Acidification, which everyone fears: is there?

One such theory says that the use of soda, hydrogen peroxide and other substances with which we usually clean old stains on clothes alkalizes the body and makes it healthy. Let’s figure it out, right?

What is the meaning of acidification?

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Acidification of the body contributes to the use of acidic foods. The list varies from source to source, but generally looks something like this:

  • red meat (to a lesser extent – white meat, eggs and fish).
  • sugar, sweeteners and anything that contains them.
  • cocoa and its derivatives;
  • caffeine;
  • Dairy products?
  • cereals?
  • flour products;
  • rice, corn.

Also, bad habits, lack or excessive physical activity lead to acidification.

Healthy foods, ie alkaline, include almost all vegetables, legumes, herbs, fruits and a number of nuts. Alkalization methods include drinking water with lemon juice on an empty stomach, water with hydrogen peroxide, etc. It is supposed that by consuming such products, we alkalize the body and increase its resistance to almost all diseases in the world. On the contrary, by eating acidic foods we contribute to the development of certain diseases.

Where do the roots grow from?

The history of acidification theory dates back to the 19th century. At that time, physiologists studied the effect of diet on urinary acidity to understand the role that the kidneys play in the body’s regulatory mechanisms. The French biologist Claude Bernard, while conducting an experiment on rabbits, changed their diet from plant-based to animal-based – as a result, a change in urine was observed from more alkaline to more acidic. [1]

This observation inspired other scientists in 1912 to experiment with food combustion to determine the acidity of ash. They found that some products leave acidic ash, others – alkaline, and suggested that similar processes can occur in the human body. For this theory to work, we must assume that food can actually affect the acidity of our body so much. [1]

How does the body maintain acid-base balance and what is it?

In other words, this is the acid-base balance, that is, the relative stability of the “acid-base” ratio of the body’s internal environment. This phenomenon is part of homeostasis, ie the ability to self-regulate. Homeostasis is one of the main properties of any living organism. For the first time the concept was formulated, incidentally, also by Claude Bernard. Would a scientist who claims the ability of a living organism to self-regulate, that the balance of our internal environment can be significantly disturbed by eating simple scrambled eggs and corn?

Remember the concept of pH – the concentration of hydrogen ions. Neutral (ie, non-acidic and non-alkaline) pH is 7, below 7 – acidic pH, above 7 – alkaline.

Our blood has a narrow pH range from 7.35 to 7.45. It is in the interest of the body and it is quite capable of maintaining that level. If the pH shifts above 7.45, this condition is called alkalinization. If it is below 7.35 – this is acidosis. [2] In both cases the enzyme systems stop working normally, the synthesis of ATP (adenosine triphosphoric acid – an energy provider for biochemical processes) in the cells is disrupted, nerve conduction is disrupted, in more severe cases a person may lose sensation and to fall into a coma. Coma, of course, may not be, but generally such conditions are not the cause but the result of the disease and are not related to most people. Examples:

  • respiratory acidosis in severe pneumonia.
  • severe alcohol poisoning (to ordinary people “to catch a squirrel”).
  • ketoacid coma in diabetes, etc.

Due to the fact that the acid-base balance does not predict excess acids or alkalis, as the name implies, already at this stage the imaginary need for alkalization seems to be unfounded.

Which organs help maintain balance?

Metabolic processes are constantly taking place in our body. The end products of these processes are carbonic and lactic acids, carbon dioxide, hydrogen ions and many more. All this must be discarded, while maintaining a narrow pH corridor in which we can operate normally. Since even small changes in blood pH can lead to unpleasant consequences, our wise body has provided many levels of protection against “slag and toxins” that work strictly and without failure. The regulatory systems of the blood, lungs and kidneys are more actively involved in regulating pH.

kidneys

The kidneys help block the hydrogen ions that accumulate in the blood with HCO3 bicarbonate and convert it to H2CO3 carbonic acid, which is broken down into water and carbon dioxide. We exhale carbon dioxide through the lungs and the kidneys produce further bicarbonate. Once there are fewer acids, the intensity of kidney work decreases slightly.

Excess alkali and acids are excreted by the kidneys in the urine and depending on the impurities will be acidic or alkaline. However, this only concerns the properties of the urine itself and the properties of the internal environment remain unchanged. [2]

Lungs

Basic examples of intense lung work – a person suffocates if he runs fast or does hard physical work.

That is, at some point the acidity reaches such a level that we suffocate completely and need time to breathe. During increased respiration, the lungs release excess carbon dioxide. When the CO2 concentration decreases, we stop breathing often. That is, unlike the kidneys, the lungs return blood faster to a normal pH level.

Thus, a small pH shift will be immediately compensated by either the lungs or the kidneys.

Let’s move on to the main points of the acidification theory

Acidification contributes to the development of osteoporosis

This refers to the following: Osteoporosis is said to occur due to the fact that when acidic foods are consumed, the body compensates for the acidification of the blood by releasing calcium ions and this leads to bone fragility. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. [3]

However, these data are not informative due to the fact that calcium salts are excreted in the urine daily. [4] And this only shows that you ate something that contained calcium, was absorbed and its equivalent proportion was excreted by the kidneys.

The consistency of this theory can be easily verified using densitometry. A densitometer assesses changes in bone density, mineralization, etc. Of course, such studies have been conducted and no link has been found between an acidic diet and bone destruction. [5]

The philistine alkaline diet probably will not be the most thoughtful vegetarian. Think about how many people think how could they get their daily protein from legumes? In this case, it is this type of diet that will contribute to bone weakness.

Animal protein consumed in moderation helps strengthen bone tissue by increasing the synthesis of collagen, which is essential for the formation of bone matrix.

Tumors grow best in an acidic environment.

The relationship between an acidic diet and the occurrence of cancer is based on Nobel laureate Otto Warburg’s theory that cancer cells arise due to reduced mitochondrial respiration. During the experiment, the scientist discovered that cancer cells use a type of oxygen-free diet. [6] This phenomenon is called the Warburg effect, the question of whose operation is still open. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. However, this is rather a consequence or characteristic effect of cancer-causing mutations. [7] Cancers thrive in an acidic environment, but an alkaline environment works well for them too. In addition, the tumor itself produces a large amount of lactic acid. Tumors are fed glucose and processed using anaerobic processes, as a result of which acids are formed. [8 – Principles and Practice of Gastrointestinal Oncology]

Acidic diet causes chronic diseases

The latest dissertation says that health can be improved if acidic foods are not consumed. Ironically, there is a grain of truth here, though it has nothing to do with the change in sharpness. Everything is painfully simple and results in a balanced diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits in moderation, with sufficient amounts of protein and fat. Everyone also knows that the consumption of processed foods, alcohol and red meat should be dosed. Of course, it makes no sense to switch to a diet exclusively with broccoli and chicken breast. You just have to be careful about which food you eat.

In conclusion, we want to give some facts from the biography of Robert O. Young, a well-known supporter of the alkaline diet. A few years ago he was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. He posed as a doctor, something he really never was, and persuaded many cancer patients to prefer an alkaline diet to normal treatment, which led to several deaths. [9]

The theory of acidification and the alkaline diet associated with it is nothing more than a modern theory, which in no way follows your health. Switching to a varied, balanced diet that includes plant and animal foods is the best thing you can do for your body.

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