An Introduction to Acid-Base Balance in the BodyHealing and maintaining health depends to a large degree on restoring or maintaining the Acid-Base balance in body fluids and cell tissue. If the body is too alkaline the result is Alkalosis which affects the nervous system leading to hyperventilation and seizures. If the body is too acidic the result is Acidosis.
Alkalosis occurs when the blood's pH level is between 7.45 and 8.0 on the pH scale.
Symptoms of Alkalosis may include:
Acidosis (over-acidification) occurs when the blood's pH level is between 7.35 and 6.8 on the pH scale.
Symptoms of Acidosis may include:
The body allows only a small margin of error in keeping the Acid-Base balance. For blood, a pH level of 7.37 is considered ideal. When tested, however, most people show some degree of over-acidification or acidosis.
Numerous diseases require an acidic environment to thrive, including Fungal infections (overgrowth) and Cancer.
In some cases of acidosis, the body is forced to remove Calcium from the hair, teeth and bones in order to neutralize acids. Therefore, prolonged acidosis can be a direct cause for loss of bone mass which may lead to Osteoporosis. People who drink a rather unrestricted supply of soft drinks may receive a high amount of phosphoric acid which is known to interfere with the balance of calcium and phosphate, reducing the amount of calcium available for building bone mass. Additionally, certain foods that supply calcium (such as cheese, milk, fish and eggs) are known to be acid-forming and therefore need to be balanced with large amounts of vegetables that are acid-reducing. (Reference: Thomas Klein. Osteoporose: Die folgenschweren Irrtümer der Osteoporose-Medizin. 2006.)
In addition to Calcium other minerals which help neutralize acidity include Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium (not to be confused with Salt, which is Sodium Chloride). Proper oxygenation and good kidney function also help with regulating the body's acid-base balance.
Cancer and pH-levelsIn Cancer we find Acidosis in affected Cells and Tissue and Alkalosis in the Blood. Alkalosis in the blood is a sign that the body is trying to neutralize the acidic environment caused by cancerous cells. Oncologists may see alkalosis of the blood as an indication that Cancer may be present. (Thomas Krois, Dr., "Heilungschancen bei Krebs: Wegweiser im Krankheitsfall", 2005: 117.)
For more information on maintaing Acid-Base balance, pH testing, and for a list of Alkaline and Acid forming foods, please see our Nutrition Software for PC and Nutrition eBook (Kindle edition). For additional information on possible connections between acidity, food, and cancer, please see our Cancer Educational Software.
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