Many women assume that drinking milk is the best way to ward off the threat of osteoporosis. While calcium is essential for general bone health, multiple studies have shown that there’s no link between increased calcium intake and a lower risk for bone fracture, according to The Huffington Post.
Some researchers and doctors have decided that the key to preventing osteoporosis is a low-acid diet. Apparently, when your blood is more acidic, your body tries to neutralize it by adding alkaline materials to the blood – and steals calcium compounds stored in your bones to do it. Foods that are high in acid include animal protein, grain, and refined carbohydrates. Dr. Christiane Northrup recommends eating five servings of fruit or vegetables for every serving of highly acidic food. (Good advice, but it doesn’t sound very realistic or practical to us.)
If this is really a way to prevent osteoporosis, why don’t more women know about it? In a country where eight million women are affected by this condition, health care professionals should be stressing the importance of proper nutrition on young women before it’s too late.