June 17, 2004
The Role of Our Bones
Our bones and overall skeletal system play a critical role in our
body’s buffering system, the complex system that keeps the blood,
body fluids, and tissues in a slightly alkaline state: not too acidic,
not too alkaline.
Bone contains numerous alkaline minerals, including
calcium, magnesium, and potassium. When our bodies become overly
acidic from diet, stress, and lifestyle, these alkaline minerals
leach from our bones to buffer the high acidity. Yet, even as bone
is constantly being broken down, it’s constantly being rebuilt.
In fact, our larger long bones, including major arm and leg bones,
are completely replaced every 10 to 12 years; smaller bones may
turn over as often as every two years. Bone, then, is a living thing,
not the static skeleton you may have envisioned. And women have
a natural ability to rebuild bone throughout life. This gets more
challenging as we age, of course (as do most things), which is why
the foods you eat, the nutrients you take, and the lifestyle you
follow all play a tremendous role in your overall bone health.
Some women who are naturally great alkalinizers also tend to have
naturally great bones. But the majority of other women who have
strong bones got that way by following lifestyles and diets that
prevent overacidity and support their natural buffering system.
Read More on Bone Health:
Keep it SIMPLE Bone Health tip Flaxseed
Supplements for Stronger Bones
An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem
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