Acidity and Bone Health!

Did you know that your bones act as mineral reserves for reducing the acid that in the food that we eat each day?

Yep it is true, the more foods that you eat that create an acidic environment in your body the weaker your bones become.

Let’s talk about the foods that are creating the situation that is diminishing your bone strength.

The modern American diet is filled with animal products, stripped down – processed foods, chemicals and very little good nutritious food.

So what are the top 5 things that you should be eating to create a more alkaline body environment?

1. Stop drinking soda.  Replace those nasty drinks with 64 oz of water!
Besides the overwhelming amount of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, or other chemicals with no nutritive value, soda makes your urine too acidic to pass safely out of your body. Its high phosphoric acid content requires your body to sacrifice a great deal of alkaline buffering salts (meaning the minerals in your bones) so it can excrete the acid without damaging your urinary tract.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Plant foods contain abundant “basic” or alkaline particles that combine with “acidic” particles when your body breaks them down, reducing our total urinary acid load and naturally creating alkaline balance in the body. If you want better bones, I suggest more than the standard “five-a-day” servings of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds — nine to ten is better, and focus on the veggies.

3. Cut back on sugar:  
Sweeten your food with stevia, agave, honey or with fruit.

4.  Add fresh lemon or lime to your water
Though we typically think of citrus fruits as acidic, they’re highly alkalizing in the body (limes especially). Help balance your acid load by squeezing a wedge of fresh lemon or lime into your water throughout the day.

5. Limit animal protein
Animal proteins are high in sulfur-containing amino acids and are particularly acid-producing as you metabolize them. Protein is absolutely required for your bones and just about every other body tissue, but you can limit your animal protein sources (beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and dairy products) to 40 grams or less per day and increase plant-based protein sources.

Sounds easy and it is!

Pick one thing to do this week and go for it!

You can go a long way toward preserving your bone health by changing your diet and lifestyle!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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