Alkaline – acidic balance in an organism
- Category: Food and nutrition
Health and diseases in the human body depend on biological – physiological – chemical balances which play a significant role in regulative mechanism of all bodily functions. When these functions are disrupted, they are measured as changes that can give us "signal" that we have entered into a phase of the disease which can also be noticed by shift into acid state. Success of any therapy is that much bigger if the body is helped to release acids, which includes changes in living habits and taking foodstuffs that give necessary alkalinity to the organism.
Acid and alkaline balance in an organism is of extreme importance for our health. There is no organ or individual cell in our body that cannot be damaged or destroyed because of increased acidity. However, in our organism there is self-regulation in the blood that tries to keep permanent concentration of acidity at pH 7.4. But with the way of living and bad eating habits we can increase the acidity. In that case, surplus of acid is stored in our body which is manifested by ache in connective tissue that is coming out from clusters of salt. These are already signs of chronical damage and already causes of many health problems. According to investigations, excessive alkalinity in the blood prevents formation and maturation of already existing cancer. Investigations are showing that cancer cannot grow in alkali environment, but only in acid, so blood pH should be higher. 7.0 pH is neutral, and our body is slightly alkaline with pH of 7.4. Proportion of healthy people for avoiding any disease state in the body should be 75% of "alkaline food" and 25% of "acid food" during the day. Because of this, it is crucial to know our food ingredients, and that with the change of diet we can help out body do maintain acid – alkaline balance.
Balance of acids and alkali
Vegetative control of cells depends on the balance of acids and alkali, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes. Constant acid control is of vital importance. Balance between acids and alkali protects us from many diseases of modern civilization...
Today, because of modern lifestyle, most people have too many acids. Consequences of this are hard muscles and unpleasant pains. Causes of this are many but most important are switch of vegetable to protein diet and insufficient movement or in other words lack of physical activity. This is also aided by today denatured food, full of artificial colors and preservatives.
Acidity is one of the today’s most common causes of indigestion. Unbalance in acids and alkali is a common cause of inflammation of gastric mucosa membrane. Experiences tell us that for this counterbalance in meat consumption we should take seven times more vegetables, which is, if we continue to consume foodstuffs in the way we do now, the impossible. For neutralization of excessive acid, organism needs minerals, above all, Potassium and Sodium. At the same time, Calcium, which is deposed in teeth and bones, holds a significant role. Fatigue and insomnia are mostly a reflection of an increase of acids in an organism. In the case of local or overall increase of acid in the body, can cause massive pains.
Unbalance in acids and alkali can be the cause of many health diseases and damages: rheum, osteoporosis, eczema and skin rashes, headaches, common cold and influenza and many other various gastric and intestinal problems. One and most prerequisite for cure of acute and chronical diseases is normalization of balance between acid and alkali.
What can cause an increase in acids in the body?
- Eating too much meat
- Contaminated environment – the air
- Acid rain which then force out minerals in lower levels of soil
- Chopping, processing and cooking of food
- Drinking to low levels of water
- Alcohol, smoking
- Low body activity, stress
- Outside factors that can cause demineralization of organism – high temperatures and too much perspiration
- Taking in medicines – like silicates that are a main compound of all analgesics and pills
Quintessential internal factors that can lead body into acid state:
- Wrong way of eating, fast swallowing with a lot of swallowed the air
- Indigestion, gases
- Chronically kidney problems
- Diabetes mellitus
- Inflammation – increased bodily temperature
- Local oxygen deprivation
- Unbalanced cardiovascular system
Unbalanced acid-alkaline state can cause:
- Disease of locomotor system – painful back, osteoporosis, rheum
- Indigestion – gastritis, intestinal inflammations, cramps, unbalances intestinal flora
- Fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy
- Depressiveness, excessive nervousness
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmia
- Headaches, migraine
- Dental caries
- Kidney unbalances
- Lack of muscle stamina
- Low pain tolerances
In case there is established acidity of your organism, what can you do? Quickly help yourselves by neutralizing acidity. Body reacts in the cold by super production of acids, like with menstruating woman. Sugar is a stealer of alkali because, during the degradation, sugar spends Calcium, so people that take a lot of sugar often have a deficiency of Calcium. Overload of acids, organism neutralizes with minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and others. Imperative role holds Calcium that is stored in teeth and bones. An occurrence of teeth problems and dental caries comes from surplus of acids and defect of alkali.
Digestive system is very complicated mechanism with chain of chemical reactions which are rotating and in which acids hold a crucial role. Acids in organism are taken in by food, but some acids are also produced by liver, spleen and stomach. For proper digestion and good excretion of harmful and undigested compounds without fermentation, gastric and intestinal system must have good balanced pH value. Solution is very straightforward, one must lower intake of acid foodstuffs and an increased intake of alkali. Alkaline foods are preferred by digestion, and a good way, to help, would be to drink alkaline water which is obtained by ionization.
Which food to eat and which to avoid?
|Food that stimulates alkalinity||Food that stimulates acidity|
|All fresh fruits||ALCOHOL!!!|
|All fresh green salads||Barley|
|All sprouts||Black or white pepper|
|All vegetables (cooked or raw)||Bread|
|Almond or sunflower seeds (soaked)||Cake or cookies|
|Apple vinegar||Canned or microwaved fruits
|Corn on cob||Carbonated beverages|
|Dried fruits (unsulphured)||Chocolate|
|Fresh berries||Coffee or caffeine|
|Fresh dried seasoning herbs||Dairy|
|Fresh raw fruit juice||Eggs|
|Fresh raw vegetable juice||Foods cooked with oil|
|Garlic||Grains, except quinoa and millet|
|Goat whey (raw)||Meat, fish, poultry, shellfish|
|Green foods (algae, spirulina, chlorella)||Nicotine|
|Herbal Teas (caffeine free)||Oatmeal|
|Maple syrup, organic||Processed foods + Salt (including Celtic, sea
|Millet||Soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.)|
|Oils: raw or cold pressed avocado, coconut, flaxseed
grapeseed, olive, safflower, saffron, sunflower oils
|Sugar, white and processed|
|Quinoa||Tea, unless caffeine free|
|Sauerkraut (unsalted)||Wheat, all forms|
|Sea vegetables (well rinsed)|
And most important is that laboratory analysis of food intolerance will be a significant step in an advancement of balancing our pH and overall status of our organism. If we leave out from our diet all that is disturbing our enzymatic balance and if we increase intake of WATER, start to work out, learn how to breathe properly (meditation) or if we go to the massage or in detoxification sauna on regular basis, we have done a lot in order for our body to be in FIT state.
With this approach, we will keep high energetic potential, and we will have less and fewer health problems. We will wake up fresh, stress will be something unfamiliar to us, and HEALTH will be on very high level of quality.
- Mirjana Tonković, B. Sc of Biotechnology
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