As part of the bodies normal metabolism, the body produces acid. This is most obvious in the first stage of digestion, inside the stomach. When the acid producing Parietal cells are over producing hydrochloric acid, and the normal physiologic buffering does not neutralize all of the acid, the excess acid that is not expelled is 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. A basic illustration: for every molecule of acid that is stored in the tissue, an equal molecule of bicarbonate, or base substance, needs to be put into the blood. This is 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 pH balance to stay healthy.
As more acid accumulates in the body, it is stored and pushed further into the matrix, and ultimately the acid is 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 acid state. Terminal cancer patient are 50 time more acidic normal health people.
As potassium leaves, it requires Phosphate in the process of leaving; 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, and Arthritic pain, etc. The condition that causes this problem is called Hyperchlorhydria, the over production of strong acid, in the first stage of digestion. Hypochlorhydria can corrected with natural medications that will not cause side effects, like Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) do. To correct the problem a pH diagnostic test is required to determine the correct type and amount of natural medicine that is required. Everyone with Osteoporosis should have a pH diagnostic test before the disorder is irreversible.