Why do our diseases never heal? Part 3!
This time, let’s talk about the toxic load of the body.
Toxics can have several origins, whether through food (persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, xenobiotics, metals, etc.), water (micro-organisms, chemicals, etc.), air (mycotoxin molds, etc.) , parabens, phthalates, endocrine disruptors (example: present in flame retardants, non-stick clothing, etc.), food additives, carcinogenic ingredients such as polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, heavy metals present in food due to the aluminum foil in which we have cooked or present in vaccines… we can also consider molecules that we produce ourselves following biotransformation reactions, for example, hormone metabolites.
By itself, the body is supposed to be able to handle the elimination of these toxic products. It has antioxidant systems, enzymes, organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, skin), and an immune system, among others, to help with this process. The problem is that the body does not always have the capacity to eliminate them. Whether due to nutritional deficiencies (nutriments are necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes and the transformation of molecules into other things, as well as for the functioning of the organs themselves), genetic defects, the exaggerated accumulation of toxins…. Therefore, it happens that some people accumulate these toxins. They can even be detected in urine, hair, etc.
When the body has a toxic substance that it cannot eliminate, it tries to put it in “a corner” where it will do the least harm. It is often in fatty tissue that it stores itself, whatever it may be in circulation.
The body has 3 types of fluids mainly: blood, lymph and the extracellular matrix.
The blood supplies the cells with nutrients by passing through the extracellular matrix in which they bathe, then the cells reject their waste in the extracellular matrix, to go to the lymph, which the immune system takes over, before returning to the blood more far. Blood and lymphatic vessels spread throughout the body to nourish and cleanse it.
So, we understand a few points (inspired by Mike Lapointe):
- Healing is always found in a system that is fluid. If there is congestion somewhere, either the waste disposal or the supply of nutrients and oxygen is less successful.
- We are what the cell absorbs. If it doesn’t absorb anything, it has no resources to function well.
Best of the Lymph, by Mike Lapointe
- Healing is always found in a system that is fluid.
- Drainage always precedes everything.
- We are what our cell absorbs. Malabsorption is a big problem in terms of inflammation and immunity.
- The amount of oxygen absorbed is always determined by the state in which the cells live.
- The lymph moves by intra-dynamic pressure. The greatest pressure is found in the pelvic floor and the sacrum.
- We are as good as our weakest system. In about 90% of cases, according to Mike, our weakest system is the lymph.
Getting back to the subject of toxins and the fact that for many people, they accumulate more than they eliminate. According to Dr. Robert Morse, changing your diet is only 25% of the solution.
See your body as a culture: this is where you grow your cells. Do you garden on land with good, nutritious soil or on an intoxicated dump?
To have a good ground, everything must be balanced, as with everything in life: a positive, a negative, a male, a female, a basic, an acid …
The human body, in order to function well, and especially to function within a reasonable timeframe, needs enzymes to enable biochemical transformations. Our enzymes to function well depend on two major factors: temperature and pH.
This is also why when we have a fever, we want to avoid being always above 38 degrees Celsius (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit), otherwise we denature our enzymes: they will no longer work, will not fill more their role, which can seriously harm our health or even lead to our death.
As for pH, this is a rather complex subject.
PH is the potential of hydrogen, which is what makes a substance acidic.
Every place in our body has a different level of acidity. The saliva, stomach, every part of the intestine, blood, urine, skin … they are all different. Each location has its optimum pH range. Some have a little larger area than others. The pH of the blood is 7.35-7.45. Above or below this number, we die. The pH of the stomach is around 2 – a suboptimal level of acidity of 4-6 can cause digestive difficulties, nutritional deficiencies, dysbiosis, infections, etc.
This pH story leads to two interesting strengths: the elimination of acidic wastes and the alkaline diet.
First of all, the cellular acid waste is eliminated from the cell, to go into the lymph, to be taken care of before reaching the bloodstream, where the buffer systems and organs will be used (ex: bicarbonate, kidneys, lungs…) to buffer the acidity.
Despite all this, a state of acidosis can develop in certain situations, whether it is because of a diabetic state, a kidney problem, alcohol, liver or other. To make sure (among other things) to keep a stable blood pH and to avoid potential death, the body has its limits and its protective mechanisms. If it has no more bicarbonate stores (for example) available to handle its acids, it will dip into the bones, for example for calcium to do the same job. Without chipping away at the bone entirely (otherwise after 4 years the bone would be dissolved completely), some nutrients will still be used to allow the buffer systems and organs to work harder to meet the increased need caused by a condition. ‘acidosis. In addition, if there are no more reserves, it can cause oxidative stress and damage certain organs such as the kidneys.
Even though the body can cope with this state of acidity, there are still consequences that can result from it.
If we rely on the reference above, we can understand that there is a certain vicious circle that sets in: The level of acidity (uric acid) may be due to a problem with the kidneys which filter less well. acids, due to a chronic glycemic disorder (whether due to diet, stress, inflammation – which may itself be caused by a certain level of acidity), which may itself be due to too high uric acid level… and through this circle, kidney health takes the edge, so its filtration becomes poorer, which promotes more acidity and other health problems.
PS: We often talk about acidity, which cells cannot live in acidity, but the same is true with alkalinity. The idea is to find the right balance.
The acidosis created can be found at various intensities, both severe, which requires immediate treatment, and moderate / preventive, which is a more common form. With urine at a pH of 6.5 (1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline), the assumption would be medium acidity. This condition can influence certain conditions such as osteoporosis, insulin resistance, kidney deterioration, kidney stones (urinary stones) and sarcopenia. Already there, we can understand that a problem of “ acidity ” is not only “ acidity ”, but that it also involves diet, stress, digestion, the mode of life, inflammation, overall health. You cannot ‘’ just ’be acidic without having other cause-consequences.
Obviously, it is not just the acidity alone that can cause diseases like osteoporosis, to name only this disease, although it is involved.
This whole acidity thing is clearly more complex than what is being said. All of this brings me to the second point, the alkaline diet – the solution often put forward for cases of acidity.
Many foods have a certain acidity, so much we can talk about meat with their purines, which is metabolized into uric acid, as lemon, etc.
On the other hand, there are fruits and vegetables which are alkaline.
The purpose of this diet is to balance the body’s acidity levels.
Honestly, this diet is not a favorite for several reasons: When we say to eat alkaline to alkalize our body, as I mentioned before, the body has systems to normalize its pH levels. In addition, when we eat, food passes through the stomach, which has a pH of around 2. So, all that can resist this and that has an impact on the blood level, it is especially the minerals. like calcium, potassium and magnesium which can ‘alkalize the blood’. Where are these nutrients found? Mainly in fruits and vegetables!
Maybe you’ve heard of meats being acidic? Proteins, when we metabolize them, we make acids. Mr. Madam everyone can manage them. If I go back to my example from earlier with the kidneys, someone who has a more complex and advanced health condition, in this kind of case, yes the person could be careful about his meat consumption…. But also salt, electrolyte, fish, legumes (even if they are vegetable proteins and contain magnesium) … from there, it’s a medical condition that requires a lot of attention!
According to Dr. Alex Vasquez, promoting some alkalization (you can’t target just one place without impacting the entire organism, but since the blood pH is not moving, I am talking mainly at the urinary level here) can help. prevent certain conditions like osteoporosis, insulin resistance, hypertension, hypercortisolemia, kidney deterioration, urate and oxalate kidney stones, help lower serum urate levels ( by helping with insulin resistance and hypertension), sarcopenia (by reducing appetite and promoting the catabolism of glutamine), countering addictions, reducing appetite, reducing dopamine and catecholamine levels and prevent magnesium deficiency (which can cause a lot of problem like fatigue, heart failure, hypertension, cramps, bruxism, constipation, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, encephalopathy , metabolic deficiency and disorders s related to vitamin D)…
In short, here we begin to understand the logic behind the suggestions of the acid-base approach even if the words are not always clearly shared!
In addition, by favoring more fruits and vegetables, we will consume more potassium, which many people do not consume enough (90% of people do not consume 4.7 g of potassium per day). Even a major medical journal (Pediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) made a claim that potassium citrate was the ultimate supplement for preventing kidney stones in children who had metabolic acidosis.
Another benefit of having alkaline urine is that it eliminates chemicals and pesticides better. Having urine with a pH of at least 6.5 can be considered relatively alkaline, but with acidosis even 6.8 is insufficient to remedy the situation. The ideal is a value of 7.5. According to studies, even hunting tribes have urine pH results of 7.5-9.
So, eating a diet rich in plants, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and potentially thinking about potassium (discuss this with your healthcare professional first) to both help with acid-base management, blood-lymphatic circulation and good kidney health!
I let you digest this third part. See you soon!
Nicolas Desjardins, CPN, BHS and Charles Vaillancourt, N.D.
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