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Causes of acidosis

Diet and an acidotic body

To find the causes of acidosis, the most important thing is to check the diet. Food containing animal protein (meat, fish, dairy products) may be the cause of acidosis. The main cause of excess acidity in the body is eating too many grain products (especially bread) and too little fruit, vegetables and salad.

Focus on high-protein foods

The cause of acidosis is the consumption of too many high-protein or acid-producing foods. High-protein foods such as meat, fish, dairy products and grains are metabolised acidic by the body because of their content of sulphur-containing amino acids (cysteine and methionine). Compounds containing phosphate, such as in meat, sausage and drinks, release phosphoric acid, which also has a negative effect on the acid-base balance. The foods that could cause acidosis can be found in our food table.

Sour taste – acidosis as a result?

It is often assumed that foods with a sour taste are also acid-producing. This is not the case. Quite the contrary: Sour fruits such as lemons contain a lot of alkaline minerals, which have an alkaline effect in an acidotic body.

An acidotic body caused by fasting and dieting

Both dieting and abstaining from food completely while fasting lead to key changes in the acid-base balance and may therefore be the cause of acidosis. An acidotic body is the result of the breakdown of fat. This can release “keto acids”, which lead to acidosis and in turn impair overall metabolic performance. The diet or fasting crisis that usually occurs after a few days is the result of an acidotic body not getting enough alkaline minerals. To avoid this, a sufficient supply of fruit, vegetables and salad must be ensured or supplemented with alkaline dietary supplements.


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