25 Nov Alkaline, Acid & your Body
The body is SUPPOSED to be acidic. Our stomachs contain acid which is so acidic, it’s close to battery acid. If that were not so, we could not break down our food or absorb it properly, and would be horribly anemic.
The colon has to be acidic to prevent infection and to avoid mould growing on the inside. Skin is incredibly acidic to stop moulds and trees growing on our bodies. If the bladder is not acidic, we get bladder infections and that’s why very acidic mediums (like cranberries and various drugs) are used to acidify the bladder in an infection, or prevent one. The entire body has different pH levels – which one do you want to alkalanise!? The blood has a different pH again to the saliva, the urine and lymph.
The concept is one big fad that someone decided to promote years ago. The danger here too is that the body is flooded with “alkalanising” mediums like these salts one ‘needs’ to buy, leaving one to stand the risk of alkalosis.
A brief comment on stomach acid – Remember, if you try to lower the normal acid level that you are supposed to have, you could lose bone mass. You could also interfere with a host of protein-splitting enzymes and other digestive enzymes and catalysts. Messing with these will lead to a variety of diseases.
The primary role of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach is to sterilize the food you eat and to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the GI tract. HCL also triggers the release of enzymes such as pepsin which are essential for the digestion of protein. There are numerous minerals that appear to be hydrochloric acid-dependent, chiefly: magnesium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Of these minerals, zinc and sodium are both responsible for the production of HCL. This means that deficiency of HCL can and likely will result in the inability to utilize several vitally important minerals and nutrients!
The most common symptoms of HCL deficiency
- Undigested food in stools
- Belching and/or bloating after eating
- Skin blemishes and skin disorders
- Candida albicans overgrowth
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases
- Grave’s Disease (thyroid)
The use of antacids and ‘alkalanising’ methods is a primary cause of HCL deficiency. This causes metabolic alkalosis, and the resulting excess of bicarbonate in the stomach and blood alters the PH balance of the body.The bacterium H.pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) thrives in this medium of lowered stomach acid, and may cause ulcers and stomach ulcers, as the body can’t kill it off without that acidic medium.
Remember the HCL ‘sterlises’ the food to protect us. Without sufficient stomach acid (contrary to what we have been told), reflux will happen, and all the symptoms you imagine are due to raised stomach acid are often the result of too little.
It is difficult to ‘over-consume’ fat. It would depend what KIND of fat first of all (remember to take note of the right and wrong fats in the book). Secondly, one should take note of whether or not one is eating fat with carbs or fat alone. It may be the carbs in fact that cause discomfort, not the fat.
Discomfort may also stem from eating the wrong fats or a LACK of acidity in the gut! Stomach acid is there to make you feel wonderful after a meal, and if you don’t have enough – you will feel dreadful.
This is a highly complex topic and one that we will possilby cover again in more detail.