Arthritis and Digestion

Could Too Much Acid be Causing your Arthritis Pain?

As a part of the bodies’ normal metabolism, the body produces acid. This is most obvious in the first stage of digestion in the stomach. When the acid producing Parietal Cells in the stomach are over producing HCL, and the normal physiologic buffering in the digestive tract does not neutralize it, the excess acid that is not expelled may be stored in the body. This occurs mostly in the interstitial spaces, also called the extracellular matrix, which is the space around the cells. This is similar to the repository effect that many drugs have, after long-term use, especially Proton Pump Inhibitors and Antibiotics.
As a basic illustration, for every molecule of Acid that is stored in tissue, an equal molecule of Bicarbonate, or base substance, needs to be put into the blood, because the Physiology of the body knows that it will be needed to remove the excess acid out of the body later. In effect, the body tries to maintain the proper balance to stay healthy.
As more acid accumulates in the body, it gets stored and pushed further, and ultimately the acid gets pushed into the cellular structure. When this occurs, the first thing the acid does is displace the Potassium and then the Magnesium and then the Sodium. As a person ages, or ill health occurs, the blood and skin pH will often move from its overly alkaline state, toward the acidic side.
As the Potassium leaves, it requires Phosphate in the process of leaving; the body gets this Phosphate from bones. The result of this, Calcium is released from the bones, and ends up as free Calcium in the system. As a preservation mechanism, the Sodium in the body will be retained through the operation of the Kidneys. The Calcium leaving the bone as Phosphate is released to bind with Potassium, and is a big part of what is behind Osteoporosis, Arthritic pain, etc. The body will continuously try to compensate for the increasing tissue acidosis and potassium loss.
The Human body has specific homeostatic regulators that keep everything working and in balance. Digestive pH, which includes Saliva and HCL, is critical in these processes; another would be the sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system, in relationship to the oxidative rate, in metabolizing food nutrients. Without proper Conversion, Absorption, and Physiologic Buffering in the Digestive tract, which relates directly to the First Stage of Digestion, the body cannot maintain a proper pH balance.
Virtually all degenerative diseases, including Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, Kidney and Gall Stones, and Tooth Decay are associated with the over production of Hydrochloric acid (Hyperchlorhydria).