pH Balance and Diabetes
The most complete and scientific resource on this subject is the book The pH Miracle for Diabetes by Robert Young PhD and his wife Shelley. If you are diabetic and are seeking to control your blood sugar this book is a must read.
There is convincing evidence that people with diabetes can benefit by maintaining pH balance in their bodies. The connection between diabetes and pH balance can clearly be seen in the kidneys, a bodily system that is known to be weakened by both diabetes and an acidic pH balance. By maintaining the proper pH balance in your body, your kidneys and your diabetes will likely improve, too.
Your body is in a constant battle to maintain a slightly alkaline, or basic, pH balance. Many of the foods you eat may upset that balance by leaving an acidic residue in your system. To bring your body back into pH balance, your kidneys are constantly working to remove acidic residues from bodily fluids and maintain the alkaline pH balance to your body. In a person with diabetes, the kidneys are already working overtime to rid the body of excess sugar in the blood. So it’s not too difficult to see how the hardworking kidneys can be strained by diabetes and pH balance.
You can help your diabetes and your pH balance by eating the right kinds of foods. First, if you have diabetes or you are at risk for diabetes, you should always check with your doctor regarding your diet. As luck would have it, both diabetes and pH balance can be regulated by the same types of foods, namely fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. People trying to maintain their diabetes and pH balance should also limit their intake of sugar, meats, breads and pastas. Sticking to a healthy diet is a great way to keep your diabetes, pH balance, and overall health in check.
Improper pH Balance Increases Risk and Damage of Diabetes
Blood sugar balance is critical to your body's proper functioning. Blood sugar (glucose) is the primary source of fuel for the body's cells and is particularly critical to the brain and the eyes. When glucose isn't regulated properly through the bloodstream, the body's cells don't obtain the energy they need. Excessively high blood sugar (hyperglycemia, or diabetes) or excessively low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) prevents organs from working properly and leads to a decline in health.
The body's blood sugar level is regulated primarily by the pancreas and the liver. The liver stores excess glucose and releases it when needed. The pancreas secretes insulin that helps carry glucose into the body's cells, and it secretes glucagon that triggers the release of stored glucose in the liver. When either organ fails to function properly, blood sugar becomes excessively high or low and the cells begin to "starve."
A highly acidic pH level puts the pancreas, liver, and all the body's organs at risk. Because of the important role played by the liver in removing acid waste from the body, liver function is particularly at risk when acids accumulate. When acidity prevents the liver and pancreas from regulating blood sugar, the risk of diabetes increases.
Not only does high acidity make you vulnerable to diabetes. The impact of diabetes on the body increases the level of acid waste. Therefore improper pH balance puts diabetics at greater risk for complications such as kidney failure, gangrene and blindness.
A diabetic suffers from an excess of glucose in the bloodstream ? glucose that cannot be delivered properly to the body's cells due to lack of insulin. As the liver absorbs more and more of the excess glucose, its ability to remove toxins from the body becomes impaired. As the toxins multiply, the acid level in the body increases.
Because glucose is not delivered properly to the body's cells, the cells start to malfunction. They expel increasing amounts of acid waste. Some of the excess acid filters through the kidneys, causing damage that can lead to kidney failure. Some of the acid accumulates in the liver, further damaging the liver's ability to remove toxins.
Acid that is not filtered out or stored can attach to and harden the cell walls, further preventing the cells from absorbing nutrients. Eventually the cells die, starting with the glucose-dependent eyes and the extremities where it's more difficult for nutrients to reach. Blindness and gangrene can result.
Benefits of balanced pH
Fortunately, a significant reduction of acids in your body can lead to organ regeneration and improved health. A diet that's more alkaline can help you reverse the damage caused by acidity and diabetes.
The right combination of fresh vegetable juices, for example, can help your body break down and destroy excessive acid waste. For a doubly positive impact, eliminate sugars and refined carbohydrates from your diet. Not only do sugars and refined carbohydrates make it difficult to control your blood sugar balance, but they also increase your body's acidity. Vitamin and mineral supplements specially formulated to balance pH are an important part of your strategy as well.
If you start to balance your pH level through supplements and easy-to-learn diet and lifestyle changes, you will reduce your vulnerability to diabetes and its complications. You can look forward to a healthier life.
If you truly want to change and help your body heal itself you need to take a proactive approach. Don't expect to feed your body processed foods, not exercise, then pop a pill and be all better? it just doesn't work that way. If you want to bring your body into pH balance then you need a complete approach.
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