How is acidosis of the organism recognized?
The body is unable to completely eliminate acids arising because of an inadequate buffer capacity of the blood and of the intercellular and extracellular spaces. If the acid strain remains uncompensated in the long term, this can have negative effects on the calcium balance and thus on the bone structure. Deposits of acid compounds in the connective tissue can also result. Indications of excess acid may be poor concentration, a lack of drive and tiredness.
Which foodstuffs are "alkaline"?
Above all, fresh fruit and vegetable exhibit a surplus of bases. Most milk products (with a high proportion of whey) also have an alkaline surplus. With our acid-base calculator, you will be able to make sample calculations for many frequently consumed foods.
How is excess acid detected?
The urine pH is most easy to access. It is possible to establish the current acid-base status by measuring a 24-hour profile (Sander method), with the use of so-called acidity quotients. However, this method requires some discipline because of the rigid urine collection times and results must be evaluated by a specialist laboratory.
The determination of the buffer capacity of the erythrocytes according to the method of Jörgensen is particularly informative. In this case, a blood test that has been accordingly pre-treated is subjected to acid-base titration. The buffer capacity conveyed will permit a conclusion about the base reserves of the body.
What causes excess acid?
The principal cause of acidosis is the excessive consumption of protein, which is usually metabolised "acidically" because of its sulphur content. We strain the organism with a daily proton excess of 50-100 mmol with the usual mixed diet.
A lack of physical activity (lack of oxygen) also leads to an increased production of acid through metabolic processes.