For over 100 years, the teachings of Dr Franz Xaver Mayr have formed the basis of one of the most effective European diet and health regimes. Mayr, born in Austria in 1875, pioneered a radical new approach to wellness. One of his pupils, Dr Eric Rauch, opened the first Mayr health clinic in Dellach, Austria. This clinic, The Original F.X. Mayr Health Center, is much admired, much copied, and a source of help to many.
The alkaline cure evolved from research begun by Mayr, and is based on clinical understanding of the effects different foods have on the digestive system. According to the Mayr philosophy, good digestion is the most important factor in determining human health. It is a holistic and preventive approach, not focused on treating any single disease, but on keeping the whole body healthy.
By purchasing pH-testing litmus strips, you can monitor your body’s pH. It will take longer for the alkalising effect of the cure to reach the urine, so you can generally expect a higher alkaline reading from your saliva. However, testing your urine will give you a more accurate reading as it shows how well your kidneys are eliminating acid. The pH range is numbered from 1 to 14. The higher the number, the more alkaline the substance; 7 is neutral; and the lower the number, the higher the acidity. Test yourself daily at home every morning shortly after you wake and before eating. Don’t worry if your initial readings are 6 or below, in the acid range. After two weeks of the cure you will notice a marked improvement.
To enable the body to absorb and utilise nutrients, the digestive system needs to break down foods appropriately. Unhealthy eating habits, such as overeating, impair digestion, which also damages the body’s acid-alkaline balance. If your pH reading is lower than 7, it means your body has excess acid, or acidosis, which occurs when your kidneys and lungs can’t keep your body’s pH in check. Both what you eat and how you eat may cause acidosis. Lifestyle habits are also a factor: stress, lack of sleep, pollution, and over-exercising (which causes lactic acid to form).
In an acidic environment, body cells perform less efficiently and cannot get rid of toxins. Many health problems are caused by acidic environments, including irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, candidiasis, diabetes, and obesity. The single most effective change you can make – and the aim of the alkaline cure – is to increase your intake of alkaline foods so that two-thirds of everything you eat is alkaline and only one-third is acid. All the foods we eat can be classified as either acid-forming or alkaline-forming, meaning the foods release an acid or alkaline residue during the process of digestion (see “Acid vs alkaline”). The strongest acids are found in animal proteins, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, and sugar. The weakest acids are found in vegetable proteins, as present in beans.
While acidosis and its effects – hardening of arteries, clogging of digestive system – may have built up in your body for years, the process is swift to reverse. And the benefits are extraordinary; it will
To increase your alkalinity, we do not suggest eating only alkaline foods. The best balance of foods to aim for is two parts alkaline to a maximum of one part acid. Ideally, this 2:1 ratio should be on your plate at every meal. Realistically, this ratio is what you should bear in mind over the course of your daily and weekly diet. Be mindful, not fanatical. Note that acidic-tasting foods, such as lemon, are not necessarily acid-forming. In fact lemon, once digested, actually has an alkalising effect on the body.
Strongly acid-forming foods
Mildly acid-forming foods