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What Is Metabolic Acidosis?

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Acidosis

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. Many of the body’s processes produce acid. Your lungs and kidneys can usually compensate for slight pH imbalances, but problems with these organs can lead to excess acid accumulating in your body. 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. The pH of your blood should be around 7.4. According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), acidosis is characterized by a pH of 7.35 or lower. Alkalosis is characterized by a pH level of 7.45 or higher. While seemingly slight, these numerical differences can be serious. Acidosis can lead to numerous health issues, and it can even be life-threatening. There are two types of acidosis, each with various causes. The type of acidosis is categorized as either respiratory acidosis or metabolic acidosis, depending on the primary cause of your acidosis. Respiratory acidosis Respiratory acidosis occurs when too much CO2 builds up in the body. Normally, the lun Continue reading >>

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  1. OnceBittenTwiceHigh

    25F, 5'10", 186lb, sedentary but starting C25K tomorrow
    I've been eating a low carb/keto diet for the past week. I've experienced keto flu symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and just generally feeling kinda shitty.
    I also haven't been very hungry. It seems like every day I have to force myself to eat at family meals when I have no appetite. Because I'm not hungry, I've been eating 500-1000cal/day. This started when I began eating low carb.
    I know I should be eating at least 1200cal/day, but it's hard to when I feel like I'm force feeding myself. Sometimes I start eating something and it makes me feel sick to my stomach, like I will vomit if I keep eating.

    Is this too low?

    What will happen to my body if I continue to eat so few calories?

    How can I get the amount of calories I need without stuffing myself?
    Thank you.

  2. [deleted]

    As far as I'm concerned, if your body needed more food, it would let you know. I've been doing keto for over 9 months now, and I rarely even hit 1000 calories per day (although I am a little shorter than you!) The high-fat content of keto provides a lot of satiety compared to a conventional high carb diet, and I simply am not hungry enough to eat more.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only thing that I think will happen if you're eating so little, as long as you make sure you are getting the necessary vitamins and nutrients, is that you will lose weight :) I've been eating like this for months and I am perfectly healthy -- hopefully I'm not the exception to the norm. The problems I've heard cited most often regarding eating less are either the difficulty of getting the proper nutrients, or the misery of maintaining a calorie deficit driving them to cheat. The second thing doesn't seem to be an issue for you so far, so you're lucky!
    Once you start exercising, you'll probably feel hungrier. Drink a lot of water and make sure you're getting your electrolytes. I really hope keto works out well for you!

  3. [deleted]

    Unrelated, GO YOU FOR ALMOST BEING AT YOUR GOAL!!! SO CLOSE!!

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