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.
Women with Great Bones
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. Here’s more on how you can implement
a similar nutritional program.
For more on bone health, go to:
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Building Stronger Bones Through
Better Nutrition: The Alkaline Diet
Nutrients for Stronger Bones