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Excess Acidity health problems

Acidity Health Problems

What happens when the body is too acidic?

Symptoms that may indicate excess body acidity

Health Problems that can result from mild acidosis

What happens when the body is too acidic?

Depletes body's alkaline reserves

The ongoing buffering mechanisms use alkaline mineral bicarbonate and ammonia to correct an overly acidic pH due to strong acid presence. Alkalizing minerals include sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Decreases cellular energy production

Oxygen levels decrease – Partial oxygen pressure (PO2) expresses amount of O2 that can react/combine with hemoglobin to form oxyhemoglobin, the form in which O2 is transported through body. This reaction rate decreases as blood plasma becomes more acidic, which decreases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to cells, and thus decreases cellular energy production.

Cellular Sodium /Potassium Pumps are Compromised - Na+/K+ pumps in the cell membrane are central to cellular energy production of all cells.

–   To function correctly these pumps must maintain the cell membrane potential, by keeping a low sodium / high potassium concentration of ions inside the cell - When hydrogen (H+) ions move into cells to compensate for an overly acidic blood plasma pH, they exchange places with potassium ions inside the cell (to maintain electrical equilibrium inside cell), and thus disturb Na/K pump function. Malfunctioning pumps leave us feeling tired and burning less fat and causes a sodium and calcium buildup within the plasma.

Acid build-up in tissues

Continual acid production can deplete the chemical buffers in the blood plasma, such that a healthy pH can no longer be maintained - To deal with this problem, excess acid is stored in the connective tissue and joints, including ligaments, tendons and muscles. As these acid stores build up, they can cause pain and inflammation in the storage areas.This may manifest as arthritis or fibromyalgia.

Overly Acidic blood plasma is an arterial irritant

(may lead to atherosclerosis)

If blood plasma pH is consistently on the acidic end of the required 7.36 –7.42 range, then the blood plasma's acidity acts as a chemical irritant, slowly “eating away”at the inner linings of the artery, vein and heart -This weakens their structures and sets the stage for the need to lay down arterial plaque to repair the damage.

Accelerates free radical damage

Acidosis causes partial lipid breakdown and destructive oxidative cascades, accelerating free radical damage of cell walls and intracellular membrane structures - Acidosis is a stepping stone towards premature aging, deterioration of eyesight and memory, creating skin wrinkles / age spots, dysfunctional hormonal systems, other age-related phenomena.

More Mucus

Acid-producing foods create mucus, which congests and retards oxygen entry

MORE Chloride Ions

In normal pH, 99% of chloride ions are reabsorbed, less are reabsorbed in acidosis

Symptoms that may indicate excess body acidity

Low energy, chronic fatigue

Excess mucous production

Nasal congestion

Frequent colds/flus and infections

Nervous, stressed, irritable, anxious, agitated

Weak nails, dry hair, dry skin

Formation of cysts, such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts (i.e. fibrocystic breasts)

Headaches

Joint pain or arthritis

Neuritis

Muscle pain

Feeling better after a detoxification diet

Hives

Leg cramps and spasms

Gastritis, acid indigestion (incl. GERD)

Kidney stones (uric acid stones)

Health Problems that can result from mild acidosis

Cardiovascular Damage

Reduction in cardiac muscle contractility

Sympathetic overactivity E.g. tachycardia, vasoconstriction, decreased arrhythmia threshold

Peripheral arteriolar vasodilatation

Vasoconstriction of peripheral veins

Effects of increased potassium on heart

Respiratory Problems

Hyperventilation (as compensatory response)

Decreased affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen (i.e. less oxygen in blood)

Other Health Problems

Increased bone resorption(in chronic acidosis) –bones are broken down and its minerals released

Bladder and kidney conditions E.g. kidney stones

Weight gain, obesity and diabetes

Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia

Gout

Immune deficiency

Low energy and chronic fatigue

Premature aging

Cancer

Osteoporosis

Weight gain, Obesity, Diabetes

Excess acid triggers INSULIN sensitivity - resulting in excess INSULIN production and high blood sugar, with INSULIN promoting fat storage. Also, continual INSULIN production wears out the pancreatic beta cells. Diabetes used to be treated by buffering the system with alkaline-promoting powders.

Fasting or dieting - produces acid that triggers genetic response to starvation, causing INSULIN to flood the body to promote fat storage for future needs.

pH must be balanced to override this fat-storing mechanism, or dieting is to no avail

Bone Disease

(E.g. Osteoporosis. Osteomalacia, rickets)

–    Estimated that at least 40% of the buffering minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, needed for an acute acid load are drawn from bone - This can lead to osteomalacia, osteoporosis, rickets etc.

–   Bones and teeth are made from calcium phosphate

The positively charged H+ ion in acid saliva will pull the negatively charged phosphate ion out of the tooth - Drink acidic liquids (eg. Apple Cider Vinegar, lemonade) through a straw to minimize contact with the teeth .

Cancer

Cells become cancerous and thrive in an acid pH - Eventually, as oxygen levels continue to decrease, normally aerobic cellular energy production converts to anaerobic fermentation (possibly involves microorganisms, that thrive in lower oxygen environment, entering and hijacking cells), creating lactic acid as a byproduct –making the body even more acidic. Lactic acid is associated with fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, and energy loss.

CANCER

Kidney Stones

Uric acid stones are formed in overly-acidic conditions - composed of uric acid and crystine. A more alkaline diet would make the urine less acidic.

Kidney Stones

References

http://www.alkalizeforhealth.net/salivaphtest.htm

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