Acid-base balance 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.

Acid-base nutrition list

Below you will find an overview of various types of food. They are divided into their alkaline or acidifying effect on the body.

De-acidifying:

Vegetables/Grasses

Wheat grass

Spelt seeds

Alfalfa grass

White cabbage

Raw cereals and legumes

Artichokes

Tubers

Buckwheat

Barley grass

Carrots

Haricot beans

Bean sprouts

Fennel

Lentils

Broccoli

Fresh red beetroot

Lima beans

Butterhead lettuce

Red radish

Horse radish

Soya beans

Cabbage turnip

Summer black radish

Soya curd (tofu)

Cauliflower

Swede

Soya flour

Cayenne pepper

Turnip

Soya lecithin, pure

Celery

Turnip cabbage

Soya shoots

Chives

White radish

Spelt

Comfrey

Fruit

Tofu

Common horsetail

Avocado

Oils

Corn salad

Banana, green

Avocado oil

Couch-grass

Coconut, fresh

Coconut oil

Courgette/Zucchini

Lemon

Linseed oil

Cucumber

Lime

Olive oil

Endive

Morello cherry

Udo’s oil

French string beans

Tomato

Drinks

French string beans

Watermelon

Distilled water

Garlic

Nuts & Seeds

Herbal tea

Green cabbage

Almonds

Tap water

Kamut grass

Brazil nut

Water with Alka® Drops

Leek

Caraway seeds  

Lettuce

Chia seeds  
Onion Cumin seeds  

Peas, fresh

Fennel seeds  

Peas, ripened

Fenugreek seeds  

Potato

Hazelnuts  

Red cabbage

Linseed  

Rhubarb stems

Quinoa seeds  

Rhubarb stems

Raisins  

Savoy cabbage

Sesame seeds  

Spinach

   

Sprouts

   

Watercress

   

Slightly acidifying:

Fruit

 

Apple

Papaya

Apricot

Peach

Banana, ripe

Pear

Berry

Pineapple

Blackcurrant

Plum, yellow

Blueberry

Prune

Cantaloupe melon

Raspberry

Cranberry

Redcurrant

Dates

Rosehips

Figs

Strawberry

Gooseberry, ripe

Sweet cherry

Grape, ripe

Dairy products & fats

Grapefruit

Cream

Kiwi

Ghee butter

Mandarin

Milk

Mango

Yoghurt

Papaya

Orange

Acidifying:

Meat, Poultry & Fish

Peanuts

Artificial

Other

Beef

Pistachio nuts

Sweeteners

Candy/sweets

Chicken

Sunflower seeds

Barley malt syrup

Chocolate

Fresh water fish

Walnuts

Beet sugar

Canned or packages foods

Liver

Fats & Oils

Brown rice syrup

Cigarettes

Offal

Butter

Dried sugar cane

Drugs

Oysters

Cooking liquid

Fructose

Microwave foods

Pork

Corn oil

Honey Pizza

Salt water fish

Margarine

Lactose Cookies

Veal

Sunflower oil

White sugar

Potato chips/crisps

Dairy products & eggs

Other

Drinks Prepared foods

Eggs

Rice, Brown

Beer Processed foods

Hard cheese

Rice, White

Bottled mineral water

 

Soya curd

Wheat

Coffee  
Bread

Sauces

Cola  

Rye bread

Curry

Energy drinks

 

Wheat bread

Ketchup

Fruit juice, fresh

 

White bread

Mayonnaise

Fruit juice, sweetened

 

Wholemeal bread

Molasses

Liqueurs

 

Nuts & Seeds

Mustard

Tea, black

 

Cashew nuts

Sweeteners

Wine  

Dietary Tips

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.

Acid-Alkaline nutrition list
On the next page you will find an overview of the different food types. They have been divided up according to their alkalizing or acidifying effects on the body. The figure shown next to the food is an indication of the extent to which each food has an acid-forming or alkaline-forming effect (i.e. it is not the pH value).

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