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4 Ways to Kick Acid for Great Health

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4 Ways to Kick Acid for Great Health

Great health can be as simple as balancing your body chemistry.  Don’t let the word “chemistry” scare you.  To balance your body chemistry, consider your pH levels.  The pH scale is a measure of acidity and alkalinity in your body.  Acid is on one side of the spectrum, starting at 0; alkaline is on the other side of the spectrum up to 14.  Neutral is 7.0.  Anything less than 7 is acid and anything higher than 7 is alkaline.  You’re probably more familiar with the pH scale than you think.  If you’ve ever cleaned with baking soda and vinegar you’re familiar with concept.  Vinegar is acidic and baking soda is alkaline.  When you put the two together (perhaps as a natural drain cleaner) the two bubble and fizz until they neutralize each other.

Your body works to maintain your blood’s pH at slightly alkaline (7.365).  Most people eat an acid-forming diet of meat, dairy products, sugar and other sweets, wheat, processed white flour pastas and bakery items, coffee, tea, trans fats, and food additives that acidify their body.

Maintaining a stable blood pH is critical to life so the body has numerous mechanisms to help keep the balance:  excretion from the kidneys, leaching calcium from the bones or magnesium from the muscles, among others.  Over time, the burden on the kidneys and the elimination of alkaline minerals from critical areas of the body can lead to health issues.

Here are 4 easy ways to start alkalizing your body for better health:

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:02AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

The trick is to balance

5:11AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

You should not eat anythng within half an hour of drinking lemon juice diluted with water

7:54AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I love fresh lemons!

6:54PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014


9:14PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

We don't all have the same water requirements. Instead of 8 glasses of water each day as a one-size-fits-all, everyone should drink half of their body weight in ounces of water. For instance, if you weigh 100 pounds then you would drink 50 ounces of water each day.

12:40AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you

2:13AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Lemons and limes are alkalizing. Conversely oranges and mandarins (sweet citrus) are acidifying, as are many sweet things.

2:09AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

As for lemons, I've read exactly the oposite thing: they acidify the body so much that women who eat lemons later have weak, sickly babies.

8:41PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Lemons are marvellous in so many ways, delicious and full of citrus zing. I love homemade ginger root tea, that is delicious.

8:27PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

I went a whole month drinking lemon in water instead of having my usual orange juice. I really enjoyed the experiment.

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