With the aging population of the United States, the incidence of so-called age-related diseases is expected to rise. In fact, the incidence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases have been steadily rising for all age groups until they have reached epidemic proportions. That is because the factors of stress, lack of physical activity, environmental pollutants, and a diet high in acid-producing foods collectively create the underlying cause of most degenerative diseases: acidosis.
Proper Acid/Alkaline Balance is Fundamental
What is acidosis? It is the reduced alkalinity of our blood and tissues. Why is this so important? Our body stays alive and healthy only because all of its 100 trillion cells communicate with each other. They do this through electrical, chemical, and hormonal processes. In order for these signaling mechanisms to work, the body's internal environment must be in a slightly alkaline state. If our body becomes too acidic, it adversely affects the functioning of all its parts: heart cells, blood cells, brain cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, bone cells, even skin and hair cells. Obviously, this leaves us vulnerable to all sorts of health problems.
The Problem with Chronic Acidosis
Acidosis begins when the body cannot properly dispose of excessive acids building up in the bloodstream. The body attempts to maintain proper pH balance by eliminating the excess acies through the kidneys, lungs, and skin or by neutralizing the acids during the processes of digestion and cellular metabolism. However, when too much acid is produced, the body cannot keep pace. The excess waste overwhelms the system, polluting the blood and impairing the ability of the body's cells to communicate.
My Healthy Recommendations
The most effective way to reduce acids within the body is by enacting dietary changes. A proper diet should be comprised of 60-80% alkalizing foods and 40-20% acid-forming foods. The Standard American Diet is mostly made up of acid-forming foods including coffee, tea, wine, and most proteins (with the exception of milk, butter, soft cheeses, and almonds) as well as most fats, cereals, and sugars. On the other hand, almost all fruits and vegetables (except for tomatoes, cranberries, and blueberries) are alkalizing. Dietary supplements can also be very effective at restoring an alkaline state to the body. calcium, magnesium, potassium, and pH balancing supplements all help to maintain normal pH levels. In doing so they also help regulate sugar metabolism, reduce blood pressure, enhance energy, and stabilize hormones. Restoring proper pH balance can significantly improve and sometimes even completely reverse chronic conditions. With recognition, dietary changes and supplementation, acidosis can sagely be reversed, increasing longevity and improving the quality of life.
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