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Acid-base balance

Here I give excerpts again on the topic “acid-base and mineral household” by Dr.  Ludwig Jacob.

The Yanomami Indians from northern Brazil are an Amazonian ethnic group, and they are as healthy as any other people in the world. What are they doing differently?
Answer: They move a lot and do not eat industrial food.

The genome of modern man does not differ much from that of his ancestors a few thousand years ago. Consequently, the metabolism of the modern man is calibrated to the diet of that time. Therefore, our metabolism is difficult to handle with industrially produced foods that have been prevalent for about two generations. It is not adjusted to the modern, highly processed diet and acidifies creeping.

Heine (2005) clearly describes that when the buffer systems are overloaded in the blood, non-secreted metabolic end products are stored in the connective tissue network (extracellular matrix). In the state of latent acidification, the acid metabolites can no longer be sufficiently released from the connective tissue and begin to slag this up.

The acidity has the following effects:
– Malfunction and loss of elasticity of the connective tissue
– creeping inflammatory processes
– limited water binding capacity
– Cardiovascular diseases
– Osteoporosis
– Cellulitis
– oxidative stress
– Bone-building osteoblasts are inhibited
– The degradation of the bone substance is promoted
– Hair and nails and teeth are demineralized
– Calcification is encouraged
– Nerve, tendon, muscle and joint pain
– Gastrointestinal mucosal irritations
– constipation
– Immune system disorders such as allergies
– rheumatic diseases
– creeping inflammations
– Rheumatism
– back pain
– Migraines
– A headache
– Latent acidosis often develops in elderly patients
– in severe cases renal insufficiency

The intracellular hyperacidity is unfortunately not measurable.
In permanent hyperacidity, the cells deplete of potassium.
cellular respiration “smothers” of the acids that can not be excreted.
Something similar happens with magnesium.

Degradation of mineral deposits

An adequate intake of basic potassium and magnesium salts causes intracellular deacidification via the same mechanisms.

Only potassium and magnesium possess this property, whereas calcium and sodium salts do not provide this intracellular deacidification. Especially basic potassium and magnesium citrate counteract this process, while potassium and magnesium chloride increase acidosis.
Insulin is necessary for the absorption of potassium into the cell, so taking supplements with potassium and magnesium citrate at the same time as having a meal makes sense.

Prevention starts at the latest from 40

First signs of latent acidosis can be very diverse. It starts with the following signs:
– One often feels irritable, over-tired, over-sensitive
– you get slightly sour – in the truest sense of the word.
– restlessness – impure skin – brittle nails – dull and brittle hair

Serious episodes of chronic acidosis are usually only noticed in old age and treated symptomatically. A healthy acid-base and mineral balance therefore plays a major role in prevention.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to a balanced base and mineral balance at an early stage.

Numerous studies show that the higher base content in plant foods has a positive effect on bone density.

Obviously, a sufficient supply of the appropriate minerals (magnesium from the premenopause, from the menopause also calcium and potassium citrate) with increasing age becomes more important, because a deficiency can be compensated by the hormonal changes less. From the menopause, calcium is increasingly removed from the bone.

It should be noted that postmenopausal women are usually advised to take calcium, while magnesium, the more important mineral, is often under supplemented. Calcium carbonate is taken regularly by millions of people in high doses. However, studies show that high-dose calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by about 30% (Bolland et al., 2010). High calcium intake (> 2 g / d) also increases the risk of aggressive prostate carcinoma by a factor of 2.5, because it delimits tumor cells (Giovannucci et al., 2006). In women, such a relationship is also suspected in relation to breast cancer (Sahmoun and Singh, 2010). Therefore, a calcium supplement should never be given without a strong cause and without a parallel supplementation of magnesium and vitamin D.

Sufficient magnesium support can significantly reduce hot flashes (Park et al., 2011).


Magnesium is generally of particular importance in the aging process, as there is often a deficit in the later stages of life. For example, chronic magnesium deficiency has been associated with the following diseases and clinical symptoms:
Insulin Resistance
Type 2 diabetes,
endothelial dysfunction
Change in fat metabolism
oxidative stress
chronic fatigue
Depression and others

The kidneys

The most important acid excretory organs are the kidneys.
They are heavily polluted by the acids and metabolic toxins such as ammonia – so much so that most people who are not kidney sufferers lose half (!) Of their kidney function in the course of life. With decreasing renal function, the acids are no longer excreted sufficient and damaged the kidneys even more – a vicious circle, which increases increasingly in old age.
In addition, the resulting citrate deficiency in the kidney cells causes the formation of kidney stones. As a protection against kidney stones has been proven for many decades, especially the alkalizing potassium citrate.

Renal failure has become a widespread widespread disease.
Within the last 15 years, the number of dialysis patients in Germany has doubled. And just under 8,000 of the total of 80,000 German dialysis patients are currently lining up for a new life-saving organ. A recent study by American scientists shows that the typical Western diet strongly promotes the functional loss of kidneys in old age: the healthier the study participants were, ie the more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish instead of red meat they ate, the better her kidney function was maintained in old age.

The increase of fixed acids in the blood can
– have effects on the cardiovascular system and cardiac arrhythmia,
– reduced myocardial contraction
– to activate the sympathetic
– as well as the RAAS (renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system) lead.

Cardiac arrhythmias are a complex phenomenon that has many causes. However, latent acidosis and its influence on the membrane potentials are often ignored as a central cause in therapy. The stability and level of myocardial membrane potential has a decisive influence on the regularity of the heartbeat.

The decrease in renal function in old age dramatically increases the risk of metabolic acidosis. In particular, MI patients with impaired renal performance may benefit from the correction of metabolic acidosis present to prevent cardiac arrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation.

Acidosis further promotes coronary, cerebral and peripheral circulatory disorders. The oxygen supply is impaired. The oxygen deficit in the tissue in turn promotes a local acidosis – a vicious circle.

Chronic diseases, stressful living conditions or a low-base diet lead to:
– a permanently increased sympathetic activity
– a latent acidosis,
– an increased release of inflammatory mediators
– exhaustion states
– decreasing kidney function
– a reduced tidal volume
– A reduced sense of thirst, which makes acidification difficult in old age
– decreasing endogenous buffer capacity
– a reduced mental capacity
– Increased intake of medication, which leads to an increased risk of acid attack
– Muscle loss, reduced muscle strength
– limited nerve output
– osteoporotic attacked bones

Elderly people can easily fall and get complicated fractures. Long hospital stays are the result of which patients often do not fully recover.

The many-sided effects of acid pollution meet in later life and can severely limit the quality of life. In extreme cases, this can mean the end of active life.

Acid-base and mineral balance extend the active life in old age

The basic nutrients potassium citrate, calcium citrate and magnesium citrate are optimal building blocks for strong bones and muscles and help older people to stay healthy and active longer. Because the acid-base balance is directly related to the mineral balance.

Blood Pressure:

The more sodium was in the urine of tested subjects, the higher their blood pressure.
This effect intensified with age. The opposite was the case with potassium:
The less potassium people took, the higher their blood pressure.

The blood pressure of the Yanomami Indians was as normal as that of a model patient – whether the subjects were young or old. The reason: the amount of sodium in the urine of the Yanomami was as low as in any other ethnic group. The potassium level, on the other hand, was significantly higher than in most other groups of peoples. In contrast, participants from the industrial nations consumed a particularly high amount of sodium and much less potassium. Accordingly high was the blood pressure of these subjects.

From the mineral supply, however, not only the blood pressure, but also the kidney function depends:
In emerging countries such as Brazil, but also in highly developed industrialized nations like Germany, the number of patients with chronic kidney failure increases dizzily from year to year – among the Yanomami, however, kidney problems are unknown.

The secret of the Indians lies in their prehistoric way of life and nutrition. The Yanomami move much more than an average person of modern society and feed mainly on fruits, leafy vegetables, roots and tubers. However, table salt is completely unknown to Yanomami – they absorb extremely high levels of potassium, magnesium and sodium. This not only keeps blood pressure at a healthy level but also protects bones and kidneys. The Stone Age diet is very similar to the diet of the Yanomami and should have delivered on average 11 g of potassium and only 0.7 g of sodium daily.

At the latest from the middle of life, the daily intake of bases in the form of fruits, vegetables and herbs should be significantly increased. An adequate supply of pure water and herbal teas dilutes the acids during the excretion and keeps the blood circulation going. Acidifiers such as meat, sausage, fish, eggs, cheese and soft drinks should be reduced. Exercise and deep abdominal breathing get the oxygen supply and CO2 disposal going. The profit of a base-conscious way of life and nutrition becomes noticeable especially in the more mature phase of life and can be supported if necessary with suitable base funds.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in organic base formers such as citrates and contain a lot of potassium, low sodium and calcium and magnesium in the ratio of 3: 2. The human organism has been used to this natural mineral spectrum since time immemorial. Today’s diet, however, provides a completely displaced, unnatural mineral ratio with significantly too much sodium and too little potassium. Often, too much calcium is absorbed through supplements and dairy products while magnesium intake is neglected.

“5 a day” only 10%

Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber and a high content of optimally assembled minerals and water. Thus, they not only help to optimize the energy and nutrient balance, but also prevent chronic diseases: The consumption of fruits and vegetables influences physiological processes that can reduce the risk factors of various chronic diseases. Thus, vegetable nutrition improves the lipoprotein profile, lowers homocysteine ​​levels and reduces hypertension and arteriosclerosis. In addition, convincing evidence shows that high fruit and vegetable intake reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. The German Nutrition Society (DGE) therefore recommends taking at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily. That’s about 400 grams of vegetables and 250 grams of fruit (DGE 2010). Nevertheless, the consumption of fruit and vegetables of the German population is far below this recommendation: less than 10% of adults eat five portions of fruit and vegetables daily, as the Robert Koch Institute reports. This puts Germans below the European average (OECD 2).

Industrialized agriculture also influences the composition of unprocessed foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Numerous agronomic studies show significant changes in the mineral content of fruits and vegetables showed a significant decrease of minerals and vitamins by 5 to 40% in the last 50 to 70 years. The decrease in the mineral content of agricultural products also has a negative effect on our base and mineral balance.
A basic diet rich in vitamins and minerals is missing in today’s diet

What is the optimal base agent?

The optimal base supplement only supplements what is missing in the modern diet and is increasingly consumed and excreted in an acidic metabolic situation. These include mostly organic bases in Germany such as citrate, the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium to a healthy extent and in most cases no sodium. An optimal base agent also contains zinc, which is essential for the deacidification enzyme carbonic anhydrase, and vitamin D for calcium and magnesium intake.

These nutrients are vital to our health, as stated by EFSA in its opinion:
Magnesium (energy production, reduction of tiredness, nerves strengthening, healthy psyche, muscles, heart muscle)
Potassium z. For normal blood pressure, muscles and nerves
Zinc z. As for nails, hair, skin, immune system and acid-base balance
Magnesium, calcium and vitamin D for teeth and bones
Citrates should always be the basis of an optimal base powder.

Bicarbonates have many disadvantages: High alkaline base agents such as sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate already react in the stomach, cause unpleasant and damage the intestinal flora. In the long term, they increase the ammonia and acid load.
Sodium bicarbonate (soda) reacts with the hydrochloric acid of the stomach to form saline, which permanently damages the gastric mucosa.

Organic citrates develop their effect only in the citrate cycle of the cell and are therefore very digestive. They act physiologically and can neutralize the resulting metabolic acids in a natural way. They are a natural part of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, citrus fruits, dried apricots, melons, green leafy vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes and legumes, whole grains and yoghurt, in particular, contain a high proportion of potassium citrate.
Inorganic carbonates, on the other hand, do not occur in natural foods.

The central role of liver and intestine

Acid-base and energy balance are strongly influenced by the intestinal environment and liver metabolism. Meat-rich, low-fiber diet and highly alkaline base agents such as soda and calcium carbonate promote a pathological intestinal environment: a decaying flora is gaining the upper hand and increasingly forms liver-contaminating metabolic toxins such as ammonia, which is completely reabsorbed in the alkaline medium as a gas and must be detoxified by the liver.
Ammonia is about 1000 times more toxic than alcohol and blocks the energy metabolism and acid degradation in the liver. The highly potent and constantly accumulating cytotoxin inhibits mitochondrial energy production and cellular respiration and thus promotes permanent mitochondrial dysfunction.
To serve the liver relief
– bitter substances and curcumin (improved bile flow),
Ornithine aspartate (ammonia detoxification),
– zeolite (ammonia discharge),
– dextrorotatory lactic acid (ammonia secretion, formation of anti-cancerous butyrate)
– as well as fiber (ammonia discharge, formation of butyrate).

Lactic acid prebiotics help digestion and metabolism

The energy we need to live is in the diet and is absorbed by the body through the gut. The body transforms this food energy in the cells into a form available to us. Vitality and vitality can only be achieved if both work smoothly


The combination of lactic acid prebiotic and citrate base agent is an acid-base cure modeled on fruits and vegetables. It supports the natural acid-base balance and at the same time relieves bowel and liver metabolism. The lasting basis of a healthy lifestyle is abundant vegetables and fruits (low nutrient and high density of vital substances, high fiber), plenty of fluid (at least 2 liters of water or herbal tea), low sugar, white flour and meat as well as regular exercise and relaxation.

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Säuren werden stets im Körper gebildet. Basen dagegen müssen immer von außen zugeführt werden. Um zu einem Gleichgewicht zu kommen, sollte die Nahrung deshalb überwiegend basenreich sein.


Außerdem enthält der Körper normalerweise 80% Basen und 20% Säuren. Bei einer denaturierten, industriellen Fertigung von Nahrungsmitteln ist es genau umgekehrt.