In recent years, researchers are working on a new track that could explain the rise of the ‘modern’ our diet-related diseases: acid-base balance.
This balance, which is essential to the proper functioning of the body, would have been broken long ago with the advent of the modern diet.
Do you know the history of omega-3? 100 000 Years ago, as hunter-gatherers we ate as much omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6, and according to recent studies maybe even a little more. An ideal ratio for our body. Then agriculture and livestock arrived. And the food industry was born. Then our food evolved. Less fish, less nuts, dry fruit less. Therefore less omega-3. And at the same time more cereals and animals fed with these cereals, more fats and oils rich in omega-6 as sunflower oil so more omega-6. Result: of a 1: 1 omega-6/omega-3 ratio we have moved to a 15: 1 ratio! With the consequences we know now: cardiac mortality, mood disorders, asthma, inflammatory diseases.
And do you know that of the acid-base balance? It is somewhat the same story. The menu of our Homo sapiens by the beautiful part to plant brought him minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium. Our plates are now topped with meat and cereals with a good dose of salt (sodium chloride). This diet rich in animal protein and chloride has a major drawback: it is acidification!
Too acidifying menus
To function properly, our body must lie within an area of pH balanced. If the pH is too low, so too acidic (usually below), you suffer from a disease called chronic acidosis multiple potential consequences. What is the relationship with the menu of our Homo sapiens? A very close relationship: the acidity of our body depends on what we eat. Minerals can be classified into two categories according to their effect on the pH of the body. In the group of ‘acidifying’ minerals, are chlorine, sulfur and phosphorus. In the group of minerals: magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. The significant change that has occurred in our plates within 100,000 years preceding us has tipped the balance of consumption of basic minerals to a high consumption of acidic minerals.
Professor Anthony Sebastian Professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco rated the Pral (see box) index of the diet of our ancestors and compared it to that of the modern diet. From an average of – 88 mEq / day, or a very basic diet, we moved on to an average of + 48 mEq/day. Our society is immersed in chronic acidosis.
You salt your food? The chloride salt can acidify your body. You eat meat every day? Animal proteins provide sulfur amino acids. This sulphur joined chlorine to contribute to further lower your pH. You exit the fruits and vegetables? Damage, they are, with certain mineral waters, food the more rich in minerals are.
Health in danger
What consequences for your health? Researchers continue to explore this relationship between the acid-base imbalance and modern diseases. They already suspect the acidity to promote muscle wasting, kidney stones and high blood pressure. But above all it is now a very serious to explain the outbreak of osteoporosis. Why?
Because our bodies cannot function in an acidic environment. If our food does bring him enough basic elements, it will have to find a way to redress the balance. How? Fetching the mineral substances in its reserves in the first rank of which: our bones. These contain some citrates and some bicarbonates, known for their buffer effect, meaning that they decrease the acidity of the body back in a normal operating area. The problem: in our bones, these substances are found in the form of citrate calcium or calcium bicarbonate. In drawing these elements, the body ‘pump’ calcium from our bones. Result: bone density may decrease, bones become brittle, it is osteoporosis. This may explain why, in studies, people who eat more animal protein have a greater risk of bone fracture than others, but this hypothesis is disputed by some scholars.
Thence to prevent and cure osteoporosis with food basifiants in the spotlight in our food, there is only one step. Already in 2001 the team the researcher Dr. Katherine Tucker in human nutrition at Tuft University of Washington, had shown that people who eat the most fruits, vegetables, magnesium and potassium had a better bone density.
To prevent chronic acidosis and avoid the risk of osteoporosis, more and more specialists recommend to consume a lot of fruit and vegetables, probably more than 8 servings per day. If you drink bottled water, choose a bicarbonate-rich water. Healthlift classified mineral waters sold in France according to their power acidifying and alkalizing. First, in order to optimize the diet and health.