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Get Kidney Stones? Drink More Water

I found this article on the Hartford Courant website: Too little calcium, water linked to kidney stones.

Researchers in a study tracked 78,000 women in their 50s and 70s to find links to kidney stones. They found that women who got more calcium in their diet (in their food, not from supplements), drank more water, and consumed less salt had a lower risk of developing kidney stones.

Doctors used to think that kidney stones came from getting too much calcium but have now learned differently. It isn’t too much calcium, it’s whether your body uses the calcium or eliminates it. Calcium in your diet is more readily used than calcium from supplements. Other vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, help the body to make better use of calcium.

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Osteoporosis and Milk

Milk might not be the best thing to drink to deal with osteoporosis.

My wife found this yesterday in one of her nutrition textbooks, Dietary Guidelines, from the Global College of Natural Medicine, 2010

Regrettably, the more dairy one consumes, the weaker bones can become.  It has to do with acidity and alkalinity.  When placed together they neutralize.  The calcium in milk is alkaline while the protein is acidic.  The problem is that there is more acid in the milk than alkaline calcium.  This causes the body to leach more calcium from the bones to combat the acids coming in.  So, unfortunately, those consuming dairy to combat osteoporosis are actually causing the opposite to occur.

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Osteoporosis and Calcium

Osteoporosis has become a serious problem. It used to be considered a disease that only elderly women developed, but not anymore.  It is becoming a problem for younger people, both men and women. A large part of the rise in osteoporosis is the increasing amount of acidic foods and drinks that people are taking in. As a society, we eat too much fast food and processed food and drink too many soft drinks. We don’t realize how acidic some of our food and drinks are.

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