Advantages and disadvantages of acid-base tables in Basen fasting and basic nutrition

The acid-base balance

How does the acid-base balance work?

Again and again, you hear a lot about the acid-base balance in media. But what is actually behind it? The acid-base balance regulates many processes in your body and ensures that the organs and body fluids can work in an ideal acidic or basic environment. The state of the acid-base balance is constantly changing and a healthy organism is able to keep the acid-base balance in balance despite constant fluctuations.

So it is normal for the stomach to work in acidic areas in order to break down and digest food. Your blood has a slightly basic pH-level of 7.4. However, most of the organs in the human body work best in the basic environment.

As the base household is subject to constant fluctuations, there are, of course, ways to offset these fluctuations. This is done with the help of buffers. These are substances and chemical compounds that can neutralize acids or bases. It is important that the buffered bases and acids in this way can be promptly delivered to their destination or excreted, so that the buffers are free again for new tasks.

What are acid-base tables?

By your food, many new bases and acids are added to your body. During digestion, it is then broken down into its components and absorbed into the blood via the intestine. The acid-base balance must regulatively act by support of the buffers in order to continue to produce a blood pH-level of 7.4.

Important to know - your body can self-form important acids, such as the stomach acid. However, bases must be absorbed through food. As a result, you determine how many bases are available to your body through your diet.

Since most organs work in a basic environment, many bases are beneficial in the diet. Therefore, Basen fasting and the base-rich diet carry this valuable ingredient in their names.

Well, acid-base tables should help us to make an informed decision about which foods are valuable to us by specifying how sour or basic a food is metabolized. It is not about whether bases or acids are included in the food, because even basic foods contain acids. It is much more important whether the organism has bases for other tasks after digestion.

Acids must be neutralized in complicated processes and taken to excrete via respiration, skin and kidney. Too much of a base is less common and can easily be excreted in the urine.

Basen fasting - what is that?

Basen fasting means to avoid all acidifiers in the diet over a limited period of time. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds and sesame seeds, are metabolised basicly and thus play a major role in Basen fasing. On the other hand, meat, fish, milk products, cereals and stimulants, such as coffee, cola and sweets are all acidifiers and therefore taboo.

As a result, the base reserves of the body can be refreshed and any acid excesses are reduced.

But that is not all - also exercise in the fresh air and relaxation are important. Basen fasting is also relaxation for the soul.

You can try Basen fasting in a fasting hotel or at home. The easiest way is to experience Basen fasting is by accompany of an experienced head, as you can then learn valuable tips and tricks for performing at home.

Basic diet - what is that?

Since your body consists of 80% bases and 20% acids, it is in the long run beneficial to eat like that - 80% base and only 20% acid producers. Since there are more bases, it is spoken of base-rich diet. Frequently, however, basic nutrition is also used as a synonym.

With the basic nutrition you orient yourself best at Basen fasting and can simply add some acid producer. You can coose by yourself which u want to take. Some people like fish, other prefer a steak or a hearty lentil soup or cannot do without the morning coffee. There are a lot of possibilities.

Acid-base tables help to understand if many or few acids are formed after digestion. Accordingly, the diet can be adjusted with many balancing bases.

A natural yoghurt is naturally acid-forming. With only 50g of fresh fruit, however, it is slightly basic metabolised. A small steak can be easily balanced with a large portion of vegetables or salad.

What measurement or valuation methods are used for acid-base tables?

Ragnar Berg

The base theory goes back to the Swedish explorer Carl Gustav Ragnar Berg. This devoted his life of exploration of the acid-base household in the beginning of the 20th century. He determined the alleged acid and base content of many foods by analyzing the ashes after combustion.

He equated the presence of cations (positively charged ions) with bases and anions (negatively charged ions) with acids. In addition, he tried to correlate the findings with determined urinary values after eating only plant-based foods or meat, which surprisingly succeeded.

Interestingly, the results of Ragnar Berg and the resulting acid-base tables are quite correct for many foods and comparable to recent results.

Geigy table

In the 1980s, there were the so-called Geigy tables that provided information on the energy balance and nutrition. The publisher of the book was Ciba-Geigy AG back then, better known as Novartis today.

The PRAL formula according to Remer Manz

In 1995, however, there was a new assessment of food according to Remer Manz. The two doctors have made their valuation using the PRAL formula, i.e. based on the potential acid load on the kidneys (potential renal acid load).

On one hand, the formula includes calcium, potassium and magnesium bases - which are the largest base suppliers, but by far not the only ones. On the other hand, protein and phosphorus are contrasted as the largest acid suppliers.

These values are then entered into the PRAL formula and the result indicates how basic or acidic a food is metabolized. A positive value stands for acid metabolism and a negative value for basic foods.

The tables are certainly a good help in the valuation of food, but just looking at the formula indicates even possible sources of error. First at all, an apple consists not only 3 bases and 2 acid suppliers, i.e. the formula cannot take into account all ingredients and therefore has to live with a certain inaccuracy.

Secondly, the ingredients of a certain apple were used for the calculation. This apple has certainly no equivalent, because there are hundreds of different apple varieties, different locations of the apple trees provide a different availability of nutrients in the soil and in storage can quickly lose vitamins and minerals. Thus the determined values can only be a guideline, but never represent the current situation.

What does conventional medicine say to the acid-base balance?

Conventional medicine regards the acid-base balance as a self-contained autonomous process that regulates and balances itself. In their opinion, hyperacidity in the body cannot arise. Any deviation in the blood pH value of 7.4 is an acute metabolic rate and requires immediate treatment.

In some ways, the conventional medicine is right, because the acid-base balance reacts very complex and compensates immediately using the available buffer resulting imbalances. However, the view from my experience is too black and white. For a constant strain on the existing buffer can not be beneficial in the long term for the organism.

Interestingly, for example, patients with renal insufficiency get nutritional suggestions which correspond to the basics of basic nutrition. This is intended to reduce the acidity of the body so that the kidney can fulfill its excretory function.

Why should this diet be only good for patients with renal insufficiency? We can all do something for our own health and preventively prevent possible kidney failure or other diseases by relieving our acid-base balance. That is easy - with basic diet.

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