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Monday, October 19, 2009  |  0 Comment
by Christopher Vasey
When its internal environment becomes acidified, the body can fall ill in three different ways. The first is connected to the activity of enzymes. Enzymes are the "worker drones" behind all the biochemical transformations that take place in the body and on which the proper functioning of the organs depend. Enzymes can perform their task correctly only in an environment with a clearly defined pH; otherwise their activity can be disrupted or even cease completely. When their activity is merely slowed down, illness appears. If there is a complete interruption the body can no longer function, and death results. Before this extreme stage is reached, different ailments set in as an increasing number of enzymes find their world disturbed by the acidification of the internal environment.
The second way the body becomes ill is due to the harsh, corrosive nature of acids present in excess amounts within the tissues. Before they are neutralized by alkaline substances, the acids irritate the organ with which they come in contact. Inflammation, sometimes quite painful, results, as well as lesions or hardening of the tissues. This primarily affects the organs charged with the elimination of strong acids, such as the skin and kidneys. Many cases of eczema, hives, itching, and red patches on the skin are due to the irritation caused by excessively acidic sweat. The most susceptible regions are those where sweat has a tendency to collect: in the armpits, behind the knees, under the wristwatch band, or, in babies, under the diaper. When the urine is overloaded with acid urination is painful and the urinary tract "burns," becoming inflamed (urethritis) or infected (cystitis).
Ailments triggered by harsh acid that are invisible to the outsider but are keenly felt by the victims include pains in the joints (arthritis), nerves (neuritis), and intestines (enteritis, colitis, and burning sensations in the anus).
The fragile state of the tissues resulting from the invasive presence of acid makes them vulnerable to microbial or viral infection as well. Lesions of the mucous membranes-such as in the respiratory system-allow easier penetration and multiplication by microbes in the tissues. This is aggravated by the fact that the immune system's effectiveness can also be impaired by acid activity, which lowers the production and strength of the white blood cells responsible for attacking microbes.
The third cause of suffering from excess acid is loss of minerals, since the body gives up alkaline minerals to neutralize acids. This demineralization can be quite significant and can affect any organ because alkaline minerals are stored in all the body's tissues.
The best-known consequences of demineralization are problems affecting the skeleton and teeth. Bones lose their calcium, and along with it their resistance and flexibility, to the point where they break far too easily (for example, spontaneous hip fractures), lose their density (osteoporosis), become inflamed at the joints (rheumatism), wear away the intervertebral disks (sciatica), and so forth. Teeth can also become more brittle because of mineral loss. They can chip, become oversensitive to hot and cold foods, or become more susceptible to cavities.
The brittleness caused by demineralization also weakens hair, which loses its shine and resilience and starts falling out in greater quantity. Fingernails split and break under the slightest impact; skin dries and cracks or wrinkles; the gums become deformed and oversensitive and bleed easily.
The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum HealthChristopher Vasey
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