We already know the importance of maintaining a slightly alkaline pH balance in our bloodstream for overall health, and this new research provides further evidence for the benefits of alkalizing our body through food intake.
"When it comes to dietary concerns regarding bone health, calcium and vitamin D have received the most attention, but there is increasing evidence that the acid/base balance of the diet is also important."
As a person ages, they become less able to excrete the acid produced via dietary metabolism. The author explained that by reacting to the increasing acid levels, the body counters this by bone resorption, a process by which bones are broken down, releasing minerals such as calcium, phosphates, and alkaline (basic) salts into the blood. Bone resorption weakens the bones and increases the risk of fracture.
"When fruits and vegetables are metabolized they add bicarbonate, an alkaline compound, to the body,"
"Our study found that bicarbonate had a favorable effect on bone resorption and calcium excretion. This suggests that increasing the alkali content of the diet may attenuate bone loss in healthy older adults."
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