Being too acidic seems to have issues, including a condition called acidosis. Among other symptoms, metabolic acidosis can lead to a loss of calcium. In a 2006 study, researchers in Sweden found that an acid load in the human body can also cause a loss of renal magnesium . This could contribute to a deficiency of Mg which can lead to conditions such as migraines, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and mitral valve prolapse.

Do you exhibit signs of acidification? Find out with this checklist

1. Lack of energy, constant fatigue, loss of physical tone and psychic drive, sensation of heaviness in the limbs, feelings of inability to cope.
2. Lower body temperature; frequently feels cold.
3. Tendency to get infections.
4. Loss of drive, joy and enthusiasm.
5. Depressive tendencies.
6. Nervousness, agitation without cause, hyperactivity, sensitivity to high-pitched noises and easily stressed.
7. Very pale face.
8. Headaches.
9. Eyes tear easily.
10. Conjunctivitis.
11. Inflammation of the corneas and eyelids.
12. Acidic saliva.
13. Loose teeth.
14. Inflamed, sensitive gums.
15. Mouth ulcers.
16. Cracks at the corners of the lips.
17. Recurring infections of throat and tonsils.
18. Teeth are sensitive to hot, cold or acidic foods.
19. Teeth have a tendency to crack or chip.
20. Pain in the nerves of the teeth.
21. Excess stomach acid.
22. Acid regurgitation.
23. Gastritis.
24. Ulcers.
25. Nails are thin and split and break easily.
26. Hair looks dull, has split ends, and falls out.
27. Dry skin.
28. Skin tends to be irritated in regions where there are heavy concentrations of sweat.
29. Hives.
30. Leg cramps and spasms.

Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003).


Alkalosis occurs when the body is too alkaline. It is often the result of excessive intake of alkaline drugs for the treatment of gastritis or peptic ulcers etc. It can result in high cholesterol, endocrine imbalance and osteoarthritis. The symptoms of alkalosis include creaking joints, bursitis, allergies, chronic indigestion and menstrual problems. Alkalosis occurs less often than acidosis because our Western diet is predominantly acid-forming. Alkalosis may cause calcium to build up in the body, such as in bone or heel spurs.

When the urine is constantly too alkaline, many noticed the following conditions seems to develop:

Bladder infections
Allergies get worse
More colds and sinusitis
Diarrhea / upset stomachs
Athlete's foot fungus
Night sweats
Itchy skin
Mold allergies
Muscle pains