Inflammation is a key underlying factor in many chronic diseases, and is related to the acidification process. Acid-base imbalances play a role in activating (or deactivating) molecules that are instrumental in most inflammatory and degenerative processes in the body.
The body’s cells spend considerable energy to maintain proper pH. With excess acidity, cellular oxygen levels decrease, metabolism declines, and cells deteriorate. The North American diet is largely acid-forming and creates acid residues. As these acid residues build up, the body tries to buffer them with alkaline minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium – so that they can be converted into weak acids and excreted as urine. However, when the buildup of acidic wastes exceeds the body’s elimination ability, it is forced to store these wastes in the tissues. For people with highly acidic diets and lifestyles, this process is constant, resulting in a significant acid buildup.
In an acidic environment, cells start to lose their ion equilibrium. Ion composition must be maintained within very precise limits, so concentrations of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and bicarbonate must be sufficient and in proper relationship to each other. Small variances can cause noticeable pathological states to occur. Even slight acid increases cause tissues and organs to become inflamed, eventually leading to chronic disease conditions.
Excess acidity is a forerunner of inflammation, but can be corrected through an anti-inflammatory (or alkalizing) diet and the addition of alkalizing electrolytes (salts).
Electrolytes are responsible for the acidity or alkalinity of solutions. They conduct an electric
current that can be measured. The millivoltage of cells in a healthy adult measures 65, while in an ill person the millivoltage drops to approximately 35. In a cancer patient it drops to 15 - 20 millivolts. There is an absolute correlation between the level of millivolts, the availability of electrolytes, and pH.
The addition of alkalizing salts is an effective means of addressing excess acidity and the deficit of electrolytes (see Tri-Salt For Life).
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