Our bodies are geared toward balance and is in a constant fight for homeostasis. We all share the same fight against acidity production produced by our own body through natural metabolic and respiratory responses and it is important to learn, know and understand the causes and effects of this masterfully architectural designed system God has created.
Acidity is a large quantity of hydrogen ions in a solution produced by cellular respiration and metabolic waste. Which means the breaths we take in and breath out is an exchange of gases that creates acidity. Our diet which is the byproduct of chemical effects that take place through the our metabolism leaves an acidic byproduct also. So our key focus is on providing factual scientific information that is generally known about our bodies because it’s hard to understand what tools and weapons are needed to fight against acidity if we don’t know our alias or what we are fighting up against. The build up of acidity from oxidative stress causes a toxic environment which leads to dehydration and later causes inflammation and disease.
The pH can affect the body in a numerous amount of ways so the body doesn’t only rely on us to dictate the pH level within our body because the pH range of our blood is so small that we can cause death by going under 7.35 or over 7.45.
If our blood pH drops below 7.35 than we fall into acidosis which is a condition in the blood that happens when there is an acid buildup in the bloodstream.
The pH of the blood is largely determined by the kidney’s and the lungs and if they are not able to get rid of the acid build up then the blood becomes toxic causing acidosis.
There are different types of acidosis (metabolic, renal tubular, respiratory, diet-induced, drug induced) and the symptoms can vary for each.
A few common signs of the body becoming too acidic are shortness of breaths, increasing heartbeats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting confusion.
Alkalosis is condition that occurs when the blood, body fluids and or tissues contains too much bases or alkali and raises the pH of the bloodstream above 7.45. This happens through the result of reducing hydrogen ions concentration of arterial blood plasma.
Symptoms of alkalosis can create irritability, twitching of muscles, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, fatigue, confusion and tingling and numbness. There are four different types of alkalosis conditions (respiratory, metabolic, hypochloremic and hypokalemic).
Water is a major component of body fluids. Water assists in the transportation of required nutrients and minerals to cells, tissues and organs. Body fluids can consist of digested food, enzymes, hormones and gases.
The body has buffering system in place to help keep the balance of pH within the blood to prevent death. In order to keep the blood pH of regulated it takes every organ to do its part and a balance lifestyle which includes a nutritious diet with high water content foods that provides vitamins and minerals to support the organs on a cellular level. Also needed is daily exercise which should consist of strength and conditioning to assist in the lungs, heart and blow flow in the regulating of gaseous waste.
CHEMICAL BUFFER SYSTEM
First line of defense against pH shift.
- Bicarbonate buffer system
- Phosphate buffer system
- Protein buffer system
Second line of defense against pH shift.
- Respiratory mechanism (CO2 excretion)
- Renal mechanism (H+ excretion)