What is Acidosis?
Acidosis is the
outcome when our pH becomes overly acid. The pH balance of our
internal cells and fluids can effect every process in our body. Of
these fluids, the blood is perhaps the most important. In a similar
way that you body will do whatever it takes to regulate your body
temperature, it will also do the same to ensure a slightly alkaline pH
in the blood.
The body will
literally go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure that the blood
retains this pH level, including wreaking havoc on other tissues,
bodily functions and systems (such as digestion, lymph and
considers normal blood pH to be between 7.35 and 7.45. Even very small
changes can be deadly. If the pH drops below 7.2 or goes over 7.6,
you'll probably die quickly.
A pH below 7.35 is
defined as acidosis; over 7.45 means that your body is in alkalosis.
Either one is an indication of severely bad health, but we hear about
acidosis because it's far more common.
Acidosis leads to a
host of chronic disorders, including acne, eczema, cancer,
osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, psoriasis, kidney failure,
fatigue, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, premature aging, and more. In
other words, acidosis is often the underlying problem of most modern
As you're probably aware, a healthy body is
in a state of homeostasis. That is, it's in equilibrium. There are
several balances that must be kept, including magnesium-calcium,
sodium-potassium, and acid-base. The single most important balance—the
one that will cause your body to sacrifice everything else in an
attempt to bring it back into harmony—is acid-base.
This has nothing to
do with the acid in your stomach. You can—in fact, you must—have a
very high level of gastric acid; it needs to be as strong as battery
acid. The acid-base balance that's so critical to life is in your
body's fluids, most obviously the blood. Inadequate gastric acid can,
in fact, lead to acidosis by preventing adequate food absorption.
The Cause of
The primary cause of acidosis is poor diet,
which is, of course, rampant in today's world. Unfortunately, even
many people who think they're eating well suffer from an acid-base
imbalance, resulting in an acidic system: acidosis.
The pH balance is
critical because it's basic to virtually all cellular activity. When
it's off-kilter, primary cellular functions cannot take place.
Hydrogen is a highly reactive atom that's found throughout the human
body. It readily combines with other atoms, and is, therefore, a basic
factor in the chemical reactions of metabolism.
Dr. Young states:
The pH level of our
internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire metabolic
process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic over acidity
corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all
cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to
the neutral firing of your brain. In other words, over acidity
interferes with life itself.
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Balance: The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Yourself!
Restored pH balance can be the solution to these types of conditions:
Colds, Coughs, Flu,
Pneumonia, Joint pain,
Lack of energy, Anxiety,
Stress, PMS, Painful periods,
Bone Loss, Chronic Fatigue,
pH Balance, Weight gain, Hypoglycemia,
Diabetes, Skin problems, Eczema,
Psoriasis, Hives, Rashes, High blood pressure,
Acid Reflux, Indigestion,
Gas, Bloating, Hemorrhoids, Constipation, Diarrhea,
These problems are
often a mix of the stress that the body gets put under because of the
ingestion of acidic foods and effects of the acidic lifestyle and also
a reflection of the body’s effort to rebalance/repair itself. For
instance, when the body becomes overly acidic, in order to retain a
slightly alkaline blood pH the body will leach calcium from wherever
it can take it (usually our bones) and voila – osteoperosis is now
significantly more likely.
However, when the acid
overload gets too much for the body to balance, excess acid is dumped
out into the tissues (to keep it out of the blood). Then the lymphatic
system steps in to remove whatever it can. But this is not the answer
either, as in trying to remove the acid, the lymphatic system puts the
acid waste straight back into the blood. Further, if the lymphatic
system gets overloaded the acid just stays where it is – in our
Another way that
the body tries to rid itself of acids is through the skin – which is
when problems in this area can occur such as eczema, headaches,
cramps, acne, boils, irritation, swelling, inflammation, excess oils,
rosecea and other skin/nail/hair problems.
Once acid wastes
build up in our bloodstream – our circulatory systems will try to get
rid of them through our lungs and kidneys and then excesses are just
dumped into our organs including the heart, liver and colon OR the
acid wastes are left in our fatty tissue in the breasts, hips, thighs,
bellies and worst of all – in our brains. This problem has also been
The single biggest
thing we can do to help our bodies to maintain an alkaline balance is
to feed it with alkaline food and drink and to live an alkaline
producing lifestyle (regular exercise, lots of sunlight, lots of
laughter, lots of water and as little stress as possible!). It
is vital to begin to rebuild mineral reserves through proper nutrition
Recommended supplements to help build
and maintain your mineral reserves:
This is a source of calcium and other minerals in a phosphatic
colloidal form, and is also a rich source of the phosphate anion.
Power Caps - A powerful combination of wheatgrass, barley grass
and beet juice in a capsule.