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How Acidosis is Affecting our Health

Sep 30, 2015 08:51PM ● By Chip Griffin

What is Acidosis?

According to James L. Lewis, III, MD, “If an increase in acid overwhelms the body's pH buffering systems, the blood will become acidic. As blood pH drops, the parts of the brain that regulate breathing are stimulated to produce faster and deeper breathing. Breathing faster and deeper increases the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled. The kidneys also try to compensate by excreting more acid in the urine. However, both mechanisms can be overwhelmed if the body continues to produce too much acid, leading to severe acidosis and eventually coma.”

In addition, acidosis can cause: high blood pressure, headaches, low energy, stress, acid reflux, hot flashes, rashes, muscle pains, insomnia, allergies, and more. Acidosis will eventually rob minerals from your bones, joints, muscles, kidneys, and gallbladder. Joints can become stiff and lock up, and the intestinal track lining can develop diarrhea, Crohn’s, candida, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

When asked about the acid/alkaline balance of the blood, Andrew Weil, M.D. states, “The primary way we get rid of excess acid is by breathing out carbon dioxide, but the body does also use calcium from bones.” Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women's health, notes that “There is growing evidence that the typical American diet increases the risk of osteoporosis. She advises consuming seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day to help balance acidity from meat, sugar, and processed foods.”

What can we do to help balance our pH to 7.0 to 7.5?

Your pH can be balanced by consuming the right balance of foods: probiotics, greens, alfalfa, enzymes, aloe vera juice, liquid chlorophyll, calcium and magnesium, parsley, vitamin A and D, dandelion, chamomile, slippery elm, nettles, and eating a diet that is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic will help you with the right balance.

Nature’s Healthy Harvest has a variety of pH documents, quality supplements and superfoods, including pH test strips. For more information, visit Nature’s Healthy Harvest at 2330 N. Wickham Road or call 321-610-3989.