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Causes of acidosis

Diet and an acidotic body

In order to find out about the causes of acidosis, the most important thing is to check your diet. Food containing animal protein (meat, fish, dairy products) or eating too many grain products (especially bread) may be one of the causes of acidosis. Often the daily diet lacks 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 such as meat, fish, dairy products and grains which 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. Check out about food that could cause acidosis in our food table.

Sour taste – acidosis as a result?

It is often assumed that foods with a sour taste are also acid-producing. 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 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 the 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. Avoid this through a sufficient supply of fruit, vegetables and salad or with alkaline dietary supplements.


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