1) Does water slow-down digestion in the stomach?
Yes it does. Acids are produced in the stomach to help break-down solid foods into a semi-solid. Chewing is the first stage of digestion and should not be overlooked. The acids are easily weakened by the presence of water. A simple increase in water will, by volume, decrease the amount of digestive enzymes. This weakens the effectiveness of the enzymes and therefore slows down digestion.
2) How many times a day is it normal to go to the bathroom?
The quick answer is: The number of meals eaten should equal the number of bowel movements. A healthy vegan that practices bowel cleansing can eat one meal a day and produce upwards of 2-4, or more, bowel movements.
3) Explain fiber. Why do people swear by it? It seems like a bad starch I wouldn’t want in my diet?
This question is brilliant.
Using grain-based foods for fiber is like using gasoline to put out a fire. Whole grains are very acidic to the body and cause mucous to form throughout the body. Fiber is important to our digestive and elimination systems. The source of fiber is what’s important. Green leafy vegetables and low & non-starchy vegetables should be the source. These foods are made-up of cellulose fiber, which is alkaline to the body. Which means mucous will not form as a result of consuming these foods.
4) What do you mean when you say people store toxins in their body?
The digestive system processes food for assimilation and elimination. The digestive organs, excluding the small intestines and the bowels process or metabolize many different elements, from nutrients to chemicals. When food is poor quality or mixed together without knowledge of proper food combination, toxic residue is produced. The small intestines and bowels are different. The other word for toxins is waste, (poop). When the end of our elimination system backs up, we begin to auto-intoxicate. Meaning, we reabsorb and distribute the toxic waste matter from the bowels into the bloodstream. As the bowels slow down, the small intestine’s ability to process and absorb nutrition is negatively effected. The food substance begins to rot, rather than be properly processed and utilized. I believe disease is caused by many factors, not all belong to the physical aspects of life. Emotions, stress, and neglect all contribute to illness as well.
Answers from Tom DeVito, Release