Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath means you can’t breathe well. Although some underlying disease can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea), diet and lifestyle choices may be at the root of this problem.

Cause #1: Nutrient deficiencies

Vitamins and minerals are essential for managing lung function, inflammation, muscle function, and heart activity. If you are deficient in vital nutrients, you can have a difficult time catching your breath. The main vitamin to pay attention to is B1. One of the main effects of a B1 deficiency is that you find you have breathing problems.


  • Take vitamin B1:

    • nutritional yeast

    • benfotiamine (fat-soluble B1)

  • Take vitamin B7

  • Take vitamin C

  • Take vitamin D

  • Take vitamin E

  • Take calcium

Cause #2: pH imbalances

A highly acidic body (acidosis) or a highly alkaline body (alkalosis) can cause you to feel out of breath or hungry for air. The solution is simple: normalize your pH (acidity-alkaline) level with the right diet.

Symptoms of acidosis:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Tremors

  • Sleepiness

  • Coughing

Remedies for acidosis:

  • Citrates

  • Lemon water

  • Potassium

  • Magnesium

  • Calcium

  • Take B1 (nutritional yeast)

  • Avoid metformin

  • Avoid alcohol

Symptoms of alkalosis:

  • Muscle weakness

  • Muscle pain

  • Muscle cramping

  • Low calcium in the blood

  • Tetany (little twitchings of muscles)

  • Breathing problems (rarely)

Remedies for alkalosis:

  • apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • betaine hydrochloride

Other causes:

  • Low calcium

  • COPD

  • Asthma

  • Pneumonia

  • Allergy

  • TB

  • Anxiety

  • Anemia (low iron)

  • Gallbladder problems

Last updated: Jun 20, 2023 14:27 PM