Dr Hay Diet


The Dr. Hay diet is a diet that claims to work by separating out food groups into those which are “alkaline, acidic and neutral”. The vast majority of the medical community view the diet as pseudoscience with no basis in medicine. Some people believe that it has helped them achieve their required results. However, it is likely that they lost weight because they reduced their total energy intake.
It is also known as the “food combining” diet, and many authors have written books expressing its merits and selling recipes.
Foods are split into groups, and the acid foods not combined with the alkaline ones. “Acid” foods are protein rich, meat, fish, dairy, etc., and “alkaline” the carbohydrate-rich starch foods like rice, grains and potatoes.
Dr. William Howard Hay introduced food combining in 1911. His basic premise is that there is one underlying cause for health problems and that is the wrong chemical condition in the body.
The wrong chemical condition is acidity which is caused by the manufacture and accumulation of acid from the products of digestion and metabolism in amounts greater than the body can eliminate.
This acid condition results in a lowering of the body’s vital alkaline reserve, the depletion of which causes toxaemia or autointoxication.
Dr. Hay classified foods into three types according to their chemical requirements for efficient digestion. These three types are: –
Alkali if correctly combined should form the major part of the diet.
Proteins, starches and fats should be eaten in small quantities.
Only whole grains and unprocessed starches should be used and all refined and processed foods should be eliminated from the diet.
Not less than four hours between starch and protein meals.
Milk does not combine well with food and should be kept to a minimum.
Don’t mix foods that fight, see below chart.