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Acid-base balance – a trigger for obesity?

AUTHOR: SILVIA BÜRKLE – HQ METABOLIC BALANCE

Are you full of energy, in great health, have an altogether positive outlook and enjoy life? Congratulations! That means you’re part of only 10% percent of the population. For most people it’s the opposite: they feel exhausted, are stressed and feel burned out. Many complain of such symptoms as difficulty concentrating, headaches, tension, joint pain, constipation, heartburn, skin impurities, cellulite or obesity – the list is long. All those things have a significant detrimental impact on your overall well-being – and are signs of an acid-base imbalance. All the physical warning signs listed above are an indication that you need to do something to restore that balance.


Nutrition plays a significant role here. For many of us our actual everyday diet is high in calories and acid-forming foods. Excess acid occurs first and foremost when you eat too many acid-forming foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, and not enough fruit and vegetables. Added to this, alcohol and nicotine can further fuel an excess of acid. Another crucial factor is lifestyle – because a lack of exercise and constant stress also contribute to excess acidity.


A good acid-base balance is vital for the most important metabolic processes. Hyperacidity prevents fat from being broken down and burned off – which means, among other things, that an overly acidic diet slowly but steadily leads to weight gain. This is because, when fat is broken down, it produces large quantities of acids that have to be removed by basic minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium and iron). But if these basic minerals are not present in sufficient quantities, the breakdown of fat is restricted. 


To lose weight successfully, you need to keep an eye on your acid-base balance, in other words, make sure you eat in such a way that you not only get all the nutrients you need, but also in balanced ratios. If you do, you’ll keep your fat-burning capacity active.

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