Basifying your organism is the key word in the acid-base diet. Contemporary food, with its refined foods, saturated and hydrogenated fats, excess sugars and animal proteins, tends to acidify the body. As a result, free radicals swarm through the body, causing fatigue and filling up fat cells. To stop this, restoring the acid-base balance is essential.
The quest for the ideal PH: new version of the slimming cure
The body is “poisoned” by free radicals. It produces some of them, while the others come from food, pollution… The body has efficient systems to neutralize them, but they can quickly be overwhelmed. It must then be detoxified through an acid-base diet. The golden rule: 70% basic food and 30% acidic food.
The PRAL index at the centre of the acid-base diet
Acidic taste has nothing to do with acid PH! The Ph value is determined by the minerals it contains (quantity and quality), the content of citrates and bicarbonates and its protein content (quantity and quality). The Pral index (for “potential renal acid load”) is a value that distinguishes basic foods from acidic foods:
- Basic foods are those foods that are rather rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium: fruits and vegetables. Their PRAL index is negative.
- Acidic foods are foods that are rather rich in chlorine, phosphorus and sulphur: meats, cereals, dairy products. Their PRAL index is positive.
- There are foods that have no influence on the PH. Their PRAL index is 0, like vegetable oils and sugar.
The benefits of the acid-base diet
In addition to repairing your inner PH, the acid-base diet allows you to :
- Lose weight, because digestion is better and the purifying organs are working at full capacity. These are 2 essential factors to regain or maintain a good figure.
- Fill up on minerals and vitamins by increasing your vegetable intake. As a result, there is no fatigue and energy is at the rendezvous. What’s more, the fibre from these plants is filling.
- Fill up on antioxidants: baby’s complexion is guaranteed and his health capital is rejuvenated.
- No phase to respect, let alone a strict phase. You’re right in the thick of it. But that shouldn’t stop you from going gradually. You can opt for a gradual introduction of the main principles.
Tips for success
For this acid-base diet to have beneficial effects, don’t forget to :
- Choose seasonal plants (more loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidant compounds that trap free radicals) and preferably organic (so as not to overload the body with free radicals).
- Remove industrial dishes filled with hidden sugars, fats, salt, additives, preservatives. As a convenience, allow yourself bags of frozen vegetables that you will steam in a few minutes.
- Consume good quality proteins by choosing those with a low PRAL index: some fish such as haddock, milk and yoghurt, tofu. Among meats, value beef, veal, turkey. Always associate your legumes with a cereal product (ideal in terms of PRAL index: lentils or white beans + wholemeal rice).
The limits of the acid-base diet
Be well aware that:
- The PRAL index, which is the reference tool for the acid-base diet, has its limits. It only assumes the citrate and bicarbonate content of the food in relation to its potassium content. Concerning proteins, it takes into account an average content of sulphur amino acids. However, some foods really deviate from this average.
- The budget to follow this diet is quite large, since you have to eat a lot of organic fruit and vegetables.
- There is a risk of muscle wasting and vitamin B12 deficiency, because the consumption of animal proteins is quite low, as milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs and even vegetable proteins (legumes except dried beans, rice, wheat and derived products…) are considered acidifying.
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