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Archive for October, 2011

Prevent Osteoporosis Part 1: Eat a Grapefruit

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Wouldn’t be wonderful if all we had to do to prevent Osteoporosis was to eat one food.  However, it is a little more complicated than that.  Our body is constantly striving to maintain a proper acid/alkaline (PH) balance.  The optimum PH of blood is about 7.3 to 7.4.  In this range the blood is supplied with oxygen.  To keep our blood in this PH range we need to eat a 60% alkaline/40% acid meals.  Unfortunately, the American diet is about 80% acid and 20% alkaline.  With so many acid foods being consumed in America, many individuals are walking around with bodies overloaded with acid.  The body tries to eliminate the excess acid to buffer the blood.  After a while with an extremely acid diet, the body has trouble eliminate the acids to balance the PH of the blood.  The body goes into a protective mode to protect the organs.  It first buffers the acids with fats.  These fats are bound to the acids and are not eliminated in the proper way. Rather they end up in the hips,thighs, stomach, and other areas.  Alkaline salts are another way excess acids are buffered.   The body will pull alkaline salts (calcium and magnesium) from the bones and muscles.  The alkaline salts bind to the acids.  One of the results of this defense mode of the body is Osteoporosis.  Changing the diet from too much acid will prevent Osteoporosis and a plethora of diseases.  This means not eating so much meat (acid), grains(acid),diary (acid) and eating more fruit (alkaline) and vegetables (alkaline).  A reverse of America’s eating pattern needs to be implemented.  Back to the grapefruit- Citrus fruits, which are a great source of Vitamin C, will go into the body as an acid but turns into alkaline when it gets absorbed  into the blood.  So add a grapefruit, orange, other fruits and vegetables to your meals daily and change your percentages of food intake.  If not you will up taking medicine to deal with you diseases.   Medication is acid.

To be continued…..

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