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Alkalising for good health

Each system of the body has its own physiological pH value and when the tissue or organ varies too far from that pH range, it becomes susceptible to disease. Humans live in an acidic environment eating poor quality, highly processed foods as well as consuming acidifying prescription medications. They are being exposed to polluted water and air, environmental toxins, and have poor breathing techniques which all add to the acidic burden of the body. Most diseases arise from an acidic milieu.

An acidic body is a reactive body, thus by reducing acidity, one can also reduce allergic symptoms, tendency towards inflammation, and reverse the trend toward chronic conditions. An alkaliser will aid in reducing tissue acidosis and will shift the acid-base balance to a normal range, promoting good health and well-being. If an alkalising diet is embraced and an alkaliser (such as Alkala N form Sanum) is used to shift the acidic pH during the initial period of therapy, then the pH balance will often normalize within a few months.

Alkalising the body can be explained with basic chemistry and physiology. (NaCl + H2O + CO2 = HCl + NaHCO3). To begin, the border cells of the stomach produce hydrochloric acid (HCl) and sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) from salt (NaCl) in the blood, water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The HCl leaves the border cells of the stomach wall and enter the lumen, where the stomach prevails over acidic reactions to break down the proteins into polypeptides. Once the polypeptides enter the duodenum, they will be further broken down into amino acids by trypsin from the pancreas. The base mixture of NaHCO3 proceeds through the blood via the ‘alkalophilic’ organs and into the intestines.

These alkalophilic organs need bases (large amounts of NaHCO3) in order to produce their digestive secretions, this includes the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and Brunner’s gland of the small intestine. If the alkaline reaction in the duodenum is insufficient, the digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins remain incomplete and decomposition or fermentation sets in. In addition, the acids including phosphoric acid, sulphuric acid and uric acid are not neutralized and further accumulate in the connective tissues.

The four buffering minerals used in the body include sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The key ingredients in a good alkalising agent are sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. The sodium and potassium help bring the bicarbonate component into the cells via the sodium-potassium pumps. The bicarbonate then becomes raw material to support the digestive and alkalophilic organs including: the pancreas to form enzymes; the stomach to form hydrochloric acid; and the liver to form bile. In this process, the excess hydrogen ions are being used up in the chemical reactions, thus decreasing the acidic burden of the milieu and restoring the normal acid-base balance.

The blood will remain within its narrow pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. When excess acid (or hydrogen ions) enters the blood during assimilation, the body buffers the blood by dumping the excess hydrogen ions into the connective tissue (milieu, interstitial space or extracellular matrix). In normal circumstances during the night, the body detoxifies and transports the excess acid to the kidneys where the acid is filtered out of the blood and into the urine. However, as the milieu becomes overburdened with acid, the detoxification process will not be as efficient and an accumulation of acid will build up in the connective tissues. Over time, this leads or lays the foundation for chronic degenerative conditions.

Through the detoxification process, the first morning urine is naturally more acidic (6.0 – 6.4). The normal urinary pH value range during the day should be between 6.8 and 7.4. When measuring the pH values, if the values are below either of these ranges, then this is an indicator for tissue acidosis. Salivary pH is generally more alkaline than urinary pH and is ideally between 7.0 – 7.5. This is an indicator of how the digestive processes are functioning.

By David Woolcott

(Good friend and industry associate – Naturopath. Perth. WA)