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Food Facts for Heathy Eating ...

* Try to wait a while after eating before drinking so you don't interfere with the action of your digestive enzymes.  Drinking beverages, even water, during eating reduces your stomach's digestive ability and can leave undigested food soaked in acid to enter the intestinal tract.  This can cause irritation, inflammation, ulcers or even IBS.

* Fruits and vegetables must be fresh and ripe to avoid naturally occuring biochemicals that happen as a fruit becomes over-ripe or hasn't yet become ripe, from interfering with healthy body processes. This is often the reason some people experience stomach aches or even diarrhea after eating fruit.

* Citrus fruits neutralize pepsin, a necessary protein enzyme that can break down excessive protein residue. This reduces your ability to completely digest proteins.  So do not blend a citrus fruit with a protein in a meal.

* Fruits can help naturally cleanse your body by stimulating the kidneys and colon.

* Milk products can produce mucous which can block your absorption. This is the cause of most mucoid plaque in the intestinal tract. Even after you do an intestinal cleanse, try to restrict your milk product intake.

* Eating raw vegetables or salads late in the day can cause digestive distress.  This is often the underlying cause of night-time acid reflux.

* Sugars reduce your digestion of carbohydrates. For this reason it is a good idea to not mix fruit and vegetables at meals. Have one or the other so that you can digest both effectively.

* Pineapple helps to break down fat and cholesterol in the food you eat making them easier for your body to utilize.

* Strawberries break down both fat and carbohydrates in your meals.

* Papaya, mango and kiwi break down protein. This is why many cultures eat one of these as a dessert after eating a protein meal.

* Raisins and prunes break down carbohydrates. Ever wonder why prunes help constipation?  It's because most constipation is caused by undigested food trapped in the gut.  Depending on your diet this can often be lots and lots of carbohydrates that didn't have enough inherent fiber to mobilize them through the digestive tract or that overwhelmed the amount of digestive enzymes that you produce. 

* Grapes break down excess sugar in the body.  This makes grapes excellent for hypoglycemia.

* Cherries reduce excess stored calcium.  In many early texts, cherry juice was used for gout, arthritis, bone spurs and gallstones.

* Watermelon reduces water retention and salt.