(1)Many patients with diabetes die from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) every year. DKA is caused by reduced insulin levels, decreased glucose use, and increased gluconeogenesis from elevated counter regulatory hormones, including catecholamines, glucagon, and cortisol. DKA primarily affects patients with type 1 diabetes, but also may occur in patients with type 2 diabetes, and is most often caused by omission of treatment, infection, or alcohol abuse.
I understand that ketoacidosis is a condition usually not seen in type2. A pH that is acidic on the skin is good but inside it can indicate a deadly disease situation going on in the body.
(2)According to the research of Dr Enderlein, our bodies can only be healed of any chronic illness when our blood is at a normal, slightly alkaline pH.
What exactly does pH mean? pH is the short form for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Indicator above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is considered acidic.
Our blood pH has a very narrow range of around 7.35 to 7.45. If our body's pH deviates from this range, we will be sick or have symptoms of falling sick. If our blood pH falls below 6.8 or above 7.8, our body cells will stop functioning and death will occur.
from Dr. Lam.com
He goes on to say"A normal healthy body will have an almost equal blood pH of acidity and alkalinity. The most ideal pH balance is 7.4 , which means that it is slightly more alkaline than acid. Only when the pH level is balance that our bodies can then effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. As such, our body pH's determines everything.
An acid pH body is more prone to illness. In an acidic environment, red blood cells cannot repel and stick together like a stack of coins, forming what is called rouleau formation. This formation limits the amount of oxygen carrying capacity because red blood cells sandwiched between the two ends are compressed against each other and therefore unable to carry oxygen. Reduced oxygen leads fatigue, lack of energy, and weakness, just to mention a few symptoms. Furthermore, cancer cells strives in an oxygen deprived environment (anaerobic) much better than in an oxygen rich environment.
The importance of maintaining optimum pH is therefore a critical factor in balancing proper internal terrain to deter cancer, infection, and a host of inflammatory disease. The majority of these conditions worsen in an acidic environment. They do not do well in an acidic environment.
The normal human cell is slightly alkaline and has an abundance of molecular oxygen. The cancer cell is acidic and cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. As such, we can conclude that pH balance is very important to one's health, especially for the cancer patient."
The more carbohydrates you eat, the more your pancreas releases insulin to lower the excessive blood sugar. This is especially so with simple or refined carbohydrates that are converted into sugar quickly (the high-glycemic index foods like white bread and white flour) once inside your body. While insulin levels rise and fall with each meal and is part of the normal metabolic process, chronic carbohydrate overload causes chronic insulin overload. The cells of the body, be they the muscles or the fat tissues, recognize that excessive sugar is toxic. They try to shut down the influx of sugar into the cells and therefore go through a down-regulation process to resist the command of insulin. This state is called insulin resistance.
I am finding that inflammatory diseases to ferment in bodies with a high acid ph.
An acidosis condition can result in:
A. Development of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
B. Aneurysm (widening and ballooning of artery walls)
C. Arrthythmias (abnormal rhythms of the heart including tachycardia)
D. Myocardial infarction (heart attacks)
E. Strokes (a cardiovascular accident).
A very acid Ph, will cause the liver to flood the body with excess insulin and will very carefully convert every calorie consumed into stored energy=fat!
So how do we lower our ph to a more normal alkaline range?
Well, foods like:almonds, aloe vera, apples, apricots, bee pollen, buckwheat, cabbage, cantaloupe, celery, carrots, cucumbers, dairy products except hard cheese, dates, pulse, poached eggs, figs, grapefruit, honey, lettuce, millet, parsley, raisins, peaches, fresh red potatoes, pineapple, soy products, sprouted seeds, cooked spinach, turnip tops, wakame miso soup, azuki beans, rice and mineral water, will be a great start. I will post again the anti-inflammatory diet I follow. No I don't eat everything on this list but I avoid the worst ones and embrace[moderately] the "best" ones.
Pain free foods list from: About.com
low-fat cottage cheese
blue fin tuna
Salmon [wild caught]
cornish game hens
turkey [dark meat]
eye of round[beef]
lamb rib chops
mixed grain bread
whole wheat bread
hot dog/hamburger buns
muesli [no added sugar]
PASTA AND GRAINS
whole wheat pasta
FATS AND OILS
apricot kernel oil
safflower oil [high oleic]
palm kernel oil
safflower oil [high linolenic]
CRACKER, COOKIES CHIPS
corn chips potato chips
NUTS AND SEEDS
HERBS AND SPICES
This list is only a loose guide; of course if you are limiting calories, gm foods, carbs, and sugars you will want to limit many on the 'best' lists as well. Consult with your health professional
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(1)The Cleveland Health Information Center
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(3)About.con nutrition/120 common foods rated best and worst for inflammation.
from The inflammation free diet plan by Monica Reinagel.