Metabolic Acidosis: Kidney Symptom or Something Else?

Individuals who are not familiar with complicated medical terms may feel a little lost when their doctor tells them that their tests have come back and some unpronounceable term has become a problem. In the case of metabolic acidosis (a kidney disease symptom), which can be pronounced if not readily understood by the lay person, the explanation is simpler than you might think. Metabolic acidosis occurs when the body has too much acid within in the blood. The cause of metabolic acidosis is the kidneys inability to flush the acids from the body. This imbalance to the system is mostly caused by too much acid in the diet. When this happens inside the body, metabolic acidosis can contribute to many illnesses including hypothyroidism – an impairment of function in the thyroid gland, as well as Diabetes mellitus, a condition that occurs when the body is not able to process sugars correctly.

The human body is likely to suffer from an overly acidic diet, especially when the acids are not processed correctly by the body. This is often the case with kidney patients because the kidneys are not able to flush the acids out of the blood stream. The imbalance causes the pH level of the blood to drop under that which the body requires in order to be healthy. The body requires a pH level of 7.35 to function effectively. This balance is so intricate that even a minute deviation from the optimal pH range can and does cause an awful number of other health conditions to arise; cardiovascular disease, thyroid imbalances, joint problems, and diabetes, just to name a few. This chain reaction can be avoided with some dietary changes in most cases.

Educating yourself about the foods you eat and the reactions they cause in the body is beneficial for everyone. The knowledge gives you a solid base to work from as you move towards whole body wellness, so that you are able to feel your best and have the quality of life that allows you to pursue a healthy lifestyle that can be enjoyed for many years.

Here are some of the acid forming foods that should be limited in the diet:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lobster
  • Lamb
  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine
  • White flour products: pasta, breads, cakes, biscuits
  • Grains: wheat, corn, spelt, rice
  • Peanuts and Brazil nuts
  • Beans of most varieties
  • Alcoholic beverages

The majority of us have learned what a good diet is, but if you are not sure what you should eat and the amounts you should eat, check in with a naturopath, or nutritionist, and become educated about the foods that will keep your body in good health, providing you with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need to function optimally.

The simplest treatment for metabolic acidosis is a change in your dietary habits. Eating alkaline foods and eliminating the acidic foods and liquids in the diet helps get your blood pH back to a healthy level. Healthy choices are organic raw foods (fruits and vegetables), kamut, buckwheat, quinoa, herbal teas, almonds, sunflower seeds, and barley grass and wheat grass (though there are many more).

Water is the elixir of life, for without adequate hydration (about 2 litres of water per day: depending on your climate, activity level and kidney function) the body does not function correctly. Acids can build up in the system really fast when there is not enough water ingested daily to flush your system out.

Research has clearly shown that an organic, raw food diet is much healthier for our bodies, and metabolic acidosis can be treated and controlled with such a diet. Talk to a nutritionist and find out how you start your body on the road to wellness with a raw food diet and enjoy renewed energy and revitalized health. Through the consumption of unprocessed plant foods, the body eliminates out the blood acidity, leading to: increased energy and vitality, clear skin, reversal of many conditions and increased resistance to diseases, and reduce or stop the development of cells cancer.

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