In my previous post on alkaline diet i gave reasons why you should consider switching to alkaline foods, today we shall be looking at symptoms of metabolic acidosis caused by over-acidification of the body cells due to the consumption of unhealthy diets high in acidic foods. For proper understanding let us take a look at the step by step definition of some terms.
What are acidic foods?
Acidic foods are foods that causes acid wastes to build up in the body. The moment these acid wastes enters the blood stream, the blood system tries as much as possible to dispose the wastes, therefore if the wastes are too much for the blood to handle, they are been deposited into vital organs of the body like the pancreas, heart, colon, liver and other locations. examples of acidic foods are meat, bread, high sugar fruits etc.
Acidosis simply means the over-acidification of the body cells, which will interrupt and disturb cellular activities and functions in the body system.
Due to an highly engaged and fast-paced lifestyles that humans get involved in (such as eating on the run), people are exposed to a constantly growing endangerment, that is over-acidification of the body cells, that eventually interrupts cellular activities and functions. It is a major root of diseases and sicknesses. Having our cells exposed constantly to an acidic environment leads to acidosis.
Now we have a clearer understanding of what acidic foods and acidosis is all about, let us look at the symptoms of metabolic acidosis.
Symptom of metabolic acidosis
It is a clear act that acids are been stored in fat cells. As a mechanism of defence, the body may actually produce fat cells to protect an individual from an overly acidic condition. In order to protect itself from potentially serious damage, the body uses its fat cells to store acids and carry them far away from vital organs. These fat cells and cellulite deposits actually keeps acid wastes at a safe distance from the vital organs in the body. Many people have came to realise that switching to a healthy, alkaline diet helps them to loose excess fat.
2. Joint pain and arthritis
All the substance left by the metabolizing process are acidic and toxic; in order to be safe they have to be neutralized by alkalizing elements to reduce and avoid joint pain and arthritis.
So many people thought that elimination of osteoporosis can be achieved by increased consumption of milk and dairy products. But in fact, occurrence of osteoporosis is very rare in countries where the consumption of dairy foods is very low. Therefore, osteoporosis is an acidic problem. As the body system gets more and more acidic, it tries to remain healthy in order to protect us against illness, heart attacks, stoke or even cancer. In order to achieve this, it takes calcium from the teeth, tissues and bones, eventually making them brittle and weak.
The yeast and fungus produced in an acidic environment tends to feed on our nutrients and thus reduce the absorption of everything we eat by as much as 50%. In the absence of protein the body cannot produce enzymes, hormones or other chemical components that are necessary for organ activity and cell energy. This eventually causes people to look very thin, which is even not healthier than been overweight. As oxygenating and alkalizing takes place, the body tries to seek its own ideal weight naturally.
5. Low energy and chronic fatigue
When we have or cells constantly been exposed to an acidic environment, the oxygen level of the biological terrain of the body drops, leaving in an individual to be tired and fatigued. This will eventually allow parasites, bacteria, fungus, mold and viral infections to infect and flourish throughout the body.
6. Heart attack
When the internal biological terrain of the body is exposed to excessive acidity, bacteria and/or fungi and/or virus can get their selves attached to the inner wall of the arteries. This act can attract white blood cells, causing proteins and cells to eventually clot. In this way a plaque is been formed in the artery, making the artery to be narrow and restricting the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the tissues supplied by the artery. If this should happen to the coronary artery, it can result to a heart attack.
The various toxins manufactured within an acidic, oxygen deprived environment as well as the absorption of undigested proteins is the major cause of allergic conditions. When the human digestive system is weakened, a huge range of allergic reactions can occur, e.g food allergies, and the general susceptibility of allergens is increased.
There are many different forms of acne, and most of them are linked to an unhealthy diet, especially foods that are highly acidic in nature tends to cause acne.
9. Frequent colds, Bronchitis, Infections, Headaches
It is only when the pH of our body is fairly balanced, that the binding of oxygen to the haemoglobin protein of our red blood cells in the lungs operates successfully. When the pH is too acidic, microorganisms in our respiratory systems grows much easier, and in that way it can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis, and invades our cell system. This eventually results in coughing, colds, bronchial spasms (asthma), infections and headaches.
These are some of the symptoms of metabolic acidosis in humans. Knowing all these still opts for a better reason to go for alkaline foods.