We could be getting lots of information from the mainstream media nowadays, even on the foods which are beneficial for our health. The truth is that not all the food is as good as their claims used to be. For example, the dairy industry spends billions of dollars each year to convince us that without their products, our bones will be brittle and weak, or worse, at the risk of developing osteoporosis. Milk may be high in calcium, but milk also contains casein, a calcium stripping compound. In addition, milk also doesn’t contain vitamin K or magnesium, two essential nutrients that are required for strong bone growth. Foods that we eat should be providing nutrients to build strong bones instead of blocking the bones ability to regenerate and strengthen itself. If you suffer from joint pain, arthritis aching, stiffness, cartilage degeneration or other issues relating to bone health, it is important to take a look the diet and modify them if necessary. Listed below are foods that literally consume our bones and should be removed from the diet.
As mentioned, dairy doesn’t help with bone health and in fact makes it worse. Prevent from consuming milk and dairy products will help prevent osteoporosis from developing and also get rid of mucus problems, as well as skin and gut issues. This is because dairy products are acid forming where they literally leach minerals out of your bones and increase your risk of fractures over time. A 12-year study conducted by the Harvard Nurses Health Study on over 75 thousand women found that increased milk consumption had no protective effect on bones and didn’t reduce fracture risk. In fact, increasing calcium intake from dairy actually increased fracture risk among those participating. Instead, opt for making your own almond milk or other plant-based milks.
All meat, poultry, and fish are acidifying foods and so should be eaten in moderation and in balance with foods that alkalize. Highly processed meats and cold cuts should be avoided at all costs as they’re full of preservatives, color and flavor enhancers like sodium, nitrites which are all potent acidifiers. Highly acidic food strip crucial minerals from our bones to help buffer for the acidity and increase the pH of the blood.
Processed refined sugar is one of the most acidifying compounds for our body. As stated above, highly acidic foods remove two crucial minerals from our bones which are essentially beneficial for healthy and strong bone. Sugar also harms collagen production which makes up part of the bone matrix, giving our skeleton a flexible framework. Stay clear of processed sugar and instead opt for seasonally ripe fruit or dried fruits like dates and figs.
Most of the white flour we use for baking or the white bread we might be eating is made from bleached flour. Bleaching uses toxic and acidifying chemicals like chlorine dioxide or benzoyl peroxide with by-products such as alloxan. Alloxan induces diabetes as it destroys insulin producing cells. These chemicals are also harsh on our bones as well as every other aspect of the human body. White flour is devoid of all nutrients that would normally nurse the bones. Opt for flours that haven’t been bleached such as whole wheat flours and gluten-free flours made from quinoa or rice.
America is one of the largest consumers of salt. Salt strips calcium from your bones, weakening them over time. The more salt consumed; the more calcium is leached from the bones. One study found that increased urinary sodium excretion produces an increase in urinary calcium excretion. Consuming a high-salt diet will degenerate your bones at a faster rate, increasing the potential for injury. A great alternative to salt is dehydrating celery in hard little bits and then blending it into a fine powder. It is delightfully salty but might take some time to get used to it.
Soft drinks are one of the worst offenders of destroying bones. People often drink more soda than they do water which leads to major health problems. It is suggested that phosphoric acid in Cola leaches calcium out of the bone. Too much of phosphorus also inhibits calcium absorption. In addition to the big amount of highly acidic processed sugar, soft drinks are a concoction that literally eats the bones. Instead of soft drinks, try making flavored water with cucumber and fruit.
Caffeine and energy drinks, sodas and coffee also accelerates bone loss. Caffeine interferes with calcium absorption and leads to calcium loss through urine. Coffee is also acidifying so it accelerates bone loss especially if consumed in excess. Ditch the caffeine and opt for a tonic made from maca powder, herbal tea and honey. You’ll be surprised at how great you feel.
Alcohol is detrimental to your bones due to its highly acidic and largely dehydrating properties. When your body is dehydrated, your skin becomes dull and wrinkly and your organs start to malfunction. The process of bone remodeling is also affected. In order to properly remodel bones, require hydration and plenty of water but in a dehydrated body this process is useless.
Stay clear of trans fats. These are formed when liquid fats are infused with hydrogen atoms in a process known as hydrogenation. It essentially takes healthy fatty acids and converts them into unhealthy trans fatty acids. These hydrogenated fats speed up the aging process and cause severe inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can result in reduced bone density which can later manifest as osteoporosis. Instead choose coconut oil which when heated, doesn’t transform into trans fatty acids.
Protein in excessive amount is never a good thing. Eating too much of it can increase your risk for a variety of different health conditions and could be as bad for you as smoking. According to a new study, meat and other protein derived from animal products like eggs and dairy contain sulfur containing amino acids which promote acid production in the body. In order to buffer the acid, our body naturally draws alkaline reserves in our bones to balance our pH level. These alkaline reserves include things like magnesium and calcium which are needed to keep our bones healthy and strong.
The food which are good for bones include dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, cruciferous vegetables, healthy plant-based fats, fruit, and other vegetables.