Acidosis is a condition where the body fluids are too acidic. There are consequences when this occurs that can dramatically affect health or simply lead to weight gain. The body’s normal pH is between 5.35 and 7.45 That’s when it’s in balance. If it drops to 7.34 or lower, it’s one of the signs the body is too acidic. Acidosis can come from an underlying condition that is either metabolic or respiratory.
Metabolic, respiratory and lactic acidosis have different symptoms and causes.
The three types of acidosis have some similar symptoms but different causes. Metabolic acidosis occurs for a variety of reasons. It can occur due to diabetes, liver or kidney disease, dehydration, prolonged lack of oxygen, seizures, and poisoning. Fatigue, confusion, rapid breathing, and shock are symptoms of metabolic acidosis. Addressing the underlying condition or making changes to avoid the problem can prevent your body from becoming too acidic.
Respiratory acidosis occurs because of breathing issues.
Pulmonary problems, such as COPD, asthma, obesity, and sleep apnea, can cause respiratory acidosis. Fatigue, confusion, anxiety, sleepiness, tremors, warm flushed skin and sweating, shock, and shortness of breath are symptoms of respiratory acidosis. A third type of acidosis is lactic acidosis. It’s caused by lactic acid build-up that occurs due to cancer, liver failure, and several other medical conditions, including alcohol poisoning.
You can avoid many problems by identifying too much acid early.
Medical tests can identify whether your body is too acidic or alkaline. Identifying it early can help you control underlying issues and take affirmative action to solve the problem before it gets worse. Unexplained weight gain is one sign. Acid is stored in fat cells, which causes inflammation, leading to even more weight gain. It’s difficult to lose weight no matter how hard you try. The weight gain can also lead to reducing your pH level further, making acidosis worse.
- One common complaint from people with an acidic body is joint pain. Acid can build up, causing inflammation of the joints. If you already have arthritis or joint issues, it exacerbates them further.
- Sleep disturbances like insomnia can occur if your body is too acidic. It is one reason lethargy and exhaustion are such prevalent symptoms of too much acidity.
- Acid reflux, bloating, and heartburn are often initial symptoms that your body is overly acidic. A higher-than-normal level of acidity can cause inflammation and irritate the lining of the esophagus. It creates digestive issues and nutrient absorption.
- Cutting out processed foods, dairy, foods with added sugar, coffee, and white flour can help bring your body back to normal acidity. Exercising regularly and drinking more water can also help.
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