Is An Alkaline Diet Best for Healthy Bones? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Wild greens are a fantastic addition to an alkaline diet and building strong bones, but you have to make sure you’re digesting them properly to get their benefits! (Wood Sorrel)

Yesterday, I concluded that the alkaline diet is very well suited to help keep your bones healthy and prevent (or even reverse) osteoporosis…

Today, I’m going to throw a little bit of a wrench into that conclusion.

While an alkaline diet – full of plant based foods and greens – can be helpful for many, for others it may be what’s causing even more bone loss.

I know this may make your head spin, but what I’m about to explain will put proper perspective on this issue so that you don’t think you’re doing the best for your bones, when you actually aren’t doing them any good at all.

The “I eat well, so I’m OK” syndrome.

You’ve heard someone say it before. Maybe even you have.

“I eat a great diet, so I’m OK.”

I remember saying this a while back. I even shared that I thought blood tests were a sham. Why would you need to take a test when you’re eating the best diet on the planet (at that time I was 100% into the raw food diet.)

I admit I was a little naive and my coming of age came with a serious wake up call.

My muscles started to cramp, my energy levels dropped, my mood changed, I started to get rashes and my teeth started to hurt. My health was falling apart right in front of me and I thought I was eating the best that a human could eat.

Finally, I was convinced to take some blood tests and I found out that I was deficient in many nutrients, my hormones were seriously low and my diet (or dogma) turned out not to be the best there was – at least for me.

This hit hard for me, because from all accounts that I had read, I believed I was eating a healthy diet, but the diet actually gave me health problems.

After some significant adjustments (adding some fermented dairy, eggs, cooked food), supplements (pregnenolone for hormones, B Complex) and removal of certain foods (sesame, chocolate) my health came back to normal and all symptoms disappeared.

I had learned my lesson. I would never again assume that my diet was healthy without running proper tests.

I want you to think the same way. When it comes to bone health (or all health), you have to monitor the results you’re getting. It’s the only way to be sure that your lifestyle choices are giving you the results you want.

Let’s get on to bone health…

I didn’t have any issues with my bones, but I was low in minerals. In fact, my calcium and magnesium levels were in the 18-20th percentile. This was with a diet of green smoothies, salads and chocolate (which is a very high source of magnesium.)

So for you (or someone who’s looking to have strong bones for as long as you can), it’s essential to test your bone density as well as your minerals. This way you can tell if your alkaline diet is actually keeping you alkaline and not the opposite.

I know it sounds weird that a alkaline diet may actually make your body more acidic, but there are more factors in play than what you put into your mouth. Two specifically that I’ll discuss today are your hormones and your digestion.

Hormones can make your bones weak.

Dr. Williams states that low thyroid function (high TSH) as well as irregular estrogen levels can lead to bone loss. One common issue with high alkaline diets is the inclusion of cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, collards, and cauliflower. These foods, if the thyroid is deficient or low in iodine, can cause thyroid function to slow. Someone eating lots of these vegetables with already low thyroid function is a recipe for weak bones.

Abnormal estrogen levels (generally levels that are too low) can cause bone loss as well. So if you’re unable to produce hormones for any reason – sometimes stress or adrenal fatigue (even stimulants like coffee, teas, sugar and drugs) can seriously interrupt this process – make sure you go to a practitioner to check your TSH (as well as T3 and T4 if you want to focus on your thyroid) and your estrogen levels.

You can be eating the best diet on the planet, but if you can’t break down the nutrients…

Doesn’t matter what diet you eat, if you can’t break down the nutrients, you won’t be healthy – nor will you have strong, long lasting bones.

To break down nutrients and food in your stomach and gut, you need HCL (strong stomach acid) and enzymes. These compounds unlock the nutrients from the food (yes, this is a simplistic explanation) so that your body can absorb them.

If you’re not getting enough HCL or enzyme production in your gut, you won’t get all the benefits of the alkaline diet. If you eat a ton of greens, but can’t break out the minerals from the fiber and plant cells, then you’re not going to be alkaline. This is particularly of interest to those who are looking for healthy bones because minerals are so important to keep them from breaking down.

The best way to determine if you’re not breaking down food properly is to work with a practitioner. You can supplement with Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes, but I find it easier and less stressful to work with someone that has already seen hundreds of cases like yours.

Poor digestion is actually more common than you think. In fact, around the age of 35 most people start to experience lower HCL and enzyme levels – so chances are you’re already on your way to needing to assess your digestive fire and determine how you can actually use the nutrients you’re putting in your body.

Other considerations with an alkaline diet.

Dr. Williams talks about the amount of oxalic acid in greens like spinach as well as all berries as a factor for those who have existing bone issues. I would heed his warning if this is the case. Again, be sure to monitor with a bone scan, since this is the best bet to determine what works for you and what doesn’t.

Tomorrow, I’m going to share some cool bone health recipes that we’ve put together over the past 5 years or so, so stay tuned!

Your question of the day: Do you eat an alkaline diet? If so, have you gotten a bone scan?

Also, we’re running a week long special on Dr. Williams’ “The Complete Bone Health Solution” program! This is over 2 hours of audio and transcripts that will give you his complete bone health supplement and food recommendations.

Here’s where you can get that now…

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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