ABSCESS   
ACID/ALKALI   
ACNE   
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ALCOHOLISM   
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ALUMINIUM TOXICITY   
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ASCITES  
ASPARTAME   
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ATHLETES FOOT   
ASTIGMATISM   
BACK PAIN   
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BELLS PALSY

BILHARZIA
BLEPHARITIS   
BLOOD PRESSURE   
BODY ODORS   
BRAIN HEALTH   
BREAST CANCER   
BREAST PAIN   
BRONCHITIS   
BRUXISM   
BULIMIA   
BURNS   
BURSITIS   
CANCER   
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ACID/ALKALI

Dangers of)

The acidity and alkalinity levels within our bodies are measured by the Potential of Hydrogen (PH) scale. The pH level of 7.0 is considered to be neutral; any levels below 7.0 are considered to be acidic and above 7.0 are considered to be alkaline. Because the human body is naturally acidic, the perfect levels for a human are between 6.0-6.8. With this information you may be now wondering what your current levels are and there is a self-test that can be done in order to achieve these results on your own. All you have to do is purchase litmus paper from any drugstore and place saliva or urine on the paper to watch it change color. The paper you bought will indicate what the colors mean.

Acidosis is a common condition in which the fluids within the body become overly acidic over time. Some of the symptoms you might see with this condition include insomnia, water retention, migraine headaches, arthritis, low blood pressure, constipation, difficulty swallowing, bumps on the roof of your mouth and the tongue. This is just a short list of the many different symptoms that can be experienced when acidosis has taken place. As you can imagine with so many different symptoms to consider it can be hard for a doctor to proper diagnose this condition in the early stages.

There are two different classifications when it comes to acidosis, which are respiratory and metabolic. Respiratory acidosis can be the direct result of existing conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Basically this form of acidosis is the interruption of control of the acid levels within our bodies or consequently the depletion of alkaline. When this occurs the lungs become unable to remove carbon dioxide from the airways and respiratory acidosis is the result.

On the other hand, metabolic acidosis occurs when there is a chemical disturbance within the body, which changes the levels of acid and alkali. There are many different actions and conditions, which can create this type of acidosis such as conditions like diabetes, kidney failure and the over use of medications such as aspirin. These conditions and disorders directly contribute to the depletion of the alkali, which is needed for proper balance. There are many different natural treatments, which can be utilized in order to keep your acid levels strong but not so strong that they deplete the alkali.

  • Coenzyme A is a natural supplement, which helps to promote the strength of the immune system and eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Kelp can be taken in dosages of 1,000-1,500 mg and helps reduce the amount of acid located within the body.
  • Phosphorus is an essential mineral, which aids in the transformation of food into energy.
  • Potassium can help aid when it comes to the PH levels of the blood and can be taken in dosages of no more than 99 mg daily as a supplement.

As you can see each of these natural supplements can do their part to help make sure that your pH balances are always correct and therefore you are decreasing your risk of many different conditions, which can arise when your acid and alkali levels are out of order.

Directly on the other hand there is a condition called alkalosis, which of course is the condition where the body has too high levels of alkali. This condition is far less common than that of acidosis but it still does occur today. Alkalosis produces what is known as over excitation of the nervous system and the peripheral nerves are affected first. Some of the symptoms for this condition may be classified as being highly nervous, sore muscles, seizures, hypertension, edema, chronic indigestion, vomiting, thick blood and thickening of the skin. This is just a short list of examples to allow you to see what some of the symptoms may be.

The symptoms of alkalosis are far more unique and serious and therefore easier for physicians to single out today. The most common cause of alkalosis is an over intake of alkaline based drugs such as sodium bicarbonate, which is used in the treatment for ulcers. It can also be the result of a poor diet, which is very common in our society today, regular vomiting, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis.

Now that you have the understanding of what can happen when your pH levels are out of order it is important to understand how to keep them in order through your diet. The basic rule is to consume 80% of alkaline forming foods and 20% of acidic forming foods and drinks through your everyday diet. Some acid forming foods include:

  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Foods with added sugar
  • Olives
  • Pasta
  • Poultry
  • Soft Drinks

On the other hand the alkaline forming foods include:

  • Corn
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Soy Products
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts

As you can see there are many ways for you to keep your levels balanced while still enjoying the foods that you like. Not many people pay attention to this unique form of health but when you are feeling ill and don’t know why your pH levels may be imbalanced, now you have the knowledge to take the appropriate actions to rectify this situation. Pay attention to the foods you consume within a day and you will begin to see where you are going wrong and what you can do to alter your levels for premium health.

The human body has been designed in such a way that all the parts are working harmoniously together to ensure good health and prevent disease. What actually happens when a part begins to function in an abnormal way is called an illness.

One perfect example that I would like to particularly point out is the process of digestion. Digestion begins at the mouth, when food enters the oral cavity and the teeth begins to grind and chew the food that is mixed with saliva, into smaller particles so that it would be easier to swallow. As our tongue pushes the bolus of food towards the back of our throat, it will then pass down through the esophagus going to the stomach where it will mix with gastric juices and acids before it eventually proceeds to the large and small intestines to complete the process of digestion and absorption. What prevents food from going back from the stomach to the esophagus is a small band-like sphincter, known as the lower esophageal sphincter, which opens when food is about to the go down to the stomach, and closes when food has passed. It works like a sentry – opening and closing when the need arises.

The problem occurs when the esophageal sphincter fails to do its function well – it becomes relaxed and food from the stomach starts to go back up the esophagus. Remember that the contents of the stomach had already been mixed with acid and gastric juices which, clearly, can cause damage and inflammation.

What Causes Acid Reflux?

For people who regularly experience acid reflux, the diagnosis usually made by medical professionals is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. The most common causes of acid reflux are pregnancy and obesity which causes an increase in the pressure exerted towards the abdominal area. Other contributing factors include alcohol, caffeine, chocolates, cigarettes and the consumption of fatty foods. But then again, there are some people whose body simply experiences delayed emptying of the stomach for no apparent reason at all.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

The condition is very painful. It is so uncomfortable that some people seem to think that they are having a heart attack. Hoarseness of the voice, chest pain and difficulty in swallowing are some of the most common symptoms that a person with acid reflux experience.

How to Prevent Acid Reflux

In order to prevent the discomforts that are usually associated with acid reflux, here are some tips for you to follow:

1.      Eat small meals

A large meal could set your digestive process into overdrive. It stimulates the organs for digestion to work harder. Plus, more stomach acids and gastric juices are produced in order to digest the heavy meal. Eating small meals throughout the day could help lessen the workload of the digestive organs, and it can also lessen the pressure inside the abdomen. Also, lesser gastric juices and acids are needed to digest the small meal.

What could actually work is for you to avoid three large, square meals a day and the better option would be to eat five or six small meals each day, with an interval of not less than 3 hours between each meal.

2.      Perform Aerobic Exercises

Exercise helps ensure that the blood circulates well inside the body. Thus, exercise does not only give shape and tone to the muscles, but it also helps in the proper functioning of all our other body systems as well. Sufficient blood going to our digestive organs would translate to its optimum performance resulting to an efficient digestive process.

One important point to take note of is not to perform bending exercises, or any other form of strenuous exercise for that matter, right after a meal because this will put more pressure in the abdomen as well as the esophagus and will only worsen acid reflux.

3.      Eat Alkaline foods

Because of the acidic nature of the condition, it is important that we take necessary measures to neutralize the acidic environment of the stomach. This can be done by eating foods that are alkaline in nature. According to the author of Alkalize or Die, Dr. Theodore Baroody, really ripe bananas, apple cider vinegar, raw honey (organic), and lemon juice (prepared fresh), can actually help those who suffer from acid reflux.

Grains such as quinoa and amaranth help form an alkaline system inside the body. Furthermore, mixing 8 ounces of water with half a teaspoon of baking soda has an instant neutralizing effect on the stomach. However, those with hypertension should be cautious when taking baking soda because it has been known to increase blood pressure levels.

4.      Go for probiotics

Some forms of acid reflux can be caused by the over-population of the H. pylori bacteria inside the stomach. H. pylori is a microorganism that remain resistant to hydrochloric acid. In the natural order of things, H. pylori is a resident bacteria in the stomach – but when they start to multiply rapidly and invade the organ, then it becomes a problem. As in the case of acid reflux, the bacteria causes the lower esophageal sphincter to weaken. Taking probiotics could help because probiotics attack the bacteria, allowing the lower esophageal sphincter to heal and then resume its normal functions.

5.      Lose the excess weight

As previously mentioned, excess weight, such as in the case of obesity, is one of the main causative factors of acid reflux because of the pressure inside the abdomen. This is especially true for people who are quite thick around the abdomen. If you are overweight and is experiencing symptoms of acid reflux, the best thing that you can do, aside from the ones mentioned above, is to get rid of the extra weight. Avoid eating fatty foods because these types of foods are difficult to digest, thereby further delaying gastric emptying time.

6.      Avoid Alcohol

If you are experiencing acid reflux, it is best for you to avoid alcohol. Alcohol is a relaxant, and it causes your lower esophageal sphincter to relax as well. When this happens, there is a very big chance for your stomach contents to go back up the esophagus, thereby exacerbating your condition.

7.      Use herbs

There are also herbs that help with acid reflux. Examples include twig tea, aloe vera juice and slippery elm. Tablet forms of orange peel extract have also been known to help with acid reflux.

 

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