Exploring Acid/Alkaline Imbalances

Maintaining a balanced alkaline body pH is the best prevention against aging and disease.
When we eat too much acid forming foods drink soft drinks on a daily basis we make our body acidic. Our body neutralizes acidity with stored alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. When our body is low on reserves of these minerals, the blood steals them from our tissues, organs, or bones to neutralize and eliminate strong acids. Excess acid is stored in tissue when the blood is unable to balance the overload. That’s when the lymphatic system goes to work at neutralizing the acid build-up, returning it to the blood for elimination. However, if the lymphatic system is compromised, acid continues to accumulate in tissue until it is eventually transferred into fatty tissue or organs, such as the colon, heart, liver, and pancreas.
Prolonged time in the acid pH state or acidosis may show up as a contributing factor to all degenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases, and can impact every biochemical process in the body such as:

  • Reducing energy production in the cells, slowing down cell repair.
  • Impairing the body’s ability to detoxify heavy – metals, making one more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
  • Clumping. With the live Blood Cell Analysis, we can see clearly the red blood cell stacking together into “rouleau” and the blood aggregation minimizing the surface area for oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange. The clumping makes it difficult for them to travel smoothly through the capillaries and feed the cells throughout the body. The more acidic we become, the harder it is for oxygen to be present and our biological terrain becomes more anaerobic.  Without adequate oxygenation, unfriendly bacteria, viruses, molds and fungus flourish.
  • Holding excess acid wastes that cannot be expelled fast enough leads to oxygen deprivation and cell fermentation.
  • Increasing electrical disturbance, oxygen deprivation, dehydration, cellular toxicity and poor circulation – including infections, bone and joint deterioration, digestive disturbances, which creates a favorable condition for bacteria growth, yeast and other harmful organisms.
  • Affecting enzyme activity and hormone balance that is completely dependent upon the body maintaining healthy pH levels.
  • Disturbing the oxygen affinity of hemoglobin in the blood (the blood cell’s ability to collect and transport oxygen around the body. When the body can no longer effectively neutralize and eliminate the acids, it relocates them within the body’s extra-cellular fluids and connective tissue cells directly compromising cellular integrity.
  • Impairing proper brain function and inhibiting neuron function. Neurons are nerve cells that help initiate and conduct impulses from the brain. When neurons are unable to function properly symptoms such as “brain fog,” forgetfulness, and impaired mental acuity can occur.
  • Losing minerals which causes and inflammation with pain and oversensitivity.

Acidic pH can be the result of emotional stress, immune reactions, acid-forming diets, toxic overload or other processes that deprive cells of oxygen and nutrients. The acid-alkaline balance achieved within the body is a product of the consciousness of the body’s cells themselves in their various locations and in their various conditions of health or diseases or disease.
image023Normally when the pH is unbalanced, the body uses its primary regulatory systems (breathing, perspiration, respiration, circulation and eliminations) to repeatedly bring the blood pH back into the pH range. But as the acid excess starts building up the body, the body compensates by using alkaline minerals, and triggers a buildup of acids or acidosis.
Once it has begun, the condition of acidosis within the body is like a descending spiral of stresses.  Acidity causes inflammation. Inflammation causes pain. Pain causes stress. Stress causes acidity. Acidity causes illness, and the merry-go -round continues.

What Causes Acidity in the Body?

What we feed our body have a primary influence on our health.
Diet plays a big role in contributing to hyper acidity. In recent years, our bodies have also been bombarded with processed, ready-made foods that contain large amounts of sugar, salt, dairy and unhealthy fats – all of which are very acidic and contribute many of the health problems that we see today. The biggest contributors of acid food are alcohol,
refined sugar, process food, cheese, meat, coffee and refined carbohydrates.
Thoughts and emotions have a direct effect on our internal chemistry.

How Stress/Emotions are affecting the body’s pH
Besides the acidic diet we ingest, the acid condition is also promoted by stress, emotional override, poor digestion with lack of stomach acid, and deficiency of alkaline minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

Many microbiologists, doctors in molecular biology, pioneers such as Antoine Bechamp, Gunter Enderlein, Gaston Naessens and others have proved, without a doubt, that germs, fungal, viruses and bacteria do not cause disease.  They simply take advantage of us when our bodies are in a weakened state and burdened by toxins, low oxygen levels, a
weakened immune system, nutritional deficiencies and an acidic pH environment.

The over-acidification of the body, due primarily to thoughts and emotions, poor way of eating and life style leads to one disease – the overgrowth in the body of microorganisms, and those toxins produce symptoms that we call diseases.
The symptoms manifest in a variety of signs and symptoms depending on the internal weaknesses of the individual.  Stress, fear/ anxiety, poor diet/ assimilation, dehydration, and sleep deprivation are the principal acid generators. We all know too well, that stress can promote strong emotions. Stress at home, stress in the work place, financial issues, kids, marital and family issues, all have an acidic effect on the pH of our physical body.
What we feed our body, and cells, and what we think is critical. Our thoughts, words, what we do or not do, and what we think and believe, do matter and affect our physiology either in a powerfully negative or positive way.

image028Dr. Candice Bert was the first one to demonstrate that our thoughts, feelings, emotions have an immediate reaction on our cells. Science has proven that each cell that makes up the body is an individual unit of intelligence and is influenced in both positive and negative ways, by the thoughts we focus our attention on the most.
Read The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.
What we think and believe is reflected in the chemistry of our body, and our nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry. This is how our thoughts become biology. It is extremely important to acknowledge that our thoughts and feelings affect, and permeate the health of our entire body.

When we are happy, loving, compassionate, at peace with our-self, we create alkaline-forming chemical reactions in the blood and tissues.
image024Conversely, emotions that are filled with anger, worry, fear, resentment, guilt, jealousy, hate, etc. … create acidic chemical reaction in the body, and make us sick, and tired.
Actually fear – of the unknown, of dying, is the most powerful and acidifying of all emotions. According to Dr. Robert Young, strong emotions have such devastating effect on the body that even if we are on the most alkaline diet, overcoming a serious health challenge may be very difficult. He say that we can create two or three times more metabolic acids from our emotional state than from ingesting highly acidic foods like dairy, animal protein, sugar and alcohol.
In addition, when emotional issues are left unresolved, and when the negative emotions are played over and over again for weeks, months, and years, the constant excess metabolic acid pouring through the body tissues will override the benefits of any good alkaline diet. If metabolic acids are not removed via urination, perspiration, defecation, and detoxification a cancerous condition may result.

There are many external sources that contribute to acidity such as:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Auto-immune responses
  • Chronic stress responses
  • Hectic lifestyle
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Declining nutrient levels in foods due to industrial farming
  • Rushed and imbalanced meals
  • Poor diet, processed and refined foods, low levels of fiber, excess animal meats
  • Poor chewing and eating habits
  • Food coloring and preservatives
  • Artificial sweeteners (Splenda, NutraSweet, Aspartame to name a few)
  • Excess hormones from foods, health and beauty products and plastics
  • Exposure to chemicals and radiation from household cleansers, building materials, computers, cell phones and microwaves
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pharmaceutical and recreational drugs
  • Shallow breathing
  • Poor quality of drinking water
  • Lack of exercise or over-exercising
  • Lack of fresh air

As we can see there are many sources that create a state of acidosis forcing the body to borrow minerals including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs and bones to buffer the acid. So regulating our diet and changing our lifestyle can be a major part of our newfound freedom that comes with taking personal responsibility for our well-being. We can shift acidity in the body through our choice of foods, activities and life style, and the use of mineral supplementation if needed, especially – potassium, calcium and magnesium.

To be continued…

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About Dr. Alvita Soleil

Dr. Soleil’s approach to health and wellness integrates ancient wisdom with modern technology. We use a wide variety of effective, natural restorative therapies with practical life-enhancing methods that support rejuvenation, and address health concerns on all levels - body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Soleil's emphasis is on prevention, detoxification, strengthening the body, awakening the mind and empowering the spirit. She offers an integrated and compassionate approach to many health challenges as she draws upon the wisdom of her own life journey, weaving it with the expertise of Modern Western Psychology, the New Science, the new Paradigm of Quantum physics, and the exquisite wisdom of Mother Earth. Having dealt with many health challenges, her heart is open to a compassionate and integrated approach to well being. For this reason she combines many holistic healing modalities in her practice with the use of her intuitive gifts. Her joy and passion for healing, teaching, and assisting people in cultivating their own inner mastery is guided by her love for the truth and reverence for both the light and the shadow journey in each person life’s journey. She is currently in private practice at the Aloha Health Clinic in Kamuela at the Waimea Town Plaza. Contact Dr. Soleil at (808) 889-0770
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