Last week I wrote of the effects of an over acidic body causing arthritic pain and inflammation. As a follow on, this week I will expand on the concerns of high levels of acid in the body leading to osteoporosis.
As I mentioned last week when we eat these acidifying foods and particularly processed foods instead of fruits and vegetables our bodies become over acidic. Our bodies are always working hard to maintain the right acid/alkaline balance. When our body becomes over acidic, one mechanism for correcting this excess of acidity is for our body to dissolve some of our bone which in turn releases acid-neutralizing minerals such as potassium and calcium to form as bicarbonates in the bloodstream. Potassium bicarbonates act as an acid sponge to neutralize the acids in the body.
Our bodies are very clever. To compensate for us not taking responsibility for our health (ie. eating the right alkalising foods) and to counter the potential destruction caused by an over acidic body, it’s believed our body will leach calcium from our bones to neutralize the acids. The downside is, because our bodies have decided to take this responsibility and not us, we may end up with osteoporosis!
So, do we really have a choice here? By eating acidifying foods, we will force our bones to act as a large antacid tablet and dissolve our bones or we can simply eat more of the alkalising foods which will naturally balance the acids and leave our skeleton intact and strong. Not a difficult choice to make I would think especially considering osteoporosis is more common than high cholesterol, allergies or even the common cold! In fact, research shows over half of all Australian women over 60 and one third of men over 60 will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis.
Of course, it is often difficult to change our eating and drinking habits. However, the more research I do on maintaining the correct acid/alkaline balance the more I am convinced this is one of the keys to good health. Obviously eating the right foods is important however for those wanting to find an easier way I suggest at least drinking alkalising water every day as well as drinking alkalising greens such as barely grass, spirulina or wheat grass powder in juice.
I also wrote recently about the therapeutic benefits of collagen hydrolysate gelatin, for arthritis. Collagen hydrolysate gelatin is believed to also be beneficial in increasing bone density by stimulating osteoblast activity. It is believed including collagen hydrolysate gelatin powder in our diet may enhance the effectiveness of other bone building nutrients plus complement other essential proteins and amino acids which will safeguard our bones. In fact, collagen is believed to be the cement which holds our bones together.
For the best results it therefore stands to reason, it would be highly beneficial to include collagen hydrolysate gelatin powder in your juice containing your alkalising greens.
It is also very important when looking to improve bone density that we supplement with Vitamin K2. I cannot express how important this is. It is the Vitamin K2 which pushes the calcium into the bones. This is extremely important because we obviously want the calcium in our bones, NOT in our arteries!! For more information of Vitamin K2 you may wish to read my article on the Go Vita Batemans Bay website or call into the store for a copy of this article.
If you prefer not to take the barley grass powder in juice, often our customers choose to also purchase a greens formula containing spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, mint and stevia. Many customers find the taste of this formula more palatable. I do however suggest adding an extra teaspoon of barley grass powder to gain the ultimate alkalising benefits.
If you wish to check your acid/alkaline levels call in to collect your FREE TEST KIT and acid/alkaline food chart from our store. For more information on this subject call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune in to Bev on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm on Go Get Healthy.