Findings in a new study on milk’s effect on bone health has shocked the medical world: Milk may not be as good for bone health as previously thought, and may even weaken your bones! Worse yet, milk contains D-galactose, a sugar that is known to increase oxidative stress and inflammation, resulting in accelerated aging. This news is alarming because many people drink milk in hopes of improving their bone health, but what they may actually be doing is increasing their risk of weakened bones, and poor health. On the other hand, alkaline water has shown a consistent link to improving bone health, because drinking alkaline water lowers markers of bone loss. Reducing the markers of bone loss, if maintained over the long term, will result in improved bone health.
Milk Study: Increased risk of fractures
The study, called Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies involved 61,433 women, and 45,339 men all of whom participated in two studies that were conducted over the course of 20 years to asses the health effects of milk. Milk has long been suspected of having potentially adverse health effects, but until recently scientists thought that milk was good for bone health. This recent study challenges that mainstream medical belief.
Milk’s mortality hazard Over the 20 year course of this study, 15,541 women died, and 17,252 suffered fractures associated with weak bones. What the study showed was that the women who drank more milk had a higher risk of mortality and bone fracture than women who drank little or no milk! Women who drank 3 or more 8 ounce glasses of milk per day had about a 1.93 times higher risk of fractures and early death than women who drank on average less than one 8 ounce glass of milk per day. Men weren’t as adversely affected as women Men who drank 3 glasses of milk per day had about 1.03 times higher risk of bone fractures and early mortality than men who drank less than one glass of milk per day.
Study Conclusion: Drinking more milk does not reduce your chances of suffering bone fractures.
Mayo Clinic: Alkaline water shows a link to bone health
Several studies have shown that drinking alkaline water lowers two markers of bone loss in the blood that doctors use to measure the rate that you’re losing bone:
- Parathyroid Hormone
- Serum C-telopeptide
Elevated levels of either of these hormones in your bloodstream means that you’re losing bone fast! Release of both of these hormones is triggered by low blood pH, as detected by your thyroid. Drinking alkaline water has been shown in clinical testing to raise blood pH by 40 – 70% within the safe pH range for blood, which is 7.35 – 7.45. The evidence supporting alkaline water for bone health is so strong it has even been acknowledged by the Mayo Clinic.
How much alkaline water should you drink for better bone health?
You should drink 1.5 – 2 liters per day of alkaline water, because that’s the amount that people who participated in alkaline water bone health studies, who showed improvement in their bone health drank. The pH range of the alkaline water used in bone health studies ranged from a pH of 9.5 – 10.
A water ionizer is the most economical way to get alkaline water for bone health. Bottled alkaline water costs from $2 – $5 per gallon. If you drank 2 liters per day bottled alkaline water, it could easily cost you $170 per month or more. You can finance a Life Ionizer for less than that! Ultimately, if you own your own water ionizer, it will cost you less than 3 cents per gallon to make all the alkaline water you want.
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Limitations of this study: This was an observational study. There is an inherent possibility of residual confounding (factors that affect the outcome of the study) and reverse causation phenomena (other factors that can cause this study’s outcome), a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended.
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