Acid-Base Disturbances and the Body’s Response
|Primary Disturbance||Example||Initial Blood pH|
|Respiratory acidosis||Decreased ability to breathe due to severe chronic lung disease||Too low|
|Metabolic alkalosis||Loss of stomach acid due to vomiting||Too high|
|Respiratory alkalosis||Hyperventilation due to anxiety||Too high|
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What causes pH imbalance in the body?
Metabolic acidosis is a buildup of acid in the body that originates in the kidneys. It occurs when your body can’t get rid of excess acid or loses too much base. Specific causes include: having too little sodium bicarbonate in your blood, a potential complication of severe vomiting or diarrhea.
How do I fix my pH balance?
To keep the pH of your vagina at a consistently healthy level, follow these tips:
- Whenever you have sex, use a condom. The barrier will not only protect you from STDs, but it’ll also prevent alkaline semen from disrupting your vaginal pH levels.
- Take probiotics.
- Don’t douche.
- Eat yogurt.
- See your OB-GYN.
What are the symptoms of too much alkaline in the body?
Too much alkalinity may also agitate the body’s normal pH, leading to metabolic alkalosis, a condition that may produce the following symptoms:
- hand tremors.
- muscle twitching.
- tingling in the extremities or face.
What happens if blood pH changes?
When your body fluids contain too much acid, it’s known as acidosis. Acidosis occurs when your kidneys and lungs can’t keep your body’s pH in balance. The acidity of your blood is measured by determining its pH. A lower pH means that your blood is more acidic, while a higher pH means that your blood is more basic.