Acidosis is often caused by an acid-forming diet, but stress, anger, obesity, anorexia, ketosis, and problems with the kidneys, liver, and adrenals can also be contributing factors. You can do a simple self-test at home to check your own body pH. Pick up an inexpensive litmus paper kit at your drug store. Before eating, drinking, or even smoking anything for the day, apply a strip of litmus paper to the saliva or urine. When acidosis is a problem the paper will turn red.
Simple safe techniques that anyone can do to support the natural treatment of acidosis include deep breathing, walking outdoors, and cool, rather than hot showers. If you are too acidic, you can safely use the alkaline diet, but it is also important to see an alternative medicine practitioner who is familiar with natural treatment methods, such as a naturopathic doctor. As severe cases of acidosis can have serious negative effects on long-term health, correcting this condition is very important. Also, a health care professional can help determine the possible causes of this condition beyond diet.
This condition can be an underlying cause of many health problems, but recognizing it and being aware of your body chemistry can also be a huge leap towards reaching optimal well-being.