In Love with CO2 and Bicarbonates
Our life and health depend on having enough CO2 in the blood and tissues. Carbon dioxide is both an essential a nutrient and a product of respiration. Its lack or deficiency is a starting point for disturbances in the body up to and including cancer. The last thing a person wants is to be bicarbonate deficient, which is the same thing as saying CO2 deficient. Bicarbonae is a miracle medicine based on solid physiology. No home, no healthclinic and certainly no hospital should be without a large supply.
It is extremely important to note that CO2 is bicarbonate’s twin sister. They are two forms of the same thing. When we take bicarbonate, the acid in the stomach or lemon in the glass turns bicarbonates into CO2. In the blood, we see a constant and ultra-fast interaction between bicarbonate and CO2. To understand bicarbonate medicine and why it is as powerful and important as it is, one must appreciate CO2 physiology.
Catalyzed by carbonic anhydrase, carbon dioxide (CO2) reacts with water (H2O) to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), which in turn rapidly dissociates to form a bicarbonate ion (HCO−) and a hydrogen ion (H ).
Public opinion tends to think of carbon dioxide as a waste product or even as a poison to our precious planet. (It is sometimes confused with carbon monoxide, which is a poison). In the 19th century, Zuntz, in Berlin, recognized that carbon dioxide, unlike oxygen, is not carried by hemoglobin. He showed that carbon dioxide is combined with bases, chiefly as sodium bicarbonate, which plays a part in acid-alkaline balance in the blood. Most of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in the plasma, both in simple solution and that combined with alkali into the bicarbonates.
In medicine, up to 5% carbon dioxide is added to
pure oxygen for stimulation of breathing after
apnea and to stabilize the O2/CO2 balance in blood.
Carbon dioxide is transported in the blood in three forms: dissolved in plasma, as bicarbonate, and coupled to proteins in the form of carbamino compounds. Bicarbonate represents the largest fraction of the CO2 in the blood (~88%). The bicarbonate buffer system is an acid-base homeostatic mechanism involving the balance of carbonic acid (H2CO3), bicarbonate ion (HCO−), and carbon dioxide (CO2) to maintain pH in the blood and duodenum, among other tissues, to support proper metabolic function.
The Important Point
Under clinical conditions, low oxygen and low carbon dioxide generally occur together. Therapeutic increase of carbon dioxide, by inhalation of this gas diluted in air, is often an effective means of improving the oxygenation of the blood and tissues. In the presence of a large amount of carbon dioxide, the hemoglobin molecule changes its shape slightly in a way that favors the release of oxygen.
Carbon dioxide is one of the most important gases for life. It is healthy and extremely necessary. CO2 is good, and without enough of it, we get sick. CO2, the waste product of cell metabolism, is not waste at all. Plants thrive on it, and our lives depend on it. Without CO2 there would be little to no oxygen on our planet.
Dr. Konstantin Buteyko said, “CO2 is the main source of nutrition for any living matter on Earth. Plants obtain CO2 from the air and provide the main source of nourishment for animals, while both plants and animals are nourishment for us. The great resource of CO2 in the air was formed in pre-historical times when the amount was about 10%.”
CO2 – Alkalinity – Bicarbonate
Life on Earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires
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