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.

0016 Maintaining Youthfulness


21: Anti-Aging, Can We Grow Younger?


We are fond of saying, “People will do for vanity what they won’t do for sanity!” But vanity is not only skin deep. The effects of natural anti-aging products go far deeper than the surface so you do not have to feel shallow if aging concerns you. In fact, the newest word in anti-aging is Nucleotides! Some of the information here may seem just a bit technical but the reason is to underscore the importance of nucleotides.


Here is a definition of the word, Nucleotide: A subunit of DNA or RNA. To form a DNA or RNA molecule, thousands of nucleotides are joined in a long chain. These nucleotides are targeted to specific receptors. Each organ has its own receptors for these cell rejuvenators.

The organs in the body are made up of protein but on a more detailed level, that protein is made up of amino acids and nucleo-proteins called nucleotides that are the building blocks of RNA and DNA. These nucleotides store genetic information in our cells. Whenever a cell divides, the body needs nucleotides to make a complete copy of the DNA for the new cell. At times of stress, the need for new cells increases, which requires millions of nucleotides. The synthesis of new nucleotides requires considerable time and energy for an already-stressed body.

Dietary nucleotides support cell multiplication and optimal health. Nucelotides are especially important in areas of the body where rapid cell division occurs. All body systems already regenerate on their own schedule, over days, weeks or months. That means we replace all of the cells in a particular organ with brand new cells every so often. Your heart, liver, lungs, digestive tract, skeletal system and even your skin regenerate during their own cycle.

Giving the body the protein it needs in a form it can use can help the body to make better, stronger new cells, like you had when you were younger! See the anti-aging connection? Cellular Build by NSP is the first step because it contains the targeted nucleotides, targeted for the receptors for the brain, the skin and even the heart! We all want to be young at heart, don’t we?

Match this product with Collatrim™, which is primarily collagen, the fibrous protein in bones, tendons and connective tissues. It provides the building blocks of protein and amino acids. Your body can utilize the amino acids in Collatrim™ to rebuild muscles and strengthen lean muscle mass. Remember that muscles are not only biceps and triceps. Muscles keep those jowls from sagging and the heart pumping strongly!

Free Amino Acids is probably the most underrated product in the entire NSP line. Free Amino Acids with Magnesium & l-Carnitine is primarily a must for individuals involved in strength and endurance training, especially for times of physical activity, stress and recovery. Amino acids are building blocks of protein that help develop, build and maintain solid muscle tissue. Twenty amino acids are needed by the body to make proteins, 12 of which the body manufactures. The other eight essential amino acids must be supplied in the diet. The eight essential amino acids in this product are formulated to meet the Food and Agricultural Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) amino acid pattern that helps ensure the most efficient use of amino acids by the human body. The added l-Carnitine helps transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are burned for energy. Magnesium acts as a cofactor to help activate enzymes necessary for carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism.

It is not vain to want to look and feel younger. After all, what is the alternative? Do every natural thing you can do to keep your body working, looking and feeling younger and healthier. Ten years from now, you will be glad you did! We can’t stop the clock but we can give our bodies the tools it needs to keep the clock ticking!


(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis