Life, Death and Acidosis

Both health and disease begin in our cells. To be healthy, it is necessary to be in a state of acid-alkaline balance. For an example, in order for our cells to function properly, they need to receive nutrients & oxygen and release cellular wastes. Both of these interactions can optimally take place only when our body is slightly alkaline.

Albert Szent-Gyogyi(Nobel Laureate & discoverer of vitamin C) says, ” The body is alkaline by design, but acidic by function.”  In other words, the body’s metabolic processes produce enormous quantities of acid, yet in order for the cells and tissue to do their job properly, they require a slightly alkaline environment. Therefore, the body must neutralize or excrete acid that it produces.

A build up of acid within our body can result in chronic acidosis. It can cause the following conditions.

  1. Loss of calcium in the urine and development of osteoporosis.
  2. Reduced bone formation.
  3. Break down of protein, resulting in the inability to repair cells.
  4. Accelerated aging from accumulated acid waste.
  5. Loss of potassium and magnesium leading to hypertension and pain.
  6. Increased production of free radicals and impaired activity of antioxidants.
  7. Increased risk of kidney stone formation.
  8. Increased fluid retention.
  9. Imbalance of intestinal bacteria with digestive problems.
  10. Growth of yeast and fungi, which thrive in an environment.
  11. Breeding ground for many viruses.
  12. Weakened mental capacity.
  13. Imbalance oral bacteria with increases dental decay and periodontal gum disease.
  14. Fatigue

As the cell becomes acid,  the cell wall hardens. It will not allow oxygen & nutrients into the cell nor will it allow waste products out of the cell. This leads to a weakened cell. In this state, the body is unable to defend itself against potentially harmful pathogens and viruses.

Acidosis creates a fertile ground for inflammation. The corrosive nature of acids can damage tissues and organs. When tissues and organs are chronically exposed to excess acid, they begin to harden or develop lesions to protect itself. They may begin to swell in order to prevent acid from penetrating surrounding tissue. If inflammation persists, it can eventually lead to various diseases including arthritis, bronchitis, eczema, hives, cystitis, colitis, and painful urination.

In order to help buffer excess acid, our body draws upon its alkali minerals(esp calcium, magnesium and potassium) found primary in our bones. Consistent mineral withdrawal can lead to serious disorders such as osteoporosis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, degeneration of disks of the spine, chronic back pain, bleeding gum, dry skin that itches, brittle finger and toenails, and thinning hair.

Certain medication can upset our acid-alkaline balance, such as antibiotics, antihistamines, aspirin, and NSAIDS.

Acid-alkaline imbalance also cause our body’s enzymes to malfunction. Dr. Russell Jaffe estimates a tenfold reduction in enzyme activity when the intracellular pH drops by even a tenth of one pH point.

How can you find out if your body has a balanced pH, or if it has a potentially harmful acidic tilt?

I’ll write about it next…or you can leave your answer in the comment box below.

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