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.

0017 Healthy Knees &Joints


Reversing arthritis starts with understanding how the person is creating the problem through their diet. Arth (Joints) Ritis (Inflammation) happens because something in the body’s internal environment is inflaming or irritating the joints, the places where the body bends. When the person can figure out what they are taking into their body that is causing the inflammation and stop doing that, they get better a lot faster.

 One of the places to look first is at the drinking water. Towns that add fluoride to their water have dramatically higher incidences of arthritis and hip fractures than those that keep that industrial bi-product out of their water supply. If you are not using a Reverse Osmosis filtering system for your drinking and cooking water, why not? Many cases of arthritis are in fact flouridosis, irritation caused by industrial fluoride leaching into bones and making them brittle. Also, stop poisoning yourself with commercial toothpaste, use a natural toothpaste that doesn’t come with the phone number of the national poison control center printed on the back.

 How many people get up in the morning and start the day with a big glass of orange juice? And how many of them suffer from pain in the joints? Pasteurized orange juice (as compared to a fresh orange) is very acidic and over acidity is a major cause of arthritis. The human diet is meant to be 70 to 80% alkaline foods and 20 to 30% acid foods. The American diet is almost the reverse of that, so many people are washing their joints with acid day inside and out. Most people eat way to many grains, beans, sugar and fruit, all of which tend to increase inflammation, instead of vegetables, lean animal protein, nuts and seed, which decreases pain.

 About 20% of people are very sensitive (especially in their joints) to a group of plants called the Deadly Nightshades. That name alone should tip you off. They include some of America’s most popular foods, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and tobacco. Think about pizza and then you realize why there are so many people suffering from arthritis.  Refer to the chapter on Alkaline & Acid=pH to learn how to correct that situation. Generally anytime that inflammation is an issue you will make more progress by moving towards the Paleo Diet while avoiding the Deadly Nightshade plants.

 Herbs and supplements can make a huge difference for increasing mobility and reducing pain, but you need to address those underlying dietary causes if you want to make significant improvement. Saying that, here are some great products and programs that will help get the body back to good health.First of all, take a minimum of 2 capsules each of Omega 3 and GLA oils. These are essential fatty acids that help the body reduce inflammation and pain as well as providing necessary lubrication. No matter what program you use those two products provide a foundation.

 One of our favorite products comes from NSP, Everflex Cream applied as often as necessary directly to where it hurts. NSP’s Joint Support is an old time herbal formula that does a great job of reducing pain and rebuilding the joints. It contains Hydrangea which is excellent for removing excess acids from the body. Liquid Chlorophyll in water or as capsules alkalizes the body and lubricates the entire system.

 Collagen is an essential part of the joints and skin and supplementing with it can be very helpful. NSP’s Collatrim capsules is an amino acid blend that provides the materials necessary for rebuilding tendons, ligaments and all of the other support structures that the joints depend on. We have also seen great improvements using the collagen juice Jusuru. 

 Another not so hidden culprit in arthritis is excessive amounts of coffee. This is a one two punch because it is very acidic and especially hard on the kidneys.  But while coffee and tea are also acidic they contain large amounts of valuable anti-oxidants. So, if you like your coffee but want to avoid the acid then cold brew it by soaking the ground beans in cold, pure water for 24 hours, giving an occasional stir if you want it a little stronger. It produces wonderful flavors and reduces the acid by 70%.

 The kidneys manage the mineral balance of the body so when they are stressed acid builds up and bone building slows down.  NSP has a Chinese formula called KB-C (kidney bones - Chinese) that addresses this connection between these systems. Problems like retaining water, edema in the legs, frequent urination are all signs of a stressed urinary system. The Chinese view the skeletal and urinary system as essentially one for a simple reason, a major job of the kidneys is the reclamation of the minerals that build the skeletal system. The other name that we use for this product is “Khiropractor in a Bottle”, because it is helpful when a person has difficulty holding a chiropractic adjustment. Problems like easily sprained joints and turned ankles are signs that KB-C is the combination to use. Use this with a Green Drink to help the body restore the proper pH balance that is so important to long-term healing. Then make sure you drink plenty of pure water and flush those excess acids out of your system.

 Remember, the skeletal system rebuilds slowly. Baby skeletal systems are made up entirely of cartilage and it takes 28 years for all of their bones to form completely. It takes seven years for the body to replace every cell in the long bones of the leg, and two years for the pelvis. As you rebuild your structural system plan for the long haul. As much as you might want instant results, the system rebuilds at a very patient pace. You will start seeing improvements after about two weeks. After three months you should enjoy substantial benefits and then you need to maintain those benefits because as long as you feed the structural system what it needs, it will perform the way it was designed to.

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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