Acids influence all elements of living structures and will inhibit life after a certain amount. Metabolic acidosis therefore is the excessive exposure of acid to the human body. The acid-base balance is a fundamental regulator of the entire metabolism.

Is the acid-base balance important?

We understand its vital importance in emergency medicine, where even relatively small deviations from an optimal blood pH value can become life-threatening as an expression of the current ratio of acids and bases. 

Signs of metabolic acidosis

Typically a metabolic acidosis results in the following clinical pictures:

Acute acidosis: 

  • all forms of inflammation
  • periodontitis
  • catarrhal diseases infections
  • all types of pain
  • heart attacks, strokes as as result of latent acidosis
Latent acidosis:

  • osteoporosis
  • periodontal disease
  • rheumatic diseases
  • civilisation diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus
  • gelosis
  • malignancies
  • “signs of aging” such as loss of concentration
    or performance etc.

The importance of nutrition

The overall question now is, how to regulate the acid-base balance in oder to stay healthy or become healthy again. So how can we fight or prevent metabolic acidosis? A major factor is the right nutrition. Food, or better – the digestive system has a massive impact on the metabolism. With the intake of food we ensure that there is a constant interplay of acids and bases in the body. Through this rhythm, which in the course of evolution has established a “basic metabolism”, we guarantee a healthy digestive process and elimination and detoxification function of the organism.

Food and its impact on the acid-basic balance

It is now easy to understand that food – as long as it introduces acids or bases into the organism – either strengthens the acidic balance or provides the body with more bases. The following table shows food groups in the acid-base balance:


meat, fish



diary products, e.g. cheese, curd cheese

citrus fruits

refined oils and fats

industrial food and beverages





milk, whipped cream

ripe local fruit

cold-pressed vegetable oils

spices and herbs

Key factors causing metabolic acidosis in everyday life

Unfortunately, we do not always make it easy for our body to keep itself “alkaline”. The following factors are most important to an acidosis:

  • modern lifestyle (stress)
  • one-sided food selection which is mostly acidic
  • poor eating habits – tendency to indigestion
  • excess consumption of stimulants and addiction
  • extreme physical exertion – competitive sport
  • increasing exposure to environmental toxins

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