Minerals and their important role in alkaline nutrition
When you talk about acids or bases, it's usually about the pH value. It is a measure of how acidic or basic a solution is. In the human body, the pH of the blood should be slightly alkaline and is usually between 7.35 and 7.45. When the pH falls below these values and the blood becomes more acidic, the body is said to have hyperacidity or acidosis.
Acidification can occur for various reasons. For example, poor diets with an excess of acidic foods such as meat, sugar and refined carbohydrates can cause the body to become acidic. Chronic stress, too little sleep, unhealthy lifestyle habits and certain medications can also promote acidification.
Acidification can have negative effects on the body as it leads to a shift in the pH value in the blood. This can disrupt various metabolic processes in the body, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, digestive problems and a weakened immune system. Hair loss and brittle nails are also often observed, as they are our body's alkaline depots.
It is therefore important for the whole body to eat a balanced diet with lots of alkaline foods such as fruit and vegetables. A healthy lifestyle in this respect prevents hyperacidity. Minerals play a particularly important role in regulating the acid-base balance in the body. Although they do not directly help neutralize acids in the body, they can still help counteract hyperacidity by helping to regulate the acid-base balance in the body. They can help to increase the pH value in the blood and thus counteract hyperacidity.
The minerals that can help counteract hyperacidity include:
- Manganese is a trace element that is involved in many enzymatic reactions and plays an important role in the formation of bone and cartilage tissue. It may also help increase the body's antioxidant capacity and reduce inflammation. Some studies have shown that manganese can help regulate the pH value in the blood and thus counteract hyperacidity.
- Zinc is an essential trace element that is involved in many enzymatic reactions and plays an important role in supporting the immune system, wound healing and the synthesis of proteins. It can also help reduce inflammation in the body and regulate acid-base balance. Some studies have shown that zinc can promote the excretion of acids by the kidneys, which can help counteract hyperacidity.
- Magnesium is an important mineral that is involved in numerous metabolic processes in the body. It can help neutralize excess acid in the body and increase blood pH.
- Calcium (also known as calcium) is an essential mineral and is needed for healthy bones and teeth. Calcium can also help regulate the acid-base balance in the body and counteract hyperacidity.
- Potassium is an important electrolyte needed for healthy nerve and muscle function. It can also help regulate the pH value in the blood and counteract hyperacidity.
- Sodium is an electrolyte needed for healthy nerve and muscle function. It can also help regulate the pH value in the blood and counteract hyperacidity.
It is important to eat a balanced diet rich in these minerals to counteract acidity. Supplementing these valuable minerals in the form of mineral powders can be particularly helpful in cases of hyperacidity, hair loss, brittle nails or symptoms such as fatigue, headaches or muscle pain and digestive problems. Particularly during spring and natural cures, taking an extra portion of minerals helps to strengthen the cure effect and neutralize acids in the body.
A diet that also contains plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and seeds as well as lean protein can particularly help regulate the acid-base balance in the body and prevent hyperacidity.