Symptoms and Consequences
Effects on different body functions
Long-lasting changes in the acid-base balance can, sooner or later, have effects on different body functions. The symptoms of acidosis are equally different. Since chronic acidosis has no specific symptoms, it often remains undetected for years.
Poor general well-being and decline in performance
The symptoms of acidosis can be reflected in general well-being:
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Decreased performance
- Reduced concentration
- Increased sensitivity to stress
Internal and external physical symptoms
Acidosis symptoms can cause problems such as:
- Reduced resilience
- Muscle and joint problems
- Changes in the skin, hair and nails
Consequences of chronic acidosis for the bones
An overload of acid can also have long-term effects on bone strength. You can improve bone strength by focusing on a balanced diet with a lot of alkaline fruits and vegetables. In countries with high fruit and vegetable consumption and low intake of animal protein, bone strength in the elderly is significantly higher.
Consequences of chronic acidosis for the connective tissue
An overload of acid can have negative effects on the elasticity of the connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscles etc.). This can be important especially in people with joint problems. Concerned persons should focus on eating enough alkaline-producing foods to prevent an increasing acid load and hence avoid symptoms. A sufficient alkaline supply can counteract chronic acidosis thus contribute to relieve strain on the connective tissue, which can also have a positive impact on the joints.