This morning i was at Dar salam road the side facing South B where every one sells vehicles in parts. My mickey friends text came through “Nigga i used to hit the gym, but i gave up all i do is run around the estate like those old guys fighting Erectile Dysfunction” Funny but i felt Like Texting back “Please read my today’s post” Hopefully he does!

The first three letters of the tittle scare me out of my wits! However to day we are not meant to offer dictionary definition for diet. My right guess just as yours is that a majority if not all of us have a rough clue on that. We will thus take a slight analysis of how the first three letters are related to the entire word and further on how we can dissociate them.

Food alongside shelter and clothing is basic human need. It gives us energy that is the fuel of success. Food combination however is a key area studied by world scientists with specialty in food science. Ivav Pablov was the first scientist to launch into this field. We mostly remember him for his stimulus study in which he used a dog. The dog learnt to associate ringing of the bell and feed time.

Whether at our homes or at the most favorite luxurious resorts, everyone likes the best food. For instance a majority of us will combine meat with potatoes, rice with fish, chicken with potato chips and the list grows deliciously long. As tantalizing as the above combinations appear, research shows its completely wrong! Why?

It takes us back to digestion. Starchy foods (rice,potato,chips) require an alkaline medium to digest  which is initially provided in the mouth by enzyme pytalin. Protein rich foods (meat, fish, chicken) require an acidic medium to digest this is provided by hydrochloric acid and pepsin. Its a law of Chemistry that two contrary mediums can not work in harmony at the same time. They neutralize each other due to incompatibility. When you ingest a starch(rice) and protein(fish) digestion is impaired or completely arrested. undigested food becomes soil for bacteria which ferment it and decompose it giving rise to digestive disorders and gas!

Offered suggestions indicate that we can arrest this by; Taking plenty of water rich foods preferably fresh fruits. They contain fructose which is easily converted into glucose, Include a salad with each meal and for the case of the combinations, we are to choose one of the meals. a starch or a protein at a time. However if we still feel that its necessary we take both of them, we can choose to take a starch at lunch and a protein for dinner; better put at different timings. Eating too much starch regularly leads to obesity on the contrary side under nutrition results to disorders such as kwashiokor which my friend jokingly refers to PDR _poverty related diseases!

Health is wealth, note the order, It precisely dictates that you need to have good health to be able to earn and build wealth. A fact that many of us being trapped in the wealth creation genesis forget! They say time is money but money when you convert it through engagement. We spend most if not all of our time between money making Agendas at the expense of our Health!

Taking over the counter medication in the name of painkillers is a common practice. When we feel slight dysfunction of the body system. Research has shown that painkillers are the most abused drugs! for instance physicians advice that at one point, its necessary to allow our body systems to fight slight conditions such as colds,fever, by themselves before ingesting or indulging on drugs. It keeps our bodies strong. Contrary to this, continuous use of a specific drug over time causes the body system to get used to it. It eventually doesn’t serve the desired purpose of relief but instead adds toxic to the body system.

Do you always wake up tired after along night sleep? Do you find it hard to rise up from bed in the morning? Do you always sleep while on traffic even though you raise adequately at night? Do you have regular memory problems? Do you have a poor appetite? Do you always long for chocolate bars? It doesn’t mean that you are sick. Neither do all these have any bad implications. Its just but a reflection of your body system. Our bodies are always fighting toxic which are as a result of our diets and other functioning factors. Its the reason we need regular exercise for fitness. This can be achieved by walking to work, riding instead of driving, jogging around the compound among others. We need to observe our diet and embrace recommended food combinations. Don’t break Diet rules just as you do not break fashion rules! Strive to keep your water level optimum. water is good for the body. This can be best achieved by taking water rich foods ; specifically fruits like water melon. You can too include a fruit salad or pudding with every meal.  Taking excess water may turn hazardous and burst body cells. It also causes dilution of body fluids. Taking fluids alongside meals also causes dilution of  digestive juices that are meant to aid digestion. Experts advice that one takes fluids before meals or ten fifteen minutes after a meal. Our bodies should be fed with three course meals a day. Its advisable to snack on fruits rather than chocolates. A normal human being should sleep up to eight hours a day- rest is good for optimum body functioning.

Achieving the eight glass specification is better done by eating vegetables and fruits. It may explain why Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristole, Leonard da vinci, Isaac Newton, Voltaire, Henry David Thoreau, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Mahatma Gandhi were all vegetarians. Skipping breakfast is alluded to loose memory; you will struggle to remember even your second name.

*offered here is not a recommendation but views of my basic food research so my Mickey friend do run. Run like Rudisha perhaps but Eat as per the rules of Diet. Don’t ignore the gym though.



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