Preventing chronic disease with alkaline foods
Cells maintain a very tight pH. This means that the functional aspect of the body has a tight range where enzymes work optimally, cells can communicate, and energy gets produced. A shift in the pH towards the acidic range will have a large effect on how the cells produce energy. Cellular energy is produced in a part called the mitochondria. An acid shift causes swelling in the mitochondria, hampering energy function and production, and increasing free radical production. The link with Parkinson’s’s disease, is that the factor that drives Parkinson’s Disease forward is free radical damage to the mitochondria in the substantia nigra, damaging the cells that produce dopamine in the brain.
One of the main issues with treating Parkinson’s Disease, is that it is hard to stop this progression because nutrients have to cross through the blood brain barrier, a very tight barrier between the brain and the blood stream that is highly selective in what is allowed to cross into the brain tissue. This makes it difficult to stop the propagation of free radical damage to the mitochondria. If you can change the pH of your blood and body tissues with an alkaline lifestyle, then it will likely help lower the acidic and free radical damage to the mitochondria in the substantia nigra.
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