The majority of nutritionists assert that acidosis or body over-acidity should be considered as being the major cause of most chronic diseases. This condition is mostly due to our modern lifestyle and acidic diet. For a better understanding of how acidosis leads to osteoporosis in particular, let us see how body over-acidity or acidosis causes chronic diseases in general.
The skeleton comprises the bone framework of our body. It is constructed to withstand the stresses imposed on it by our daily living activities. When exposed to an amount of energy exceeding its mechanical strength at a given level, the skeleton will fail and fracture. Bones constitute our body most important alkaline mineral reserves, most notably calcium.
Osteoporosis, or porous bone, occurs when too much mineral is removed from the bone framework. The bones become brittle and fracture more easily. The most common fractures are in the hip, the spine (vertebrae) and the distal forearm (wrist).So osteoporosis is considered as a systemic skeletal disease characterized by a low mass of bone minerals and a micro architectural deterioration leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fracture. The mass of bone minerals is determined by X-rays as Bone Mineral Density (BMD, g/cm2). Low bone mass (bone mineral density) is the most important measurable risk factor for osteoporotic fractures. However, factors related to trauma and the risk of falling are also of great importance.
Osteoporosis constitutes a large health problem in the elderly. As many other scientists do, the majority of nutritionists agree that osteoporosis is one of the numerous degenerative chronic diseases caused by acidosis, a state of body over-acidity. As acid excess begins building up, the body will start using one of its mechanisms of defense to protect our vital organs against damaging acids. The body will fight to restore the acid-alkaline balance by using and depleting our mineral alkaline reserves. Calcium especially is leached first from blood and tissues, and after then from bones, causing osteoporosis. If acidosis continues, overtime bone mineral density will decrease and its micro structure will be weakened, leading to increased risk of fracture.