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.

0015 Psychology of Weight Loss


Springtime Weight, Shorts, Tank Tops and Bathing Suits – Oh My!


Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about how we are going to look in shorts and a tank top! Most of us naturally have a “Winter Weight” and a Summer Weight”. It is the transition between the two that causes us so much stress.

 Although we are not big fans of fasting, there is a lot to be said for giving your digestive system a bit of a rest so instead of a true fast, try this modified fast, made easy with Nature’s Sunshine Products. You can maintain your energy levels, cover your nutritional basics and lose that bogged down feeling, all while resting your digestive tract and enhancing absorption.

 Replace two meals per day with NSP’s delicious tasting Nutri-Burn. (We love the chocolate but the vanilla is tasty too.) Shake it up in a Power Shaker with 8 ounces of cold water and you have a delicious shake with staying power. (Or whiz it up in the blender with a banana or some fruit to add a bit more punch!)

 In between meals, treat yourself to a tasty cup of NSP Vegetable Seasoning Broth. All you add is hot water and you have a savory cup of broth that satisfies like a warm bowl of soup. (It’s great sprinkled on foods as a seasoning too.) It really balances your electrolytes and gives your brain a boost when you are having the 3PM lull! You coffee drinkers will love a warm cup of Herbal Beverage, NSP’s nutritious and delicious, caffeine free herbal beverage that tastes a lot like a smooth roasted cup of coffee.

 Then have a simple meal for dinner. Chicken, turkey or fish and a nice salad and some steamed veggies should do the trick. The whole idea is to give your system a rest while it easily absorbs the nutrients you need every day.

 Add some amino acids and some extra l-Carnitine to aid in fat to muscle conversion. You might even want to add a little Hi-Lipase in between meals to break down stored fats. Of course, take you digestive enzymes with your dinner to get every bit of nutrition from the meal.

 A little Hoodia will stave off hunger pangs or if you are a stress eater, try the Cortisol Formula. And remember to take your fiber. We need 30 grams of fiber daily for colon health.

 So take the challenge, and we hope to be seeing a lot less of you next time we meet!


Supplement List for your 7 Day Weight Adjustment Plan


Step One:

Nutri-Burn Chocolate (3204-5)  – or – Nutri-Burn Vanilla (3208-1)

(Replace two meals per day with this delicious power shake.)

(NSP Power Shaker (2877-5) is only $3.25)

Vegetable Seasonings Broth (1393-5) (Sip a cup of broth or season soups or vegetables)

Herbal Beverage (1600-1) (drink instead of coffee or tea anytime)


Step Two:

Free Amino Acids (3664-6) plus extra l-Carnitine (1632-6) (get rid of the flabby stuff. Recent studies have shown that without changing anything else and adding 750 mg of Carnitine daily, people can lose 5-10 pounds in a month!)


Step Three:

Psyllium Hulls (545-9) & Psyllium Seeds (540-4) 

–       or – Nature’s Three (1345-0)

–       or – Psyllium Hulls Combination (1375-6)

–       (People can have as much as 5 to 15 pounds of undigested food stuck in their colon! Fiber gets it out.)


Step Four:

Food Enzymes (1836-9)

–       or –Proactazyme Plus (1525-0)

(Get all of the nutrition out of the foods you eat!)


Step Five:

Nature’s Hoodia Formula (3009-8)

– or – Nature’s Cortisol Formula (3209-4)

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

Here's to your health!

Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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(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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