The Basica® Diet Concept

Acid reduction supports weight loss

“Diet crisis” through highly acidic metabolism

The recipe for effective weight loss is incredibly simple: more exercise and less calories. Yet only a minority of people is able to meet their goals. After a few days, they feel tired and weak and often the so called “diet crisis” occurs: After an initial weight loss, the pointer on the scale continuously stays in the same place. This situation is often due to an acidotic metabolism.

Prevent acidosis during a diet

Acidosis is a typical side effect of dieting. During a diet, the breakdown of body fat results in the release of keto acids which leads to an increase of acid in the body. As a consequence the overload of acid can slow down the breakdown of fat and can impair our energy metabolism. In order to prevent a diet crisis, it is therefore important to ensure that you eat enough alkaline minerals while losing weight so that the body can decompose excessive acid. This supports the desired weight loss and increases energy and wellbeing.

How to recognise acidosis

When, too much acid burdens our metabolism, different health problems can develop. Enzymes -the “tools” of our metabolism- need a certain pH value in order to work perfectly. Excessive acids however decrease the pH value and thus impair enzyme activity. As a consequence, this can slow down the performance of the energy-yielding metabolism. Since this impairs also the energy production in the cells itself, people with chronic acidosis often complain of tiredness and fatigue: They lack drive, are not as fit as usual and find it harder to concentrate. Once they effectively deacidify, they notice that their energy returns.

Which factors play a role in acidosis?

Food rich in protein is acid forming: for example meat, fish, cheese, bread and cereal products. Protein consists of amino acids containing sulphur and phosphate which form acids when broken down. In contrast, fresh fruit, vegetables and salad supply alkaline minerals.

Hardly anyone manages to exercise regularly in their everyday life. However, exercise promotes the excretion of excessive acid via the kidneys and lungs. Therefore, this stabilises the acid-base balance.

Our lives are hectic and stress leads to an increased acid production which can then lead to chronic acidosis.

When on a diet or fasting, the body breaks down its fatty deposits in order to provide the contained energy to the metabolism. This results in the release of keto acids. The acid-base balance is then disrupted, the metabolism and simultaneously the weight loss slow down.

Study confirms: Acid breakdown helps with weight loss

When the body is chronically overacidified, our metabolism is impaired and it is more difficult to break down fat. It has now been now scientifically proven that if the acid-base balance is restored, diets are more successful and the performance increases again.

Fasting and deacidification – the crucial difference

In the placebo-controlled double-blind study, 68 slightly overweight subjects followed a running programme and exercised several times a week for three months. The study investigated how their weight and fitness changed. Half of the group fasted one or two days per week (intermittent fasting). At the same time, participants took Basica® Direct or a placebo.

 

The exercise programme led to all the subjects losing weight. The greatest success was observed in participants who combined regular exercise with a few days of fasting and deacidification with Basica® Direct. With an average weight loss of 8.3 kilos, they lost the most weight and were the fittest. Those who exercised and fasted without deacidification lost only 5.8 kilos weight on average.

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