Your body is designed to be healthy, slender and energetic. We were intended to have smooth, supple skin and a quick, alert mind. Instead many people are overweight, tired and sluggish. Why? Once again La Chispa goes in search of optimum natural health and maximum vitality. In the first of a series of articles on complementary medicine and natural health, Dr. Pernille Knudtzon looks at how healthy blood means a healthy body.
The focus of health used to be based on the work of Louis Pasteur that disease comes from germs which invade the body from the outside. What if the more pertinent point is that if the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to get a foothold? Is it possible that over-acidification of the body is an underlying cause of diseases?
Think of your body as a fish tank: the importance of maintaining the integrity of the internal fluids of the body that we "swim" in daily. Imagine the fish in this tank are your cells and organ systems bathed in fluids, transporting food and removing wastes. Imagine we back up a car and put the tailpipe up against the air intake filter that supplies the oxygen for the water in the tank. The water becomes filled with carbon monoxide, lowering the alkaline pH, creating and acidic pH environment, and threatening the health of the "fish," your cells and organs. What if we throw in too much food or the wrong kind of food (acid-producing food like sugar, white bread, too much alcohol, cheese and animal fat) and the fish are unable to consume or digest it all, and it starts to decompose and putrefy? Toxic acid waste and chemicals build up as the food breaks down, creating more acidic byproducts, altering the optimum alkaline pH.
This is an example of what we may be doing to our internal fluids every day. We foul them with pollution, smoking, drugs, excessive intake of food, over-consumption of acid-forming foods, and any number of transgressions which compromise the delicate balance of our internal alkaline fluids. Some of us have fish tanks (bodies) that are barely able to support life, yet we somehow manage to struggle from day to day, building more severe imbalances until there is the inevitable crash and debilitating chronic, disturbing and disorganizing symptoms to deal with.
The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal alkaline environment. A chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. In summary, over-acidification interferes with life itself leading to all kinds of sickness and disease!
There are many indicators of an overly acidic internal environment. Fat, for example. The body creates fat cells to carry acids away from your vital organs, so these acids literally don’t choke your organs to death. Fat is a response from the body to an alarming over-acidic condition. It is a stress response. The solution is to alkalize and energize the body. At the other end of the health spectrum, the yeast and fungus produced within an overly acidic body can feed on your nutrients and reduce the chemical and mechanical absorption of everything you eat by as much as 50%. This causes many people to become excessively thin, which is no healthier than becoming overweight. Without protein, your body cannot rebuild new tissues or produce enzymes, hormones, or hundreds of other chemical components necessary for cell energy and organ activity. Fatigue, illness, and body weight changes are the results.
The toxins produced within an overly acidic, oxygen deprived body may contribute significantly to what are often called the symptoms of allergies and these are another indicator. In addition, the absorption of undigested proteins is a major cause of allergy conditions. The digestive system is weakened, which prevents the total breakdown of amino acids – often causing food allergies. This alone may produce a wide spectrum of severe allergic reactions. It is about getting oxygenating and alkalizing elements into your body – helping to balance the conditions that may lead to hypersensitivities.
Fatigue is probably the major symptom or complaint of an overly acidic body. The toxins produced in an acidic body environment reduce the absorption of protein and minerals, which in turn weakens the body’s ability to produce enzymes and hormones. This also interferes with the reconstruction of cells and other necessary components of energy production. The result is fatigue, poor endurance, an inability to add muscle tone, and general weakness.
Solutions – clean the fish tank, change the water. Metabolic Medicine in a nutshell is to improve the never ending biochemical process by which life carries out its functions in the body. Get the body to digest what we eat and get rid of the waste. Not only the digestive system including the liver and pancreas plays a vital role but also our lungs, skin and our kidneys are vital in detoxifying all the additives, drugs and heavy metals, pesticides and other chemicals in our environment – in the air that we are breathing, water, that we drink, food that we eat, in the buildings where we live in and in the clothes that we are wearing. The job description of a doctor practicing metabolic medicine is to identify the areas of breakdown of the normal metabolic process and restore them to full functioning through supplying the missing nutrient or hormone, or by encouraging the release of personal stress, realigning the body, readjusting the immune system, and working to prevent future recurrence of the problem. This process takes time and careful study.
Some ideas that can really help include plenty of vegetables and greens that are formulated to bring you vital nutrient elements and easily digested protein. This alkalizing, energizing, and nourishing formula begins oxygenating your body. The same is true for alkalizing water. Like the earth on which we live, our bodies are 70% water. Food cravings are often the body’s cry for water. A diet high in acid foods such as meat, dairy, grains, high sugar fruits and bread, causes acid wastes to build up in the body. When acid wastes enter our blood stream, the blood system will attempt to dispose of these wastes in liquid form through the lungs or the kidneys. If there are too many wastes to handle, they are deposited in various organ systems like the heart, pancreas, liver, colon, and other locations.
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Pernille Knudtzon, MD
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