As a holistic soap maker, passionate about helping you live better, I have enthusiastically held many conversations with all of you concerning various skin concerns. After years of these conversations, the most consistent concern many of you and your loved ones are dealing with is eczema or some other form of dermatitis.
I have mentioned the well-studied connection between eczema and an overly acidic body (acidosis), even the possibility of candida (candidiasis) and parasites but I had yet to create a well thought out post. Today I want to share a bit of insight about acidity and what that means for your overall health in the simplest terms because I want you all to get this and understand that you have the power to prevail over disease, over eczema.
Where it starts…
First off, virtually all diseases including dermatitis, allergies, cancer, candida, heart disease, bowel diseases, arthritis (inflammation), osteoporosis, kidney stones, gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. All forms of inflammation are also associated with excess acidity, including inflammation of the skin and joints.
Did you know that disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment. The conditions won’t allow it to.
So where does excess acidity come from?
When nutritionists talk about acid- or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the effects of the food once ingested and metabolized by the body. Therefore the food we consume is what creates an acidic or alkaline body. The typical American diet is exceptionally high in acid forming foods (meat, grains, dairy, sugar & processed foods). These are also food groups that are highly subject to hormone treatments, antibiotics and genetic modification as well as synthetic chemicals.
Most proteins contain sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When metabolized, these substances are broken down into phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid, which must then be neutralized through various chemical reactions in the body. Another by-product of protein metabolism is uric acid. Uric acid has been found to have a major influence on the development of arthritis; in particular, gout.
Because of these toxic by-products of protein metabolism (phosphoric, sulphuric and uric acids), protein rich foods, and especially animal products, are acid-forming. Most grains and dairy products, also high in protein, are also acid-forming.
What it does…
Since we are constantly supplying acids and alkalis to our bodies through the various foods we eat, it is very important that we consider the balance between these two extremes.
If we consume excessive amounts of acid-forming foods, such as animal and dairy products, the body must dip into its alkaline reserves to maintain the proper pH (alkalinity). The kidneys, lungs and entire physiology is overworked in the process of neutralizing the acids from the body. This strain eventually leads to a depletion of buffer salts and the breakdown in the functions of various organs, including the kidneys.
Any food, drug or beverage that is extremely acidic in nature causes the body to utilize alkaline reserves and this process overworks the various organs. Over a period of time, the body eventually is no longer capable of handling this overload and will slowly begin to break down or malfunction. Various organ malfunctions are referred to as “disease,” while the root cause is “too much acid in the body” (acidosis).
How does this tie into eczema / dermatitis?
The short answer is this, you are dealing with inflammation that likely stems from acidosis or a by-product of. The skin is too a major organ, the largest at that, capable of malfunctioning like any other organ. Reducing the acid formation in the body, consuming more alkaline foods and nurturing the gut all go a long way to reducing the potentiality for outbreaks at the skin level.
What you should do…
The short answer, barring any medications and food allergies that are contradictory, is consume fresh (not canned) fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds while reducing the ratio of meats, grains (wheat, corn, oats, white rice), dairy, sugars and other beverages aside from green tea, raw vegetable juices and 64 oz of fresh water daily.
Many alternative health experts recommend a diet comprised of more alkaline than acid foods. In the book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition, author Elson Haas, M.D. recommends a diet consisting of 70 – 80 % alkaline and balanced foods in spring and summer. For winter months, he recommends decreasing this to 65 to 70% of alkaline and balanced foods.
The following chart is not all inclusive. Use it as a guide only.
Stay tuned for follow up posts on this topic.
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