It is interesting to note that people living in Finland, Sweden, Norway and North America consume the highest amount of dairy products in the world and have the highest incidence of osteoporosis! Cross-cultural data shows that countries consuming fewer dairy products, with much lower calcium intake than in North America, have much lower incidences of osteoporosis.1
The body constantly tries to maintain a healthy pH balance.
Over-acidity of the body causes a loss of alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium) from the bones.
Major causes of an overly acidic body:
- A highly refined diet with processed, packaged foods, foods high in sugar, soft drinks, coffee, etc.
- Lack of oxygen (shallow breathing)
- Poor digestion
- Not enough fruits and especially vegetables in the diet
It is imperative to your health to maintain pH balance in the body to ward off disease and especially osteoporosis. You can easily test your body pH.
Vegetables are the most alkalizing foods you can eat. Make two thirds of your plate vegetables, one third protein and carbohydrates.
By making changes to your diet you can increase your bone health and strength. See also: Natural osteoporosis treatment and
natural calcium supplements for more information.
1. Melton, L., and B. Riggs, "Epidemiology of Age-Related Fractures," The Osteoporotic Syndrome: Detection, Prevention and Treatment ed. L. Avioli,(New York: Grune and Stratton, 1983) 45-72
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