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Signs and symptoms

MagazineApril 2006 (Vol. 17 Issue 1)Signs and symptoms

* Acidosisdrowsinessfrequent sighingincreased heartbeatrestlessnesscold sweatsdry skin & mouthhard stoolsdiminished urinationexcessive perspirationsticky, sour taste in mouthbad breath

* Acidosis
frequent sighing
increased heartbeat
cold sweats
dry skin & mouth
hard stools
diminished urination
excessive perspiration
sticky, sour taste in mouth
bad breath

* Alkalosis
muscle soreness & cramps
stiff or creaky joints
bone spurs
oedema (especially of the hands)
menstrual problems
prickling sensations
increased respiration
discomfort after eating

Simple saliva or urine tests are available in DIY test kits. These are sophisticated versions of the litmus test, enabling you to measure pH fairly accurately (within 0.5). However, the results may be difficult to interpret. For example, saliva measurements may be complicated by the presence of acid-forming bacteria in the mouth. So, if in doubt, it may be better to have your blood pH tested in a laboratory.

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