This will prevent you from getting sick.

Do you suffer from obesity, rheumatism or sleep disorders? This could be caused by an imbalance in the body’s acid-base balance. What diet can you use to counteract this.

Basic food is in fashion. This is based on the thesis that the body is “over-acidified” by too many acid-producing components in the daily diet and thus the immune system is weakened. This in turn increases the risk of chronic diseases such as rheumatism, osteoarthritissleep and digestive disorders.

An alkaline diet aims to prevent such excessive acidification of the body. Therefore, nutritionists recommend eating about 80 percent alkaline foods and 20 percent acid foods. We clarify what foods are suitable for it.

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Exactly how the acid-base balance works read here.

What are alkaline foods?

A food that has a high proportion of basic minerals, especially potassium, magnesium and calcium, and only a small proportion of protein is usually metabolized in the body and is therefore a staple food.

This essentially applies to fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, potatoes, nuts, herbs and mushrooms. Alkaline foods are divided into strongly alkaline foods and medium to weakly alkaline foods.

A golden rule: All plant foods are alkaline.

What are acidic foods?

Acidic foods are essentially products of animal origin such as milk, meat, fish, eggs, but also cereals, coffee, alcohol and sweets. Additives, like those found in highly processed foods, also have an acidic effect on the body.

The difference between acidic and alkaline foods reduces their mineral content. If a food contains many minerals, it is alkaline. A food low in minerals is acidic. Protein content also distinguishes acidic from alkaline foods. Protein-rich foods are more acidic in the body.

This fruit has a strong alkaline effect.

  • Grapes
  • pineapple
  • nectarines
  • apples
  • Berry
  • pears

What vegetables are strongly alkaline?

  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • raw tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • spinach
  • celery
  • dark leafy salads (for example, arugula)
  • green beans
  • cauliflower
  • beet

Information: A specific recommendation from the German Nutrition Society (DGE) is to eat five servings of vegetables and fruit per day and not to eat more than 300 to 600 grams of meat and meat products per week.

These herbs, mushrooms and nuts are alkaline

  • basil, mint, cinnamon
  • Mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shiitake
  • Almonds, chestnuts, walnuts

Some beverages also have an alkaline effect

  • Water
  • herbal and fruit teas without sugar
  • Vegetable juices without added sugar
  • Fruit smoothies with no added sugar

Alkaline nutrition: what does the science say?

The alkaline diet comes from alternative medicine and has been used since the beginning of the 20th century. Scientifically oriented medicine is reacting cautiously: many doctors believe that acidification of the body has not been scientifically proven.

And, in fact, only a few scientific studies have examined the effect of food on acid-base balance. However, their findings are: A diet with alkaline foods has many health benefits. There is evidence that an alkaline diet has a positive effect on bone density, counteracts muscle breakdown and also offers benefits for other conditions such as chronic back pain. However, many questions remain open and more research is needed to clarify them.

Alkaline fasting is not recommended.

From a medical point of view, a long-term lifestyle based on the acid-base concept is not recommended. Above all, the so-called alkaline fast should only be done under medical supervision.

According to the DGE, the basic nutritional concept is more of a diet than a healthy lifestyle. If you decide to eat according to the acid-base plan, you should first consult your family doctor.

Important note: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized physicians. The content of t-online cannot and should not be used to make diagnoses or initiate treatment independently.


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