Acidosis is used to describe the abnormal condition that results from an excess of acid within the blood. Why is this important? Dr. Michael Lam, MD, MPH, explains that “one of the key determinants of the speed of aging and onset of degenerative diseases is the internal biochemistry and terrain of the body”. Dr. Marc Cochran adds that “an acid pH (acidosis) is the seed-bed of degenerative diseases”.
What then happens when the body is too acidic? Acidosis will:
- Decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients
- Decrease energy production in the cells
- Decrease the body’s ability to repair damaged cells
- Decrease the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals
- Enable tumor cells to thrive
- Make the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
People who have high acidity levels tend to exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, diarrhea, dilated pupils, extroverted behavior, fatigue in the early morning, headaches, hyperactivity, hyper sexuality, insomnia, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, restless legs, shortness of breath, strong appetite, and high blood pressure. An extended time in the acid pH state (acidosis) can result in rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and most cancers.
In the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Joseph Campbell claims that “excessive consumption of acid producing foods, results in metabolic acidosis.” Unfortunately, what has become the typical American diet (high-fat foods, refined grains, high-sugar foods, processed meat, high-fat dairy products) also produces an excess of acid.
Acid Producing Foods:
Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Poultry, Fish, Grains, Processed flour products, Sugary foods, Cranberry, Pomegranate, Plum, Prune, Tomato, most Legumes, most Grains.
Alkaline Producing Foods:
Kelp, Sea salt, Seaweeds, Parsley, Onion, Miso, Daikon, Sea Vegetables, Burdock root, lotus root, Sweet Potato/Yam, Nectarine, Persimmon, Raspberry, Watermelon, Tangerine, Pineapple
A person with any of the symptoms listed above, in addition to consulting with a physician, may want to emphasize the consumption of alkaline forming foods in the diet, with 60-70% alkaline forming foods, and 30-40% acid forming food by volume. Consuming just alkaline forming food is not the answer, as some acid formation is necessary to generate metabolic activity and maintain proper health.
- pH and Dis-Ease (jenniferbrowne.org)
- Alkaline Diet: A Diet that Helps Prevent Diseases (mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com)
- Dangerous ways acidosis impacts on the body (vanguardngr.com)
- Why Being Alkaline Can Add Years To Your Life (purposegiven.wordpress.com)
- Top 6 Alkaline Foods to Eat Every day for Vibrant Health (worldtruth.tv)
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