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What Is Metabolic Acidosis?

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What Is Metabolic Acidosis?

Metabolic acidosis happens when the chemical balance of acids and bases in your blood gets thrown off. Your body: Is making too much acid Isn't getting rid of enough acid Doesn't have enough base to offset a normal amount of acid When any of these happen, chemical reactions and processes in your body don't work right. Although severe episodes can be life-threatening, sometimes metabolic acidosis is a mild condition. You can treat it, but how depends on what's causing it. Causes of Metabolic Acidosis Different things can set up an acid-base imbalance in your blood. Ketoacidosis. When you have diabetes and don't get enough insulin and get dehydrated, your body burns fat instead of carbs as fuel, and that makes ketones. Lots of ketones in your blood turn it acidic. People who drink a lot of alcohol for a long time and don't eat enough also build up ketones. It can happen when you aren't eating at all, too. Lactic acidosis. The cells in your body make lactic acid when they don't have a lot of oxygen to use. This acid can build up, too. It might happen when you're exercising intensely. Big drops in blood pressure, heart failure, cardiac arrest, and an overwhelming infection can also cau Continue reading >>

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  1. Madmax640

    I always wondered about this. How do you loose weight if you still eat carbs and do not enter ketosis? I know that, broadly speaking, weight loss will occur from a calorie deficit, but if you are not in ketosis, how is you body getting to the fat? If it is burning glucose and glycogen, how is your body fat reduced? Thanks guys!

  2. wm1989

    You really don't have to be low carb to go into ketosis. Low enough calories will cause it to happen.

    Ketosis is not actually how you burn most of the fat. It is only a response to get energy across the blood brain barrier.

    Even during ketosis, most fat is burned through tradition fatty acid metabolism. This is why ketone production will go down the more deep into the keto diet you go. Your body gets good at using fatty acids (more mitochondria).

    Lipolysis can be triggered by glucagon (low carb and low calorie environments), testosterone, growth hormone, epinephrine... And probably others. No need to reduce carbs for the others.

    You use fat stores for energy even when gaining weight, you just add to them faster than your body uses them. Think of it as a balanced system normally. Keto diets shifts the energy usage balance sharply towards fats, also limits the body's ability to store extra fat.

  3. patron_vectras

    Ketosis is not actually how you burn most of the fat. It is only a response to get energy across the blood brain barrier.
    Is this mentioned in all the books about eating a diet not-so-rich in carbs that I have not read? Taubes, Ninoltz, etc? It isn't something I've known before just now and I watch videos and read up online, but don't have time for books.

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