Chapter 3: Alkaline & Acid = pH: An Easy Guide to Health

 

Too Much Acid Equals Pain. Your body has to convert all of your foods into a salty, alkaline state before you assimilate that nutrition. Your blood has to be alkaline because if it turns too acidic you’ll die, which cancels your warranty. What creates an acid state in your body? Stress, acid foods, consuming large amounts of the acid producing minerals; phosphorus, sulfur and chlorine! What creates an alkaline state in your body? Relaxation, joy, alkaline foods and consuming large amounts of the alkaline producing minerals; calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in an easy to absorb form!

Are there any health problems that are not caused or made worse by an acid condition? Yes! Getting hit by a truck and other such “out of the blue” incidents. But in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, digestive problems, nervous stress and so on, excess acid due to mineral imbalances is either the direct cause or a major contributing factor. How do we know this? Because since ancient times, when a person corrects their alkaline-acid balance all of these conditions are improved, often dramatically. Amazing coincidence! If you keep your reserves of alkaline minerals high you’ll improve your long-term health, have less pain and more energy. How do you know how good your alkaline and acid balance is? By testing your saliva for its ‘pH’, or potential of Hydrogen, measured from Zero (most acid) to 14 (most alkaline) and 7 is neutral.

An alkaline body conducts electricity better than an acid body. Pain is a sign that an electrical connection isn’t being made correctly. Acid blocks conductivity. Your body’s systems work best within specific pH ranges. For example, blood needs to be between 7.35 and 7.45. Stomach acid ranges around 2, while the intestinal tract is around 8. 

When acid levels exceed the proper range two things happen; pain and excess acids are dumped resulting in rashes and inflammations of the skin and organs. Red and tender skin means that it’s sitting in an acid bath!

Saliva is naturally mildly acidic and its pH goes up or down based upon the overall pH of the body, making saliva a convenient barometer. If your saliva pH is good, then you’re maintaining good reserves of alkaline minerals. If it’s too acid you’re probably suffering from a degenerative problem and pain. Test your saliva in the morning before brushing your teeth or having anything to drink. Get 100 NSP  pH test strips in a kit with a chart. Get an extra 25 pH charts in case you give strips to friends and family. They also have a pH-testing brochure. If your pH is low, there are two strategies to correct that. First, supplement with A Green Drink, 2 to 4 scoops a day in water will restore your reserves of the alkaline minerals, calcium and magnesium, that your body uses as chemical buffers to convert acids to alkaline. It’s the best product to do this quickly. The more you use the less pain you’ll have!

Taken after dinner it encourages a good night’s sleep by neutralizing pain-producing acids. Potassium Combination  supplies potassium and sodium. Important chemical buffers, they also accelerate the flow of nutrients into the cells and the flow of toxins out. Magnesium helps your muscles relax, the bowels become more effective and also aids the absorption of other minerals. While Calcium most people get enough in their diets, but they can't assimilate because of one of two reasons. If they are low in Magnesium their body can't absorb it. And here's the big one; if a person is eating a lot of grains, bread, bagels, muffins, pasta, oatmeal, etc., there is a component in the grains called a phytate that binds onto the minerals and prevents your body from absorbing it. Even though lab tests show that a grain may be high in minerals when it gets in the body most of those minerals are too bound up to be absorbed.

It was long believed that eating too much lean animal protein was causing excessive acid in the body because it is acidic. However grains are also acidic, although not to the extent that lean animal protein like meat, poultry, fish and seafood. However, those lean animal proteins do not interfere with the absorption of the grains, while the grains block the absorption of the high quality nutrients (minerals) in the meat, poultry and fish. Without those minerals it is very hard for the body to maintain the correct pH. If you want to get your pH in line avoid grains. While you are at it avoid beans too because they obstruct the action your body's enzymes which are essential for breaking down those foods. That is why societies that depend on beans produce small people.

Second: Improve your diet. A food is alkaline or acid depending upon the state it produces in the body. This is due to the types of minerals it possesses, not whether the food is alkaline or acid to the touch. For example, meat is alkaline to the touch, but being high in phosphorus and iron it creates an acid state in the body. With that said, one of the biggest problems people suffer from is a lack of high quality lean animal protein, which is also a great source of easy to absorb minerals.

A healthy diet is more alkaline than acid. Depending upon your blood type, the diet should consist of 60 to 80% alkaline foods and 20 to 40% acidic foods. Generally the A and AB blood types need the most alkaline diet while the O and B blood types need more animal products in their diet. The O needs meat and the B needs dairy. But remember, if you’re in pain, you’re acidic. Here is a partial list of foods by acid/alkaline category.

 

Acidic Foods:

Butter, Cream, Cheeses, Eggs, Seeds, Most Nuts, Sea Food, Soft Drinks, Beans, Most Oils, Lentils, Coffee, Cocoa, Flour products, Pasta, Most Grains, Animal Fats, White Sugar, Milk, All Meats, Tea, Dairy products, Wine, Alcoholic Beverages.

 

Alkaline Foods:

Almonds, Bananas, Prunes, Raisins, Figs, Grapes, Pears, Potatoes, Avocados, Melons, Maple Syrup, Dates, Coconut, Spinach, Beets, Molasses,

Green Peppers, Lettuce, Cucumbers, String Beans, Corn, Carrots, Squash, Cabbage, Parsley, Peas, Okra, Olives, Oats, Millet, Yogurt, Soured Dairy Products.

 

These Fruits can be acidic in the stomach but yet slightly alkaline in the tissue:

Apricots, Strawberries, Apples,  Peaches, Raspberries, Dried Fruits, Papayas, Cherries, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Oranges, Lemons, Plums, Blueberries, Mangos, Apple Cider Vinegar.

0007  Power of the Mind & Brain Health

 

 Your Brain: Use It or Lose It

 

The brain can accomplish wonderfully complex tasks but it’s a relatively simple organ. It’s important to feed it well and protect it so it serves you throughout your life. Like most body parts, the more exercise it gets, the healthier it is. How do you exercise the brain? Well, recent studies have shown that people who do crossword puzzles are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s!

What good is it to live to be 100 years old if you don’t know who you are or where you are? Let’s point out some brain facts that will help you to “be there when you get there!” The brain is made up of a few basic constituents. Fat, water and aluminum are just a few of its major components. Fat is the densest source of energy and the brain uses plenty of it. An important fat in the brain is called DHA, a crucial supplement for memory, concentration and retention. All of that fat also acts as a cushion to protect delicate functions. Water is critical to the brain as well because those brain functions are largely electrical. Energy plus electricity sounds like your brain has the potential to overheat! Water should always be around to keep you from literally becoming a “hot head”. The brain needs lots of pure water as a coolant and to wash away toxic byproducts from all that thinking!

Aluminum is an interesting component of the brain. Since so much of brain function is electrical, it stands to reason that you need metal as a conductor. Why aluminum? Can you imagine how heavy your head would be if the metallic conductor was lead? Your neck would have to be the size of your waist just to hold your head up! Now let’s not confuse the aluminum in your brain with the aluminum around that baked potato. One is organic, the other is not! This highlights the fact that since the brain has an affinity for aluminum, any inorganic aluminum, from cooking foil, aluminum pots, even the aluminum in antiperspirants, would gravitate to the brain. Then just try to evict it. It’s like a rent controlled building. You can’t get it to leave!

Gotu Kola is an herb that is high in natural aluminum. Give the brain the good stuff and it kicks out the deadbeat, inorganic junk. A great combination is Ginkgo-Gotu Kola. It comes in concentrated form so one tablet is equal to 4 capsules of non-concentrate and the Ginkgo stimulates circulation to the brain so the Gotu Kola can get in. Like having a friend watching the door!

GABA is a neurotransmitter that calms down brain function. It’s important to give the brain a chance to rest and rebuild. We like to think of it as Yoga for the brain! L-glutamine is found in high amounts in both the gut and the brain! In fact, the body needs more of this essential amino acid than any other. When you just can’t think, take one or two capsules and in 15 minutes you’re cooking on all four burners again! (It also turns off food and alcohol cravings.)

Brain Protex with huperzine is a very complete brain supplement. Many studies have shown huperzine to have anti-ageing effects on the brain. Focus Attention in powder or capsules can also help with attention and memory. Menopausal and peri-menopausal women should definitely include Pro-G-Yam 500 to balance the short term memory challenges caused by estrogen dominance.

Then take your brain out for a walk around the block! Take a class, learn something new, figure out problems, read a book, or do that crossword puzzle. Your brain will remember to thank you for it!

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

50: Alzheimer’s, Understanding This Disease

 

Alzheimer’s is a fairly modern disease because the first case is commonly known to have been diagnosed around 1906. This seems to coincide with the introduction of a few things; margarine (invented in around the 1850s, patented in 1873) other trans fatty acids in the form of shortening like Crisco (invented in the early 1900s) and aluminum cookware (invented in 1886). Many believe that the gradual widespread use of these products has contributed to, if not caused, this heartbreaking disease. At least the timing seems to support this.

The newest research points to a link between Alzheimer’s and sugar consumption. Many believe that it will come to be called Type II Diabetes. This is a fascinating new finding and certainly correlates with the introduction of high fructose corn syrup into absolutely everything.

There are new advertising campaigns trying to tell you that sugar is sugar, and while that may be true on some level, the fact is that concentrating it into the “high-fructose” form is that last thing we need. We need to decrease the “low-fructose” sources together with all of the other sugars we consume. Remember that sugar is acidic in the body. Put a piece of silverware into a glass of coke overnight and look at the corrosion it causes. Do you really want that happening inside your body?

Alzheimer’s differs from other types of senility conditions. It is not merely forgetfulness or short term memory loss. This disease progresses to the point where more than just the memory portion of the brain’s function is adversely affected. That is because the plaques and tangles can form in any area of the brain. There are many websites that have technical explanations of the disease if you would like to do some further research.

What can you do to try to prevent this disease, or even reverse it in its early stages? Well, a good place to start might be eliminating margarine and other substances like it from your diet. Another important step seems to be to eliminate inorganic aluminum from your personal environment. Let’s take these one at a time.

Margarine and other trans fatty acids start with an unsaturated fat, either from an animal or plant source. Then they are “hydrogenated” which literally means they are emulsified with hydrogen creating a saturated fat. This process turns liquid vegetable oils into a semi solid state. The reason this is all done is to decrease the rate at which the fats go rancid and to increase the smoke point, making them usable at higher temperatures. The hydrogenation process must also use a catalyst. These catalysts are metals like aluminum, platinum, iridium, rhodium, etc. (It just gets worse and worse, doesn’t it?) Needless to say, when they are done, you are left with something that has absolutely no relationship with Mother Nature!

Hmm, the oils solidify and even high temperatures do not affect them. It is any wonder that these sticky fats get stuck in the brain? Why that brain? Because like attracts like and a major component of what makes up the brain is fats. The brain uses a lot of energy and the most efficient way to store energy is in the form of fat. It needs that energy to create electricity, those sparks that communicate to all of the nerves in the body. That’s why the brain heats up. (That’s the main reason you need to drink so much pure water daily – or the brain overheats. The brain cannot use water that has a drop of anything else in to. Would you put soda pop in the cooling system of your car?)

Aluminum is another major component of the brain. Remember the electrical sparks? Well, they require a conductor and the lightweight quality of aluminum makes it the perfect choice. Otherwise your neck would have to be as big as your waist in order to hold up the weight of your head. Not an attractive look! Now we are talking about organic aluminum, not the kind that is mined out of the ground and heated to over 460 degrees centigrade so it is tough enough to last into the next millennium. You can see where this too could cause a problem for the brain. It has an affinity for aluminum and sees it floating around in the system so it grabs it. Unfortunately, it can’t use it because it is just too tough to break down. Well, let’s hang onto it until it loosens up. Set the reminder for about 1,000 years, would you?

Aluminum is in absolutely everything. Antiperspirants, make up, table salt, even drinking water. They also add it to anything that could cake because it’s slippery. The list goes on and on. Solid aluminum cookware has been phased out because of the health concerns but is it still a component of most cookware. As the other components wear, more and more of the aluminum core is exposed to your food. The tray for your toaster over is made of aluminum. And think about all of the aluminum foil. Restaurants rely on aluminum cookware and foil to speed up their services so eating out a lot increases your exposure. Heat releases some of the aluminum into your food and some acidic foods grab even more. (Tomato based sauces are among the worst – Holy Lasagna!)

Okay, we didn’t mean to scare you but we did want to get your attention. Eliminate all of the trans fats, margarines, and aluminum from your daily life. Be more aware of where to look for other hidden sources of these culprits. Drink lots more pure water. (At least ½ of your body weight in ounces daily) Think more! Use your brain so the activity keeps floating stuff from getting stuck. Use parchment paper to line the trays and cookie sheets that contain aluminum whenever possible and switch to glass or ceramic cooking dishes with lids. Give you body organic forms of aluminum like that found in the herb Gotu Kola, commonly called the memory herb. Increase circulation to the brain using Ginkgo Biloba. It is also a great anti-oxidant for the brain so we call that a two-fer! (A combination of Ginkgo/Gotu Kola in concentrate form is the easiest way to cover these two bases.)

Cut way down on the sugar and if you crave something sweet, use Stevia or Xylitol as your sweetener of choice.  There are plenty of snack foods sweetened with these new healthier sweeteners to keep your sweet tooth happy without corroding your brain.

Keep the fatty part of the brain healthy too. Lecithin and DHA are two primary fatty components of the brain. When the brain gets good, organic, usable nutrients, it can start letting go of the old, stuck imposters that have gone way past their expiration date. And take antioxidants religiously to help repair damage daily. Thai-Go is a great one that tastes good too. The best time to act is now, while you still remember!

 

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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From the book The 10 Minute Herbalist by Ralph & Lahni DeAmicis, (c) 2015

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