Symptoms of Acidosis and What Causes It

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Acidosis is when the body becomes excessively acidic, particularly the body fluids and tissues. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessarily true that people should be more alkaline.

There are certain parts of the body where the acidity and alkalinity and in-between should be maintained. The blood is slightly alkaline at 7.35 to 7.45. The stomach is at 3.5 or below, and the saliva’s normal pH is between 6.5 - 7.5. They need so to break down food. All in all, the body should be about normal at 7.35 – 7.45.

People with acidosis experience several discomforts and sensitivities. The nervous system becomes irritable, so the person becomes edgy and dehydrated.

The person tends to have breathing difficulties or sighs frequently like they can’t get enough air. Light and sound sensitivity can also be experienced, especially at night when driving in the dark. A lump in the throat, feeling stuffy in closed rooms, low tolerance to stress, being uncomfortable in high altitudes and abnormal sensitivity to pain are also symptoms of acidosis. This abnormal sensitivity to pain is when a person responds disproportionately to the little to the slightest pain.

These hyper sensitivities and discomforts could be due to too much lactic acid buildup. This comes from eating too many carbohydrates or sugar. Uric acid also spikes up and having too much protein turning into acid could be to blame.

Going on a ketogenic diet could get one more acidic because of the ketones. These compounds are acidic, so in that case, consuming enough vegetables can neutralize the pH level with potassium.

Potassium citrate is one of the best acidosis remedies. Taking calcium magnesium right before going to bed also helps in neutralizing the acids. But putting ample amount of vegetables on your diet would be enough to keep your pH levels normal.


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