What can cause an acidosis?

The main cause is a diet too rich in acids-forming foods. It means that if we are willing to work on what we eat, we can regulate our pH and make it returns to normal.

But acidosis can also be caused by:

  1. Inability to excrete the dietary acid load due to a kidney or liver failure.
  2. Failure from the lungs to remove acids.
  3. Important loss of the buffer HCO3- : diarrhea, vomiting (anorexic people), renal HCO3- loss.
  4. Irregular endogen production of acid. Fasting, starvation and diabetes can cause a rise of acid.
  5. Excessive intake of acids from diet or overdoses of some drugs.
  6. Stress, depression, fatigue...
  7. Sedentariness: when you exercise you solicit your lungs by increasing your respirations. You therefore oxygenate all your tissues, promoting the elimination of acids.
    On the contrary, when you are sedentary you keep the acids all for yourself.

Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietetian
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