** See also acidity at euroamericanhealth link
Blood pH should be 7.4
I first learned about the term, blood acidity from nature cure guru, Paul Bragg's books in my youth. Blood acidity is not to be confused with acidity of the digestive system - two totally different things.
As a result of normal metabolism processes, food is used as fuel and is burned up, while some foods produce an acid residue and some an alkaline residue. Blood acidity occurs when the normal pH balance of the blood veers towards the acid end of the scale.
Paul Bragg used to talk about the evils of acidity and how it was caused by a diet high in such foods as meat, eggs, white sugar and flour - as opposed to fruit and vegetables which give an alkaline residue. Apparently each acid attack has a detrimental and cumulative effect on the overall health of the body.
There is an article on acidity at the Healthresearchbooks website - http://www.healthresearchbooks.com/articles/ph.htm
The article explains the importance of maintaining the correct blood acidity and how failure to do so has a major effect on health. While not familiar with the strategy used to reduce acidity in this way, no doubt it works.
The macrobiotic method for reducing blood acidity is with something called gomisio which consists of roasted sesame seeds and sea salt.
Nature cure - Miracles of
The human body is composed of various organs and parts, which are made up of tissues and cells. These tissues and cells are composed of 16 chemical elements.
The balance or equilibrium of these chemical elements in the body is an essential factor in the maintenance of health and healing of disease. The acid-alkaline balance plays a vital role in this balanced body chemistry. All foods, after digestion and absorption, leave either an acid or alkaline ash in the body depending on their mineral composition. The normal body chemistry is approximately 20 per cent acid and 80 per cent alkaline. This is the acid-alkaline balance.
In normal health, the reaction of the blood is alkaline and that is essential for our physical and mental well-being. The preponderence of alkalis in the blood is due to the fact that the products of the vital combustions taking place in the body are mostly acid in character. Carbohydrates and fats form about nine-tenths of the normal fuel of the body. In normal health, this great mass of material is converted into carbon dioxide gas and water. Half of the remaining one-tenth fuel is also converted into the same gas and water. This huge amount of acid is transported by the blood to the various points of discharge, mainly the lungs. By virtue of alkalinity, the blood is able to transport the acid from the tissues to the discharge points.
Acidosis is the breeding ground for most diseases. Nepthritis or Bright’s disease, rheumatism, premature old age, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, skin disorders and various degenerative diseases are traceable to this condition. It seriously interferes with the functions of the glands and organs of the body. It also lowers the vitality of the system, thereby increasing the danger of infectious diseases.
The main cause of acidosis or hypo-alkalinity of the blood is faulty diet, in which too many acid forming foods have been consumed. In the normal process of metabolism or converting the food into energy by the body, various acids are formed in the system and in addition, other acids are introduced in food. Whenever there is substantial increase in the formation of acids in the system and these acids are not properly eliminated through the lungs, the kidneys and the bowels, the alkalinity of the blood is reduced, resulting in acidosis.
Other causes of acidosis are depletion of alkali reserve due to diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera etc., accumulation of carbon dioxide in asphyxia and anoxia as in circulatory and pulmonary diseases and accumulation of acetone bodies resulting from starvation, vomiting and diabetes millitus.
Acidosis can be prevented by maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in the diet. Certain foods leave alkaline ash and help in maintaining the alkalinity of the food, while others leave highly acid ash and lower the alkali reserve of the blood and tissue fluids to a very large extent. Eggs do the same but less strongly than meats. Cereals of all kinds, including all sorts of breads are also acid-forming foods, though much less than meats. All fruits, with exceptions like plums and prunes, and all green and root vegetables are highly alkaline foods and help to alkalinize the blood and other tissue fluids.
Thus, our daily diet should consist of four-fifth of alkaline-forming
foods such as juicy fruits, tubers, legumes, ripe fruits, leafy and root
vegetables and one fifty of acid-forming foods containing concentrated
proteins and starches such as meat, fish, bread and cereals. Eating
sensibly in this manner will ensure the necessary alkalinity of the food
which will keep the body in perfect health.
The most agreeable and convenient means of alkalizing the blood are citrus fruits and fruit juices. The alkalizing value of citrus fruits are due to large percentage of alkaline salts, mainly potash, which they contain. Each pint of orange juice contains 12 grains of potassium, one of the most potent of alkalis. Lemon juice contains nine grains of the alkali to the pint and grape seven grains.
Diet in Disease
Foods are classified as acid-producing or alkaline-producing depending on their reaction on the urine. Calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium present in foods contribute to the alkaline effect, while sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine contribute to the acidic effect. Depending on the pre-dominating constituents in a particular food, it is classified as acid-forming or alkaline-forming.
The effect of food stuffs upon the alkalinity of the blood depends upon their residue which they leave behind after undergoing oxidation in the body. It is an error to presume that because a food tastes acid, it has an acidic reaction in the blood. For instance, fruits and vegetables have organic acids in combination with soda and potash in the form of acid salts. When the acids are burnt or utilised in the body, the alkaline soda or potash is left behind. Hence the effect of the natural fruit acids is to increase the alkalinity of the blood rather than reduce it.
Based on the above observations, the following charts show the common foods with acid and alkaline ash :
A - Foods Leaving An Acid
Barley, eggs, bananas (unripe), grain foods, beans, lentils, bread, meats, cereals, nuts except almonds, cakes, oatmeal, chicken, peas, confections, rice, corn, sugar, chocolate, sea foods, coffee, tea
B - Foods Leaving An
Almonds, melons, apples, milk, apricots, onions, banana (ripe), oranges, beets, parsley, cabbage, peaches, carrots, pears, cauliflower, pineapple, celery, potatoes, coconuts, pumpkins, cottage cheese, radishes, cucumbers, raisins, dates, spinach, figs (fresh and dry), soyabeans, grapes, tomatoes, lemons, turnips, lettuce
THE CAUSE OF DEGENERATIVE DISEASE
This section will discuss what is meant by acid and alkaline. This means alkaline forming foods will be discussed. Also, you will learn what being acidic means.
Your blood is slightly alkaline Remember pH? Where 0-7 is acid, 7-14 alkaline. This is where we are going to use this. Your blood has a pH of 7.4. This means the blood is slightly alkaline. For the rest of this book, I will just refer to you a being alkaline. Metabolism usually creates acids. Most foods, after being metabolized (burned to fuel your body), create acids.
Protein creates uric, sulfuric and phosphoric acids. Carbohydrates and fats, while burning mostly to carbon dioxide and water, also create acetic and lactic acids. The key word is acids. Remember, you are slightly alkaline. Acids have to be neutralized and eliminated for you to maintain your alkaline blood pH of 7.4. The liver and the kidney have a limited capacity
The liver and kidneys have a limited capability to neutralize and eliminate a certain amount of acids. It is estimated that the liver and kidneys can clean up about 8 units a day. One pound of meat can generate as much as 18 units of uric acid. If the liver and kidneys can only handle 8 of the 18 units of uric acid, who or what does the rest? The answer, minerals.
How your body maintains a pH level with minerals. Your body uses minerals to keep you alkaline Minerals combine with the acids to create harmless salts, which can be eliminated through the kidneys, without damage. Salts can also be eliminated through the wall of the large intestine. Remember, you are alkaline. To keep you alkaline, your body uses minerals to combine with acids, creating harmless salts that can be eliminated.
The alkalizing minerals used to maintain blood pH
It is not so important to remember all you can about each mineral or what part of the body uses each mineral ... just remember the names of the 5 alkalizing minerals. These minerals are used keep you alkaline.
The acid forming minerals
These minerals are still needed by the body, but are acid forming. A diet should have much more alkalizing minerals then acid forming minerals. The body still needs these minerals. The acid forming minerals are:
Alkaline forming foods help keep you alkaline All food has a pH level. For example, take a lemon, that has a pH of about 2.0. But this is just the pH of the food, and NOT what we are talking about. What we are talking about is the condition of the body after the food has been metabolized.
Does the food have an alkalizing effect on the body?
While there are some other factors in determining if a food is alkaline forming, usually foods that are rich in alkalizing minerals - calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and iron [and silica] while lower in acid forming minerals, sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, and iodine are considered alkalizing foods. Ideally, the food you eat has the minerals to get rid of the acids. If not, your body has to look other places. Some places include calcium and magnesium from bones, and potassium from cells.
What happens if your food does not have alkalizing minerals?
The basic question that everyone comes to what happens if you do not have alkalizing minerals in your food? The potassium comes from the cells. The calcium comes from the cells. This raises the question of what happens if you are low on calcium? Does your body get the calcium from the bones? Vitamin / mineral pills are a very short term solution Now that you know about the minerals that will be used to alkalinize the blood.
So what about taking vitamin pills with acid foods? Will that keep you alkaline?
Fast and immediate results have been demonstrated with vitamin / mineral pills. Thus their popularity. The problem is that the junk foods will still disease the body, just at a slower rate. The vitamin / minerals pills are not a cure, just a short term solution.
The body is designed for fresh fruits and vegetables, with all the various
factors these supply. Eating junk food and taking vitamins will mean the body
will miss these other factors. Where to get more information on vitamins and
minerals. This book is not designed to go into details on exactly what vitamin
or mineral is used in what process in the body. If you what to know a lot of the
specifics on how vitamins and minerals are used by the body, you can find a book
at most book stores.
THE pH EQUATION
Total healing of chronic illness takes place only when and if the blood is restored to a normal, slightly alkaline pH.
The magnitude of meaning behind this research is of incredible importance to someone who is fighting a disease, overcoming an illness, or just desiring to feel better. What it means is this...
Your Body pH Affects EVERYTHING.
Human blood stays in a very narrow pH range right around 7.3. Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.
pH Controls the Things You Can't Live Without...
When pH goes off ...
Like your BRAIN. Your brain needs
fuel to run, and the fuel it
uses is glucose. But unlike other cells, your brain can't store glucose. It
depends on the second to second supply from the bloodstream - a bloodstream that
is affected by pH, which controls the efficiency of INSULIN, which allows sugar
to enter into cells which in turn controls blood sugar levels.
pH control impacts every biochemical
process in the body including...
Iodine, which is high up on the
atomic scale, requires near perfect pH for its assimilation into the body.
There are complex biochemical processes taking place in
the body constantly in an attempt to keep blood pH as near perfect as
possible. These are known as the pH buffering systems. These buffering systems
need a good balance of minerals to work effectively. If we are getting
inadequate mineral intake from the food we eat, we are going to start having
problems with our pH balancing systems.
Your Disease is in Perfect Harmony With Your Body
From what you've learned so far, you should begin to
understand the truth of this statement. When your body's mineral balances are
off, your health is off. When your body's pH and basic metabolic processes are
off, it sets up the internal environment that becomes a new playground for the
opportunistic "bugs" - bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.
Acidosis in racing horses
For comparison Is interesting to see how horses are treated for
this condition. Big money is often spent on a racing horse, and making sure they
are at peak performance is critical.
Lowered Alkali Reserve
The pH of the blood is critical!
Study of 1,379 horses
H 2C03 = CARBONIC ACID HCO 3 = BICARBONATE
*The normal ratio = approximately 1/20
NB: Recovery times quicker in winter.
What is a normal pH?
Renal excretion of body acids
Sodium & bi-carbonate losses
All day long, the body produces acids and every cell in
the body is building-up acid. What the horse’s system must do is (a) get rid
of the acids, and (b) conserve it’s alkali base, and thereby preserve the pH
at a normal level. The mode of excretion of acid build-up is a series of very
complex processes; the simplest and fastest method being BREATHING
whereby the majority of carbonic acid produced is eliminated in the form of
carbon dioxide. The stronger organic acids, such as lactic acid, have to be
removed by a much slower method, namely through
Under normal conditions, a non-working horse can rid
itself of acid build-up without depleting its alkali reserve, with the kidneys
playing an important role in maintaining the correct acid-base balance (pH) of
the body within the very narrow limits compatible with life. However, the
situation changes dramatically when the horse is subjected to strenuous
exercise. Work and stress produces a massive increase in certain body acids and
a subsequent, and significant, increase in body acid build up. The acids are
neutralized when they combine with an alkali (e.g.: Sodium) to form a salt
(e.g.: Sodium Lactate). The immediate effect of this neutralizing process is a
lowering of the horses’ alkali reserve due to loss of Sodium. As these Salts
formed cannot pass through the kidney as solids, they must go into solution. To
do this, they must take water from the horse’s system before being finally
excreted in the urine. At this point, it should be noted, that due to the above
a horse in work loses in just one hour up to twice as much water and Sodium (and
Chlorides) as would normally be lost in a whole day at rest.
From all of the above it can be appreciated that this
continual neutralizing/water loss/kidney function can easily lead to depleted
alkali reserve (ACIDOSIS) and DEHYDRATION, with the resultant adverse affect on
the horse’s performance and physical well-being.
ACID URINE results from excessive build-up when there is
insufficient alkali reserve available to neutralize the free acid.
Acid urine situations are seen in cases when a horse
STRETCHES OUT TRYING TO URINATE…. he
wants to but cannot … the reason being that the kidney is actually trying to
hold back fluid because the horse is already dehydrated. The action of
NEUTROLENE/N. PLUS in acid urine cases is such that it supplies the necessary
constituents, in sufficient quantities, to combine with the free organic acids
and thus make the urine ALKALINE; even allowing for the alkali losses which must
accompany the neutralization and excretion of these acids. In acid urine cases,
some trainers make the serious mistake of administering a diuretic ball, which
actually heightens the problem by forcing the kidneys to release fluid from the
system of an already dehydrated horse.
At this point it should also be noted that FIT HORSES have
very little excess body fluids, and consequently, the volume of urine passed is
low and concentrated. Again, some trainers make the mistake as seeing this as
being a sign of “kidney trouble” and administer a diuretic ball thus
predisposing the horse to dehydration by forcing the kidney to take more water
from the horse’s body (a more rational treatment would be electrolytes and
free access to water). Dehydration can be caused from (a) inadequate supply of
water, or (b) inadequate intake of water due to a depression of the thirst
reflex resulting from electrolyte (incl. Sodium) depletion.
LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION
Carbohydrates are stored in the horses’ muscles in the
form of GLYCOGEN. When the horse is exercised, this glycogen is broken down and
used for energy … this results in
the formation of LACTIC ACID.
anaerobic (in the presence of inadequate oxygen) or glycolytic pathway utilizes
carbohydrate exclusively in the breaking down of glycogen and subsequent
production of lactic acid.
The accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles and blood
is the most limiting factor of muscular activity and apparently results in
muscle fibre damage, muscle cramps, “Tying-up”. Many horses are not properly
trained for racing, and this factor probably also contributes to some cases of
the “Tying-up” syndrome.
THE HORSE IS AN ATHLETE…. and an athlete cannot train
for ONE HOUR a day and spend the other 23 hours in a box and be expecting to do
well in athletic competition. Considerable production of lactic acid exceeds the
horse’s normal buffering capacity and supplementary buffers are required (as
supplied in Neutrolene PLUS).
Horses which work at speed over distance (THOROUGHBREDS
and STANDARDBREDS) do considerable ANAEROBIC WORK in both training and
racing…. And anaerobic work
results in the production of lactic acid and other noxious by-products.
Horses which work at relatively slow rates over long
distances (e.g.: endurance horses) do so AEROBICALLY. The advantage of aerobic
work is that noxious metabolic by-products such as lactic acid are NOT produced
in quantity, and thus metabolic diseases as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter,
energy depletion and lactic acidosis are not prominent.
TRAINING (Conditioning) HORSES
involves 2 basic segments:-
involves 2 basic segments:-
ABNORMAL EXCRETION OF AMMONIA:
Ammonia that is produced in the kidney process is
eliminated from the body when the URINE IS ACID. (Renal production of Ammonia is
stimulated by acidosis).
When pungent, excessive ammonia smells are apparent in a
horse’s box, it indicates that the horse’s normal alkali reserves have been
chronically depleted (in the process of neutralizing excessive amounts of body
acids) to such an extent that the horse’s system is forced into producing
Ammonia (to get rid system of acid) in order to conserve base Sodium.
NOTE ONE (NEUTROLENE)
NORMAL Bicarbonate range:
29.5 – 34.0
Blood analysis example of how bicarbonate levels are
lowered as a result of work:
In the above practical example it should be noted that
while the drop in level only appears to be minimal it is nevertheless very
significant and VERY CRITICAL, and acid-alkali ratio must be maintained within
very narrow limits.
Bicarbonates are used to neutralize excess body acids as
The weak carbonic Acid replaces the strong Hydrochloric
Acid, and at the same time because the Carbonic Acid is volatile it can be
rapidly removed as CO2 by breathing out.
Hyperventilation after hard work depletes the horse’s
alkali reserve, as the bicarbonates are lost from the system as the acid is
neutralized and expelled as CO2.
A low CO2 content is noticed in loss of carbon
dioxide, as a result of hyperventilation, and is also seen in a case of
metabolic acidosis or lowered alkali reserve (see blood sample example below).
NEUTROLENE – GENERAL NOTES
THE KIDNEY contributes significantly to the regulation
(ACID/BASE balance via the active re-absorption of SODIUM, and the active
secretion of hydrogen and ammonium ions (i.e. maintaining the pH of the body
within the narrow limits compatible with life).
ACIDOSIS: A state where the horse’s blood has become
more acid than is normal, due to excessive acid build-up resulting in depletion.
CHLORIDE ACIDOSIS: A particular case of acidosis caused by
a relative increase in chloride concentration in the body fluids, due to an
absolute loss of sodium and Potassium.
BUFFER SALTS or BUFFER BASE: These salts exist in
equilibrium in the horse’s body fluids and can absorb either excessive acids
or excessive alkalis. When Neutrolene Plus is indicated, the added buffer salts
in NP are used to absorb excessive acid when the naturally occurring buffer
salts have been exhausted.
With added BUFFER SALTS
Blood acid neutraliser
Almost impossible to detect, especially in its early stages, this pH disturbance can be attributed to an excessive build up of acids in the horse's system, a depletion of its natural alkali reserves, injudicious training techniques; and other closely associated factors such as high grain diets, prevailing climate and workload.
A drop in the pH indicates an increase in the acidity of the blood. In lay terms, this is referred to as "acidosis", but more correctly it is the LOWERING OF THE ALKALI RESERVES.
The blood of the equine athlete has a very delicate acid/alkali balance. Optimum performance demands that this balance be maintained within very narrow even critical limits.
Blood acid Neutraliser
Just like the old diuretic ball but with no adverse side effects!
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