10 Reasons To Avoid
- Corrodes Arteries,
Veins and Heart Tissues
Like acid eating into marble, acidosis erodes and eats into cell
wall membranes of the heart, arteries and veins, weakening
cardiovascular structures and inter connective tissues.
Free-Radical Damage and Premature Aging
Acidosis causes partial lipid breakdown and destructive oxidative
cascades. This accelerates Free Radical Damage of cell walls and
intracellular membrane structures, which then unravel, killing cells
in the process. Acidosis is thus thought to be the first step
toward premature aging, accelerating oxidative cascades of cell wall
destruction, creating wrinkling, age spots, dysfunctional
hormonal systems, interfering with eyesight, memory, and a host of
other age-related phenomena.
Weight Gain, Diabetes and
An acid pH has considerable influence over the majority of weight
problems, including Diabetes and
Obesity. It seems that a habitually acid pH can directly
cause immediate weight gain. Here's what happens when a system is
too acid. A condition known as Insulin Sensitivity or Syndrome X
results, which forces too much insulin to be produced, and the body
is flooded with insulin so that it won't waste any calories, it
diligently converts every calorie it can into fat.
It is thought that an acid
signals the powerful genetic response to an impending famine,
directly interacting with the all important and very sensitive,
Insulin- Glucagons Axis. This makes the body produce more insulin
than usual, and in turn, produce more fat and store it. In general,
the more insulin is available to the body, the higher the
probability that fat will be produced and stored, rather than used
and burned as energy.
Thus, an acid pH will probably alert the genetic response to famine,
directing more insulin to be produced and storing more fat than
usual. Conversely, a healthy, slightly
alkaline pH, will be
more likely to yield normal fat burning metabolic activity, making
no demands on the body to overly produce insulin and make fat,
allowing fat-weight to be burned and naturally lost. And, with a
healthy pH, there's less likely to be any yo-yo effect, or
rebounding from a diet with additional weight gain. As long as
nutritional stores are maintained, a healthy, slightly alkaline pH
allows fat to burn normally for energy, rather than being hoarded
under the mistaken biochemical belief of an impending famine.
With increased pressure to produce insulin under the worst
conditions, beta cells lose phase with one another, cellular
communication is thwarted and the Immune System begins to
over-respond. Stress within the cells increases, making it difficult
for them to perform adequately, and further, survive. In a very real
sense, they simply burn out! Acidosis is thus thought an important
yet often underestimated precursor to
Interestingly, before the advent of synthetic insulin, diabetes was
treated historically by buffering the system with base or alkaline
Cholesterol Plaque to Form
LDL-Cholesterol is laid down at an accelerated rate within an acid
chemical environment of the cardiovascular system, inappropriately
lining the vascular network, and clogging up the works! The
amount of cholesterol in the diet has not been found to be a major
factor in cholesterol plaque formation. Rather, pH status
appears to be the factor more directly involved, binding cholesterol
with heavy metals and other cellular debris.
- Disrupts Blood Pressure
With acidosis, (pH<7.20) arteries become dilated. Yet, severe
lowering of blood pH also causes persistent venous vasoconstriction
(a disease in the caliber of blood vessels). When this happens,
peripheral blood is shifted more centrally: the more acidic the
patient, the greater the fractional redistribution of blood to the
central vessels. This central redistribution of blood adds to the
heart's workload when
its contractibility is compromised.
- Disrupts Critical
Lipid and Fatty Acid Metabolism
Acidosis disrupts general lipid and fatty acid metabolism within the
body. Fatty acids are intimately involved in nerve and brain
function. When fatty acid metabolism is disturbed, neurological
problems may arise including Multiple Sclerosis, Macular
Degeneration and others, as well as problems with hormonal balance
within the endocrine system.
- Inhibits Metabolism of
Stored Energy Reserves
An acid pH inhibits efficient cellular and body metabolism. Acidosis
causes chemical ionic disturbances, interfering with cellular
communications and functions. Acidosis reduces Ca (calcium) binding
of plasma proteins, reducing the effectiveness of this intracellular
signal. Acidosis also leads to a disease of calcium cations
(positive Ca) entry through positive Ca channels, resulting in
reduction of cardiac contractibility, or the ability of the heart to
pump efficiently and rhythmically.
Also, positive Ca and positive H (Hydrogen) regulate the activity of
intracellular proteins and are driven out of cells, because of the
"Sodium-Potassium pump" (Na-K pump), which provides a strong
incentive for sodium to be driven into cells. There are some 10
times the amount of positive Na in extra cellular fluids than in
cells. The Sodium-Potassium pump regulates the amount of sodium and
potassium each cell in the body stores, and uses up as much as 25%
of our caloric input per day to run. Positive Ca exchanges the
positive Na, being forced out of cells, but naturally, the
electrochemical gradient for positive Ca favours both positive H and
positive Ca entry into cells, as there is less calcium and positive
H in cells than in the extra cellular fluids.
Therefore, in acid solutions, less sodium will be present, slowing
down the processing and induction of nutritional items going into
cells. (Calcium may become inordinately leached from bone mass,
causing osteoporosis.) An acid pH drains us of energy and disallows
stored energy reserves to be used. Furthermore calcium may become
inordinately leached from bone mass, causing osteoporosis.
- Inhibits Cellular
Regeneration & DNA-RNA Synthesis
For DNA-RNA synthesis and healthy cell proliferation to occur, cell
pH must not be acidic. However, cancerous cells grow
well in acidic mediums; therefore an acid pH actually accelerates
and increases the possibility of cellular mutations (Cancer).
CANCEROUS CELLS DO NOT
CONTAIN HYDROGEN ATOMS. WHEN HEALTHY CELLS HAVE PLENTY OF
HYDROGEN THEY CANNOT BECOME CANCEROUS. IF WE CAN GET HYDROGEN INTO
ANY UNHEALTHY CELLS, THEY CAN HEAL.
- Inhibits Oxygen
Getting to the Tissue
Acidosis or an acid pH decreases the amount of oxygen that can be
delivered to cells, making normally healthy cells unhealthy so
eventually they die.
- Inhibits Life Giving
Life-essential functions, like electrolyte Potassium (K plus)
and Sodium (Na plus) channels, are inactivated by acidosis.
This has far reaching effects cardiovascular, since without
sufficient electrolyte management, heart attacks are likely to
occur. Without appropriate electrolyte management, our heart
literally stops beating. Inhibition of electrolyte activity also
affects the way we feel and behave, and is intimately involved in
the energy levels we experience, because of the nature of the Na-K
Pump and cellular metabolism.