Symptoms, conditions and causes

Why am I out of breath when climbing up the stairs?

If you are out of breath when climbing stairs this could be due to several reasons. Although an underlying disease can cause shortness of breath after climbing stairs, diet and lifestyle choices can also be at the root of this problem.

Cause #1: Nutritional 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 level with the right diet.

Symptoms of acidosis:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Tremors

  • Sleepiness

  • Coughing

Remedies for acidosis:

  • Potassium citrate

  • Lemon water

  • Magnesium

  • Calcium (but not calcium carbonate)

  • Consume vitamin B1:

    • nutritional yeast

    • benfotiamine (fat-soluble B1)

  • Avoid metformin

  • Avoid alcohol

Symptoms of alkalosis:

  • Muscle weakness

  • Muscle pain

  • Muscle cramping

  • Low calcium in the blood

  • Tetany (little twitches in the body)

  • 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 14:29 PM