Did you know that your bones play a vital role in maintaining pH balance in your body? It’s true! The vast majority of the alkalizing mineral complexes in our bodies are stored in our bones, where they serve two main purposes: giving our bones strength and maintaining a reserve for pH regulation of the blood and other bodily fluids.
In this blog post, we’ll dive a little deeper into how our bones help regulate pH balance and why it’s so essential to maintain a healthy balance. We’ll also touch on some of the things that can throw our pH balance off-kilter and what we can do to avoid them. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Maintain a state of balance
Our bodies are constantly striving to maintain a state of homeostasis, or balance. This applies to everything from our internal temperature to the level of acidity in our blood. Our blood pH should be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35-7.45. However, eating an imbalanced diet that is high in animal protein, refined grains, sugar, alcohol, and salt and low in fruits and vegetables can force our bodies into a state of mild acidosis. chronic stress, excessive or insufficient exercise, and certain medications can also contribute to acidosis.
The problem of acidity
When our bodies become too acidic, we start to experience a host of negative health effects such as fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, and more. In order to combat these effects and regain balance, our bodies rely on alkalizing or “basic” minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium to buffer the acidity. These minerals are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in our diets to offset the effects of all the acid-forming foods we eat. As a result, our bodies must deplete their stores of alkalizing minerals to maintain blood pH levels within the normal range. Over time, this can lead to bone loss and other serious health problems.
Maintaining a healthy pH balance is essential for good health. Our bones play a vital role in regulating pH by storing alkalizing minerals that counteract the effects of acid-forming foods we eat. To keep your bones healthy and your pH balanced, be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of animal protein, refined grains, sugar, alcohol, and salt.
If you’re struggling to get enough alkalizing foods in your diet or you think you may be at risk for bone loss due to acidosis, talk to your doctor about supplements that can help replenish your body’s stores of alkalizing minerals.