The Ph Problem:
Ph imbalance is a condition where there are too many acidic or alkaline substances in the body. These include bicarbonate ions (HCO3-) and carbon dioxide (CO2). When these two substances are out of balance with each other, it leads to problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus type 2, cancer and more.
When the level of CO2 is too low, the body starts having acidosis. When this occurs, the kidneys start excreting excess HCO3- which causes symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If this continues over time, it can lead to kidney failure.
Too much acidity in the blood results in high levels of calcium deposits called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is one of the most common diseases affecting women today.
What Causes Ph Problems?
There are several factors that contribute to the problem. One of them is diet. Eating foods rich in sodium and/or saturated fats increases the amount of bicarbonate ions in our bodies. This results in an increase in the level of acidity within our blood. Another factor is lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs and excessive exercise. Excessive use of antibiotics and other medications can cause a decrease in bicarbonate levels as well. There are other factors that can contribute to cause this condition such as stress and a shortage of oxygen.
How Do I Know If I Have A Problem?
One of the most common signs of this problem is a change in the color of your urine. Urine is naturally yellowish in color. When you have too much acid in your body, it can change the color into a dark yellow, brown or even red. Other signs include extreme tiredness, excessive sweating, frequent muscle cramps or pain in the legs, shortness of breath and wheezing and chest tightness. There are more serious symptoms as well including vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision and confusion.
What Can I Do To Prevent It?
You can take some supplements to help prevent this problem. One of the most common ones is magnesium. Magnesium is a natural antacid and can help reduce acid in the body. It also helps improve the health of our bones and muscles. Other supplements that can help are potassium and sodium. Both of these are essential elements for our body, but high levels of either one can cause problems. Getting the right amount of these elements can reduce the risk of getting an imbalance.
How Can I Restore My Balance?
There are many things you can do to restore your ph balance. The first step is to change your diet. Start eating more fruits and vegetables and eliminate foods high in fat and sodium. You should also try to cut down on or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and excessive sugar.
Another thing you can do is start doing more cardiovascular exercises. Exercising on a regular basis helps the body release endorphins which can reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help increase the amount of oxygen in your blood which helps reduce acidity.
The last way to fix the problem is by taking supplements. Antacids are available at most drugstores and grocery stores. You should take the recommended dosage on the box unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Drinking more water can also help alleviate symptoms, but it isn’t a permanent solution for the problem.
Does Acid Reflux Show Up On Medical Tests?
The medical tests will be able to tell if you have an excess amount of acid in your stomach. However, it won’t necessarily tell if the acid is traveling up into the esophagus and causing heartburn and GERD. A barium swallow can check for damage to the esophagus, but it isn’t an exact science. Doctors usually recommend antacids and watching the situation to see if symptoms improve.
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