Why our bodies become diseased?
When the body is overly acidic, our bodies may become susceptible to disease. This can happen in three different ways.
- The first is linked to enzyme activity. These are the `little workers’ at the base of all biochemical reactions that take place in our bodies, reactions which need to be performed optimally and which our organs depend upon. Enzymes are pH sensitive hence as overall acidity rises , enzyme activity is disturbed or may even stop altogether. When there is a slowdown of activity , we become susceptible to diseases and if there is complete interruption then the body cannot function properly and dies. Before this, different disturbances settle in and a greater number of enzymes see their activities reduced by acidification of their environment.
- The second way is that excess acid can irritate the organs in which they have contact. This is because acids are neutralized by alkalis , but before doing so in the body they would have irritated organs causing inflammation, sclerosis or tissue lesions. This is especially so with reference to the excretory organs such as the kidneys and skin, whose function it is to remove strong acids from the body. The kidneys would try and remove excess acid via urine , but as this becomes acidic there is the increased tendency of painful urination as the urinary tract burns and inflames(urethritis) or of infection(cystitis). A great deal of eczema , hives, urticaria, itching and redness of the skin is due to excessive acidity of sweat; the most affected areas being those where sweat is stagnant such as folds of the skin, behind the knees, armpits, under jewellery or beneath babies’ nappies. Excess acid intake can also cause intestinal problems ( colitis, enteritis), joint pain(arthritis) and Nerve pain( neuritis). As these tissues are weakened by acidity , a bacterial or viral infection may exacerbate the disturbance as the mucosal lesions(tissues with a mucosa covering) e.g linings of the lungs would allow microbes to easily penetrate the tissue and multiply. This would put more pressure on the immune system and if the body is being made constantly acidic, could even lead to a weakened immune system.
- Finally, the third effect of excess acid intake is that will inevitably demineralize the body as to neutralize the acid you would need to use the basic minerals found in all tissues. By using these minerals up, you then weaken the tissues of the organs, harming the organs and consequently the body. The most well known consequence of demineralization is that on the skeleton and teeth. The bones are calcified and lose their strength and flexibility fracturing with great ease, they lose density (osteoporosis), joints become inflamed (rheumatism) , and the vertebrae becomes weaker and deformed putting pressure on the spinal cord leading to sciatic pain etc. Teeth are also weakened due to demineralization , and so will become increasingly sensitive to cold or hot foods, leading to wearing away of the enamel or cavities.
Acids do not appear spontaneously in us and have a well –defined origin, they are a consequence of what we eat, drink or take(medications,drugs,etc). Some acids are already partly formed and contained in foods, such as lemon, so providing the acidic taste. Other acids are formed during metabolic processes and can be a consequence of the degradation of proteins(e.g. phosphoric acid, uric acid), fats(e.g fatty acids) or carbohydrates (e.g pyruvic acid, succinic acid) to name a few. So foods that inherently do not have an acidic taste may breakdown into an acidic form as it is metabolised. Therefore the analysis of the type of food a person ingests will provide an indication to the ratio of alkaline to acidic foods that they consume. If alkaline is above acid intake, the body does not run the risk of losing their acid-alkaline balance. On the otherhand, when there is a higher acidic food intake , the acid-alkaline balance is seriously compromised and the body is not helped by food intake but hindered from restoring balance. The individual should then seek to re-establish this equilibrium either by altering his/her lifestyle or the body will do so as best it can using its own regulatory processes, and with the consequences that follow.
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Rules for eating in acid-base balance
The four main rules
Rule 1 • A meal should never consist of only acidifying foods and should always contain alkali elements.
Rule 2 • In the same meal, the amount of alkalizing food must be greater than the acidifying food.
Rule 3 • The ratio of alkalizing food will need to be greater when acidification is most pronounced or when the person is metabolically weak in dealing with acids
Rule 4 • A system composed exclusively of alkaline foods is possible but only for a limited time-period (1-2 weeks)
The four additional rules
Rule 1 • A meal should never be made up of only acidic foods, alkaline elements should always be included
Rule 2 • The amounts of acidifying foods must be adapted to the metabolic capacities of the individual.
Rule 3 • Acidic foods should not be eaten too often.
Rule 4 • Acidic foods should be consumed when the body is ready to receive them.