An alkaline diet prevents some diseases
A balanced acid-base balance protects against coronavirus
As long as there is no vaccine against the COVID-19 disease, the interest of scientists and laypeople is directed to other ways and means to strengthen the body and to arm it against a possible infection with the coronavirus. Not smoking or using the pandemic as an opportunity to quit smoking is such a positive non-drug "anti-risk factor". It is also considered beneficial to do endurance sports on a regular basis, avoid or reduce obesity and strengthen the immune system through a healthy diet. The acid-base balance of the human body is now treated as a further factor. This results from an analysis of the current study situation by the "Institute for Prevention and Nutrition" (IPEV) in Munich.
How a pH above 7.0 works against the coronavirus
According to the IPEV, two scientifically founded conclusions can be drawn from the analysis:
- A basic pH value of over 7 supports the immune system in fighting off coronavirus infections.
- Even after a coronavirus infection, changing the intracellular pH quickly to a basic level can help prevent the virus from multiplying.
"Avoiding acidosis influences coronavirus activity," says Jürgen Vormann, managing director of the IPEV Institute. "An alkaline pH value inhibits both infection and virus replication." If the acid-base balance in the body is in an alkaline environment, this creates good conditions for fending off an infection with the coronavirus and the disease from Covid-19 . In this context, experts describe a metabolic acidosis of the blood and body as "acidosis".
Diet-related acid exposure typical of western countries
Although research into the virus, the disease, drugs and vaccines is in full swing, many questions about the coronavirus remain unanswered. It is known, however, that not everyone is infected. And that about 80 percent of those infected with COVID-19 either go unnoticed or with only mild symptoms. Biochemist Vormann sees a connection between a robust immune system and the potential for infection and disease. "In general, the immune system is able to recognize and eliminate viruses of all kinds," says the head of the IPEV. “In western countries, many people have diet-related acid exposure. We know that the high acid load weakens the immune system. "
In an alkaline environment, the coronavirus survives "only minutes"
According to the IPEV, recently published studies indicate that avoiding acidosis also has a positive effect on corona events. In order to infect a cell, components of the virus membrane must fuse with the membrane of the host cell. According to the studies, this process is significantly influenced by the surrounding acid concentration: an acidic pH value facilitates this process, while a basic pH value has an inhibiting effect. The intracellular multiplication of the coronavirus is also dependent on the prevailing environment. If the pH is raised from the acidic to the basic range, the coronavirus is irreversibly inactivated and only survives for minutes.
Studies from China: Common Acidosis in COVID-19 Patients
According to the Munich-based institute, studies on COVID-19 patients from Wuhan confirmed that this is the city in China in which cases of a then unknown new lung disease appeared for the first time in November of last year, which then became the COVID-19 pandemic the world went. On the one hand, it was shown that in many patients there was metabolic acidosis ("acidosis") of the blood and the body. In another cohort study from China it was found that 30 percent of those who died later had acidosis; but before that, such acidosis was only found in one percent.
Acidification explains high numbers of old COVID-19 patients
"The acidification could also be an explanation for the fact that predominantly elderly or immunosuppressed people fall ill with COVID-19," says Vormann. "Many people have a disturbed acid-base balance, most of them unknowingly." While the metabolism can still cope with an excess of acid at a young age, symptoms such as lack of drive, rapid fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle and joint problems or skin problems often appear in the second half of life on. Jürgen Vormann: "Acidification puts a strain on the immune system."
Acid-base balance: what everyone can do right away
What can individuals do to bring the acid-base balance in the body back into balance? "My recommendation for active immune protection against coronaviruses is to deprive the virus of its feel-good environment, either through an appropriate diet or through quickly effective base preparations that are available in every pharmacy," says Vormann. For years, the nutritionist worked as a basic researcher at the Institute for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin. Today he is an expert in the pathophysiology of minerals, trace elements and vitamins as well as the acid-base balance.
Less meat, cereals and milk - more fruit and vegetables
Through a healthy diet, says Vormann, everyone can easily and directly influence their acid-base balance. Specifically, this means: at least half of the daily food should be basic, i.e. consist of fruit, vegetables and salad. Many dishes that were perceived as “sour” in terms of taste provided plenty of alkaline minerals and therefore counted among the alkalizing agents - for example lemons, grapes and apples or vinegar. On the other hand, acidifiers such as sausage, meat, fish, cereals and dairy products should be reduced.
It was only in May that the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim published a study on the connection between diet and COVID-19. The authors came to the conclusion that patients with malnutrition and malnutrition have a worse prognosis than healthy people during the course of corona disease.
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