Acidosis is an acid-base balance disorder designating a pathological state due to an increase in acidity whose pH becomes lower than normal, i.e., less than 7.35. This state is equivalent to a high concentration of hydrogen ions (H+).
A few naturopaths speak of toxic acidosis or systemic acidity. This very common acid-base imbalance comes from an acidity overload in the body that the organism is unable to eliminate. Normally, our body is capable of maintaining the acid-base balance by using buffer systems that enable the elimination of the acidity excess in the body. Our body uses the kidneys and lungs in order to eliminate acids. The kidneys are used to eliminate fixed acids from the metabolism whereas the lungs take care of volatile acids. In the case where this is insufficient, there is an additional way to go enabling the elimination of acids excess: the skin. Thanks to the sweat glands, the surplus acid can be eliminated or evacuated.
If the above mechanisms have not eliminated the excess acidity, then the body will:
- Use the skin as a way out (eczema, pimples, etc.);
- Sacrifice minerals from the nails, teeth and hair;
- Sacrifice minerals from the bones and joints;
- Sacrifice the nervous system via demineralization;
It is therefore important to eat well, hydrate sufficiently, oxygenate the cells, engage in physical exercise, breathe properly and to avoid deficiency in trace elements, vitamins, minerals and enzymes in order to help our body’s acid-base balance.