|THE EFFECTS OF
Excess acidity is a condition that weakens all body systems. Excess
acidity forces the body to borrow minerals – including calcium, sodium,
potassium and magnesium – from vital organs, bones and teeth to buffer
(neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body.
As a result, the body can suffer severe and prolonged ‘corrosion’ due to
high acidity – a condition that may go undetected for years.
Acidosis leads to serious problems with major organs such as the liver,
heart or kidneys. In this article, we will be looking into some of the
reasons as to why we should avoid acidosis.
1.) It leads to
weight gain and diabetes.
acidic pH may result in weight problems such as diabetes and obesity.
When our body is too acidic, we suffer from a condition known as Insulin
Sensitivity. This forces excessive insulin to be produced.
result, the body is flooded with so much insulin that it diligently
converts every calorie into fat.
It is very likely that an acid pH, from an imbalanced diet, produces a
condition, which stimulates the predetermined genetic response to
starvation and famine. Thereafter, the body will have to increasingly
hoard every calorie consumed and store it as fat.
Some people reckon that an acid pH immediately signals the powerful
genetic response to an impending famine, directly interpreting with the
all important and very sensitive Insulin-Glucagon Axis. When this
happens, it makes the body produce more insulin than usual, and in turn,
produce more fats and store it.
On the other hand, a healthy and slightly alkaline pH will yield
normal fat burning metabolic activities, making no demands on the body
to produce extra insulin and make fats. As such, this allows fat to
be burned and naturally lost. A healthy pH diet is also less likely to
have any yo-yo effects, or rebounding from a diet with additional weight
gain. We should try to maintain a
healthy slightly alkaline pH so as to allow fats to be burnt
normally for energy, rather than hoarded and stored under the mistaken
biochemical belief of an impending famine.
Acidosis also disrupts the insulin
producing pancreatic beta cells. These beta cells are
especially sensitive to pH and cannot survive if the body is too acidic.
When this occurs, beta cells will lose phase with one another. Their
cellular communication will be thwarted and the body's immune system
will start to over-respond. Stress within the cells will increase,
making them more difficult to perform adequately and survive.
2.) It accelerates free-radical
damage and premature aging.
Acidosis leads to partial lipid breakdown and destructive oxidative
cascades accelerating free radical damage of cell walls and
intracellular membrane structures. In this process, many healthy cells
Acidosis is the first step towards premature aging and accelerated
oxidative cascades of cell wall destruction. Signs of acidosis may
include wrinkling, age spots, failing hormonal systems, interfering with
eyesight, memory, and a host of other age-related phenomena. Unwanted
wastes not properly eliminated from the body actually poison the cells.
3.) It disrupts lipid and fatty acid
Acidosis generally disrupts lipid and fatty acid, which are involved in
nerve and brain function. This disruption causes neurological problems
such as MS, MD as well as problems with hormonal balance within the
An acidic environment also causes LDL-cholesterol to be laid down at
an accelerated rate in the heart, inappropriately lining and
clogging up the vascular network. In other words, an acid pH initiates
electrostatic potential, damaging arterial walls, which in turn
initiates a PDGF-dependent immune response, causing cholesterol
oxidation and the formation of plaque with heavy metals.
4.) It corrodes arteries, veins, and
Like acid eating into marble, acidosis erodes and eats into cell wall
membranes of the heart, arteries and veins. During this process of
erosion, our heart structures and inter connective tissues are weakened.
All living tissues are sensitive to their chemical environment. The
muscle cells of the heart are no different. The entire cardiovascular
system is directly affected by blood plasma pH and works as one large
working "system of tubular muscles" to carry blood and nutrients to all
living tissue in the body. The pumping of the heart drives blood through
the arteries, veins and capillary beds and helps to regulate blood
pressure and the flow of blood circulation.
The heart is normal when the pH of blood plasma is slightly alkaline,
having a pH of 7.35 to 7.41. When the
heart plasma rises to an acidic pH of more than 7.35, it gradually
erodes away the smooth muscle tissues of the inner walls of the arteries
and veins, as well as the heart itself. This process will
start to weaken the structural composition of the heart, arterial and
venous walls, causing lesions and microscopic tearing throughout its
framework. At the same time, an acid pH destabilizes free ionic balances
within circulation, increasing the populations of positively charges
particles (cations, an ion with a positive charge of electricity: H , Ca
) which directly interfere with the muscle contractility (contraction
and relaxation) of the heart and arteries.
Acid pH changes of blood are now thought to
result in the following:
A. Development of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
B. Aneurysm (widening and ballooning of artery walls)
C. Arrhythmias (abnormal rhythms of the heart including tachycardia)
D. Myocardial infarction (heart attacks)
E. Strokes (a cardiovascular accident).
The structural weakening of the cardiocascularity also creates
irregularities of blood pressure, which further exacerbates the above
5.) It alters the energy metabolism
When your body has an acidic pH, it will prevent efficient cellular and
body metabolism. Acidosis results in chemical ionic disturbances,
interfering with cellular communications and functions. Acidosis reduces
plus calcium binding of plasma proteins, therefore reducing the
effectiveness of this intracellular signal. It also results in a disease
of calcium cations (positive calcium) entry through positive calcium
channels. This leads to a reduction of cardiac contractibility, or the
ability of the heart to pump efficiently and rhythmically.
Positive calcium and hydrogen regulate the activities of intracellular
proteins and are driven out of the cells by the "Sodium-Potassium pump"
(Na-K pump). This pump provides a strong incentive for sodium to be
driven into cells. It also regulates the amount of both sodium and
potassium in the body stores, and uses as much as 25 percent of our
caloric input daily. Positive calcium exchanges the plus sodium, being
forced out of cells, but naturally, the electrochemical gradient for
positive calcium favors both positive hydrogen and positive calcium
entry into cells, as there is less calcium and positive hydrogen in
cells than in the extra-cellular fluids. In extra-cellular fluids, there
is 10 times more the amount of positive sodium.
In acidic solutions, less plus sodium is available, therefore slowing
down the processing and induction of nutritional items going into the
cells. This increases positive hydrogen and calcium buildup within the
plasma, making it more available to electro-statically bind with LDL-Cholesterol.
As a result, with free positive calcium populations and channels being
disrupted, calcium may become inordinately leached from the bone masses.
This causes osteoporosis. In a nutshell, an acidic pH drains us of
energy and disallows stored energy reserves to be used.
6.) It slow the delivery of oxygen
into the cell.
Acidosis reduces oxygen in the blood. As all living tissues, especially
the heart and brain need oxygen to function; a lack of it will lead to
Having an acidic pH will reduce the amount of oxygen that is delivered
to the cells. They will eventually die.
Diseases Associated with Acidosis.
It is important to note that the body's biochemistry
is an important but just one of many tools to help the physician
understand the whole body. pH in an of
itself is not a diagnostic tool and is not a medical diagnosis as a
What then happens when the body is too acidic?
An acidic balance will:
1. Decrease the body's ability to
absorb minerals and other nutrients
2. Decrease energy production in the cells
3. Decrease the body's ability to repair damaged cells
4. Decrease the body's ability to detoxify heavy metals
tumor cells to thrive
6. Make the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
Some people who have high acidity levels tend to
exhibit these symptoms such as: anxiety, diarrhea, dilated pupils,
extroverted behavior, fatigue in early morning, headaches,
hyperactivity, hyper sexuality, insomnia, nervousness, rapid heartbeat,
restless legs, shortness of breath, strong appetite, high blood
pressure, warm dry hands and feet.
Most of the time,
the body becomes acidic due to a diet
rich in acids, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or
immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and
other nutrients. When this happens, the body will try to compensate for
acidic pH by using alkaline minerals such as calcium. As a result,
calcium is removed from the bones, causing osteoporosis.
Acidosis, which is an extended time in the acid pH state, can result in
rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus,
tuberculosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and most cancers.
Two main factors
leading to cancer are an acidic pH and a lack of oxygen. As
such, are we able to manipulate these two factors so as to prevent and
Everyone knows that cancer needs an acidic and low oxygen environment to
survive and flourish. Research has proven that terminal cancer patients
have an acidity level of 1,000 times more than normal healthy people.
The vast majority of terminal cancer
patients have a very acidic pH. Why is this so?
The reason is simple. Without oxygen, glucose undergoing fermentation
becomes lactic acid. This causes the pH of the cell to drop to 7.0.
In more advance cancer cases, the pH
level falls further to 6.5. Sometimes, the level can even
fall to 6.0 and 5.7 or lower.
The basic truth is that our bodies
simply cannot fight diseases if our pH is not properly balanced.
Lam, M.D., M.P.H., A.B.A.A.M. is a specialist
in Preventive and Anti-Aging Medicine. He is currently the Director of
Medical Education at the Academy of Anti-Aging Research, U.S.A. He
received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University,
and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University School of
Medicine, California. He also holds a Masters of Public Health degree
and is Board Certification in Anti-aging Medicine by the American Board
of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Lam pioneered the formulation of the three
clinical phases of aging as well as the concept of diagnosis and
treatment of sub-clinical age related degenerative diseases to deter the
aging process. Dr. Lam has been published extensively in this field. He
is the author of The Five Proven Secrets to Longevity
(available on-line). He also serves as editor of the Journal of