balance the acid-base balance
|An imbalance in the acid-base balance of the digestive organs often plays a role in autoimmune diseases.|
The immune system is largely at home in the intestine, so an important starting point for the treatment of autoimmune diseases is the healing of the intestine.
1. Oral cavity
The pH of the mouth should be above 7, i.e. basic. Since all types of sugar generate acid, neither sugary foods nor sweet toothpastes make sense. Brushing your teeth with sodium bicarbonate or rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth is a very good way of optimizing the pH value in the mouth. The so-called "oil pulling", which is an important element in Ayurvedic medicine, is also recommended. To do this, take a teaspoon to tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth in the morning after the tongue has been scraped clean and rinse for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to spit out the liquid and DO NOT swallow it! The coconut oil eliminates bacteria and fungi that have multiplied in the mouth during the night.
The pH of the stomach is ideally 1-2, so very acidic. The corrosive stomach acid is necessary to pre-digest the chyme and, above all, to rid it of harmful pathogens. A large percentage of autoimmune patients have a gastric acid deficiency.
It is therefore necessary to support stomach acid with naturally acidic (such as lemon) and bitter foods such as ginger, turmeric, dandelion (as tea) etc.
You can also take stomach acid in the form of capsules, a very simple and effective measure. These capsules are called "betaine hydrochloride". The best way to feel your way is to take a capsule before each meal. If you previously had too little stomach acid, digestion should now function better and the tiredness after the meal should subside. The number of capsules can be increased until you notice that you have too much stomach acid (acid regurgitation). Then dose back again.
3. Duodenum - small intestine
About 50% of diabetics have a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. This deficiency can be demonstrated by a stool examination for pancreatic elastasis. If so, pig pancreatic enzymes are usually prescribed (Pancreatan or the like). This is first and foremost effective. See pancreatin
If the small intestine is too acidic due to a lack of pancreatic enzymes, bacteria, viruses and fungi settle there and disturb the balance of the bacteria in this section. They prevent the absorption of minerals and vitamins because they absorb them, they eat them away from us. This problem is also called small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
In order to alkalize the small intestine (i.e. to make it basic), which is actually the job of the pancreas, because a large part of its juices is bicarbonate, i.e. strongly alkaline juice, it makes sense to support this section with bases. For a long time it was recommended to take sodium bicarbonate. However, this is very counterproductive, as the sodium bicarbonaet neutralizes a large part of the stomach acid, which is devastating in the case of an already existing gastric acid deficiency. Therefore, there are gastric juice-resistant base capsules, the contents of which only dissolve in the duodenum.
The colon, in turn, has an acidic environment and a large number of bacteria - ideally. But these "good" intestinal bacteria are often missing and therefore the food cannot be digested properly "to the end" and putrefactive gases are formed, which become noticeable as flatulence. This section of the intestine can be supported with probiotic foods (fermented vegetables) and also with probiotics (capsules).
In addition to balancing the acid-base balance of the digestive organs, it is advisable to support the intestine with a diet rich in fiber and with psyllium husks and to bind harmful substances with zeolite or healing earth.
|In April 2018, I was diagnosed with a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. I took porcine pancreatic enzymes for a long time, but switched to plant-based enzymes in November 2019, which work just as well. The symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency are not noticeable.|
I have been taking gastric acid capsules since 2019 and gastric juice-resistant base capsules since 2020. My digestion runs smoothly, I can metabolize the high amounts of fat in the ketogenic diet (no fat stools) and am not tired after meals.
I've been doing oil pulling every day since 2018. Brushing your teeth with baking soda since 2020. My dentist is satisfied!
Experiment with the
mentioned means and methods.