What is acid and alkalinity

Overacidification of the body?

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What is meant by “acidic” and “basic” foods and what effects can an imbalance of these substances have?

Acidification: The unmistakable pH value

What can we do to use our diet to work towards this vital balance of internal juices in our body? But let's first get acquainted with some important findings from nutritional science, which are, however, also valid for other chemical processes. The degree of acidity or - to a certain extent, its «opponent» - the alkalinity has a measurable variable: the so-called pH value.

The entire range of measurements of this value is between 0 and 14. Seven is exactly in the middle, which means nothing other than that the value is neutral, i.e. it reacts neither acidic nor basic (alkaline). At pH values ​​between 0 and 6.9 we speak of an acidic environment, and at pH values ​​of 7.1 to 14 we speak of a basic or alkaline environment.

«On its way through the organism, food goes through opposing stages of alkaline and acidic. The organic juices react according to their task. This results in the different pH values. "

pH of gastric juice

Depending on their function, the pH value of the various body fluids is very different. In the case of the pancreas, for example, it is 8.8 (very alkaline). In contrast, gastric juice is very acidic with pH values ​​between 0.9 and 1.8. That is why we also speak of gastric acid. After the strong gastric acid in the stomach has acidified the food and thereby predigested it, the alkaline digestive juices of the pancreas and bile are added to it after it leaves the stomach.

And so the climate in the organism is subject to a real rollercoaster, depending on the metabolic situation. But it is important that it remains balanced overall and not - which is the great danger today - is constantly over-acidic. The body has built in a large number of actual buffers that are able to intercept an excessively acidic or basic reaction. Such regulators in the acid-base balance are, for example, the stomach, kidneys, skin, intestines, lungs and connective tissue.

They all aim to constantly balance the balance between acid and base. This is a very fascinating, but also a very delicate undertaking, because the fluctuation range is extremely small. For blood and cell juices it is between a pH value of 7.3 and 7.5. Anything beyond that can be life-threatening. However, the body's control system usually anticipates this.

Symptoms of hyperacidity in the body

The more acidic or acid-forming food (and we take far too much of it!) Is consumed, the more basic minerals the body has to provide. Such basic minerals are Calcium,potassium and Magnesium. Also the trace elements Copper,iron and manganese are basic, while sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, fluorine, iodine and silicon react acidic. If, however, the basic minerals become too scarce in view of too much acidic or acid-forming food, the organism gets, for example, calcium from the cells, tissue and bones.

The result is

  • a creeping weakening of the bone structure,
  • and the general immune system.
  • It can also cause excessive fatigue,
  • sensitive gums, Caries, Tooth decay up to
  • Joint discomfort, rheumatism, arthritis and
  • excessive susceptibility to inflammation have as a consequence.

As a further emergency measure to deacidify the connective tissue, the body uses the Increase in blood pressure back. Free acids are brought back into the blood by the connective tissue and then pressed through the kidneys. The urine then becomes highly acidic, which can cause pain and inflammation.

Deposits and buffer systems

If the acids are no longer completely broken down, this leads to manifold deposits, especially in the connective tissue, since the natural basic buffer systems are now exhausted. This can happen with a long-term diet with a high protein content and other acidic foods. Then one speaks of the classic acidosis or acidosis, as described in detail by Alfred Vogel in his earliest writings.

Acidification is perhaps still not taken seriously enough in its drama because it does not immediately lead to illness, but rather this acidic climate only causes long-term, but all the more certain, dangerous chronic health disorders. The next misstep is then to fight the symptoms of these disorders alone - and to forget the causes, which of course does not contribute to real recovery. If, for example, the increased blood pressure is treated with antihypertensive agents, then the spiral of hyperacidity turns all the faster.

Dismantle the protein mountain!

But now we turn to the possibilities to counteract acidification. Since, in view of today's environmental situation, in addition to nutrition, the hectic pace, ozone and other pollution concentrations in the air also cause a rather acidic reaction in the body, a predominantly base-rich diet is all the more indicated.

Good base donors are Grain, rice, corn, all vegetables (Don't forget the raw vegetables!) except tomatoes, but also Milk, quark and cream. Of the fruits are those Melons, bananas and ripe pears basic. You can enjoy plenty of all of this. The foods that are not acidic, but form acid in the body, include meat, eggs, cheese, legumes and sweets, as well as honey, lemonades, coffee, black tea and alcohol. These foods should be consumed sparingly and, if so, only consumed as a side dish.

Mountains of meat and sugar

This rough classification alone makes it easy to see that with today's mountains of meat and sugar as well as coffee addiction, millions of people go through life with over-acidic bodies. It is up to the - still small - part of those who know about the interrelationships to ensure that the balance is striven for again, even if this will not necessarily suit many profitable branches of industry. "I found practically no chronic diseases in the indigenous peoples," recalls Dr. Vogel, "but their diet was much simpler, more complete and more alkaline." Let's get back to this principle!