Combining Food:

Sequential Eating And Food Combining
From: Ideal Health Through Sequential Eating
By: Dr. Stanley Bass

In my opinion and experience as a nutritional consultant in Natural Hygiene (I began studying nutrition in 1936), sequential eating represents the most advanced approach to understanding proper food combining.

After testing and retesting the concept on myself thousands of times, as well as on others, including the experience of Dr. Cursio, his family, his patients, as well as other Hygienic doctors - Dr. John Mega, Dr. Marvin Telmar, Dr. Anthony Penepent, etc.

Food Combining

Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw vegetables, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion.

A Radical New Concept Of Digestion

If there are 5 different types of food in the stomach at one meal, each eaten separately and in sequence, there will be 5 different kinds of digestion going on at the same time, each layer having different enzymes digesting each food, according to the needs of the food contained in that layer.

But when say 5 different foods are eaten at a meal, where each mouthful or bite is taken of a different food, then the entire stomach is filled with the same mixture.

Advantages Of Rearranging The Sequence

One of my patients in my early days of practice absolutely refused to give up any of his accustomed, conventional, low-quality foods. In this case, feeling my hands completely tied, in desperation, I gave him all that he desired. The only change I made was to rearrange the sequence of his foods. Amazingly, all of his digestive problems vanished in just 3 days.

Sequential Eating References

Grutzner fed rats morsels of food of 3 different colors. First the black, then the white second, and third the red color. Shortly after, the animals were sacrificed, the stomach frozen and then cut in sections. The different colored food was found to be in layers

There was a famous case, written about by Beaumont, during the American Civil War, where a soldier received a gunshot wound which caused a large visible opening to appear in his stomach. His digestion was studied for a period of time by several doctors present, and they observed that his food digested in different layers.

Simple Test For Anyone

One simple test that I used on myself was to eat different foods, one variety at a time, in sequence [all at one meal], for several different meals. Then when nature called, I examined the feces and was able to see different colors in the same feces. Watermelon which was reddish in color, was first, then tossed salad which was very dark brown was next, and cheese was very light tan was last. All were joined together, exiting the body in the same order as they were eaten.

Anyone can try this test, but to be accurate, the different foods must be eaten one at a time, and follow each other in sequence.

Strata Digestion - A Forgotten Concept

How such an important concept as the strata digestion of food was bypassed and almost completely unnoticed for over 50 years since Howell's book was published, is a great mystery to me.

Basic Rule - Watery Foods First:
To Simplify This Concept Of Sequential Or Layered Eating
Eat The Most Watery Foods First
Bad Combinations To Avoid
The Following Represents Some Examples Of Bad Combinations To Avoid
For Best Digestion
Chew All Food Close To Liquid Before Swallowing

Also in the 14th edition of Howell's Textbook of Physiology on p.777 is some very interesting research:

Abbe Spallanzani (1729 - 1799), one of the older observers on gastric digestion, found that cherries and grapes, when swallowed whole, even if entirely ripe, were usually passed unbroken in the stools.

We can assimilate only those foods which are most liquified. An excellent practice is to eat with 100% attention on the taste of the food.

Digestion Time Of Various Foods

Note 1:Raw Animal Proteins have much faster digestion times than the above times for cooked/heated animal proteins.

Note 2: The Digestion Times given are under an ideal situation of eating only one food, chewing well, and having efficient digestion, as is the case e.g. after a fast. They are digestion times for optimally healthy persons, with good eating habits.

The digestion times are to a large part derived from Dr. Gian-Cursio's and Dr. Bass' practices.

Digestion times are much longer on a conventional diet, and for persons with non-optimized digestive systems, or persons lacking in energy, and for meals with many ingredients put together haphazardly = not in the optimum sequential order.

Eat Smaller Amounts - Fewer Varieties

The smaller the amount of a particular food eaten, the less is the digestive time for that food. The greater the amount of a food eaten, the more is the digestive time prolonged. Remember the less you mix and the fewer the varieties you use, the easier it is to digest and the less you will be tempted to overeat. The greater the variety, the greater the tendency to overeat.

The Importance Of Blended Salads

Due to the liquification of vegetables by blending:
1 - Absorption and assimilation of its vitamins, minerals proteins etc. is increased to approximately 5 times as compare to eating and chewing the salad.
2 - A blended salad will digest and leave the stomach in 15 to 20 min. compared to 30 to 60 minutes for a tossed salad eaten whole Etc.

Conservation of energy in the digestive process is the key to all healing. (Success in healing is measured in terms of energy available. This was known by the early masters of Natural Hygiene).

Basic Purpose Is Saving Energy

Energy is the most important factor needed for recovery of health and it must be conserved at all costs and not wasted in unnecessary digestion. Sequential eating will maximize the conservation of energy without fail.

Try it and feel the difference and you'll never go back to your old ways - I promise you that!

Partial Chart Of Foods And Some Of Their Values:
Protects Your Heart Prevents Constipation Blocks Diarrhea Improves Lung Capacity Cushions Joints
Combats Cancer Controls Blood Pressure Saves Your Eyesight Shields Against Alzheimer's Slows Aging Process
Aids Digestion Lowers Cholesterol Protects Your Heart Stabilizes Blood Sugar Guards Against Liver Disease
Battles Diabetes Lowers Cholesterol Helps Stop Strokes Controls Blood Pressure Smoothes Skin
Protects Your Heart Quiets A Cough Strengthens Bones Controls Blood Pressure Blocks Diarrhea
Prevents Constipation Helps Hemorrhoids Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Controls Blood Pressure Combats Cancer Strengthens Bones Protects Your Heart Aids Weight Loss
Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Stabilizes Blood Sugar Boosts Memory Prevents Constipation
Strengthens Bones Saves Eyesight Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Controls Blood Pressure
Combats Cancer Prevents Constipation Promotes Weight Loss Protects Your Heart Helps Hemorrhoids
Saves Eyesight Controls Blood Pressure Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Supports Immune System
Saves Eyesight Protects Your Heart Prevents Constipation Combats Cancer Promotes Weight Loss
Protects Against Prostate Cancer Combats Breast Cancer Strengthens Bones Banishes Bruises Guards Against Heart Disease
Protects Your Heart Combats Cancer Ends Insomnia Slows Aging Process Shields Against Alzheimer's
Promotes Weight Loss Protects Your Heart Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Controls Blood Pressure
Chili Peppers
Aids Digestion Soothes Sore Throat Clears Sinuses Combats Cancer Boosts Immune System
Promotes Weight Loss Helps Stop Strokes Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Controls Blood Pressure
Protects Your Heart Boosts Memory Combats Cancer Supports Immune System
Aids Digestion Battles Diabetes Protects Your Heart Improves Mental Health Boosts Immune System
Lowers Cholesterol Controls Blood Pressure Combats cancer Kills Bacteria Fights Fungus
Protects Against Heart Attacks Promotes Weight Loss Helps Stop Strokes Combats Prostate Cancer Lowers Cholesterol
Saves Eyesight Conquers Kidney Stones Combats Cancer Enhances Blood Flow Protects Your Heart
Green Tea
Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Helps Stop Strokes Promotes Weight Loss Kills Bacteria
Heals Wounds Aids Digestion Guards Against Ulcers Increases Energy Fights Allergies
Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Controls Blood Pressure Smoothes Skin Stops Scurvy
Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Controls Blood Pressure Smoothes Skin Stops Scurvy
Combats Cancer Boosts Memory Regulates Thyroid Aids Digestion Shields Against Alzheimer's
Controls Blood Pressure Lowers Cholesterol Kills Bacteria Combats Cancer Strengthens Bones
Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Battles Diabetes Prevents Constipation Smoothes Skin
Olive Oil
Protects Your Heart Promotes Weight Loss Combats Cancer Battles Diabetes Smoothes Skin
Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack Combats Cancer Kills Bacteria Lowers Cholesterol Fights Fungus
Supports Immune System Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Straightens Respiration
Prevents Constipation Combats Cancer Helps Stop Strokes Aids Digestion Helps Hemorrhoids
Protects Against Heart Disease Promotes Weight Loss Combats Prostate Cancer Lowers Cholesterol Diverticulitis
Strengthens Bones Relieves Colds Aids Digestion Dissolves Warts Blocks Diarrhea
Slows Aaging Process Prevents Constipation Boosts Memory Lowers Cholesterol Protects Against Heart Disease
Protects Your Heart Battles Diabetes Conquers Kidney Stones Combats Cancer Helps Stop Strokes
Combats Cancer Protects Your Heart Boosts Memory Calms Stress
Sweet Potatoes
Saves Your Eyesight Lifts Mood Combats Cancer Strengthens Bones
Protects Prostate Combats Cancer Lowers Cholesterol Protects Your Heart
Lowers Cholesterol Combats Cancer Boosts Memory Lifts Mood Protects Against Heart Disease
Promotes Weight Loss Combats Cancer Conquers Kidney Stones Smoothes Skin
Protects Prostate Promotes Weight Loss Lowers Cholesterol Helps Stop Strokes Controls Blood Pressure
Wheat Germ
Combats Colon Cancer Prevents Constipation Lowers Cholesterol Helps Stop Strokes Improves Digestion
Wheat Bran
Combats Colon Cancer Prevents Constipation Lowers Cholesterol Helps Stop Strokes Improves Digestion
Guards Against Ulcers Strengthens Bones Lowers Cholesterol Supports Immune Systems Aids Digestion

After A Meal

Don't Smoke - Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

Don't Eat Fruits Immediately - Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1 hr before meal.

Don't Drink Tea - Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.

Don't Loosen Your Belt - Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted and blocked.

Don't Bathe - Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

Don't Walk About - People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actuality this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.

Don't Sleep Immediately - The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.

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