Is your acid-base balance correct?
The human body has only recently been studied scientifically, but the discoveries that have been made are more than significant. Weight loss, a weak immune system, skin problems, the formation of kidney and gallstones, and problems with bone and joint tissue are increasingly being attributed to a “” or shift in pH towards the acidic side. Let’s try to understand how acid-base balance is related to lifestyle and diet. First of all, ALL processes in our body (the so-called metabolism) ONLY run under certain conditions called HOMEOSTASIS, a complex regulatory system. HOMEOSTASIS is self-regulation, the ability of an open system to keep its internal state constant through coordinated responses to maintain dynamic equilibrium. The tendency of a system to reproduce itself, recovering lost balance and overcoming resistance from the external environment. ALL environments in our body (blood, lymph, saliva, bile, urine, etc.) have a specific pH (acidity) level in which enzyme systems work. Different tissues in the body have different pH levels, e.g. B. Blood and saliva are slightly alkaline, urine is slightly acidic, and the skin surface should also be slightly acidic.
What happens when homeostasis is disturbed by an incorrect lifestyle (diet, stress, etc.)?
The defense mechanisms no longer function properly, the immune system suffers and the body no longer eliminates waste products effectively. These are the outward signs of an “overly acidic” body: tiredness, lethargy, an “unhealthy” complexion, frequent skin rashes, intestinal problems (often constipation and bloating), overweight or underweight. A more detailed examination reveals gallstones or kidney stones, joint changes (arthrosis due to disturbed calcium and magnesium metabolism), muscle weakness and muscle pain. The list of symptoms could be continued even further. But we do it differently and ask ourselves what we have to do to normalize the acid-base balance. Of course, let’s start with nutrition.
First comes the list of foods that “acidify” the body:
- Meat and any Meat products, sausages, canned meat.
- All refined foods, especially sugar and semolina.
- Unripe fruits and berries and if you add sugar to them.
- Fish, eggs , dairy products, cheese and grains such as wheat and rye as well as legumes and nuts are gentler. Ghee, rapeseed, linseed and olive oil are considered neutral.
The following foods improve the acid-base balance normalized, “alkalined”.
- Leaf greens (all kinds of lettuce, parsley, dill, cilantro, etc.).
- Zucchini, eggplant, cucumber – everything , which grows on the ground.
- Root vegetables – carrots, beets, etc.
- Dried fruits. Among the fresh fruits, the banana has the strongest alkalizing effect, and among the berries – watermelon and persimmons, apricots, citrus fruits.
8 rules for maintaining an acid-base balance
- The diet should never consist solely of oxidizing foods and always contain alkalizing foods.
- When eating, the amount of alkalizing foods should be greater than the amount of oxidizing foods.
- The more acidic, the greater the amount of alkaline-forming foods should be the internal milieu of the body, and also in cases where the person has a disturbed acid metabolism.
- A diet consisting exclusively of alkaline-forming vegetables is possible, but only for a limited period of time (1- 2 weeks).
- Meals should not only consist of acidic foods and should definitely contain alkaline ones native foods.
- Oxidizing and acidic foods should be consumed in an amount that corresponds to the specifics of metabolism in the body.
- One should not eat acidic foods very often.
- Acidic foods can only be eaten when the body is ready to absorb them (between 3am and 3pm).