Low-grade metabolic acidosis occurs when there’s a slight increase in our blood pH. It’s usually not a big concern if it only happens from time to time. But chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis can result in kidney stones, loss of muscle mass, and reduced bone mineral density; it might even lead to diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension⁵.
Here’s the thing: nutrition is one of the main contributing factors, hence the term, diet-induced.
Acidic Food List
If you want to avoid consuming acidic foods that may trigger GERD symptoms or acid-forming foods that may increase the risk of low-grade metabolic acidosis, consider this list of foods with a pH of less than 4¹:
- Apples and products with apples
- Lemon and limes (and products containing them)
Of course, let’s not forget that some foods may also form acids in the body:
- Some dairy products
- Processed foods and meat
- Fish and seafood
- High-protein foods
- Carbonated beverages
If you’ll notice, many of the items in the acidic food list are healthy in the sense that they are fruits or good sources of protein. For this reason, it might not be wise to avoid them altogether unless you are instructed to do so by your doctor.
In case you have concerns about your acid levels, please seek medical advice. This is because problems with acidity may point to issues concerning the organs regulating it, particularly the lungs and kidneys.
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