Whether you realize it or not, you excrete calcium in your urine each day — and some amount of calcium loss is perfectly normal. It’s part of the process by which the kidneys neutralize and excrete metabolic acids.
What’s not normal is what happens when you lose excessive calcium. It weakens bone — and almost 20% of women with osteoporosis have this problem. The good news is that comprehensive research has documented that regaining a healthy, slightly alkaline pH balance reduces both urinary calcium losses and unwanted bone breakdown.
Excessive calcium loss has been shown by a meta-analysis of 14 scientific studies to be related to a high acid load. Noted researcher Dr. Lynda Frassetto and colleagues recently reported that metabolic acids can be neutralized with either potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate to conserve calcium and reduced unwanted bone breakdown.
Alkalize with delicious summer fruits and vegetables
While the researchers used high-dose potassium, I encourage everyone to develop a life-supporting Alkaline for Life® eating program based on potassium-rich vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits. Summer is a great time to take advantage of in-season veggies and fruit, and here is my list of the top alkalizing choices:
Limes and lemons
Greens: kale, collards, mustard, endive, arugula, lettuce
It’s my experience, however, that most of us can’t achieve the ideal pH with diet alone. So many acid-producing activities in our modern lifestyles mean that most of us need to complement our diets with high-quality alkalizing mineral compounds. Luckily, alkalizing is not as difficult as you might think. You can start rebalancing your pH with my Alkaline for Life pH Test Kit.
Lambert, H, Frassetto, L et al. the effect of supplementation with alkaline potassium salts on bone metabolism—a meta-analysis. Osteoporosis International, published online 9 January 2015. DOI 10.1007/s00198-014-3006-9
Giannini, S, et al. Hypercalciuria is a common an important finding in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. European Journal of Endocrinology, September 2003;149:209-213.