Acidosis

What is acidosis?

The Western lifestyle is typified by intense stress, lack of physical activity, environmental pollutants and a diet dominated by acid-producing foods. This creates many imbalances in the body – and one of the most crucial is the disruption of balance between acid and alkaline levels which can lead to a state of acidosis. This is now viewed by many healthcare professionals as laying the foundation for many common ailments as well as degenerative diseases.

Our blood naturally is slightly alkaline. The measure of these levels is the pH scale (which stands for “power of hydrogen”) and it extends from 1 to 14, with 1 at the acidic end and 14 highly alkaline. Neutral is at 7, so keeping blood pH at 7.43 (or a little alkaline) is ideal for body systems to function effectively.

Our body stays healthy and alive because its trillions of cells constantly communicate with each other via chemical, electrical and hormonal processes. These need a slightly alkaline environment in which to function so if the body becomes too acidic, it impacts negatively on the functioning of all its parts. The body is constantly fluctuating between acid and alkaline but when we experience continued reduced alkalinity of our blood and tissues, acidosis results. This can take two forms:

Acute Acidosis

A food or a drink which prompts a feeling of thirst can be thought of as acidic.  Sugar, salt, processed meats, alcohol or caffeine generally makes the body very thirsty. This need for water is significant because it is the medium used by the body to restore the pH balance in the blood via the kidneys. Acute acidosis is a condition which happens periodically in all our lives after, for example,  a very acidic meal, too much alcohol or a stressful episode. But the imbalance can be corrected within a few hours by consuming alkaline foods, releasing the stress and rehydrating with plenty of water.

Chronic acidosis

Long-term or chronic problems arise from the inappropriate management of acute or temporary acidosis. If acute acidosis is not corrected, a residue of acidity remains in the blood, and is then deposited into tissues, joints and ligaments. Inflammation results from this deposition and a deterioration of organs, tissues, joints and blood can set in.

Signs of acidity and acidosis

  • Pain in the body – such as in muscles and joints
  • Inflammatory conditions of the body such as arthritis, rheumatism and neuralgia
  • Poor quality skin, hair and nails
  • Reduced immune response resulting in frequent bouts of viral, fungal or bacterial infections, kidney and gall stones
  • Low vitality and energy
  • Coated tongue and bad Breath
  • Constipation, indigestion, flatulence, bloating of abdomen
  • Foul smelling gas and stools
  • Water retention, swollen legs
  • Gout
  • Lower back ache
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Blood pressure disorders
  • rdiovascular degeneration
  • Depression

Did you know?

Chronic acidosis can be successfully reversed over time.  A change in lifestyle that avoids or reduces the obvious thirst-inducing foods is beneficial – and suitable compounds and herbs can be used for a while to assist the kidneys.

Help from Multiforce Alkaline Powder
A.Vogel Multiforce Alkaline Powder is a combination of minerals, plant calcium and tissue salts that can serve the pH of the blood in the following way:

  • Magnesium Hydrogenium Phosphate acts as a digestive antacid
  • Calcium citrate has phosphate binding properties which results in alkalinity
  • Potassium Bicarbonate has blood alkalising properties and acts on metabolic acidosis
  • Magnesium citrate has a bowel cleansing effect
  • Potassium citrate has a diuretic, urine alkalising effect by combining with calcium and acid in the kidneys to also prevent the formation of kidney stones
  • Dicalciumphosphate 2-Hydrate is an easily absorbed calcium which controls acidity whilst also builds bones, prevents osteoporosis, hypertension and cardiac ailments
  • Plant calcium – Urtica Dioica is a natural kidney remedy to reduce acidity and to cleanse the kidneys
  • Tissue Salts will assist with assimilation of the formula and the absorption of calcium
  • Acerola extract has antioxidant properties, whilst imparting a lovely flavour to the formula

The powder can be used daily as part of a health management programme.  It is safe in pregnancy and during lactation – and has no known drug interactions.

Summary

One can also think of acidity as a form of toxicity which leads to chaos in the cell. That chaos leads to illness because the body thrives on order or homeostasis.

Water is the main role player in reducing acidity.  Without water all the help goes to waste as the fluid medium in which the body reactions needs to happen, is not there.  You will know that you are well hydrated when the urine is clear. So drink about 2 litres of water per day; more when doing sport or on a hot day.

Exercise, deep breathing and weight control all assist to restore the body’s balance in one way or another. A healthy whole food diet is essential to maintain a regulated blood pH.

Helpful dietary changes

Eat plenty of fresh vegetables – especially root vegetables and the pumpkin family – but avoid:
– Half-ripe tomatoes
– Potatoes which have turned green
– Excessive spinach, rhubarb and mushrooms

Take lots of fresh tropical fruit such as mango, guava, paw-paw – and avocado! But go easy on:
– Excess oranges and lemons
– Half-ripe fruit such as bananas

Raw seeds and nuts rather than roasted and salted.
Eat unrefined grains but go easy on wheat products.
Add pulses and beans to the diet, and prepare by soaking overnight.
Include dairy products such as soft white cheese, maas and butter but avoid hard, yellow cheese.
Cut back on wine, coffee, tea, meat protein, sugars and most fats.
Frying and heating of foods is not recommended.

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