OPTIMUM ACID ALKALINE BALANCE

A healthy organism is one which has an effective filtration system, composed of organs like the kidneys and liver, the skin and intestines, all functioning well, and able to eliminate excess waste.

These organs do an amazing job. If you don’t overload them, they can generally manage to get rid of all the substances your body doesn’t need, especially excess acids, the waste products of metabolism.

Your body needs acids to function properly, but excess acidity can be harmful, which is why filtration is so important.

A diet that contains too much animal protein (meat) and not enough cooked and/or raw vegetables will causes a condition called acidosis, where excess acid accumulates in tissues.

A sedentary lifestyle (not enough exercise) also impairs your body’s ability to eliminate waste properly.

Acidic Foods

Proteins contain a variety of acids:

– sulphuric acid

– phosphoric acid

– hydrochloric acid

– nitric acid

– uric acid

These acid-producing foodstuffs form the basis of our nutrition since the amino acids which go to make them up are essential to the proper functioning of the human body. Here again, the important factor is balance. Our bodies need a regular supply of protein, but only in the right amounts. Most people absorb too much protein: about 50 grams (2 ounces) a day is sufficient, although people who engage in strenuous physical activity assimilate proteins better than more sedentary persons, and can therefore absorb a little more.

Amino acids obtained from milk and dairy products (cheese and yoghurt) produce little acidic substances.

Amino acids obtained from animal protein (meat, poultry, fish) contain sulphuric and phosphoric acids, as well as purines which produce uric acid. They are thus highly acidic.

Consuming too much animal protein is often a cause of rheumatism, gout and kidney stones.

Grains produce acids, as do the toxins contained in some alkaloid products like coffee (caffeine), tea (theine) and cocoa (theobromine), all of which are rich in purines and therefore classified as acidifying foods. The same applies to white sugar, refined flour and its derivatives, and refined fats.

Acidifying foods strip your body of minerals. They include:

– peanuts

– asparagus, artichokes, Brussels sprouts

– egg white

– fat broth

– process meats

– liver, kidney, brain and other organs

– refined white flour and derivatives (white bread, pastry, biscuits, etc.)

– strong fermented cheese

– hard fat

– refined oils

– dried legumes (lentils, peas, beans)

– semolina

– white sugar

– tea, alcohol, coffee, chocolate

– meat, fish, poultry, game meat

– pasta

Alkaline Foods

Generally speaking, fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods. Milk is also alkaline if ingested in the form of yogurt or curd (non-ripened cheese).

Because these foods are rich in minerals, they should comprise a major part of your diet.

Potatoes are an excellent alkaline food, especially when steamed. Chestnuts are also recommended as an accompaniment to most vegetables, and especially cabbage.

Here is a list of alkaline-rich foods:

– vegetable broth

– chestnuts

– fruit and fruit juice

– aromatic herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley, oregano)

– egg yolk

– powdered milk

– lacto-fermented milk (fresh)

– unsweetened condensed milk

– vegetable leaves and roots

– vegetable stems (except asparagus)

– onions, garlic

– potatoes

– soybean and derivatives

– yogurt

Important exceptions

Some vegetables, like asparagus, artichokes and Brussels sprouts, are acidifying and should be eaten along with highly alkaline foods like potatoes or chestnuts. They should not be served to persons who are ill.

Dried legumes and seeds are generally acidic, except soybean which is alkaline.

Among oleaginous fruit (nuts) peanuts are highly acidifying because of their uric acid content.

Peanut oil and old or low quality butter are both highly acidifying.

Foods with a good pH balance

Some foods have an almost perfect pH (acid / alkaline) balance:

– fresh, good quality butter

– wholegrains

– sprouted grains

– green beans

– millet and derivatives

– fresh walnuts

– whole rye bread

– whole rye flour pasta

– sweet peas

– unrefined sugar

These foods are very slightly acidic, but constitute an excellent base for a balanced diet. Their acidity can easily be neutralized by using some aromatic herbs and / or virgin oil as seasoning.

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