The situation with protein is somewhat similar to that with fat. While some protein
is essential, too much is detrimental. Protein is needed for intestinal absorption
of calcium, and protein is a major building block for bone. By weight, roughly one-third
to one-half of our bone is living organic protein matrix! Protein malnutrition debilitates
bone, and can be a significant problem among the elderly in Western countries.
Yet over-consumption of dietary protein (think Atkins diet) — again, if not
adequately balanced with alkalizing compounds of minerals like
magnesium, and potassium —
can likewise lead to bone loss. In this case the loss results from an increased
acid load which our bodies must buffer daily by drawing calcium and other alkalizing
mineral compounds from the bones.
While adequate protein intake is certainly necessary, the average person in the
US consumes far too much protein in the form of meat and dairy products. Not that
either of these are bad — we just need to remember to balance them with plenty
of alkalizing fruits and vegetables, including some high-carb but nutrient-dense
veggies like sweet potatoes and carrots. This excess animal protein intake leads
to a state known as chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis (CLGMA), which
actually washes calcium out of the body.
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