Every day there are new reports of one thing or another in the modern world that threatens human health. It can be hard to know what to believe – especially if it’s found on the Internet. One such finding that has been proven in scientific studies is the effects of excess acid in the body, a condition known as acidosis. Here we explain what acidosis is, the negative impact it can have on health and how calcium bentonite clay can help combat it.
What is Acidosis?
Acidosis is a condition where there is too much acid in bodily fluids. On the flip side, alkalosis is the condition where there is too much base in bodily fluids. Extreme imbalances in either direction can indeed be life threatening, but fortunately, are rare. However, chronic, low levels of imbalance in either direction can manifest in serious health conditions if not addressed. It is much more common in Western cultures to find imbalances on the side of acidosis.
Acidosis, Diet and Cancer
It is well known that dietary factors directly impact risk of cancer. Certain dietary choices can change the balance between acid and base in the body over time. Acidic diets – high in animal protein and salt and low in fruits and veggies – can result in a state of metabolic acidosis. There are no studies that directly link acidosis brought on by diet and cancer. However, an acid-base imbalance has been shown to change molecular activity in the body in such a way to promote tumor production or carcinogenesis. “Acidity is a well-known factor associated with cancer. Specifically, lower pH levels (acid) promote the invasive and metastatic potential of cancer cells.” Most fruits and vegetables are net-base producing foods. Asparagus is one example of an alkaline food. On the other hand, meat, eggs and dairy products are net-acid producing foods. Potassium salts and magnesium both serve to counter net acid production and help to promote alkaline balance. Cancer, candida, yeast, mold, fungus, viruses, bacteria and parasites cannot survive in a pH of 7.0 or above! Read more about what pH is and why it’s important here.
Ordinarily, the lungs and kidneys maintain the proper pH level of acids and bases. A normal pH level in the body is 7.4. When functioning well, the lungs eliminate excess carbon dioxide (an acid) from the body. The inability of the lungs to remove excess carbon dioxide results in respiratory acidosis. Symptoms of respiratory acidosis include lethargy, fatigue, sleepiness and shortness of breath.
Another condition marked by excess acid in the body is metabolic acidosis. This can result from the kidneys being unable to remove all of the acid produced by the body. Metabolic acidosis indicates the presence of an underlying condition that may include diabetes, kidney disease, and severe dehydration or poisoning by methanol, aspirin or ethylene glycol (anti-freeze). A buildup of lactic acid in the body is a type of metabolic acidosis. It can be brought on by excess alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise for a long time, hypoglycemia, cancer, medications, or liver failure or seizures among other things.
In the United States and other Westernized cultures, persistent, low-grade acidosis is the norm when it comes to acid-base imbalance. This is often the result of an ongoing buildup of excess metabolic acids. This is often seen as people age and the kidneys weaken. However, it can happen in younger people with the overconsumption of acid-forming foods including refined food, protein, grains, sugar, coffee and alcohol.
Harmful Effects of Acidosis
The body does an amazing job balancing pH and works to rid the body of excess acid. In the course of doing this over and over and over in individuals in a perpetually acidic state, it depletes the body’s alkali mineral reserves. This in turn has negative consequences. Listing every problem that can result from chronic, low grade acidosis is beyond the scope of this post. The harmful effects of an overly acidic body shown here were chosen because bentonite clay can help address them. Several studies have identified these conditions as resulting from acidosis:
Loss of calcium, dissolution of bone and development of osteoporosis
Loss of potassium and magnesium stores which can result in a tendency towards high blood pressure and inflammation and the associated pain that can bring
Increased production of free radicals which can exacerbate inflammation and pain
Imbalance of bad gut flora (bacteria) and associated digestive issues
Creation of breeding grounds for various type of viruses, which thrive in an acidic environment
Encouraging growth and spread of yeast and fungi
Increased acidity in the mouth that can cause an imbalance of oral bacteria and in turn increased dental decay and gum disease
Suboptimal liver detoxification
How to Prevent Acidosis with Calcium Bentonite Clay
One of the most important facts about Earth’s Natural Clay’s Drinking Powder is that it has a pH of 9.7. This makes our calcium bentonite clay on the base end of the pH scale. For those with an overly acidic system, raising the pH of the body can be accomplished by consuming calcium bentonite clay with a high pH. Keep in mind that not all clays are created equally, so ask what the pH is of any clay being considered. Want to know what else to consider when researching clay? Get our Clay Comparison Checklist here.
In the 1960s, NASA commissioned a study to help counter the damaging effects of weightlessness on astronauts’ bone health. Experiments were conducted on rats, hamsters, mice and miniature pigs. Researchers concluded that there were beneficial effects of clay supplementation. Specifically they found that clay supplementation prevented pathological changes in the long bones of the animals. Researchers also found that the clay contained some factor/s other than calcium that improved the utilization of calcium and/or bone formation.
Earth’s Natural Clay is a compound of trace mineral elements including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Trace minerals refer to the amount, which is very small or minute. The minerals are in a form (oxide) wherein they are tightly bound together, making them not bioavailable to the body. Bioavailable refers to the ability of a drug, herb, supplement, etc. to reach the circulatory system. For this reason, calcium bentonite clay is not considered a mineral supplement. However, there is anecdotal evidence that consuming calcium bentonite clay does remineralize bones and teeth. Find the book How I Healed My Teeth Eating Sugar that explains this more.
Calcium bentonite clay is a powerful yet safe detoxifier. It has a strong negative ionic charge that attracts positively charged ionic molecules to itself. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells in the body and have a positive ionic charge. Calcium bentonite clay absorbs and adsorbs free radicals in the body. There are also pathogens in the body including both ‘bad’ bacteria and viruses that can cause disease. E-coli and listeria are two such bacteria that cause illness in the body. Calcium bentonite clay can not only absorb and adsorb these pathogens, but it has been shown to be one of the only effective treatments against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Arizona State University has been studying bentonite clay to understand its powerful anti-bacterial effect.
Yeast is present in the gut and can grow on the surface in and around every living thing. Like bacteria, not all yeast is something horrific and to be feared. However, under certain conditions, yeast can grow out of control and wreak havoc on the body. A common yeast overgrowth occurs with Candida albicans. There seems to be a strong link between candida and fibromyalgia, for example. Read more about candida here. There are several changes that need to be made to rid the body of candida, but all sound candida programs begin with detoxification of the body. Calcium bentonite clay is a safe yet effective detoxifier of the gut when consumed internally. It can also detoxify tissue when bathed in or used as a body wrap.
Earth’s Natural Clay’s Drinking Powder has a pH of 9.7, making it highly alkaline. Brushing the teeth with our Drinking Powder or our Tooth Polish are effective ways to add alkalinity to an overly acidic mouth. In addition to absorbing excess bad oral bacteria, there are reports of bentonite clay stopping erosion of the teeth caused by excess acid in the mouth. Some have even reported remineralization of the teeth from consuming clay.
The liver is the conductor and orchestrator of the detoxification functions in the body. Everything that goes into the body is processed by the liver; it works tirelessly to convert harmful chemicals to water soluble waste so it can be eliminated. When taken internally, calcium bentonite clay eliminates toxins, parasites, allergens and other harmful elements from the intestines. In this way, it lessens the load on the liver. Consider this analogy: Some cities (like San Diego) have curbside recycling of yard waste. That is greenery that would otherwise go in the regular trash. By diverting the green waste into other bins for another truck to pick up, it lessens the amount of garbage the regular trash collectors need to process. Bentonite clay is a detoxifying agent that picks up a lot of the garbage so that it doesn’t have to be processed by the liver. Read more about how clay supports liver health here.
Imbalances in the pH level of body fluids – in either direction – can negatively impact health. In modern times, excess acid is far more common and a fairly easy state to enter. The good news is that mindful eating habits can go a long way towards preventing and reversing acidosis. Earth’s Natural Clay Drinking Powder has a pH of 9.7, making it an alkaline compound. Consuming calcium bentonite clay can counter some of the negative effects of acidosis. It does this by ridding the intestines of unwanted and harmful pathogens including bad bacteria, yeast and molds, thereby easing the work of the liver. Calcium bentonite clay also remineralizes bones and teeth.
Calcium bentonite clay is a safe and natural remedy that helps the body return to homeostasis so that it can heal itself. A well-functioning body is in a better position to deal with the daily assaults encountered in our modern world. Can something so basic really be so beneficial? The answer is yes! Read our testimonials to learn how others have used Earth’s Natural Clay to improve their health.
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Lott, Joey How I Healed My Teeth Eating Sugar: A Guide to Improving Dental Health Naturally, Creative Space Independent Publishing, 2014.