In Acid-Base Balance
Our body organism can only function properly if it is in acid-base balance. The unit of acids and bases is the pH-value. The measurement scale ranges 1 to 14. 1 means strongest acidity, 14 means maximum base value. The neutral value is at 7.
A healthy organism is in a light base condition
with a pH-value of 7.35 to 7.45. However, there are parts in the body,
where another milieu predominates. Thus the stomach is naturally very
acidic (from stomach acid) while the secretion of the pancreas is
alkaline and neutralizes the acidic chyme in the small intestine. If an
acid molecule hits a base molecule, a neutral salt molecule is formed
that can be excreted without any harm. However, if there are more acids
than bases in the body, the organism won't get rid of the acids; the
tissue becomes more acidic, and a variety of medical complaints and
diseases can occur, such as cancer
Nutrition is Significantly Responsible for an Acid-Base Balance
A healthy diet consists of 2/3 of base and 1/3 of acid forming foods. We differentiate between foods that are naturally acidic and those that produce digestive acid. The sour taste of food does not matter. For example, lemons taste sour but will be metabolized base in the body.
Base Foods are:
- Soy products
Neutral Foods are:
- Some nut varieties
Acid Suppliers are:
- Diary products
Foods, Creating Acid in the Metabolism, are:
- Sugar and sweets
- White flour products
- Cereals and bread, especially white bread
The Basis for a Healthy Diet are Vegetables, Salads and Fruits
Soy, as one of the few vegetable basic protein suppliers, takes a unique position and should be more integrated in the menu. To lose weight successfully, your body needs protein. So combine acid suppliers like animal protein in the form of meat, fish, milk products or eggs and vegetable protein in the form of legumes with twice the amount of vegetables or salad to avoid acidity. The abstinence or at least the moderate consumption of sugary food, pasta, rice, coffee and alcohol will help you to redress the acid-base balance.
Exercise Neutralizes your Body!
Not only poor nutrition, but also less exercise and the resulting shallow breathing, let your body become acidic. If you do some exercises, breathing deepens, more carbon dioxide (an acid) will be exhaled, and the body will be neutralized. The exercises, however, should remain in the aerobic (with oxygen) zone. Daily cardio training would be ideal. Unusual and extreme physical activity is not recommended if you suffer from metabolic acidosis. In this case, the body reaches the anaerobic zone, lactic acid results - aching muscles appears - and additionally the organism is strained with acids. Intestinal disorders, or anger and stress, can also make the body more acid. The intestine will also be stimulated by a high-fiber diet and exercises; and therefore produce less putrefaction and fermentation products. A sufficient amount of drinking water stimulates the kidneys to excrete acids. Drink about two liters of water daily! Your urine should always have a slightly yellowish color. The skin can also excrete acids when perspiring. Perspiring in the sauna as well as perspiring at sports is neutralizing in equal measure.
|Vegetables, Salads, Herbs, Mushrooms|
|Potato, Root Vegetable|
|Dairy Products, Eggs|
|Flour, Pasta, Cereals|
|Bread, Cake, Sweets|
|Whole Grain Bread||--|
|Meat, Fish and Sausages|
|Goose and Duck||--|
|Nuts and Seeds|