Do you ever wonder why you feel tired, sluggish and out of focus even when you’ve already had your 8 hours of sleep? Perhaps you think it might be something you ate or drank, but that’s not it. This is a signal that your body is telling you that something is wrong and you need to fix it right away. So how do you do that?
So the human body always adapts to the changes that make (by eating too much junk food or drinking too much coffee). It always leads to one thing, your acid-base balance. By definition, it’s an acid that neutralizes alkalinity of your body, typically corrosive and has a pH of less than 7; while the base has a pH greater than 7 and always reacts with acid to form salts. On the other hand, our blood needs the balance of both compounds to function properly. To achieve it, your lungs and kidneys work around the clock to maintain the acid-based balance that our blood needs. However, the slightest changes can cause significant consequences to the essential organs.
What happens if too much acid is present?
When the acidity of your body increases, the pH levels starts to fall and it ends up affecting the acid-base balance of the blood that results to acidosis. But even before that, there are signs and symptoms that you would never expect:
Weight Gain – If too much acid is present in the body, which cannot be easily disposed through sweating, urinating and defecating. The body needs to adapt and one way to do it is by producing fat cells that store excess toxins/acids inside of it and it leads to excess fat.
Weakness of the Bones - It is caused by consuming too much acid from foods like dairy, sugar, processed foods, fish and many others. In order to maintain the acid-base balance in the body, the alkaline minerals in the bone reach out to neutralize the acidity which causes bone weakness.
Lack of Sleep (Sleep Problems) - Due to acid reflux, it may cause you not to sleep properly and acidity is primarily linked to insomnia or sleeplessness.
Common symptoms of too much acid in the body:
Low energy - When the acidity level in the body is too high, the blood cannot do its job properly, which is to deliver oxygen to the muscles and vital organs. As a result of this, your body will feel sluggish as if you don’t have much energy.
Dehydration - Your body needs water to survive, which means you should drink at least 6-8 glasses a day to contribute to the alkalinity in the body. Too much acid can cause dehydration since the acid-base balance is not maintained.
Joint and Muscle Pain - High acidity leads to acid toxins and other minerals to be stored in the joints, which can cause inflammation of your muscles.
Mood Swings - Lack of sleep due to heartburn or acid reflux may cause mood swings and the inability to focus properly.
What Is Acidosis?
Acidosis is when the acid in your blood or body fluids is too high, which indicates that the two organs (lungs and kidney) are not functioning properly and it leads to respiratory acidosis and metabolic acidosis. If it isn’t treated immediately, acidosis may lead to health complications such as: bone disease, chronic kidney problems or kidney failure and many other issues.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constant hunger, seizures, weakness, coma, loss of consciousness, pain in the pharynx, coughing, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), increased heart rate and shortness of breath.
Risk Factors: Kidney failure, obesity, diabetes and drinking too much alcohol.
The difference between Respiratory and Metabolic Acidosis and its effect on your body
1. Respiratory Acidosis (Respiratory acidic pH), Too much carbon dioxide in the body, which occurs when the lungs cannot release carbon dioxide (CO2) properly making your blood too acidic leading to respiratory acidosis.
a. Symptoms: Fatigue/drowsiness, blurred vision, shortness of breath, confusion, headache, sleepiness, restlessness and gets tired easily.
b. Causes: Asthma, Injuries, chronic lung and airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and acute pulmonary edema, muscle weakness, overuse of sedatives, neuromuscular disorders and severe obesity.
2. Metabolic Acidosis (Metabolic acidic pH), which occurs when too much acid is produced or your kidney doesn’t function properly.
a. Symptoms: Rapid Breathing, fatigue, sleepiness, confusion, headache, jaundice, and increased heart rate.
b. Causes: Diabetic acidosis (due to low level of insulin the cell produce ketone bodies as an alternative source of energy which leads to acidosis), Hypochloremic acidosis (Due to bicarbonate loss which leads to high chloride concentration) and lactic acidosis (vitamin B deficiency due to poor diet).
How to prevent acidosis and maintain the acid-base balance in the body:
Pay attention to what you eat - Recommended diets should consist of 80% low-acid forming foods and 20% of high-acid forming foods. You should know what are the high-acid are and low-acid foods and try limiting or avoiding the high-acid foods if you have problems with acidity.
High-Acid Foods and Drinks: Processed foods, dairy (e.g. milk, cheese, yogurt and etc), sodas, alcohols (e.g. Beer and wines), coffee, energy drinks, cigarettes, peanuts distilled water, artificial sweeteners, table salt and more.
Low-Acid Food and drinks: Eggs, raw honey, water (e.g. tap water or spring water), Apples, banana, wild rice, mangoes, vegetables, whole grains, avocadoes, green tea, grapes, spinach, broccoli, carrots, water melons, cucumbers, seaweed, radish, onion and many more.
Drink a lot of water - It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses a day and if you’re still thirsty, don’t hesitate to drink more since water has a neutral pH.
Avoid processed foods - Processed foods contain preservatives such as artificial ingredients, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, low in nutrients and fiber, lastly high in trans-fat.
Check your pH level regularly - You can measure your pH level via saliva or urine by using a litmus paper.
Eat Raisins, Spinach and Tomato - It is known as an effective home remedy for acidosis.
Acid-base balance is crucial to enjoy a healthier lifestyle without a hint of life-threatening diseases along the way. The signs and symptoms of acidosis are: weight gain, weakness of the bones, lack of sleep, low energy, dehydration, joint and muscle pain, and mood swings. The two types of acidosis are respiratory and metabolic acidosis. There are preventive ways to avoid acidosis by just simply pay attention to what you eat, drink a lot of water, avoid processed foods, check your pH regularly and also eat home remedy foods such as raisins, spinach and tomato.
Knowing what you eat is important since it’s not only beneficial to you, but to your body as well. It helps you to live a healthier life and be more productive at what you do. Awareness is the key and change doesn’t happen overnight; instead a constant process that needs to be maintained.
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