Eating clean and healthy food is just the tip of the iceberg for taking your health to new levels. Combining the proper foods can aid in getting the full nutrients available to you by supplying your body with enzymes that break down the food in time for absorption. Just because you are eating something high in zinc, doesn’t mean your body will absorb all of the zinc the food offers. Read how combining certain foods can help you to ultimate health.
Tomatoes And Avocado
Carotenoid nutrients need fat to be delivered to the body. Carotenoids can be found in brightly colored vegetables. Tomatoes and Avocado are the perfect example of a good fat and carotenoid combination. Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments that give certain plant life their vibrant colors. Your body turns them into Vitamin A and they are antioxidants. Good stuff!
Rosemary And Grilled Foods
Grilling or blackening your meat and vegetables can create carcinogens. Studies show that rosemary is a natural antioxidant and can counteract this. You can also use garlic, onion and lemon juice for the same reason.
Whole grains with Vitamin C
Whole grains contain 2 important minerals: iron and zinc. Both are better absorbed into your system with the presence of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C and dark greens
Like Oatmeal and OJ, Vitamin C also aids the absorption of iron from greens into your body. It’s also a great combination for energy. A little lemon on your salad is a good thing!
Tomatoes and Broccoli
Lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes and broccoli, provide extra protection against cancer. In a 2007 study, tests revealed a reduction in tumors of rats more effectively than eating either superfood individually.
Berries and Grapes
Antioxidants reported as good for memory, breathing issues and avoiding some forms of cancer can be found in berries and apples. When eaten with a flavonoid, found in purple grapes (as well as red wine, chocolate and green tea), this combo is reported to boost heart health.
Turmeric and Black Pepper
Black pepper significantly increases the bioavailability of curcumin, the most significant compound in turmeric. Good for reducing risk of Diabetes.
Garlic & Fish
Zinc, iron, copper, iodine, and selenium can all be found in fish and include the anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-reducing fish oils. To lower your cholesterol, couple fish with garlic – you will get better results combining these two over eating both separately.
Apples & Chocolate
Organic apple skins are high in an anti-inflammatory flavonoid (quercetin), which has been shown to reduce the risk of allergies, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and prostate and lung cancers. Combine your apple with chocolate, grapes, red wine, or tea and you can improve cardiovascular health. Susan Kraus, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, recommends the following combinations: sangria with cut-up apples; green tea with buckwheat pancakes and raspberries; and kasha (roasted buckwheat, made in a pilaf) cooked with onions.
Soy & Salmon
Sushi with a side of edamame is tasty and nutritious. These 2 also combine to protect you against cancer. Keep the soy clean and you’ve got a great combo here.
Peanuts & Whole Wheat
The specific amino acids absent in wheat are present in peanuts. Especially as you age, you need the complete chain of amino acids to build and maintain muscle. This combination provides you with the best form of protein, so it’s perfect after a work out.
Eggs & Cantaloupe
Eggs for breakfast, of course! But combining this protein with a good carbohydrate minimizes insulin and blood sugar spikes, which also minimizes your risk of fatigue, inflammation, diabetes and cancer.
Good Combinations for proper digestion:
Sugar and Acid
Lean Protein and Good Fat
Good Fat and Starches
Good Fats and Acids
Note: Fat slows down your digestion. This is a good thing! When you want to speed up the break down of fats, acids are key.
Bad Combinations creating poor digestion:
Protein and Starch (two dominant nutrients that are digested differently)
Starch with Sugar (fermentation and bloating)
Starch with Acid (pancreas effort)
Fat and Sugar (fermentation in stomach)
High Fat Protein with Sugar: (fermentation in stomach)