Fasting and healthy diet yes – drugs no
Since the 1950s, the American doctor Dr. Stanley Bass has been researching the right order of eating different foods. He believes that diseases can be treated by fasting and a proper diet. He rejects the use of drugs rigorously.
He spent a great part of his life testing his theories about the preservation and restoration of health in practice, and he himself was the experimental rabbit. Despite his old age of 92 years, Dr. Bass is still active today, he is a practicing physician and author.steady and recurring digestive complaints
Hole in the belly
During the American Civil War a soldier wounded a gunshot wound. (This was probably happening more often during this war, but this soldier gained a certain degree of familiarity as it became a kind of material for the medical profession). The soldier had a large visible opening in his stomach.
Through this opening, his doctors were able to observe that the food he received was not mixed in his digestive tract. It remained exactly in the order in which the food was eaten, in various positions, and was finally digested in this order – position for position.
Different meals do not mix
Many years later the physiologist fed rats with food bags in three different colors. First they were given a portion of black food, then a white portion and finally a red portion. Shortly after food intake the stomachs of the animals were examined. It was found that the differently colored portions were neatly superimposed on one another, so they had by no means intermixed.
Children eat properly – if you leave them
Dr. Bass conducted series of studies with himself. He ate different foods in a particular order, and found the fruits that were most rapidly digested in the subsequent stool examination, then the mixed salad, then the cheese, and finally the meat.
It is interesting that children who are not influenced by the choice of their food often instinctively start their meals with easily digestible foods, eat so much of them until they have enough and only then pass to the next heavily digestible food. They also eat it until they have no more desire. At the end, they eat protein-rich foods that are the longest in the digestive tract.
Healthy digestion by proper order
Our food can only be digested correctly and without problems if we eat them in the right order. The correct order is based on the digestion time of the individual foodstuffs, the first foods to be digested the fastest, while the most digestible foods come to the end.
Watermelon for dessert? No way!
If, for example, you are eating a piece of watermelon for dessert, there will be extreme problems with digestion – not only in the digestion of the watermelon, but also in the digestion of your roast chicken, which you have consumed together with French fries.
The watermelon would normally have been digested at least half an hour, if it had been eaten on an empty stomach. But since she was only eaten after a hard-to-dig meal of chicken and fries, it is now upstairs and has to wait until the chicken and chips are digested. Only then will they be digested.
But the watermelon does not wait quietly and bravely until it is the turn. It begins to ferment – like all fruits do when eaten in the wrong order. Gases and alcohol. Since it can take four, five or more hours for some foodstuffs to leave the stomach (especially with protein-starch combinations), the gases increase, acids and severe digestive disorders develop
Eat in the right order
In his book, “Ideal Health through Sequential Eating,” Dr. Bass describes the order in which a meal is perfectly digested.
Each food group (fruits, cereals, meat, cheese, eggs, vegetables, etc.) requires very specific digestive enzymes. Only if the individual foods are eaten unmixed and in the right order, the right enzymes can be produced and only then can they work optimally, ie lead to a healthy digestion.
For example, if you want to eat meat, rice, lettuce, cheese and fruits in a meal, the right order would look like this:
As an appetizer, fruits are used, for example. A papaya served.
The second course consists of a salad,
The third course of rice,
The fourth course of cheese and
In the end the meat is eaten.
Each individual food forms its own layer in the stomach – in the order in which the food was taken. At the said meal the papaya will leave the stomach first, after thirty minutes. Then the second layer (the mixed salad) will be put in its place and leave the stomach after about thirty to forty minutes. This is followed by the third layer (rice), then the cheese is digested and finally the meat.
No more tired after eating
Each layer is individually digested without mixing with the subsequent layers. If you eat in the right order, the meal is completely undisturbed and quickly digested. No gases are formed and there is no fatigue. Shortly after the meal you feel again energetic and powerful.
But if these five foodstuffs were all eaten together, so that one had taken a bite of everything crisscrossed over the plate, the digestion would have taken many hours. Many hours when you have suffered from stomach pressure, heartburn, bloating, flatulence and belching. And all this just because of the wrong order.
The main rule of the correct order
The main rule of the correct eating order is: the higher the water content of a food, the more it moves forward in the order. The lower the water content of a food, the later in the order it should be eaten.
Water-containing foods are digested quickly and then make up for the food with the lower water content, such as carbohydrates and protein and fatty foods.
Why fruit juices and citrus fruits are often not tolerated
Have you ever taken a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for dessert? In your stomach lie lettuce, fried potatoes, vegetables and cheese-baked meatballs. On top of that comes the orange juice. This would usually leave the stomach within a few minutes.
But now it has to wait for its digestion for many hours. Its annoyance over this delay will remind you of stomach cramps, flatulence, heartburn, etc. No wonder many people are of the opinion that they do not tolerate orange juice or citrus fruits generally. This is not the fault of the orange juice and the wonderful citrus fruits at all, but the ignorance of the people about the correct order in the food
Popular errors in the food combination
The following examples (according to Dr. Bass) show particularly widespread mistakes in the composition of the meals, which leads to very unpleasant digestion problems, malaise and (at least temporarily) energy loss in many people:
- Drinking during or after a meal
- Fruits (fresh or dried) for dessert
- The mixture of sweet and / or dried fruits with nuts or seeds and possibly a sweetener (honey, maple syrup) such as , muesli or breakfast cereal.
- The mixture of sweet and / or dried fruits with acidic fruits
- Eating sweet and / or dried fruits together with or after highly concentrated proteins.
The rules of the correct order (according to Dr. Bass)
- Drinks should be drunk 30 to 60 minutes before the meal.
- Fruits are eaten only on empty stomach, never together with other food groups and never for dessert. Within the fruit group, there is also a further order which should be observed:
Melons are eaten before all other fruits.
Then acidic fruits like citrus fruits, pineapples, blackberries, currants, pomegranates, sour apples etc. are consumed.
- At the end of the breakfast meal you eat sweet fruits (pears, sweet apples, kakis, bananas).
- After a breakfast meal, wait 15 minutes until something else is eaten.
- Vegetables are eaten before starch meals. So salads or vegetable dishes always before the main meal and not together with this.
- Starch meals are eaten before the protein meals. Carbohydrate-rich side dishes such as potatoes, rice, noodles etc. are therefore consumed BEFORE the meat, fish or egg meals and no longer in common.
- An important point of reference for the correct order in which the various foods should be eaten is the digestion time required by each individual food. Those with the lowest digestion duration are first eaten, those with the longest last.Afterwards, you will find the digestion times of some selected foods. However, the indicated digestion times refer to an optimal food combination, to the correct order and to well-chewed food. If the different foodstuffs are mixed and / or chewed insufficiently, their digestion time is increased by a multiple!
Digestion times of different foods
- Watermelons, fruit and vegetable juices: 15 to 20 minutes
- Mixed salads from green leafy vegetables (fruit-free green smoothies): 20 to 30 minutes
- Other melons, oranges and grapefruits: 30 minutes
- Other fresh fruits: 40 minutes
- Green salad: 30 to 40 minutes
- Most steamed or boiled vegetables: 40 to 50 minutes
- Starchy vegetables: 60 minutes
- Cereal, legumes and lentils: 90 minutes
- Seeds: 2 hours
- Nuts: 2 ½ to 3 hours
- Skim milk or low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta: 90 minutes
- Cottage cheese from whole milk: 2 hours
- Hard cheese from whole milk: 4 to 5 hours
- Egg Yolk: 30 minutes
- Whole egg: 45 minutes
- Fish (Cod, cod, flounder, sole): 30 minutes
- Fat fish: 45 to 60 minutes
- Chicken without skin: 1 ½ to 2 hours
- Turkey without skin: 2 to 2 ½ hours
- Beef or lamb: 3 to 4 hours
- Pig: 4 ½ to 5 hours
Dr. Bass’ tips for real food
In addition to the right food combination and / or order, Dr. Bass still needs further measures to achieve a healthy digestion and thus freedom from complaints after eating.
- Chewing well: Dr. Bass recommends to chew all foods for as long as possible. Food that has not been properly chewed requires a much longer digestion time, significantly more digestive enzymes and can not be optimally utilized despite these efforts of the organism. People who do not chew their food properly often feel completely exhausted. This is due to the fact that your body needs an undue amount of energy for digestion.
- Small amounts: The smaller the amount of a particular food being taken, the less is the time needed for its digestion.
- Monocost instead of multicast: the less different things are eaten in a meal, the easier and healthier the digestion works and the less is also the risk that one eats too much.
- Concentration: One should never eat next to the television or at the same time read the newspaper. The food has earned our full attention. We should devote ourselves entirely to the fine taste of the food and the extensive chewing process. If not only the body, but also the mind knows that just being eaten, then this greatly encourages healthy digestion. Also, in this case, the risk of over-eating is not so great, because you can consciously decide for the end of the meal and do not mindlessly stuff everything into itself, until you finally fall off the chair.
- Natural Foods: Foods to which artificial flavorings or flavor enhancers have been added should be waived, since these cause the body to no longer be able to decide when it is truly saturated.