For Strong Bones, Keep Your Kidneys Healthy and Your Blood Pressure Under Control - Save Our Bones

If you are following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, then you are familiar with the acid/alkaline balance to build your bones. The basic idea is to balance your meals and snacks so that you consume 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Maintaining this balance is crucial for increasing and maintaining bone density. But did you ever stop to think about how your body maintains its pH? It’s really quite interesting!

Acidic vs. Alkaline Body Environment: Why Does it Matter?

An acid is a substance that neutralizes alkalis and can dissolve some metals. In other words, acid is corrosive, and it neutralizes alkalis.

While some acids are stronger than others, these characteristics are fundamental to the nature of acid in general. When your body is acidic, the acidic environment must be neutralized by the dissolution of alkalis.

Quoting from the Osteoporosis Reversal Program: “The blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH between 7.35 and 7.45.”

When you eat acid-forming foods, your body uses the available alkalis to neutralize the acidic environment in order to maintain the desirable pH. This process is called buffering. Unfortunately, some of these “available alkalis” are key minerals like calcium that are in your bones, or in your blood from diet or supplements. To neutralize the acid, once the circulating alkaline reserves are depleted, these minerals are pulled or leached out of the bones, or they’re intercepted to buffer the acid before they even get to your bones.

When it comes to these acid-alkaline reactions in the body…

Your Kidneys Do the Lion’s Share

Your kidneys are vital in maintaining the acid-alkaline balance because they are responsible for filtering out the excess acid from your system. They also reabsorb alkalizing bicarbonate from the urine. A constant load of acid, such as occurs with the typical American diet, means that these vital organs have to work very hard to remove it.

Our kidneys tend to get less efficient as we age, so a high-acid-forming diet combined with age sets the stage for compromised kidneys and continually high acid levels in the body. “The higher the acid load and the older you are, the worse your kidney function is and the higher the body’s acid level [that] is maintained,” writes Lynda Frassetto, MD1.

This is why, even if you’re following a pH balanced diet…

Keeping Your Kidneys in Top Shape is Vital to Your Bone Health

Eating an acid-alkaline balanced diet is the first key step to relieving your kidneys of their work overload to get rid of the acid. But there’s another (unfortunately) common condition that can do great damage to your kidneys, which means that it’s also detrimental to your bones. And that condition is…

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against blood vessel walls. If this pressure is high, it results in damage to various blood vessels – including those in the kidneys. When the kidneys can’t do their job, excess acid, toxins, wastes, and fluid are not removed properly and therefore accumulate in the body. The resulting excess fluid increases blood pressure, so it’s a cyclic process.

High blood pressure is so hard on the kidneys that it causes more than 25,000 cases of kidney failure each year in the US alone.2

Thus, managing high blood pressure and keeping your kidneys in tip-top shape are crucial to the health of your bones.

Controlling Blood Pressure is Another Key to Bone Health

“Savers” know that here at Save Our Bones, we explore and research drug-free alternatives to osteoporosis. Thankfully, there are drug-free, natural approaches to managing high blood pressure. In fact, studies have shown that…

Vitamin C, a Foundation Supplement, Helps Control Blood Pressure

According to a 2012 study, increased intake of Vitamin C, with dosages as low as 500 mg, is associated with lower blood pressure.3 Since Vitamin C is a Foundation Supplement in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, when you follow the Program you’re a step ahead.

Isn't it great to know that when you're taking care of your bones you're also improving other important aspects of your health?

Till next time,


1 Frassetto, Lynda, MD. “Acid-base, diet, and preventing ‘age-related’ dysfunction of bone, muscle, kidney, and cardiovascular system.” 7 Oct. 2009. p. 9. PDF file.
2 United States Renal Data System. USRDS 2007 Annual Data Report. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2007.
3 Juraschek, Stephen P., et al. “Effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. April 2012, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.027995. Web.

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  1. Kathleen Baker

    I have extreme osteoporosis and my doctor is encouraging me to have a Reclast infusion. I am not sure I am comfortable with this after reading so much about the risks and possible side effects. I am 75 and in very good health despite the bone loss. One lobe of my thyroid was removed more than 20 years ago and I have been on Synthroid. I had colon cancer when I was 49 and a portion of my colon was removed. I was on chemo 1 day a week for a year. That was 26 years ago. In my reading it seems to indicate that having had thyroid surgery or a portion of your intestine removed could lead to greater risk. I am very active, swim, surf, hike and am raising my 2 grandsons. My doctor says that because I am so active I could never cope with a broken hip. I don’t think I could cope with some of the risks of Reclast, either. Any comments that might help me make up my mind?

    • Colleen Richter


      Four years after one infusion I am still having recurring agony in my hip which cannot be explained. Perhaps it is the Illopsoas muscle which makes movement so painful. Two teeth recently developed cracks and are being repaired currently and it is “ditto ” to many of the other symptoms.
      Aclasta is not even listed on my medical records as an allergy or adverse reaction.

  2. Sonia

    You talk about high blood pressure, as do so many others, being detrimental, but what about low blood pressure? Isn’t that damaging in some ways too? It sure causes low energy, and light headedness. What are some of the things it can cause, and what can be done to make the blood pressure normal? I hope you will answer. Thankyou

  3. Gerrit van Zyl

    Good Morning

    thank you for your message

    I do suffer from bursites ,but lately I have a lot of pain in the back where the kidneys are situated

    Pain occurs mainly at night around 2 in the morning – really bad

    I do get Cortizone injections for the busites from time to time ( once a month ) at it seems to help

    but now the area of the kidneys are really joining in the pain action

    Please advise

    gerrit van Zyl

  4. Maria J.Mckenney

    Thank you Vivian, I allwais take care of my kidneys, I sufer alot from this, I Take Cran Actin, Cranbery estract,And Parley, paerejil, aev ery day… Con carino, Josie

  5. faye clarkson

    Good info. Fortunately my blood pressure and kidneys are in good shape. I do take Vitamin C at times. I also take various herbs, safe herbs and rotate them. Again I am thankful to God for these blessings

  6. Mary patrick

    Appreciated the article immensely! Thanks much.

  7. Brigitte DeVries

    Vivian: Any comments on using fresh red beet juice for naturally lowering blood pressure. Taste is not the greatest, but one can also add fresh celery juice to improve the taste. Since I started drinking this (8oz. glass per day, my blood pressure has dropped significantly.


  8. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    Would You Please Clear Something Up For Me? This Article Says Coffee Is Good For Your Bones. But In Your Other Articles On Coffee, You Say It’s
    Bad For You Bones! So Which Is It? GOOD?, OR BAD?


  9. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Thought You Said Coffee Was BAD For Your Bones? Would You Clear That Up For Me Please!


    Take Care, And Stay Well!


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  11. Joyce Thornejoyceth

    Thank you for the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. I have used it for several years. It
    Works, to be proactive in your health care is wonderful. I really appreciate all
    Extra information you give us. Please keep it up.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are most welcome, Joyce. Please keep tuning in and contributing! We’re glad you enjoy the information, and we also appreciate your input. 🙂

  12. Helen

    Dear Vivian,
    I follow Save Our Bones as faithfully as I can. Disaster struck last week as I was on holiday and, much as I tried, could not do the 80% alka/20% acid.
    I now have Acid Reflux which is very painful.I’m trying to eat 100% alka. to get back to normal, but it’s difficult.
    I would be grateful for any advice on how to get properly rid of this condition and the pain that it causes.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I understand, Helen – reflux is a problem! I used to suffer from it, too, but it disappeared when I went on the Program. 🙂 I addressed this issue in Question #7 of this “Vivian Answers” post. You might like to check it out!

  13. Maria

    I’d like to balance the Ph of my body. I don’t know how much acidic and alkaline food should I eat. Please help!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Maria, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program tells you just that! It has an extensive list of foods and their alkaline/acidic properties, and a Recipe Sampler as well. 🙂 Check it out!

  14. Terry

    Very interesting….I had high blood pressure but with exercise I was able to bring it back under control….although it has been more stable since I started SOB program. I am fascinated with the correlation of the kidneys and Vit c. My mom lost the use of her kidneys due to a cholesterol med so I am diligent about taking care of my kidneys. Thank for the additional information. After thinking this through, it appears to me that a “normal acidic diet” that is in our faces all the time in ads and so on is the main reason for acid re-flux problems. Which I don’t have any more…Thank you Vivian, You really are so refreshing!!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Terry, It’s wonderful to hear how your overall health has improved while on the Program! 🙂 You are right – the acidic diet is all around us. The fact that you are aware of it puts you light years ahead of the majority!

  15. Connie

    In reading the info on Ultimate BP, I cannot determine if the vitamin K2 within the supplement is M4 or M7. Can you clarify that for us?
    Many thanks.

    • connie

      The Vitamin K is the 7.

  16. ita

    Thank you,Ita.

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