Acidosis and how it affects the mind and body
Our body must maintain a slightly alkaline pH level. The blood pH value is 7.4, and the cellular fluid pH value is 7.2 to 7.3. Our cells produce acidic wastes constantly, and the body's chemistry tries to maintain this alkaline pH.
The main cause of acidosis of the blood is a faulty diet, in which too many acid forming foods such as fat and protein have been consumed in the absence of carbohydrates. Another cause is thought to be an age related decline in kidney function. In the normal process of metabolism various acids are formed in the system and in addition, other acids are introduced in food. Whenever there is a substantial increase in the formation of acids in the system and these acids are not properly eliminated through the lungs, perspiration, the kidneys and the bowels, the alkalinity of the blood is reduced, resulting in acidosis.
Brain cells dysfunction when they are too acidic, resulting in an inability to produce the appropriate chemicals and neurotransmitters to communicate with adjacent brain cells. This can result in insomnia, anxiety, depression, neuroses, psychoses and impairment of memory.
Since the brain communicates through the spinal cord and nerves to every cell in the body, every body system can dysfunction if the nervous system has an acid/alkaline imbalance. Also, whenever the alkalinity of the blood is reduced, even slightly, its ability to transport carbon dioxide gets reduced. Acidosis also coagulates the blood, clogs up capillaries and prevents smooth blood circulation.
Acidosis is the breeding ground for many diseases such as, nepthritis, rheumatism, premature old age, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, skin disorders, and various degenerative diseases are traceable to this condition. It seriously interferes with the functions of the glands and organs of the body. Acidic tissues and cells cannot absorb vitamin and mineral supplements well either.
Eating too many acidic foods also causes the body to use up calcium, magnesium and potassium to buffer the body's acidic chemistry. Other things known to cause metabolic acidosis are chronic alcoholism and salicylates.
If you have acidosis and no underlying health issues that could cause it, it's just a simple matter of adjusting your diet in favour of alkali forming foods while avoiding acid forming foods. Supplementing with calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C, B1, B2 and B6, and also ensuring adequate salt (but not excess) in your diet may help.Some symptoms and illnesses associated with mild to severe acidosis
Acne - panic attacks - lack of sex drive - cold hands and feet - food allergies - agitation - bloating - mild headaches - rapid breathing - difficulty arising from sleep - cold sores - depression - hypoglycaemia - migraine headaches - asthma - hives - swelling - fibromyalgia - urinary tract infections - colitis - thinning hair - stuttering - numbness - tingling - fungal infections - Crohn's disease - multiple sclerosis - leukaemia - cancers - Hodgkin's disease - schizophrenia - tuberculosis - lupus - rheumatoid arthritis.
You will find contradictory information from diferrent sources as to which foods are acid or alkali forming; however, as a guide, below is a list of the most commonly agreed upon foods.Acidic foods (moderate to high)
Alcohol - artichoke root - barley - bread - buckwheat - caffeine - coffee - corn - custards - all flour - honey - lentils - millet - oatmeal - rice - rye - soya - spaghetti and other pasta - sugar cane - nuts - wheat - asparagus - dried beans - dried coconut - cranberry juice and concentrate - egg yolk - fruit jellies - sweet grapes - pasteurised milk products - dried peas - butter - cream - margarine - beef - carp - clams - fish - lamb - lobster - mussels - oysters - pork - rabbit - salmon - shrimp - yogurt - scallops - tuna - turkey - venison.
And for the fats and oils; avocado - canola - corn - hemp seed - flax - lard - olive - safflower - sesame and sunflower.Alkaline foods (moderate to high)
Apple - fresh apricot - artichokes - bamboo shoots - bean snap - beans sprouted - most berries - broccoli - brussels sprouts - cabbage - cantaloupe - cauliflower - celery - cherries - chestnuts - chicory - coconut milk - collards - cucumbers - garlic - ginger root - grapefruit - guava - horseradish - kelp - leek - lemon and peel - lettuce - lime - mango - melons - milk - whey - almonds - avocado - yellow speckled banana - fresh beans - carrot - chives - endive - sour grapes - kale - dried peach - pomegranate - plum - spinach - string beans - dates - figs - prunes - raisins.
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