Food Combinations bad for health

In this modern era, we learn many health facts from many sources including the foods which are healthy or unhealthy when taken together. We might have heard of several food combinations to avoid people with arthritis, diabetes or cancer. Nowadays we get most of the information from the internet which is a lifesaver in many cases. Still, we cannot trust all the information on the internet. If you take the measures given so accurately your lie would be so messed that you don’t care about anything else other than your diet. Here are a few meals which are best not to eat along. This is pure superstition and has no proof.

            There can be up to 2% truth in these facts but is not dangerous enough to avoid them. Keep reading to know more of these facts and myths which the internet says it not good for health.


Meals and cold water:

            Myth: Here goes the story. It is told that drinking cold water either before, after or during the meal can make the food solidify in the stomach. Fats congeal in cold temperature outside the body. On the other hand, few people argue that drinking water with food helps in the process of peristalsis and stomach acid balance eventually reducing the acid's ability to digest a meal.

            Truth: Our body's internal temperature is warm. Coldwater cannot stay cold after consumed. It gets warmed up due to the body's temperature. Coldwater can help the body from overheating when exposed to overheat. So, it is not capable of solidifying fat and stay the same during the digestion.

            Drinking water either hot or cold helps with digestion. It helps in breaking down the food. So, it works in favour of the body and not against it.


Tomatoes and Cucumber:

            Myth: Both cucumber and tomatoes have different digestion time. When you eat them together you might feel nausea, gas, bloating or even sometimes gasp death. Cucumbers are capable of destroying the Vitamin C in tomatoes with the enzyme in it. The salads you eat can be not much beneficial when you add these two together.

            Truth: It is true that cucumber has enzymes which can destroy Vitamin C in tomatoes but as long as you maintain a healthy diet with rich Vitamin C you will not be affected. You will get enough Vitamin C from many sources. Adding vinegar can nullify the effect. As salads mostly contain vinegar you need not worry about this anymore.

            As told above tomatoes and cucumber have different digestion times. You won’t feel any trouble unless you are sensitive to any of the foods individually.


Nuts and Beer:

            Myth: Both beer and salty foods cause dehydration. When you take them together can deplete the water level in the body. You will be thirsty and drink more beer in an effort to hydrate.

            Truth: There is a little truth in this. Bar owners know this fact and serve salty foods with beer which makes you more thirsty. Salt makes it easier to drink beer with its bitterness. Beer enhances the salty food that one will crave for salty food while drinking beer.

Beer is diuretic and helps in pushing out excess sodium from the body. Not all salty foods lead to critical dehydration ut alcohol can. Unless you want a huge hangover to drink many glasses of water as you drank alcohol.


Meat and Pasta:

            Myth: Proteins and carbohydrates have different digestion process. Carbohydrates start digesting fro the start with the saliva till stomach. where proteins start digesting only when they reach the stomach. So a big no to meatballs and spaghetti.

            Truth: Though different foods digest in different ways our body can function properly. We are evolved to eat all variety of fats, protein, carbohydrate. Unless you have any digestive problems you are good to eat what you want. 


Fruits with or after a meal:

            Myth: Fruits are easily digestible and form ferments in the stomach while waiting for other foods to digest.

            Truth: The sugars in the fruit do digest quickly still it has fibre which slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. It is one of the ways to prevent a sudden rise of blood sugar in the blood. There have been no cases that fruit stayed long enough to ferment. Our stomach is so acidic that fermentation is not possible.


Sour fruit and milk:

            Myth: It is been told that pineapple, orange, lemon is dangerous to drink with milk. When any acidic fruit is mixed with milk it curdles the milk and spoils it. When curdling occurs you get ill.

            Truth: It is true that acid in fruits can curdle particularly with warm milk. When acid is added with cold milk the process is slow and you might not notice it. This is how you eat lemon creme pie, pineapple yoghurt smoothies and orange creamsicles.

            Also, curdled milk is not bad for us. If milk is curdled due to spoilage we should not drink it. Milk is often curdled to process cheese and yoghurt. For your information, milk always curdles when it reaches the stomach.


French fries and hotdogs:

            Myth: Hot dogs are processed meat which has a high amount of sodium and is known to cause cancer. The refined white sugar in the bun can raise the blood sugar level. Deep frying potatoes produce carcinogen acrylamide and cooking oils are trans fat which blocks the artery. The amount of salt in french fries is also an issue.

            Truth: This is true. Pairing any two unhealthy foods or fast foods can lead to cancer and heart ailments. You might experience stomach upset, diarrhoea, constipation and high blood pressure and depressed mood.



Try avoiding junk foods. We are made to digest all combination of foods. Have a healthy diet and eat fresh foods. Still, everyone is different and reacts to different combinations. So, respect the body and stop when you find trouble while eating any type of combinations.

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Foods which can ward off knee and joint pain


            If you have prolonged knee and joint pain you will experience the pain all day. You might have arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis which all cause inflammation and pain and can hurt your joints. Prolonged stillness can cause more discomfort.

            The joints are designed to move in nature and when we keep it idle then there rises the issue. Moving the joints is good for healing. Do not lift heavy weight or do the same movement of joints repeatedly which can cause injury. However, you won’t feel like moving in the first place when you endure such pain.

            Medication from doctors would help but you can also support and ease the pain with your diet. Try these foods to relieve joint and knee pain naturally. These have been proven to be beneficial in minimizing pain and help in movement.



            The more colourful the fruit the more antioxidants it contains so is cherry. The red colour of the cherries is from the antioxidant anthocyanins. Consuming cherry is found to help reduce inflammation. You can eat either the cherry as whole or drink tart cherry juice.

            Cherries also reduce the flare-ups of gout which is a kind of arthritis which forms hard crystals in the joints.


Red Pepper:

            Red peppers not only support in reducing the inflammation but also support the cartilage, ligaments and tendons up to some extent to keep them aligned.

            Red peppers have a high amount of Vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen. Collagen holds the bone and muscle together and gives structure to the bones. Other foods rich in Vitamin C are tomato, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges and many more.



            Healthy fish is great for joint pain. It has calcium and Vitamin D which strengthen the bones. It also contains a high amount of omega-3-fatty acids which helps in reducing inflammation. If you are a vegetarian or don't like fish then you can try low-fat dairy products with calcium and Vitamin D. You can also add fish oil supplement to your vitamin regimen.


Whole Grains:

            Whole grains also help in reducing inflammation. On the other hand, refined grains do vice versa. Whole grain contains all three parts of the grain: the endosperm, the germ and the bran. White flour contains only endosperm but the bran and germ are the ones that contain most of the nutrition.

            You can limit the usage of white bread. Whole grains include oatmeal, barley, brown rice and quinoa. Both before and after inflammation whole grains help in reducing inflammation.



            Now I wonder what does turmeric don’t do! It has a yellow-orangish colour with a distinctive flavour. Studies show that a high amount of curcumin in turmeric is proven to fight against ibuprofen to ease the pain. It has been used for centuries by the Asians especially Indians for its anti-inflammatory properties.

            Study at Arizona in 2006, established that consumption of turmeric can prevent the development of osteoporosis and RA (rheumatoid arthritis). If you cant find turmeric in your area you can use curry powder.



            Ginger is a common spice in Asia. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has rich amounts of antioxidants with a sweet and spicy taste. These properties are because of the substance called gingerol which aids in reducing muscular pain and inflammation.

            Gingerol helps in reducing cholesterol, treat indigestion, reduce the risk of cancer, prevent the development of Alzheimer’s and improve cognitive functions. You can add ginger either dried, grated or in grounded form.



            Nuts have rich amounts of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which helps in joint pain. Walnuts have these nutrients more than any other commonly used nuts. Walnuts are also said to protect against type 2 diabetes and cancer.

            Walnuts are high in calories so don’t take more of it. Few studies show that walnuts can reduce weight because they make you full for a longer time. Losing weight helps in reducing the stress on the joints.



            Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable which is great for joints. It has Vitamin C which assists n collagen regulation and also has a good amount of calcium. Isn’t it amazing that it has 45 different types of antioxidant flavonoids? Taking kale on a daily basis can reduce joint pain and inflammation immensely.

            On the other hand, regular intake of raw kale can have negative impacts on the thyroid. So, it is advised to take cooked and raw kale alternatively.



            Avocados have a good amount of omega -3 fatty acids but not as high compared to other foods in the list. Avocadoes have an unsaturated fat known as oleic acid which is known to diminish particular biomarkers of inflammation.

            Avocadoes also can reduce the effect of other foods which can cause inflammation. So it is good to add avocadoes in your diet.



            Flax seeds are an easy way to get omega-3 fatty acids quickly. About 2 tbs of grounded flaxseeds contain around 140% of the daily value of omega-3 fatty acids.

            It is proved that a regular intake of flaxseeds can reduce the development of inflammatory compounds. This is one of the ways vegetarians and vegans to gain their omega-3s.


Cruciferous vegetables:

            Cruciferous vegetables are known to cause disturbing gas during digestion. Still, it has high antioxidants, vitamins and fibre to reduce inflammation.

            A particular antioxidant sulforaphane is known to block the enzymes responsible for joint pain and swelling. Take a minimum of half a cup of these vegetables daily. Some of the cruciferous vegetables are cauliflower, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts.



            Take some of these foods in your daily diet to ward off knee pain permanently. This will relieve you from the discomfort and don’t stop when the pain stops.

            Add these foods in your daily diet to keep yourself healthy for a long time not only for the joints but also to the whole body. So which vegetable or spice you are going to add in your diet?

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