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The Diet Cure For Acidosis

Aug 14, 2008
All of us are likely to fall into dietary ruts. We are particularly skilled in preparing certain foods, so we serve them often. We just can't stand particular foods such as liver, oysters, strawberries, cabbage or a hundred others. Men may look upon salads as sissy dishes and thus forego many vitamins. Children may exhibit milk phobias. Women may try to live on lettuce and string beans because they think roast beef will coarsen them. Any of us may (too many of us do) eat excessively of white bread, sugar, and concentrated foods that supply plenty of calories but scant minerals and vitamins.

As a result, over long periods, we become the victims of dietary deficiencies so gradually that we do not realize it. Our own government, in a praiseworthy effort to build us up physically to meet national emergencies, has time and again stressed the inadequacies of general diets.. The oomph values of ordinary foods arise from their ability to supply factors that correct your hidden deficiencies. Want to bet that you don't have any?

With that point straightened out, it is pertinent to digest some statements by authorities that knock the props right from under some of the country's favorite fallacies about foods.

"Acidosis" is an ugly word, jerked right out of a medical dictionary to frighten the gullible. If you are of normal health and free from such diseases as diabetes, you can comfortably forget all about acidosis after reading a few facts concerning it.

Properly, acidosis is a condition in which the normal alkalinity of the blood is slightly lowered. The blood is always alkaline and never becomes acid in any condition short of death. Theoretically, if you ate nothing but meat or eggs which leave an over-publicized "acid ash," you could develop acidosis. Actually, this bogey practically never troubles healthy meat-eating races, nor even man-eating tigers or other carnivora who would probably be dosing themselves with baking soda if they could read the advertisements.

Fruits (except a few such as cranberries and plums), vegetables, and milk leave an alkaline ash and most diets provide these foods in more than adequate amounts to prevent acidosis. Even if they didn't, the healthy body has efficient protective devices of its own. For one thing, the blood contains buffers that are able to combine with and eliminate acids and bases. The kidneys can excrete acids from blood that is faintly alkaline. Blood proteins, like all proteins, are made up of amino acids that can act both as acids and bases. Moreover, vast amounts of acid-forming products that might otherwise be troublesome are eliminated through the lungs every time you exhale a breath loaded with carbon dioxide.

By taking baking soda you can often "alkalize" the blood to some extent, but this is a temporary measure if you really have acidosis, soda cannot cure the underlying cause. The minerals sodium and potassium are most active in minimizing acidity and we have already seen how abundant these elements are in ordinary run-of-the-mill diets. Extremely low-calorie reducing diets may tend to cause acidosis because of the by-products from the breakdown of body fat. Fasting will eventually produce acidosis because the body produces acid substances as it consumes itself. Balanced reducing diets at levels of 1,000 calories a day or more are not threats to one's alkaline reserve, as a rule, because liberal vegetable foods are provided.

There is even considerable doubt of the wisdom of confining the diet mainly to alkaline ash foods. A shortage of high quality protein is one likelihood.

Another is that regular consumption of a high-alkaline diet is likely to predispose to the formation of stones in the kidney or bladder. Patients who have lost one kidney by surgery are ordinarily advised to eat acid-producing foods, for if the urine becomes alkaline, calcium phosphate becomes insoluble and there is danger of its being precipitated as kidney stones.

Even in folks with two good kidneys, excess base-forming foods may produce a condition of alkalosis just as undesirable as acidosis.
Unless a physician recommends an alkaline ash diet for specific reasons, there is no reason in the world to be concerned about acidosis unless you get good clean fun from talking about it.

Ordinarily, when people speak of acidosis what they really mean is "acid stomach" a temporary condition of hyperacidity that can be relieved by a dose of soda following conventional indiscretions. If it is necessary for you to take soda regularly to quiet your stomach, there is probably some disease process often serious at work that requires a doctor's diagnosis. All stomachs arc normally acid; if they aren't, the physician frequently prescribes a measured cocktail of hydrochloric acid.
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