The health of the human being depends upon proper functions of human cells. Each cell of the living organism breathes, eats, multiplies, thrives, and releases a metabolic wastes. These wastes usually are acidic. Myriads’ of the microorganisms coexist together with human cells producing a lot of acidic waste too. All foods metabolize in the human body and create acidic substances. End products of the digestion of the proteins are amino acids; fats are fatty acids and end products of the carbohydrates are the lactic or carbonic acids.
On the other hand, human blood pH is constant, slightly alkaline -7.4. Any changes in the blood pH lead to break down of the heart, lungs and brain, hence lead to death of the entire organism.
Kidney, lungs, liver, pancreas and most organs and systems take enormous effort to keep constant slightly alkaline -7.4 in the blood by removing acidic substances. In additional, human blood has bicarbonate buffer and minerals, which neutralize acids to preserve the life.
The problems arise when, first, too much acidity is produced inside the body and, second, when organs, which are responsible for removing acidic chemicals, get sick and weak. If it happens, acidity collects in the body.
Whole body acidity has medical name it is called metabolic acidosis. Scientists sound alarm because metabolic acidosis grows in epidemic proportion in the last decades causing many chronic diseases, aging, and cancer. We cannot blame our genes. The main reasons for chronic metabolic acidosis are consumption of the acid-forming foods, alcohol, some medications, environmental and internal toxicity, Candida-yeast overgrowth, SIBO, chronic infections, sedentary life-style, etc.
The worse damage whole body acidity creates to main alkaline digestive glands, for instance, liver and pancreas. Liver produces alkaline bile, pancreas manufactures pancreatic juice that is the most alkaline solution in the body. Changes of the body’s acid-base balance toward the acidity lead to acidic biochemical changes in the bile and pancreatic juice and numerous chronic digestive disorders.
It is known, from basic chemistry that more acidity means less alkalinity and vice versa. We can determine the acid-base balance of the solution by measurement of the pH. More than 7.0 means alkalinity, pH less than 7.0 shows acidity.
If alkalinity of the pancreatic juice drops less than 7.0, digestion stops because pancreatic digestive enzymes work only in alkaline condition. Pancreatic digestive enzymes digest more than half of proteins and carbohydrates, 90% of fats. Indigested food collects in the gut. It is fermented by bacteria and yeasts causing gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, pains and also it produces several toxins. Body tries to get rid of these toxic, indigested foods chunks through the way to mouth causing fullness, nausea, vomiting, heartburn. If these indigested foods go down, they bring about diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, inflammation and abdominal pain. Usually, indigestion also leads to shortage of the essential substances and vitamins.
To say more, acidic bile and pancreatic juice become extremely aggressive, they irritate ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum causing wrong traffic ways – refluxes. This, in turn, creates strong spasmodic contractions of the ducts and duodenum and moves extremely irritated combination of the acidic bile and pancreatic juice up to the stomach or even to esophagus. It can cause inflammation, ulcers, severe heartburn, and cancers. Wrong reflux of the acidic bile into the pancreatic duct is the huge reason for pancreatitis.
How can we normalize acid-base balance? It can be done normally only by supplying the body with minerals and bicarbonate by alkaline foods, healing mineral water, and cellular magnesium-potassium. Many practical advises on this topic can be found in my EBook, Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You.
There is pretty much information about alkaline diet but drinking healing mineral water almost unknown to American public. Contrary, Europeans drink mineral water either in healing mineral spas or at home by using genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt for hundreds of years.
Small town in the Czech Republic, Karlovy Vary attracted people by its healing thermal spring water for more than 500 years. Millions of Europeans with digestive, liver disorders and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, gout, obesity improved their health with this water. More than 200 years ago, Karlovy Vary water is vaporizes to make salt that has minerals, trace elements, and bicarbonate. Dissolving this salt in the water makes the easy way to drink Karlovy Vary healing mineral water at home. Water by itself is good regulator of acid-base balance.
Numerous medical papers mostly on Czech, German, and Russian support the beneficial effect of this water in many digestive and metabolic disorders.
Another way to get essential minerals such as cellular magnesium potassium is taking them as mineral supplements. Deficiency of the cellular magnesium, potassium is a common cause of whole body acidity; on the other hand, these minerals promote alkalinity of the bile and pancreatic juice.
All cleansing techniques such as colon hydrotherapy, herbs, infrared sauna, massage, drinking fresh vegetable blends and juices help to eliminate toxins and normalize acid-base balance – the vital aspect of health and certainly, proper digestion.
The information contained here is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.
Source by Peter Melamed Ph.D.