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

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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.

0014 Calorie Myth


The Paleo Diet is the way that humans have eaten during 99% of the time that they have been on this planet. During that time they were lean, strong, athletic and fertile. When the agricultural revolution began 10,000 years ago foods that are better suited to ruminants like cows and horses began to creep into the human diet as staples, because they were easy to store. Where those food have become a larger part of the diet people have shrunk, gotten weak, flabby and eventually fat and increasingly infertile.

The primary foods humans are designed to eat are lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The foods that dominate the commercial market today, and which produce the biggest profit margins, are direct results of that 'revolution', grains, beans, dairy and sugar. They are also the foods that have the most adverse effects on health. They are eliminated in the Paleo Diet.

As nutrients the best thing about the Paleo list is that these foods come without a lot of baggage. In comparison the foods we think you should discard are packed full of problems, veritable side effects that we you can avoid. Now even though the Paleo Diet reduces inflammation, promotes lean muscle, clearer thinking and a host of other benefits, the one benefit everyone notices first is weight loss. 

It is true that if a person's weight is already perfect the weight loss will not be obvious. What they will see is less inflammation, faster healing from injuries, and better muscle tone. However these days excess weight and obesity is epidemic for every age group, so that most people who start the Paleo Diet are going to experience the shedding of the pounds.

Doing the Paleo Diet really is as simple as sticking to the good list of foods and avoiding the bad, but we recommend getting some books on the topic and developing your own expertise. With that said, here are some essentials for making it work best for you.

First of all recognize what is a lean protein and what is not. A lean protein should be at least 50% protein. The leanest are white turkey breast and shrimp, both 90% protein. Venison and many other game meats are 55 to 65% protein. Most fish and seafood is also above 50% protein are some are significantly leaner than others. Skinless chicken breast is 50% and dark meat chicken is about 35%. With most meats the proportion of protein to fat depends on the cut. For example, with beef filet mignon is the leanest. While pork also has some lean cuts, lamb is always pretty fatty, which explains why it is so delicious. Eggs are wonderful foods but they are only 30% protein. Hot dogs and sausage are closer to 15%. Nuts and seeds vary but they are closer to eggs than hot dogs at least.  

One of the best secrets of weight loss is to boost your metabolism early in the day by eating lean protein first thing in the morning, some white turkey breast, shrimp or most kinds of fish. Have it with some vegetables for the fiber and the minerals. Admittedly, this isn't the typical bagel with cream cheese that most people start their day with. But that kind of carbohydrate and sugar mix will spike the blood sugar levels, leading later to tiredness and a sluggish metabolism.

While starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes and turnips can be helpful for athletes, quickly replacing the glucose levels in muscles expended by extreme exertion. But for those wanting to lose weight avoid the starchy root vegetables.

If you are sensitive to them, avoid the deadly nightshade family of plants, tomato, potato, eggplant and tobacco. The effect is inflammation, swelling and pain. These plants are originally from South America and often European genetics don't accommodate them well. About 25% of people are sensitive to them.   

Avoid salt of all types. It is bizarre how much people have been trained to add salt to practically everything they cook. Salt is a combination of alkaline sodium and acid chloride. Part of the historic 'taste' for salt comes from the days before refrigeration. The way that we expect to find pickles, sitting in a brine tank, was once the way that most vegetables and many other foods were preserved. Fish was  packed in salt in the holds of fishing ships as a way to preserve them. While the body has a good use for the sodium as a buffer for acid, the body's need for chloride is more limited. Besides which, table salt is very hard to most people to break down resulting in water retention. Additionally, most table salt contains indigestible gravel that scrapes the insides of the organs and circulatory system, causing irritation and leaking. Once you stop using it your taste buds because more sensitive and in the future those same foods will taste unbearably salty to you.  

One of the great snacks on the Paleo Diet is nuts and seeds but for weight loss keep them to a minimum, a couple a dozen per day because the fat levels are just a bit high. The best snack strategy is to pack a bag containing a hardboiled egg, some almonds (the lowest fat member of the family), a bag of unsalted sweet potato chips when you need a safer carbohydrate boost, or some beef jerky. 

When you stick to the strict list of Paleo foods you can eat as much you want and your weight will go down. When the body is provided with enough lean protein, and its digestion is not blocked by grains, beans or dairy, the metabolism speeds up. Meanwhile, you are avoiding the foods that make people fat by clogging up the system, grains, beans, dairy and sugar. It is really as simple as that, but we encourage to study up on this great system and become an expert yourself. Your effort will be well rewarded.

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

Here's to your health!

Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

Herbal Solutions... your guides to motivated health! 


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