Direct Health
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CONTROLLING CHRONIC ACIDIC STRESS

The human system has to maintain an ideal balance between acidity & alkalinity in the internal environment, organs, tissue cells & the blood in order to function optimally. Very small changes in the acidity of the blood & cells could be responsible for the development or aggravation of numerous chronic degenerative diseases. Whilst the pH range varies for different tissues & fluids, the blood has a very narrow healthy range (pH 7.3 to 7.45) even slight variations will compromise organ function.

Cellular activities such as ATP production generate a constant stream of acidic hydrogen protons pH 1, they however combine quickly with oxygen to form water before causing any drastic pH changes. Elevated acids in the blood can be temporary as in the case of lactic acid build up, the result of anaerobic state during strenuous exercise, cleared easily by healthy people. Chronic metabolic acidosis only develops in cases of chronic diseases which drives the pH to drops so low that the body literally shuts down.

Chronic acidic stress or low grade acidosis could however affect a great majority of the Australian population. Factors such as age, diet, allergies, food intolerances, lifestyle habits & emotional stresses all contribute to acidic stress & metabolic imbalances. As we age, there is a gradual decline in the systems responsible for clearing acids out of the body such as the lungs, the kidneys & the skin. The blood pH starts dropping.

Strong inorganic acids are produced during the breakdown of nutrients, dietary proteins & in particular meat produce sulphuric acid & phosphoric acid as by-products, which dissociate liberating free H+ into the body fluids. In contrast, the breakdown of fruits & vegetables produces bases, that in some extend neutralise the acids derived from protein metabolism.

More acids than bases are routinely produced during the breakdown of ingested foods; organic acids such as fatty acids & citric acid are also produced during normal intermediary metabolism.

During allergic reactions, histamine causes tissues to become over acid by indirectly blocking the release of bicarbonate from the cells .

The natural way to combat acidic stress is first through dietary changes, a 70% alkalising foods & 30% acidic foods can significantly reduce urinary acidity within 30 days, it is however not always sufficient & alkalising supplements can combat low grade over-acidity very effectively.

Alkalising products involving the use of organic supplements such as celery, chlorella, aloe vera, green barley & wheat grass juice are the most commonly used. Stronger alkalising products are however required to combat more severe acidic stress: a combination of mineral bicarbonates & magnesium hydroxide is ideal. Mineral bicarbonates with a pH 7.5 buffer the weak organic acids. Magnesium hydroxide pH 10.5 buffers stronger inorganic acids such as sulphuric & phosphoric acids.

If the acidic stress is not resolved, chronic sustained acidic stress develops & spreads into the intra cellular fluids. These intra-cellular fluids whilst normally mildly acid progressively become hyper acid.

Chronic sustained acidic stress can literally strip calcium from the bones to combat acidosis. Bone drawn calcium will tend to accumulate in the blood, artery walls & intracellular fluids. Intracellular calcium disrupts cellular activity & kicks magnesium out of the cells so that a magnesium deficiency develops. Fatigue sets in, patients develop calcium spurs & complain of feeling heavy with increased pain sensation & being unable to stand up for prolong periods.

The most effective strategy to treat intra-cellular hyperacidity & intra-cellular calcification is to drink the intra-cellular alkaliser magnesium bicarbonate. Magnesium bicarbonate quickly enters the cells to:

1st- buffer the excess intracellular hydrogen protons with bicarbonate:
[HCO3- (pH 7.5) + H+ (pH 1)  H2CO3- (pH 4.5)  H2O + CO2].

2nd- magnesium stimulates ATP production & expels calcium out of the cells; this is achieved by drinking a minimum of 600 ml of magnesium bicarbonate daily between meals.

Unless the hyperacidity is 1st resolved with bicarbonate, magnesium will be blocked from entering the calcium rich cells. This is why common magnesium supplements such as chelate, orotate, aspartate and glycinate are sometimes not effective; they don’t treat the hyperacidity first & the magnesium deficiency second.

Philippe Thebault ND. Fellow ANTA

For more info on alkalising & digestive enzyme formulations contact Direct Health on 0425 225 671 or philippe@directhealth.com.au