a toxic overload in our body.  There are a surprisingly large amount of things that we cannot digest. Simply cooking creates a whole list of poisons, carcinogens and toxins.[1] Unnatural foods (man-made) are processed and include stimulants and known carcinogens. Combining things incorrectly causes toxins and bacteria. Once a body has reached a toxic overload, it starts to break down, has little energy and is usually craving more to eat because of nutritional deficiencies. Then a tragic list of ailments emerge such as obesity, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, degenerative diseases and cancer.[2] At this point, detoxification is necessary before the body can function appropriately again.

Fruits Are Our Friend in a Toxic World

The food that provides us with the most nutrients, the most energy and the most fiber is ripened fruit. Ripened fruits have enzymes that change carbohydrates into fructose and glucose our main fuel. This is what gives us energy and mental clarity, allows us to regenerate and heal. The fruit enzymes also turn proteins into amino acids which help to rebuild the body.  Yes, that’s right.  Fruits have protein in them. And fruits also have enzymes that turn fruit fat into fatty acids which our body can readily use. Typically our bodies suffer damaging effects by trying to assimilate fats, but fatty acids have no damaging affects on the body. Besides these micro-nutrient assets, fruits also provide fiber, hydration and life force which pull toxins from our body and stimulate lymphatic cleansing (detox).

Fruits are also delectable and satisfying to the pallet. They provide a wide range of flavors and are easily accepted by children and babies. The smells attract us; the flavors entice us and the textures amuse us. Compared to other foods in their untreated (uncooked and unseasoned state), these aesthetic assets make fruit eating the most enjoyable and the most beneficial to human health. This truly is how the body is meant to digest, function and regenerate.

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