When it comes to preventing and treating osteoporosis, regulating the body's pH--and specifically the pH of blood--is the real secret to prevention. Blood is slightly alkaline and has a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. To keep the blood alkaline, the body uses, in part, the alkaline mineral reserves within the bones--including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. The more acidic the blood pH is, the more depletion occurs, and the greater the risk of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, as women age, the body's pH-regulating system begins to decline in efficiency due to aging, stress, pollutants, illness, injury, and eating the acidic foods that are very common in the American diet.
To maintain an alkaline pH and prevent osteoporosis naturally, Dr. Lark recommends four steps:
1. Cutting down on acidic foods, including red meat, dairy products, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, caffeine, refined sugar, and most artificial sweeteners. Also cut down consumption of acidic fruits, including citrus, apples, most berries, plums, apricots, pineapple, and raisins.
2. Focusing on alkalinizing foods, such as most vegetables, gluten-free whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and corn), legumes, seafood, eggs, and nonacidic fruits (such as papaya, mango, melon, pears, and bananas). Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, tuna, and mackerel, are also important.
3. Building up mineral reserves in the bones by taking daily: 1,000-2,000 mg of calcium carbonate; 500-750 mg of magnesium oxide; 15-25 mg of zinc; 20-50 mg of silica; 3-6 mg of boron; 40 mcg of vitamin K; 400-800 IU of vitamin D; and 1,000-3,000 mg of mineral-buffered vitamin C (in divided doses).
4. Getting extra buffering support by taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is integral to the body's natural buffering system. A half-hour before breakfast and an hour and a half after dinner, add ½
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