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Acids and alkalis

Published: 03.10.2017

Since ancient times yogis have distinguished between acidic and alkaline foods. All animal products, many grains, especially the refined ones, dried leguminous vegetables and cheeses are considered acidic. Among alkaline foods are vegetables and fruits, nuts (except for peanuts), greens, milk, sour milk, yoghurt and etc.

There is a reason for such division. Depending on its content food can influence the acidity of our blood. The German scientist R. Berg was the first European to notice that tendency one hundred years ago. He proved that it is optimal for an organism to maintain alkaline environment, which can be achieved by consuming the corresponding products.

Yogis recommend eating at least two portions of alkaline food for each portion of acidic food consumed during a day. Almost all dietitians agree with them on this matter. According to the data received in our Institute of Nutrition, the amount of alkaline foods in your diet should exceed the amount of acidifying foods around three times.

With that in mind, what do we see in real life? “Most people, since early childhood, maintain a predominantly acid-forming diet. Acidic products lead to self-intoxication by forming toxic materials in your body, which may cause diseases, suffering and ageing” (P. Bragg Miracle of fasting).

Thus, let’s remember the following: an alkaline internal environment is characteristic of healthy people; it ensures the effectiveness of all vital processes, lowers the need for proteins, gives energy and longevity. Protracted acidification of the organism leads to diseases and untimely ageing. The table below contains the data collected by N.W. Walker and R.D. Pope (E. Litvina, Three Benefits) that helps evaluating the impact of different foods on the acid–base homeostasis.

Table. Acidifying and alkalizing foods 0 – weak acidizing or alkalizing effect; 00 – average; 000 – strong; 0000 – very strong.

However, that does not mean that you should eat only alkaline-forming products. The extremes are always harmful. According to some data, excessively long alkalosis condition is one of the main factors causing cancer. That is why it is probably better to maintain a varied diet, and just make sure that alkaline food is predominant in it.

Text: from the book A.Eddar “Treatise of nutrition”. Interpreter: Liza Dukhova


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