If the constipation is your catchphrase, theintestine is always in turmoil, try to heal yourself naturally by changing the diet and associating foods according to precise rules. "Foods are not all the same, but they have very different assimilation times », Dr. Frank Laporte-Adamski, naturopath and osteopath in Milan, Rome and Genoa and creator of the The Adamski Diet.
«The studies of the famous gastroenterologist Bernard jensen accurately document, through a sequence of abdominal radiographs of the terminal part of the digestive tract, that some foods take half an hour to be fully digested, while others require 4-5 hours ».
Never combine "slow" and "fast" foods
The most common mistake we make when we sit at the table or eat a sandwich at the bar? "Mix" slow "foods with" fast "ones, so as to overload the intestines and significantly slow down intestinal transit," says Dr. Adamski. The wrong mixes curb intestinal peristalsis and create real bottlenecks in the digestive tract, giving rise to deposits of toxins and fermentative phenomena (carbohydrates) and putrefactive (proteins) that create a sea of troubles.
"If the intestine works little and badly, in fact, the way is paved not only for recurrent episodes of constipation, but also for irritable colon, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux, haemorrhoids, headache and post-prandial sleepiness as well as food allergies and intolerances (derived from the excessive permanence of food residues in the ileocecal area) », continues the expert.
"All the organism weakens and the immune defenses are lowered. Furthermore, one of the secrets of longevity, which consists in evacuating regularly, every day, cannot be put into practice ».
How to organize the diet
To get the intestine moving again, it is enough avoid combining fast foods to those lenses within the same meal. Both categories can marry a neutral food, a kind of wild card that lends itself to being consumed both with the first and second courses.
What are fast-absorbing foods? "All kinds of fruit (except coconut and avocado which are slow), raw, cooked, in the form of jam, liqueur (like limoncello) or sorbet », answers Adamski. "Fruit should be consumed once a day away from meals, preferably as a snack. Also fast are tomatoes, squash, bell pepper, chilli, curry, paprika, yogurt and green tea.
The great chapter of the "slow" foods it includes, on the other hand, most of the ingredients of a menu: carbohydrates, vegetables (except eggplants, which are neutral), meat, fish, eggs, cheeses, legumes, tofu, seitan and fruit in shell (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, chestnuts and peanuts) ».
So far all clear? It's time to find out i neutral foods, with medium transit, which accompany the "fast" or "slow". They are oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, shallot, all aromatic herbs and spices (except curry and paprika), coconut and avocado, milk, eggplant, red wine, sugar, coffee, black tea and white tea such as Bancha and dark chocolate.
What about white wine and milk chocolate? "The first is theoretically neutral, as long as you use only that coming from biodynamic crops, to avoid the risk of adulteration", replies the expert. "As for the milk chocolate it should be eliminated because lactose destroys the antioxidants (polyphenols) contained in cocoa ».
The couplings to banish
If you have this eating pattern in mind, by memorizing fast, slow or neutral foods you will not struggle to find the right combinations. Keep in mind that between a meal consisting only of the first courses and another consisting solely of the second courses, at least 4-5 hours must pass during which you will drink alone mineral water or neutral drinks such as coffee (as long as it is 100% Arabica, the best quality), black or white tea. Only in this way will you be able to clean the digestive tract from waste, just like some detergents free the hydraulic pipes from limescale deposits.
The sore note of the Adamski Method? Give up some traditional dishes of the country, such as pasta with tomato sauce (the first is slow, the second fast) or the classic pizza (tomato is fast, mozzarella is slow).
Goodbye also to apple pie (the first is slow, while the fruit is fast) and to chicory sautéed in a pan with the spicy touch of chilli (all the vegetables are slow, while the second is fast). Small sacrifices that will be rewarded by the pleasant surprise of the intestine which, no longer intoxicated, will resume functioning regularly.
Here are our three balanced recipes
Here are three recipes made with the ingredients matched correctly:
1. Tomato soup
Chop 2 onions and 2 cloves of garlic, brown them in a saucepan with 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add 1 kg of chopped ripe tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Then, lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes over low heat, gradually adding 1 liter of warm water, a sprig of basil and a dried red pepper. Decorate the dishes with basil leaves.
2. Tricolor salad
Cut a beefsteak tomato, half a Tropea onion, and a nectarine into thin slices. Add diced yellow or orange pepper. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of chilli powder.
3. Pears with mint
Peel 2 pears, cut them in half and remove the seeds. Place them in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 lemon juice, and 6 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Cook over medium heat until the pears become soft. Drain them and keep them aside. Allow the juice to thicken over the heat until it becomes a thick syrup. At this point, add the pears, stirring gently for 10 minutes before turning off.