When you’ll read about this bone-damaging vicious cycle, you’ll understand why the Medical Establishment will never mention it to you. It causes your bones to lose density, and for that reason, it’s one of the main contributing factors of osteoporosis. What’s even worse is that this cycle is actually aggravated by popular osteoporosis drugs.
So today, I’m thrilled to share with you the causes and effects of this vicious cycle and how it can impair your bone-building success. Best of all, you’ll discover how you can easily break this cycle and rapidly improve the health of your bones.
Bone Health Involves Your Whole Body
When it comes to bone health, you may not realize how many body systems and organs are involved. Building bone density is a whole-body effort, involving the lungs, stomach, liver, and kidneys. It all works together in a harmonious balance, remodeling and building bone under the right conditions.
But here’s where the problem arises: when one of the links in the process goes awry, the resulting chain of events can be devastating to your bones.
The vicious cycle begins with the kidneys because…
Healthy, Functioning Kidneys Are Absolutely Crucial For pH Balancing
Savers know that the kidneys play a vital role in keeping your pH balance; I explain this in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. As the body’s filtration system, the kidneys remove toxins we inevitably take into our bodies via the environment, the air we breathe, and the food we eat.
The kidneys also filter out excess acid from the blood (or more specifically, plasma) and reabsorb alkalizing bicarbonate from the urine. So an acid-forming diet makes the kidneys work even harder.
Over time, the kidneys can become damaged under this toxic overload, often without any symptoms. But there’s more, because…
As We Age, Kidney Function Typically Declines
This is how the cycle starts. As you get older, your kidney function typically begins to decline, and the kidneys become less efficient at filtering out acid and toxins, causing these substances to accumulate in even greater quantities. No less important is that the kidneys become less effective at reabsorbing bicarbonate, which acts as a buffer or acid neutralizer.
The build-up of acidic toxins further impairs your kidneys, and as the resulting blood pH gets more acidic, calcium (a potent alkalizer) stored in the bones is utilized to maintain the blood pH levels. When bicarbonate levels are insufficient, calcium keeps leeching out of bone to correct the pH, and inevitably, bone loss occurs. That’s the vicious cycle!
According to Lynda Frassetto, author of a groundbreaking work written for NASA about acid/base balance, bone loss, and kidneys, “…‘trade-offs’ for maintaining acid-base balance include bone dissolution to provide base and muscle breakdown to increase renal H+ excretion.”1
Now let’s take a closer look at how this vital pH-balancing act works.
How The Kidneys Maintain Body pH
To get a better understanding of the mechanism behind acid/alkaline balance, let’s take a brief look at the kidneys and how they function.
The kidneys are blood-rich organs. The average human has about 1 to 1.5 gallons of blood in their body, and the kidneys filter this blood 32 to 45 times a day. The kidneys receive their blood from the abdominal aorta, and once inside the kidneys the blood is distributed via renal arteries into smaller arteries called arterioles. These lead to even smaller capillaries that are bundled into a structure called the glomerulus.
Along with the glomerular capsule, the glomerulus forms the renal corpuscle. Across from the renal corpuscle is the renal tubule, which is actually a series of tubules with different sections providing various stages of filtering. Together, the renal corpuscle and renal tubule form a filtering unit called a nephron.
Blood is separated from urine via a thin membrane in the glomerular capsule. The tubules recover substances that are not waste and concentrate the urine. After passing through the intricate network of tubules, the urine is then ready to be emptied into the collecting ducts, into the ureters, and finally into the bladder.
Remember how one set of tubules recovers non-waste substances? One of those substances is alkalizing bicarbonate, which gets reabsorbed and acts as a buffer. Another set of tubules sends about 10-15% of the bicarbonate into the collecting ducts to be excreted.
Included among the acidic toxins the kidneys must filter are the popular osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates. And research shows us something really disturbing (and ironic) about the effect this class of drugs has on the kidneys.
Proven: Bisphosphonates Cause Kidney Damage
When researchers reviewed the mounting evidence that bisphosphonates cause kidney damage, they discovered that there is, in fact, a connection. Although the researchers point out that, “The mechanisms by which bisphosphonates can cause renal insufficiency are still elusive,” they also note that, “The nature of renal injury from bisphosphonates has become clearer in recent years.”2
Actually, the mechanism by which bisphosphonates cause kidney damage is obvious if you put all the evidence together, including the known fact that these drugs are cleared from the body exclusively by the kidneys. Given the role the kidneys play in filtering out acidifying toxins, it’s no wonder their function is compromised in the presence of acidifying bisphosphonates. In addition, these drugs are often prescribed to an older generation whose kidney function is already in decline.
So What Can You Do To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy?
The bottom line is, your kidneys are critical to your bone health. Thankfully, you can break the cycle and restore and maintain your kidney function, and I'm going to show you exactly how. It starts with proper nutrition:
“One of the alterable factors that affects renal function is dietary.”1 writes Frassetto.
Fortunately, you can control what you eat and drink – both the “alterable factors” that influence renal efficiency and health. Savers already know the importance of an alkalizing diet (80% alkalizing foods, 20% acidifying) to maintain and improve bone density and strength. In fact, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program nutritional plan also protects your kidneys, since it doesn’t contain acidifying chemicals found in processed foods.
But in addition to this diet, a periodic cleanse is essential. It breaks the bone-damaging vicious cycle and kick-starts a healthy, bone-building cycle in its place. A cleanse makes the 80/20 diet more effective because it helps your kidneys function more efficiently and removes dangerous toxins, setting the stage for your bone-building success.
If you’ve taken bisphosphonates (or are still taking them now and would like to stop), a systemic cleanse is vital to restore your kidneys’ proper function and prepare your body for the task of building your bones. And this holds true even if you've never taken the medication.
This is why I created OsteoCleanse™: The 7 Day Bone Building Accelerator. It’s an easy yet powerful way to rid your body of accumulated toxins, whether you took bisphosphonates or not. And it has a brand new look! The cover has just been updated, but the content inside is still as vital as ever. Check out the new cover here.
Here's what's so different about OsteoCleanse™: There’s nothing exotic or “weird” about it, such as depriving yourself of food for days on end or having to buy expensive and hard-to-find supplements or foods – the OsteoCleanse™ protocol is all backed by sound science and some of the latest research on the subject.
You see, OsteoCleanse™ is as much about what you do eat as what you don’t. Because research has shown that there are common everyday foods you can eat and other simple things you can do to effectively cleanse your system in as little as one week, and they’re all explained inside OsteoCleanse™.
Plus to make things easier for you, you'll get over 40 recipes and even a shopping list, leaving no stone unturned.
I cleanse twice a year, and I sincerely believe it's vital for optimal bone health. The best part is that that it’s just seven days of following six simple steps. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to read more about OsteoCleanse™ and get started on your accelerated path to healthy kidneys and strong bones. Think of it as giving your kidneys and your bones a week at the spa!
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. http://www.dsls.usra.edu/20091007.pdf
2 Hirschberg, R. “Renal complications from bisphosphonate treatment.” Current opinion in supportive and palliative care. 2012 Sept; 6(3):342-7. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22710581