But encouraging research shows that alkalizing your body can function as a potent weapon against them.
A recent study not only revealed that alkalizing the body has the ability to fight autoimmune disease – but showcased its ability to work at the cellular and molecular level.
In a study conducted by scientists at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and published in April 2018 in Journal of Immunology, the team found that alkalizing the body helped to reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune disorders.
The key to this action action was the way it affected mesothelial cells on the exterior of the spleen. These specialized immune cells have microvilli that sense the environment and warn when an immune response is needed in order to defend against invading pathogens.
But in autoimmune disorders, this response can be inappropriate, excessive and damaging.
Alkalinization helped the cells to convey the message that a protective immune response need not be triggered. In the words of study co-author Dr. Paul O’Connor, the compound helped reassure the immune system that there was no pathogen to be fought. “It’s most likely a hamburger, not a bacterial infection,” explained Dr. O’Connor.
It’s Official: Alkalizing your body Reduces the Inflammatory Actions of Cells
Alkalization also affects the population of immune cells called macrophages, which engulf and destroy pathogens. The scientists found that it shifted the macrophage population to a higher percentage of anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, while decreasing pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages.
Although the initial research was conducted on rats, the researchers studied healthy human volunteers as well. And these human participants also experienced an anti-inflammatory response!
In addition, the group had more inflammation-regulating T cells, which discourage the immune system from attacking tissue.
The researchers concluded that alkalizing the body was a “cheap, relatively safe, effective and … noninvasive method to activate cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathways, which may be of benefit to patients suffering from a multitude of inflammatory disease states.”
In a separate study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that alkalizing the body could specifically benefit rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune condition. The scientists concluded that sodium bicarbonate and water helped reduce inflammation and disease severity.
According to noted doctor and author Dr. Eddy Bettermann, alkalizing the body increases bicarbonates in the blood – in turn increasing carbon dioxide and helping with oxygenation of body organs.
And Dr. Lynda Frassetto of the University of California notes that it can reduce acidic wastes in the body – which show up as cholesterol, fatty acids, uric acid, phosphate and kidney stones.
While autoimmune disease can be a formidable foe, the simple, old-fashioned remedy of alkalizing the body may emerge as a front-line defense against it.
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