Are You Too Acidic? Check Your Symptoms

A surprising number and variety of physical problems and diseases can be caused by acidity. Today, the vast majority of the populace in industrialized nations suffers from problems caused by acidification, because both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment.

In general, the current standard diet is primarily composed of acidic or acidifying elements (proteins, cereals, sugars). Alkaline foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities; their alkaline content is insufficient to neutralize surplus acids. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Stress and physical activity (both insufficient or excessive amounts) also cause acidification.

Do you exhibit signs of acidification? Find out with this checklist of 30 symptoms.

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).

Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline D/iet for Optimum Health, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Christopher Vasey. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.


Lisa M.
Lisa M.about a month ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a month ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a month ago

Thank you

Andrea H.
Andrea H.about a month ago


Maureen King
Maureen Kingabout a month ago

Thank you Gerald L, That was all very interesting.
Thank you too,Karmia T.
Fortunately for me,not acidic.

Maxine Stopfer
Maxine Stopferabout a month ago

Just because you have some of these symptoms does not mean that something else isn't wrong with you. Most of these symptoms are common to other problems too.

Sara S.
Sara S.2 months ago

Some of these symptoms may have other causes.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen7 months ago

Thank you

Gerald L.
Gerald L.8 months ago

Some types of Kidney failure are called Lactic Acidosis type B C D if I remember right. Metabolic acidosis is also another term used. Emedicine is a good research tool. Emergency room advice for diagnosis.

Gerald L.
Gerald L.8 months ago

Inhaled formaldehyde metabolizes first to Formic acid in the liver then Lactic acid in all the cells. Vehicle exhaust new waterproof drywall new fabrics diet pop with aspartame particle board furniture cupboards carpeting etc off gas formaldehyde.

Lactic acid can irritate the delicate air sacs in the lungs and cause a false asthma. I and 999 other workers were exposed to excessive levels of methanol > formaldehyde > formic acid from Pulp Mill emissions. My Lactic acid peaked so high I suffered MELAS or stroke like symptoms. I had just eaten a yogurt and had enough sense to quit all cow dairy.

I was off my puffers in weeks and my Fibromyalgia was gone. I went 1.5 years with NO dairy. My Naturopath suggested I try goat or sheep dairy with no side effects. Two nights ago I ate some cookie with some milk based chocolate chips by mistake and the intestinal pain was bad. I used a Non Dairy Acidophilus which corrected the problem.

A coconut yogurt maker made the mistake of using a cow dairy starter in their yogurt some years back. All I know is the Ambulance picked me up collapsed on the floor.

I do not demonize cow dairy as my identity is omnivore but offer this information for those suffering Asthma OR Fibromyalgia. Experiment with Avoidance Strategies to figure out what your triggers are in you your children OR spouse siblings etc.