First of all acidosis is a VERY RARE condition. All the hype about acidosis causing a bunch of diseases is nothing but sales hype. The body maintains its pH extremely well except in rare cases such as poisoning, severe COPD or diabetic ketoacidosis:
Unfortunately people buy in to the acidosis myth then really screw themselves up by trying to force their systems in to a dangerous alkaline state, which usually ends up also neutralizing the stomach acid. This leads to even more problems:
If someone wants to become alkaline really quick and see how dangerous it is just hyperventilate for a minute. Not only will this put you in to an alkaline state but you will likely be picking yourself up off the floor. Being too alkaline is just as dangerous as being too acidic, which is why the body has numerous methods to maintaining its pH in the narrow range it can live in. When people try to force their pH one way or the other they just end up putting more stress on the body as the body has to now wok that much harder to get itself back to the proper balance it was at.
As for ulcers they are not caused from excess stomach acid, nor a lack of alkaline reserves. Ulcers can be caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). H. pylori actually secretes alkaline ammonia to protect itself from the stomach acid as it, as with most pathogens, cannot survive in an acidic environment. NSAID induced ulcers stem from the fact that NSAIDs inhibit prostaglandins. One of the prostaglandins produced by the body is required to produce the stomach's protective lining. By inhibiting this prostaglandin the NSAIDs leave the stomach wall prone to damage by the stomach's acid.
Systemic loss of beffering power is a real problem but it is not the same as acidosis.
Also, it is not just hype as you claim.
Actually it is. Do you realize how many different methods the body has to deal with over acidity as well as over alkalinity? And do you realize how many acids are not only essential for our health but also for our existence? But people keep making it sound like acids are the death of us all, which just is not true. And it amazes me how many people promoting this myth don't have a clue what they are talking about. For example I once went to a lecture by this doctor about 15 years ago who was pushing the same message as well as products. He spent 2 hours talking about how lactic acid and oxalic acid were going to kill us with cancer and every other disease known. He even passed out a diet sheet for people to follow. When we had the opportunity to ask questions I asked him about the diet. I said you just spent 2 hours telling us about the dangers of acids including oxalic acid yet your diet recommends kale and spinach. He just said "yes, oxalic acid causes diseases like cancer". So I pointed out to him that kale and spinach are both high in oxalic acid. He just looked at me with a dumbfounded look. Apparently he was also unaware that lactic acid controls pathogens in the body and helps to prevent cancer. So this myth has been circulating for a very long time and keeps getting promoted by people with no clue of how the body works or how disease forms.
You are right to say do not rush. It took me a couple of years to fix my pH. My recipe for alkaline water has been posted several times and it is free and cheap.
There used to be another poster on here who had an alkaline drink that he also claimed was free and cheap, which I find rather funny because it cannot be both. Either it is free or you have to buy ingredients that are cheap. What this poster really failed to tell people was that is was also very dangerous. In fact a number of people wrote to me to ask me advice on what to do when they suffered adverse reactions to the drink. One of the ingredients for the drink was calcium oxide/hydroxide (lime), which happens to be very caustic. In fact all hydroxides (OH) are not only caustic and burn the tissues, but they are also some of the strongest free radicals known. Then there is the problem of elevated serum calcium, which can cause high blood pressure, muscle cramping/spasms, constipation, etc. Another of the ingredients was black strap molasses, which is high in iron. Again iron feeds numerous pathogens and cancer cells. It also acts as a pro-oxidant in excess leading to even more free radical damage. This is why excess iron in the body is so dangerous. And unless you are a menstruating woman or are bleeding internally you have no efficient way of excreting excess iron. There is also the relatively common problem of hemochromotosis in which excess iron builds up in the body and can lead to death if not removed. If that was not enough danger there was also the fact that the drink would neutralize stomach acid, which can lead to a whole host of problems including pathogens entering through the digestive system, nutritional deficiencies, improper digestion of proteins that can lead to allergic reactions and even blood clots, etc.
So you know what is really free, and much safer since it will not cause the problems above? Deep breathing. This blows off carbon dioxide reducing carbonic acid levels.
When I first discovered my problem, my morning usine was below 5.8 and rarely got over 6.2 even after eating an alkaline producing meal. My salivary pH was also low.
My first morning urine is now between 7.0 and 7.2 and my saliva is 7.2. I am visibly healthier.
Neither urine pH nor salivary pH reflect the pH of the blood. Look up the physiology of these two and you will see what I mean. Salivary pH in particular since the pH of the saliva varies even with the types of food you eat. If you want to know what the pH of the blood is then you need a blood draw. And even that can change drastically in a matter of seconds. Again if you want to go really alkaline just hyperventilate for a short time. Not only will your blood be very alkaline, but you will find yourself on the ground as you pass out so the blood will go back to the brain, and you will stop breathing for a short period of time as the body tries to restore that acidity it needs to keep you upright.
The most important thing about restoring proper pH is to eat the right foods, avoid sugars and starches.
And what about all the acids of meat? Lactic acid, uric acid, amino acids, fatty acids..........
The body actually burns sugars for fuel releasing carbon dioxide, which forms carbonic acid that provides several beneficial tasks for the body such as maintaining blood flow to the brain and converting the highly toxic alkaline ammonia in to uric acid. Uric acid by the way happens to be one of the body's primary antioxidants.
This is why I encourage people to learn how the body really works before falling for these types of scams where they can really hurt themselves.
>- Do you realize how many different methods the body has to deal with over acidity as well as over alkalinity?
Yes, those methods also include the dissolving of bones and teeth. And you think that this is a good thing?
That is really a last resort method the body uses. The odds of getting that acidic that the body cannot deal with it through other mechanisms is pretty slim.
>- And do you realize how many acids are not only essential for our health but also for our existence?
Yes, I know the Citric acid cycle along with many others, including the nicotinic acid conversion process. Amazing that effect that 3 grams or even 100 mg of nicotinic acid will have over the short term or long term.
Those are only a few of many. And done't forget our tissues are made up of amino acids and fatty acids and held together with hyaluronic acid, and many of these nutrients needed require hydrochloric acid for absorption. Then we need citric acid, malic acid and pyruvic acid for energy production. The breakdown of the amino acids generates uric acid, which is a primary antioxidant for the body. And glucoronic acid to detoxify the body. Of course we need lactic acid, acetic acid and fatty acids generated by the flora to control Candida and pathogens. And still this is only a partial list.
>- One of the ingredients for the drink was calcium oxide/hydroxide (lime), which happens to be very caustic. In fact all hydroxides (OH)
Lime is very alkaline, but only in concentrated form.
Lime is pure calcium hydroxide so it is concentrated. That is why there are warning labels to not let it contact tissues. Added to water it forms calcium hydroxide, which is what actually causes the burning. By the way hydroxides are still some of the strongest free radicals known.
You ignore the fact the body also uses hydroxides. Calcium hydroxyapetite is what bone is made of.
The presence of a hydroxyl group does not a hydroxide make. For example water contains a hydroxyl group (HOH), but this does not make it a hydroxide. Acetic acid (CH3COOH) as we can see also contains a hydroxl group. But again it is not a hydroxide. Alcohols also contain hydroxyl groups, but they are not hydroxides. Hydroxyapatite also contains a hydroxyl group, but it is not a hydroxide either. This is what really makes me nervous about CZ. Too many people trying to act like chemists that have no idea about chemistry nor the dangers of the chemicals they recommend such as calcium hydroxide.
>- Then there is the problem of elevated serum calcium, which can cause high blood pressure, muscle cramping/spasms, constipation, etc.
That is why it is important to have "optimum levels of vitamin D3". Calcium builds up in the blood, not because of excess calcium, but insufficient vitamin D to transport it to the cells and bones where it can be used.
Wrong again. The most common cause of elevated serum calcium is hyperparathyroidism. Excess phosphate, cancers, electrical shock, etc, can also elevate serum calcium levels. Vitamin D3 can aggravate the problem by increasing intestinal absorption of calcium in these cases.
By the way there are about 2 forms of vitamin D and two forms of D3, inactive and active. Active D3 is not sold on the market, only inactive D3. The kidneys must be functioning properly to make the conversion of the inactive form to the active form.
>- Another of the ingredients was black strap molasses, which is high in iron. Again iron feeds numerous pathogens and cancer cells. It also acts as a pro-oxidant in excess leading to even more free radical damage. This is why excess iron in the body is so dangerous. And unless you are a menstruating woman or are bleeding internally you have no efficient way of excreting excess iron.
Actually, the ancient practice of blood-letting has been revived for this purpose. The Red Cross will gladly help.
Donating blood for transfusions is prohibited with a number of diseases. Hemochromotosis is one of those since some forms of the disease are believed to be viral in origin. But to build up the iron stores just to blood let to remove it makes no sense. That is like saying eat your food then stick your fingers down your throat to purge it if you are diabetic so you don't raise your blood sugar.
And how much oxidative damage will that excess iron do before it is removed? How many dangerous pathogens will have been fed? Or cancer cells? Again, too much iron is dangerous!!!
>- So you know what is really free, and much safer since it will not cause the problems above? Deep breathing. This blows off carbon dioxide reducing carbonic acid levels.
Yes, I agree, but it does not insure sufficient minerals.
I strongly recommend vigerous exercise to promote deep breathing.
And why do we breathe heavy during vigorous exercise? To help the muscles to generate energy and to remove the acidic lactate that will build up. So trying to deep breath through vigorous exercise as a means to alkalinize is contradictory.
>- Neither urine pH nor salivary pH reflect the pH of the blood.
Actually, they do to a limited extent but only after a reasonable period of time has passed since taking in either water or food. Hence, first urine upon rising, taken midstream, will provide a strong indication.
No they don't. It does not matter how long it has been since you ate or drank anything. Urinary and salivary pH are TOTALLY independent from pH of the blood or anywhere else in the body. Try reading some books on anatomy and physiology and you will see what I mean.
If your blood is getting too acid, the body will try to fix it. It will do this by passing acidity out through the urine and by sacrificing bone.
Respiration is the first means of controlling pH. If the blood starts becoming too acidic the respiration will increase to blow off CO2 thereby reducing carbonic acid. If the blood is too alkaline respiration slows down to build up CO2 and thus raise carbonic acid. This is why when you hyperventilate you blow off so much CO2 that you become over alkaline causing the blood vessels to constrict around the brain forcing the blood out and you pass out. When you do this you will actually stop breathing for a short period of time to allow the build up of carbonic acid again to allow blood flow to return to the brain.
The second primary method of reducing acidity is through the bicarbonate produced by the sodium in the salt we intake and the carbonic acid in our system.
Uric acid is reacted with alkaline ammonia produced by the breakdown of amino acids converting it in to urea where it can be excreted as urine.
Some of the carbonic acid is also used to form our stomach acid that helps to control pathogens, improve nutrient absorption, to allow digestion of proteins, etc.
Using minerals from bone as a means to reduce acidity is a last resort and we RARELY get that acidic to the point where the bones have to be used as a buffer.
On the otherhand, the saliva is supposed to be alkaline all the time because the enzymes are designed to work in an alkaline environment. If it is acid, your digestion will not be complete and it is an obviation that the body is too acid.
Again not true. Most digestive enzymes function in a slightly acidic to neutral environment. Pepsin, which digests our proteins, requires a very acidic pH to function. This is why I keep saying that neutralizing the stomach acid with hydroxides and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) will interfere with digestion and increase the risk of allergic responses through the absorption of undigested proteins.
Here is a chart showing the pH needed for various enzyme function:
|Lipase (stomach)||4.0 - 5.0|
|Lipase (castor oil)||4.7|
|Pepsin||1.5 - 1.6|
|Trypsin||7.8 - 8.7|
|Maltase||6.1 - 6.8|
|Amylase (pancreas)||6.7 - 7.0|
|Amylase (malt)||4.6 - 5.2|
By the way the reason saliva is alkaline is to neutralize the acids on the teeth produced by bacteria in the mouth.
>- you want to know what the pH of the blood is then you need a blood draw
Blood pH is not a standard laboratory procedure.
LOL!!!! Oh yes it is!!! I have seen a lot of lab tests and pH is definitely part of standard lab panels.
>- what about all the acids of meat? ... amino acids, fatty acids ...
This shows me that you do not understand. Or perhaps You phrased this in a way that just gives me the appearance.
Both Amino acids and fatty acids ARE essential to our very existance. All proteins are made of amino acids and many parts of our cellular content is fatty acids.
That was a response to your comment "The most important thing about restoring proper pH is to eat the right foods, avoid sugars and starches.". The point is that they are beneficial acids. Just like the acids you are trying to neutralize with the calcium hydroxide and sodium bicarbonate such as stomach acid and lactic acid. So your comment was contradictory and incorrect.
>- This is why I encourage people to learn how the body really works before falling for these types of scams where they can really hurt themselves.
So, do I.
Yet it is clear from your statements above that you don't have a clue how the body works. You are like a car mechanic trying to tell a surgeon how to perform an operation on a person. A mechanic is not going to have that kind of knowledge to advise the surgeon.
buffering capacity is what it is all about... *alkaline ash* reserves... having enough *free* alkaline ash to react against the acids created and encountered through metabolic processes and environmental acid assaults... to create energy and new tissue, replacing the dying and used tissue.
If, and that is a big "if" this was the only or even the primary method by which the body controlled its pH then this could be true. But it is neither!!!
Try reading an anatomy and physiology book to learn how the body really works Grz rather than relying on the rantings of someone who also claimed that acidity turned the body in to a pile of goo among other ridiculous statements.
1 tbsp pickling lime (calcium hydroxide)
1/2 tbsp Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate)
1/4 tsp no-salt (potassium chloride)
1/4 tst baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) I originally used Sea Salt for the sodium but baking soda provides additional alkalinity..
And the first thing the caustic calcium hydroxide and the sodium bicarbonate are going to neutralize is the stomach acid, which again can lead to infections, Candida overgrowth, allergies from undigested proteins, inhibition of absorption of minerals and some B vitamins needed to make more stomach acid, acid reflux,...........
Why not just take a Tums? It is going to do the same exact thing to the stomach acid and blood pH but at least it will not burn the tissues like the calcium hydroxide.
Seriously, there is not enough hydroxide there to cause damage. This is a doubly diluted solution.
That is a matter of opinion. Would you ingest a spoonful of Drano in a gallon of water since this is also a hydroxide?
And anything that neutralizes the stomach acid, which includes the hydroxide and the baking soda, is going to lead to problems. The stomach acid is there for a reason and provides numerous benefits.
Again if someone really wants to reduce acidity all they really have to do is deep breathe. If they want more help then try eating more vegetables. At least these are not caustic and they will not screw with the stomach acid.