Alkaline Blood And The Role Of PH
The pH of the blood sets the stage for the health of the whole body. When the body doesn’t get enough alkaline material to maintain a blood pH around 7.4, the body will leach alkaline material from other areas of the body to maintain homeostasis.
For example, the body will leach calcium from bones, at the expense of bones, to maintain the proper pH in the blood. This leaching can lead to the development of osteoporosis and result in a reduction of bone density and bone fractures.
The body uses buffering mechanisms, like the kidneys production of bicarbonate to maintain the desired alkalinity in the blood.
When those systems are overwhelmed the body resorts to leaching alkaline material from fluids and tissues throughout the body. The leaching compromises other areas in the body, leaving them susceptible to pathogens and toxins.
The body will compromise other areas of the body because it is vitally important to maintain a blood pH around 7.4. Metabolic acidosis occurs when the pH in the blood drops below 7.4, which can result in stroke and death.
The chronic consumption of acidifying foods compromises the health of the entire body, and supports the manifestation of disease in any part of the body.
Natural plant foods properly alkalize the blood and maintain its desired pH, and support an environment that is inhospitable to disease.
The consumption of natural plant foods optimally supports homeostasis or peak operation of organs. Plants derive their nutrients from minerals they absorb from the earth, water, and air.
Each type of plant is made up of different ratios and combinations of nutrients, which is determined by its genetic structure.
Plant foods are loaded with micronutrients: minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, and the carbohydrate macronutrient. These are the primary nutrients the body uses to support cell health and energy.
Plants also contain fat, and nitrogen based compounds called proteins, but in smaller concentrations.
Meat, dairy, and processed foods on the other hand contain mostly fat and protein and are deficient in minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, and carbohydrates.
The chemical structure of animal fat and protein also differ from plant fat and protein that alkalize the blood instead of acidifying it.
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