(December 2012) One of the most important contributors to bone loss and chronic disease is a high acid diet. Many of the most common foods are acidic, including most protein, carbohydrates, oils, coffee and soda.
For a review on the topic of acid and alkaline foods, look up Jack Challem, known as The Nutrition Reporter. Also, I conducted an interview online with an author on acid and alkaline foods from Utica, NY that can be found here: http://www.naturalnews.com/023694_food_foods_health.html. Please add to my retirement account by clicking on an ad or two.
After reading The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, I compiled the most extreme high-acid and high-alkaline foods. It’s a convenient, one-page, shopping list of the 50 most acid-forming and 50 most alkaline-forming foods. By continually restricting the former and increasing the latter, you will eventually reach pH balance and save your bones. The list can be found at: https://workspaces.acrobat.com/app.html#d=jpOYVWsZl2rUzgz27MIJAw
We use both potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate (www.nuts.com) to counteract the acid in our diet. I prefer the bicarbonate, which is the same as baking soda except that sodium is replaced by potassium. So, you can use it like baking soda for all culinary applications. I throw a pinch into each cup of coffee or tea, as coffee is one of the most acidic foods Americans take in. I also throw a pinch in my lemon or lime aid to keep it from eating the enamel off my teeth. But don’t put too much in, or it will take away from the pleasant tartness. I make cranberry jam by cooking whole cranberries in a little water, then adding potassium bicarbonate until the extreme sourness is almost gone. Then I add Stevia, Splenda and saccharin (or raw honey) to sweeten. This tasty jelly provides a ton of antioxidants and potassium without the sugar, and is a great way to strengthen bones. Add chopped prunes for another great bone-building ingredient.
Click here to retrieve a recent human study using potassium citrate to increase bone density: