Acid base nutrition guide
The Alka® acid-base nutrition guide of AlkaVitae® provides information for a healthy acid-base balance based on your daily diet in combination with active de-acidification.
Acidification of the body, muscles and joints is largely caused by a daily surplus of acid-forming foods. After the combustion of acidic foods, acidic waste such as uric acids, lactic acids and acetic acids remain in the body. Since the body cannot discharge of all acids, the excess acids are stored in a solid and liquid form throughout the body.
For maintaining a good acid-base balance based on your daily diet only, it is recommended that it consists of 80% alkaline and 20% acid-forming products. However, in practice it appears that, with our Western diet, we only ingest 30% to 40% alkaline and 60% to 70% acid-forming foods per day.
A healthy functioning body requires sufficient alkaline buffers, which you can rebuild by following the alkaline dietary guidelines. People with acid waste accumulations should eat according to the ratio of at least 80% to 20% (4 alkaline units to 1 acid-forming unit).
Because the body extracts nutrients from the whole range of foods, it is important to eat varied. If you persist a non-diversified diet for a long time, your body will eventually build up a shortage of certain nutrients.
A healthy acid balance, without the risk of exhaustion of important nutrients, can be achieved by maintaining a ratio of 60% alkaline and 40% acid-forming foods, provided that you combine it with daily active de-acidification.
The Alka® products of AlkaVitae® allow you to actively de-acidify on a daily basis.
The products offer the alkaline counterbalance, by which you can enjoy a healthy and varied dietary pattern. Alka® neutralizes acid waste and keeps your acid-base balance in balance.
Tip 1: Eat plenty of vegetables.
Vegetables are very good for the body. They contain many organic vitamins and alkaline minerals. The best method is to steam vegetables al dente and not to prepare them in the microwave.
Tip 2: Keep sugars to a minimum
Sugars, and refined white sugars in particular, are highly acidifying. If you consume too much of them it increases the chance of chronic acidification. You could substitute white sugar with unrefined cane sugar, or with the plant sweetener Stevia.
Tip 3: Fruit in moderation
Fruit contains many healthy foodstuffs like vitamins, minerals and fiber, but also a lot of fructose which can form acid too. Two pieces of fruit a day is still a sensible guideline!
Tip 4: Meat and fish in moderation
Meat, and red meat in particular, contains a large amount of purines. This is a substance that releases uric acid. Excess uric acid can ultimately lead to joint problems amongst other things. Fish contains a lot of purines too, meaning it also has an acidifying effect. Fish does, however, also contain lots of good, essential fish oils. As long as you are actively alkalizing on a daily basis, then it is a great idea to have fish once or twice a week!
Tip 5: Avoid soft drinks and sweetened packaged fruit juices
Soft drinks contain enormous quantities of sugar. A bottle of cola or orange soda contains on average 33% sugar! And “diet” soft drinks containing artificial sweeteners are also extremely acidic for the body. In addition, by taking soft drinks the body is burdened by carbonic acid which is added for the “sparkling bubbles”. Packaged fruit juices are highly acidic because of the way they are produced. It is better to stick to occasional hand-squeezed fruit juices, with all their organic vitamins, minerals and fructose.