Alkalize to Live In Invincible Body

Diet-Induced Metabolic Acidosis Opens Gates To Major Aging Diseases

Alkalize To Live In Invincible Body. Healthy Living Magazine

Alkalize To Live In Invincible Body. Healthy Living Magazine

“Our primitive ancestors received some 7,000 milligrams (mg) of potassium daily and only 600 mg of sodium daily compared with our average today of only 2,500 mg potassium and a whopping 4,000 mg sodium,” says James Chappell, DC, ND, PhD, MH. “We are the only free living mammals that today eat more sodium than potassium. We also know that clinically recognized chronic metabolic acidosis has deleterious effects on the body. Studies link high-sodium, low-potassium diets to high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. Metabolic acidosis is also linked to growth retardation in children, decreased muscle and bone mass in adults and kidney stone formation.”

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Among diseases resulting from a mismatch between genetically determined nutritional requirements and diet, some are without doubt the consequence of over-acidity, say University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) scientists. One of these is osteoporosis, or bone loss. “Is it possible that a lifetime of eating diets that deliver evolutionarily supraphysiologic loads of acid to the body contribute to the decrease in bone and muscle mass, and growth hormone secretion, which occur normally with age?” write scientists in the European Journal of Nutrition. i “That is, are contemporary humans suffering from the consequences of chronic, dietinduced, low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis?”

“Nothing is more important to a long healthy life than maintaining a reasonably high alkaline level (7.35 pH) in the body,” Hugh O. Smith, PhD, whose research is based on live cell microscopy, tells HealthyLivinG. “In one of the most significant experiments conducted, French physiologist Alexis Carrell kept a chicken heart alive for 28 years by daily changing a mineral rich solution in which the tissue was stored. It was not until a negligent student forgot to change the solution that the tissue withered and died…not because the solution mix had varied but because the solution became too acidic. Over-acidification, toxic buildup, destruction of cells and oxidation are the primary causes of disease and pre-mature aging.

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“The human body has several systems to detoxify and alkalize: the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and lungs. A healthy human body spends 80% of its energy detoxifying the system. In a body in distress, every ounce of energy is spent (above and beyond this 80%) to detoxify the body and accounts for the significant energy loss and a diseased state. Yet, if the body is alkalized and free radicals reduced, health returns in a relatively short period of time.”

The body repairs an over-acidic environment by withdrawing calcium and other alkalizing mineral salts from the blood and tissue. Over time, the human body becomes depleted of calcium and begins to rob calcium from bones and teeth, says Dr Chappell. “In addition, the more acidic the body becomes, the harder it is for oxygen to be present causing unfriendly bacteria, viruses, mold and fungus to develop and prosper. Many biochemists and medical physiologists recognize pH (or an acid-alkaline balance) as one of the most important aspects in maintaining a healthy body.”

In the January 2003 issue of the American Journal of Physiology Renal Physiology, a Western-type diet was associated with osteoporosis and calcium deposits in the kidneys (nephrolithiasis).ii “It is assumed that the acid load inherent in this diet is responsible for increased bone resorption and calcium loss from bone.”

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In their study, the effects of neutralization of dietary acid load (by adding sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate for sodium chloride and potassium chloride) were observed among nine healthy persons (six men, three women). Within seven days, neutralizing acidity induced “significant cumulative calcium retention.” In other words, the people were preserving more calcium for their bones—where it belonged—and not losing it to deposits in their arteries and kidneys. Levels of the body’s stress hormone cortisol also decreased.

In the March 2001 issue of the Swiss Medical Weekly, researchers report metabolic acidosis decreases insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and causes mild hypothyroidism. IGF-1 depletion leads to loss of lean muscle mass, osteoporosis, obesity and more symptoms of premature aging.iii

In the November 10, 1994 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Department of Medicine, Moffitt-Long Hospitals, UCSF, tell that a low level of metabolic acidosis (the production of more acid than is excreted) contribute to loss of bone mass.iv

how to alkalize

Our diet is responsible for alkalizing our body. Foods rich in organic minerals are a prime source of alkaline materials. If foods are acidic, the body must neutralize this acidity to keep the blood from getting too acid. The acids are neutralized with alkaline substances, further depleting the body. If the diet is lacking in adequate alkaline materials, the body will extract alkaline from its cells. This causes the cells to become acidic and diseased. We become vulnerable to many diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer.

Alkalize with coral minerals, says Dr Chappell. “With more than 74 minerals, including all of the macro- and micro-minerals and trace elements, coral calcium helps to remineralize the body and attain an alkaline pH. Uniquely, coral is also rich in calcium and is assimilated in the digestive tract much more easily than other calcium supplements since the minerals are in an organic predigested form (and not elemental). The body’s bloodstream and other bodily fluids harbor many of these minerals and are similar in composition to the ocean. Both must remain alkaline with a pH balance of around 7.3.”

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“Like seawater that neutralizes various toxins streaming into the ocean from the land, the minerals in our circulatory system serve to maintain smooth metabolism by harmonizing the influx of excessive dietary factors,” writes the late Michio Kushi, founder of the Kushi Institute, in The Book of Macrobiotics (Japan Publications 1987).

“The awareness of the healing properties of grasses dates back to 2,800 BC in China, with similar early ceremonies worshiping cereal grasses and grains by the Romans and Egyptians,” says author Steve Meyerowitz. “Modern research into the nutritional content of ‘cereal’ grasses—wheat, barley, oats, etc.—began in 1935 when chemists at the University of Wisconsin described the growth stimulating factor of grass as ‘distinct from all the known vitamins.’” This work was inspired by the agricultural chemist Dr Charles F. Schnabel, says Meyerowitz. “In the early 1940s, you could buy tins of Schnabel’s dry grass powder in pharmacies all across North America. Stories about the new health food with ‘more vitamins than the alphabet has letters,’ ran in Newsweek, Business Week and Time magazines.”

In the 1970s, Japanese researcher and medical doctor Yoshihide Hagiwara restored his health by drinking grass juice powder made from young barley grass.

One method of alkalizing that naturopaths recommend is consuming super green foods. These super food formulas include chlorella, spirulina, spinach, barley and alfalfa. Acai, acerola cherry, amla berry and aloe supply vitamin C, polysaccharides. Flax lignan can be part of a super food formula.

Sometimes these super green foods are predigested to facilitate bioavailability and absorption. Cytogreen™ from Novaforme has Cytozymes to break down the raw, whole-food ingredients and release the phytochemicals for digestion and bioavailability. It creates and liberates valuable compounds within the foods including enzymes, antioxidants, beta glucans, phytosterols. (Additional super green food formulas are available from Pure Planet, Barlean’s, Garden of Life, New Chapter.) Coral Complex 3 from Coral LLC is an ecologically harvested mineral formula with alkalizing effects, notes Dr Chappell.

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REFERENCESi Frassetto L, et al. “Diet, evolution and aging--the pathophysiologic effects of the post-agricultural inversion of the potassium-to-sodium and base-to-chloride ratios in the human diet.” Eur J Nutr 2001;40(5):200-213. ii Maurer M, et al. “Neutralization of Western diet inhibits bone resorption independently of K intake and reduces cortisol secretion in humans.” Am J Physiol Renal Physiol, 2003;284(1):F32-40. E-pub 2002 Sept 24. iii Wiederkehr M, Krapf R. “Metabolic and endocrine effects of metabolic acidosis in humans.” Swiss Med Wkly, 2001;10;131(9-10):127-132. iv Sebastian, A, et al. “Improved mineral balance and skeletal metabolism in postmenopausal women treated with potassium bicarbonate.” N Engl J Med, 1994;331(19):1312-1313.
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