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|The Impact of Acidosis on Your Organs|
|Tuesday, 29 September 2009 19:14|
For the majority of persons, the consumption of processed foods such as protein, sugar, processed foods, cereals, starches, and caffeine, along with leading a stressful life, can create high acidity levels in the blood.
Acidity and alkalinity are expressed on the pH scale, which ranges from 0 (strongly acidic) to 14 (strongly basic, or alkaline). A pH of 7.0, in the middle of this scale, is neutral. Blood is normally slightly basic, with a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. To function properly, the body maintains the pH of blood close to 7.40.
Acidic pH can also result from emotional stress, immune reactions, acid-forming diets, toxic overload or other processes that deprives the body's cells of oxygen and essential nutrients. The body aims to compensate for this acidic imbalance by using alkaline minerals, storing water and building up fat in the arteries (cholesterol), as protection from Acidosis - where the blood has too much acid.
Acidosis is believed to be the basic foundation of all disease. We need to understand the simple process of alkalizing our body and the important role a properly alkalized body plays in restoring and maintaining overall health. Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the alkaline and acid levels in our system.
The Impact of Acidosis on Your Organs
Heart - The heart is one of the most alkaline-dependent organs. Correct heartbeat is altered by acid wastes. An alkaline system creates an ideal heart function.
Stomach - Digestive difficulties may indicate production of acid residue in the system. Symptoms are belching, bloating, not eliminated intestinal gas, regurgitation, hiccups, lack or limitation of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and colic in children.
Liver - One of the liver’s main functions – in over three hundred - is processing acid toxins, and producing alkaline enzymes, as your first line of defense against poisons. Nourishment from the gastrointestinal tract enters the blood via the liver. The load on the liver is much heavier when acid waste products are constantly floating in the blood.
Pancreas - The pancreas is highly dependent on a correct alkaline diet. To have proper blood sugar balance, you must maintain a primarily alkaline-forming diet.
Kidneys - Kidneys keep the blood alkaline and extract acid. Over-stressed kidneys, with too much acidity, can create kidney stones. These are composed of waste acid cells and mineral salts that become gummed together into a waste acid substance.
Colon - It’s important to keep the colon clean of accumulated acid wastes. These toxins can collect on the colon walls and harden in cases of diarrhea or constipation. They can sometimes get reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
Lymphatic System - Lymph fluid carries nutrition to the cells and removes acid waste products. It flows best in an alkaline environment. In an overly acidic body it slows down, creating chronic, long-term, life-threatening conditions. Hindered lymph flow increases tissue acid storage. Not drinking enough purified water will also slow the lymph. Improperly digested waste products are reabsorbed via the lymphatic ducts of the small intestine.
Negative Emotions Trigger Acidity - Have you ever been so upset that you get an upset stomach? All negative emotions create an acidic environment. Does “you’re letting your problems eat away at you” sound familiar?
Fear - is the underlying cause of most diseases. It’s detrimental to your life and your health. It causes anger and anger causes hate, which can consume you with relentless suffering. Love and understanding cleanse the body and heal it, creating an alkaline environment inside.
Food Combining - Is key to creating an alkaline environment. Proper food combination can reduce putrefaction, therefore acidity and create a more alkaline condition.
Alkaline Diet - For most people the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing and 25 percent acidifying. Scientists have discovered that the body fluids of healthy people are alkaline (high pH) whereas the body fluids of sick people are acidic (low pH). Balancing the pH is a major step towards well-being and greater health.
Acidic imbalance reduces the body's capacity to absorb minerals and nutrients. It reduces energy production in the cells, slowing down cell repair. It impairs the body's ability to detoxify heavy metals, making it more susceptible to fatigue and illness and ultimately disease. More dangerously, it makes tumor cells thrive. Prolonged time in the acid pH state, or acidosis, can cause rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and cancer.
By restoring alkalinity and neutralizing acid production your body can recover quicker, metabolize faster, reduce food cravings and achieve your optimal health.
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