An Imbalanced pH May Contribute to Alzheimer’s

An estimated 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and the emotional pain that comes along with it. Yet, scientists still do not know what exactly causes the irreversible disease.

They know that there are genetic risk factors at play, but why do those with no genetic predisposition develop it? Why do harmful, memory-destroying plaques build up in the brain in the first place? New research may shed light on the reason.

The Link Between pH and Alzheimer’s

Scientists claim that they have discovered new evidence that one of the plausible roots of Alzheimer’s disease could be a simple acid-alkaline pH imbalance in certain areas of the brain.

It all begins with certain cells called astrocytes. Astrocytes are responsible for cleaning up memory-destroying amyloid beta plaques between neurons. Normally, they do their job, and the plaques are contained. But, when astrocytes begin to malfunction, these plaques begin to build up within the brain, causing the hallmark signs of Alzheimer’s.

It turns out that this problem could be caused by a simple pH imbalance inside crucial nutrient-transport parts of brain cells. Scientists gave an HDAC inhibitor (a drug usually reserved for treating blood cancers) to pH imbalanced astrocytes with the Alzheimer’s genetic variant, and as internal pH was restored, astrocyte function and plaque cleanup was significantly improved.

Simply improving the pH balance of these cells improved overall function and clearance of damaging plaques.

Of course, this research was conducted on lab-grown astrocytes, so it is far from conclusive, but it does bear promise for future research and treatment options. In the meantime, here are a few basic tips to fight off acidity and encourage a balanced pH throughout your entire body.

How to Get Your pH in Balance

An Imbalanced pH May Contribute to Alzheimer's

Start your day with a glass of lemon water.

You may think lemons are acidic, but lemon water is actually alkaline-forming in the body. It’s the easiest (and tastiest) way to bring up the pH level of your water while ensuring your body is fully hydrated and ready to start the day.

Steer clear of processed foods and refined sugars.

These foods are heavily acidic. As our bodies have a tendency to skew acidic over alkaline, it is important to reduce acid-promoting foods in our regular diets. Other acidic foods to be wary of:

  • coffee
  • alcohol
  • animal products

Eat ALL the vegetables.

What promotes your body to become more alkaline? Veggies and plant-based foods! So steam those greens, munch on some raw sprouts, or blend a little broccoli into a smoothie. A veggie-heavy, plant-based diet can tilt the pH scales in your favor.

Manage stress better.

Stress impairs your body’s detoxification functions and promotes both inflammation and acidity in the body. Too little sleep and too little exercise does it, too. Balance your lifestyle, practice mindfulness techniques, and get plenty of movement and rest in to ensure you aren’t addicted to an acid-promoting lifestyle.

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Marie W
Marie W7 days ago

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Angelo Morella
Angelo Morella6 months ago

An easy way to manage the pH of your body is to test your urinary pH morning and night. In the morning it is commonly more acidic eg ph 5 than at night pH 7.0 (neutral). if your urinary pH remains below 7 dissolve 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarbonate in a glass of water (ph8.5) and drink it, do nthis for a week and see what your night time pH is. In the old days bicarbonate was a common remedy as were fizzy drinks made from bicarbonate. Todays fizzy drinks are commonly acidic and full of acidifying sugar.
I had gout for many years and dietary intervention didn't do much, neutralising my body with bicarbonate was the miracle cure. if it were expensive and/or had to be prescribed by a doctor more people might use it.

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Margie FOURIE7 months ago

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Michele Santos
Michele Santos7 months ago

Caffeine as a protective factor in dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Eskelinen MH1, Kivipelto M.
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University of Eastern Finland, School of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine - Neurology, Kuopio, Finland.
Caffeine has well-known short-term stimulating effects on central nervous system, but the long-term impacts on cognition have been less clear. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are rapidly increasing public health problems in ageing populations and at the moment curative treatment is lacking. Thus, the putative protective effects of caffeine against dementia/AD are of great interest. Here, we discuss findings from the longitudinal epidemiological studies about caffeine/coffee/tea and dementia/AD/cognitive functioning with a special emphasis on our recent results from the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study. The findings of the previous studies are somewhat inconsistent, but most studies (3 out of 5) support coffee's favorable effects against cognitive decline, dementia or AD. In addition, two studies had combined coffee and tea drinking and indicated some positive effects on cognitive functioning. For tea drinking, protective effects against cognitive decline/dementia are still less evident. In the CAIDE study, coffee drinking of 3-5 cups per day at midlife was associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD by about 65% at late-life. In co

Frances G
Frances G7 months ago

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Edith B
Edith B7 months ago

Basically all this article tells us is to lead a healthy lifestyle.

JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris7 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

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Amanda McConnell7 months ago

Thanks for sharing