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Healthy Bones With Alkaline Nutrition

Although scientifically disputed for a long time, there is now increasing evidence that today’s widespread chronic hyperacidity due to an acid-forming diet is an important factor in the development of osteoporosis. A base-rich diet is therefore indispensable for healthy bones after comprehensive deacidification.

Prevent osteoporosis with an alkaline diet

Everyone would like to prevent osteoporosis. There is a real shortage of useful tips on how to do this – at least from the point of view of conventional medicine.

Unfortunately, not much more than calcium and estrogen is on their plan.

If the first signs of osteoporosis then appear, there are drugs that have paradoxical side effects such as e.g. B. increased bone fragility.

At the same time, conventional medicine smiles at the so-called alkaline diet. After all, what’s the point of eating an alkaline diet if – according to conventional medicine – there is no acid problem at all?

Anyone who eats a more alkaline diet feels the beneficial effects of such a diet almost immediately. But what counts as personal experiences in the population? Nothing.

Scientific evidence is required.

And that’s exactly what’s available now! Not only for the existence of the ubiquitous hyperacidity and its harmful influence on bone health but also for the sorely needed deacidification and consequently also for the alkaline diet.

Basic minerals strengthen the bones

A research team led by Professor Reto Krapf from the University of Basel conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 201 men and women.

The participants were all at least 65 years old. The scientists wanted to see if potassium citrate (a basic mineral compound) might have beneficial effects on bones.

They hypothesized that the alkaline minerals might neutralize the acidic stress associated with the typical western diet and subsequently lead to an increase in bone density.

To substantiate this suspicion, the study participants received either basic potassium citrate or a placebo in addition to calcium and vitamin D supplements. The results after 24 months showed that the people who received the basic potassium supplement had significantly stronger bones with better mineral density in many areas of the skeleton (including the lumbar vertebrae).

Basic minerals prevent osteoporosis

In this study — published in November 2012 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism — Krapf and his team concluded that future bone fractures could be prevented by taking alkaline potassium.

Potassium citrate in combination with taking good vitamin D and calcium supplements is very well tolerated by the body and represents an inexpensive therapy to increase the mineral density of the bones. In addition, the microarchitecture of the bones can be improved in this way in older people, the researchers stated.

Another research study – published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and conducted by scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore/USA – concluded that alkaline potassium citrate had the potential to “improve bone health”.

The researchers noted that dietary acidity in Western societies has the opposite effect and the resulting inhibition of calcium uptake in bones may make osteoporosis more likely. The results of the research show that alkaline minerals can neutralize excessive acidity in the body.

A meta-analysis (from the University of Surrey) from January 2015 confirms these results. It was published in the journal Osteoporosis International and refers to 14 studies in the course of which the effect of basic potassium compounds on calcium metabolism was examined.

Overall, it could be summarized that a dietary supplement with basic potassium compounds (e.g. taken during deacidification) leads to a significant reduction in calcium excretion via the kidneys and therefore automatically improves bone health.

“Excessive acid build-up in the body, which is the result of a typical Western diet high in animal protein and grain products, promotes the development of weak and brittle bones.

Our research showed that potassium compounds can prevent osteoporosis while eating more fruits and vegetables is also a very good way to improve bone strength and prevent bone fragility,” said study leader Dr. Helen Lambert.

Deacidify alkaline minerals

These studies prove once again that today’s acid-forming diet can lead to chronic hyperacidity and thus to diseased bones, among other things. If basic minerals are missing, then the organism removes basic calcium from its bones in order to protect itself from the constantly emerging, highly corrosive acids. Meanwhile, the bone becomes more and more brittle.

Hyperacidity from a scientific point of view

In addition to the studies mentioned, there have been many more in recent years that have been dedicated to acidification, deacidification, and alkaline nutrition.

Because the existence of chronic hyperacidity is often doubted – especially by conventional medicine. Strange, given that conventional medical scientists were conducting the studies presented. Anyone who does not want to acknowledge chronic hyperacidity is obviously not up to date with the current state of the science.

Deacidification protects bones

Deacidification programs are therefore more important than ever and are now receiving more and more support from the scientific side. They derive existing acids, in this way ensuring that the bone can retain its valuable calcium and also supply basic minerals that the body can use for remineralization, i.e. to replenish its mineral stores that have been plundered during years of acidosis.

Basic nutrition provides basic minerals

However, if you stick to the previous acid-forming diet with lots of baked goods and pasta made from white flour, with lots of sugar, lots of sausages, and lots of cheese, then – despite regular deacidification – you will always end up with a mineral deficiency and an excess of acid. So the diet should also be changed.

A diet that is alkaline for a short period of time and excessively alkaline in the long term automatically supplies alkaline minerals, especially potassium, which is so helpful. Potassium is found in large amounts in almost all fruits and vegetables. A certain proportion of these should also be consumed as raw food.

Some of the foods richest in potassium include:

  • quinoa
  • almonds and nuts
  • Dried fruits (especially dried apricots and dried peaches, but also dried figs, dried bananas, dates, and raisins)
  • green leafy vegetables and herbs
  • sweet potatoes
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Legumes (lentils, chickpeas)
  • sprouts
  • Root vegetables such as parsnips and parsley roots

What to do to permanently protect the bones?

So what needs to be done to permanently protect the bones?

High-quality calcium (always in combination with magnesium, e.g. via the Sango sea coral) and vitamin D3 together with vitamin K2 are of course part of the holistic prevention program.

At least as important, however, are comprehensive deacidification and a change in diet to an alkaline diet that provides alkaline minerals in their most natural and best form.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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