Our Complete Guide To Frugal, Healthy Eating

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We use most for our family of five healthy eaters—buy bulk raw ingredients, add beans and onions to everything to stretch it, slow cooker soups and stews, planned leftover meals, etc. There was a time this would have meant order pizza or Chinese take-out, but I had thawed a chicken and noodle casserole before we left. The refractometer provides a simple way to measure the nutritional value of food. If these charges are neutralized by protons, the capacity of the proteoglycan to absorb water is reduced. In 2 months, I got to my goal. Vitamin E is the main fat soluble antioxidant and prevents oxidation of lipids.


Are you using dried chickpeas? Our new house has very hard water so I now use distilled water to cook my chickpeas and other beans. It makes a big difference with the texture of the chickpeas. I suffered though a year of horrible beans before I discovered water can make or break your beans and it is definitely worth the extra dollar for distilled water.

I tried those once with no luck, so I went back to canned, though that may have been at my old apartment which had really hard water….

I may get some dried ones though and try out the crockpot method of soaking. Dumber people than I have mastered homemade hummus! Otherwise, make sure you blend, blend, blend. I use a Cuisnart as well — it should get fluffy.

Make sure you have a little lemon juice in there. If you want to get all fancy with your hummus because I like the taste the tahini adds to it , you can always make it yourself. And the bonus is that you can also use the sesame seeds for your homemade breads which we do quite a lot.

We fed our Demon Child the same way and I can report, three years on, that she is willing to eat just about anything. The kid asks for snacks of broccoli and fourth helpings of beans! Thank you for sharing! FW will have her in the kitchen with him as soon as possible! It just might be my all time favorite tv show! Just wanted to share the link for my favorite granola bar recipe. One thing that has helped us consume more of our leftovers is packaging them in individual serving size containers.

Then, when we need to grab food for lunch or dinner, we can just grab a meal out of the refrigerator and warm it up. The book itself is available at our library. As someone who lives in a city with limited grocery stores but TONS of restaurants I have had to work on this- especially since I have a LOT of severe food allergies one epipen or ER visit is definitely more than my grocery bill!

I love making soup from scratch and taking it to work, and buying basics rather than premade food. I also do use coupons a few times a year when I know basics like tp, paper towels, shampoo, etc will be on sale.

Also, befriend your local butcher! Great list of tips and resources! Thanks again for always impressing! A big key for me has been to reduce the thinking behind.

Every two weeks I put on a pot of dry beans to cook for two hours, and add seasonings and oil as they cook down. Then I scoop out half cup portions into lunch containers, let them cool, add cheap bulk frozen veggies, and shove all ten plus containers back in the freezer. At the beginning of every week, I portion out nuts in small containers for lunch, and oatmeal with cinnamon and chia and yogurt with honey for breakfast.

The savings in time, money, and stress have been terrific. All I have to do is fend off the folks who think eating beans and oatmeal every day reflect a serious lack of imagination. My approach is similar, but I have yet to give up the semi-weekly meal out at UNO or one of our local establishments.

I changed a few things around, like adding toasted sesame seeds, pecans, walnuts, and I used sliced, skinless almonds instead of whole ones.

Oh, and I added a tablespoon of butter and a little bit of salt to the mix. I toasted the oats and all the nuts first, which I think adds a nice flavor note. After cutting the bars, I kept them from sticking together by wrapping them in little pieces of waxed paper. When I have had dinner failures…. We make what my husband calls salsa soup.

Any bulk hot sauce you have can save a bad fish stew or similar. I actually save up my scrap vegetables in a freezer bag in the freezer…when I have a couple full bags I make a batch of vegetable stock. Love this post and your blog.

Do you ever buy Frugalhound treats? Or do you make them homemade? Dog treats are one of the food priorities in our house. My mother grew up in wartime Europe and these were lessons necessary for life, not just lifestyle. We are currently working on less packaged food. More of a health choice than frugality actually. I will say you are lucky with your little ones eating habits. My oldest daughter has always been a great eater. We are working with an occupational therapist to expand her horizons.

Unfortunately feeding your kids is not always as straightforward as one might think. Fresh veggies are usually cheaper than most packaged options, you can get a lot of vegetables and fruit for less than it would be for prepackaged foods. The best part of this extremely informative article is the picture of Houndlett licking food off of Babylett. Yes, you have been upstaged by the younger generation. My desire to eat gourmet food often was my incentive to learn to cook. The restaurant scene in Vancouver was vibrant and expensive!

And, of course, the savings have been incredible. Because food is our hobby, we have no problem with sourcing great ingredients, eating out and generally spending most of our variable income on food. Having said that, there are plenty of things we happily do without to fund that one particular lifestyle choice. Your discussion about babywoods and healthy eating reminds me of our toddler. On another note, you can freeze flour. I freeze my whole wheat flour to keep it fresh longer, which lets me buy larger bulk amounts than I could use in the normal run of things before it went bad.

But, may I point out, there are also things you CAN expect. Not to get too personal, but, every month there are a few days that come where I know I will not be cooking. Like spaghetti, really any type of pasta, with a package of frozen veggies to go along with it. He takes them for lunch too so I never seem to have any full dinners around for those occasions.

I do plan on working that in though so thanks for the ideas. Thanks for all the encouragement and the regular flow of ideas. It helps so much! We have many of the same tactics. We stay regimented with our grocery shopping always on the weekend and always one trip per week.

We compile the list as we go throughout the week adding items as we use them up or think of recipes to make. Thank you for all the great posts on grocery expenses!

We do love those Costco pizzas! Grocery budgeting is a fun challenge, but the other big killer of flexible expenses for me is non-food consumables: Do you have any advice on these, or could you point me to a post on it? I would love a comprehensive post on non-food consumables in the same vein as your grocery posts.

I love your writing! We also try to use re-usable products as much as possible. We also invest when it makes sense, such as in re-chargeable batteries, low-energy-use lightbulbs, etc.

I hope this helps! Check and see if yours does. Coconut oil makes a divine moisturizer. I also make a whipped body butter I love for winter coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and almond oil in equal proportions, chilled and whipped.

I make a whipped body butter too with those same ingredients! Did you get from the Trash is Tossers website, like me? Frugal weirdo toiletry tip: Non-sucky granola bar recipe: Press into a baking sheet. I tend to think we have the food thing down, but even I picked up some great tips here!

I also really enjoyed how long it was, much longer than you usually write. More Frugalwoods is a good thing in my book! My current frugal boss move is to make a giant egg bake for the week. I top with whatever bits and bobs of cheese are still hanging about, then 12 beaten eggs. I have bought barley, millet, buckwheat, wheat berries, amaranth, and more at Whole Foods and is just insanely expensive. I would love to source these great grains online and see big box. We eat a lot like you do Mrs.

We rarely eat out. It makes a huge difference in our food budget, but we do splurge on the specialty ingredients to make yummy Asian dishes. So we pay a little extra for that good life. Such great advice all around.

We had split pea soup last night and there is enough in the freezer for several meals. I want to give another thumbs up for freezer meals. They have saved me so many times. Monday I got home from a weekend out of town and we had lasagna from the freezer.

I make 3 at a time — still one left! Today we skied all day and came home tired and famished. There was a time this would have meant order pizza or Chinese take-out, but I had thawed a chicken and noodle casserole before we left. That and some steamed broccoli will make a great meal. We are also big on packing lunches for road trips and anytime we will be away at lunch time.

We prefer a homemade sandwich with homemade bread! Food is hard for me, since I have 14 allergies. Onions, garlic, rice, wheat, oats, eggs, peanuts, etc. That does mean that I never eat out, which is budget friendly. I buy only raw food, in bulk when I can. I have a friend who has a severe corn allergy along with concurrent related food allergies. So totally hear ya about how hard it can be dealing with food. Most of the squash will be the main ingredient in soup.

I season with herbs, a little bit of salt, and a dash of chipotle chili, but you could use anything and could make it more sweet than spicy. You would have to skip the few that involve oats. Potatoes in 15 minutes, brown rice in Beans, lentils, kale, soup — no more standing over the stove — dump in and set. I have brown basmati rice frozen in pint-sized packets for quick meals, too, plus lots of quart-sized soups and stews ready.

Our biggest food priority is eating healthy fish sourced in the most environmentally responsible way. So we invest in shipping pounds of wild-caught Alaskan salmon every year, plus 80 cans of sockeye for salmon salad and fish patties. Some people buy a side of beef, we buy Alaskan salmon and follow a Native American version of the Mediterranean Diet, which is a little seafood, lots of greens and vegetables, and some nuts, beans, legumes, and a few grains.

That quinoa bowl looks yum! Do you scramble the egg? Did I really say that?!? Must have been a moment of delusion was I pregnant at the time? The thing is that Mr. FW is really good at cooking and he enjoys it, whereas me, not so much on either of those. If I absolutely had to cook, I would. But I prefer to clean and do the laundry while he manages all things culinary: Have you considered purchasing an instant pot? Worth every penny in my opinion.

I use it to make yogurt, rice, quinoa, and so on. I currently have frozen chicken breasts in there that will cook up in 15 minutes flat. It helps me avoid to the temptation to buy takeout and premade foods because it is so quick and easy to use. Yes, I agree the Instant Pot is great!! I make yogurt, soups, stews, and breakfast and lunch preps for the week.

After considerable research, and hemming and hawing, I finally purchased an instant pot for many of the same reasons. One big purchase we feel has paid us back tenfold. A friend, however, makes them regularly and said the secret is brown rice syrup. She buys it from a co-op grocery store, it seems to be the kind of thing you either find at a health food store or at an Asian supermarket. I bake them, shred off whatever meat I can, and then turn the bones lots of bones!

I priced it out as being about 50 cents per quart of broth made to store-bought strength, though I do reduce it for the freezer to save space. The meat is useful for soup, casseroles, chicken salad, etc. Other protein— the cut of meat called top blade steaks, or Spencer steaks in the midwest, or flat iron steaks. They are usually rather thin cut, oblong shape well-marbled meat with a line of gristle down the middle.

The other cut I get is called chuck eye, only one of my local grocery stores carries it. I use that to make homemade cured salmon, aka lox. We also use that salmon to make salmon sandwiches, basically eaten just like a burger with a piece of salmon instead of beef. We have a lot in common when it comes to food and groceries. My wife and I buy mostly whole foods, and organic when it matters.

What we put into our bodies is very important to us. Sure we splurge every now and then on unhealthy food, but we keep it to a minimum. Making meals ahead saves us big time during the week. After a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is think about making food. Having something frozen that I can heat up is a life saver during the week.

I loved reading this article! Hey guys, Apart from all the great tips from Mrs. Frugalwoods, I have a great tip I came up with while shopping for groceries. Say NO to one of the products in your cart! I am saying this because I, as probably many of you, love to just throw in ingredients or foods that we love, that are not necessarily cheap nor healthy.

It saves you money 2. What a super, easy way to save money on groceries. Thanks so much the the great tip. If spinach is cheap in your area you should really try it out! So much great information here. A cheese sandwich tastes so much nicer with a good green tomato chutney, or dill pickle. And it is very empowering not to mention cheap to make your own.

My homemade mango chutney is streets ahead of any of the sugary commercial stuff, and a lot spicier too: PS Totally off-topic, but we gave our greyhound puppy the empty peanut butter jar to lick this morning and she was in seventh heaven: This is the first time I ever saw this. Way to go frugalwoods. My parents did teach me plenty, mostly about the importance of home-cooking and having food on the table every night.

From the Food Network watching, I learned a lot about how to do different techniques, like butterflying a chicken breast helps avoid the super thick and bland problem. Sometimes, I do one sauce in a big thing a Le Cruset or a casserole dish or pyrex.

The other night, I used smaller ones and did two different sauces, but it gave me three nights worth of dinners where all we had to do was prepare a side veggie. What are some of your favorite brands of box wines and styles-cabernet, merlot? I was wondering, do you guys have an opinion on the zero waste movement? You guys have offered a ton of great zero waste options—Sodastream, make coffee at home, make hummus or bread by hand.

Your article gave some great advice but I had to laugh out loud when you suggested hummus and veggies is enough for dinner. My husband would absolutely freak out! It was the only part I thought was completely unrealistic expectations and points to why you guys are so thin and America as a whole is overweight.

Eating whole homemade food in small quantities and snacking on fruits and veggies is what the majority of American would call a diet! I made the epic-ly frugal lunch recipe yesterday. Eating it while I type. Curious as to the use of canned black beans vs. This post was very informative. I agree that bringing snacks and your lunch to work can save you SO much money. There are several people at my office that eat out every day or go pick up fast food. We also purposefully make too much food for dinner so that we can have leftovers for lunch the next day.

My husband and I also like to drink alcohol, but we limit that to the weekends now because it is so expensive. We are doing the low carb diet so I have to limit wine intake. My favorite drink is a chilton club soda, lemon, salt, and vodka. Food has always been my struggle. I love food and spend way too much money satisfying cravings and experiments. I make a batch of this every Sunday and eat throughout the week.

I also pack them when my toddler and I are running errands to keep hunger at bay. The base of this is the nut butter and oats, and you can really play around with the rest.

I sometimes add dried fruit or chopped nuts to it. If I find chia seeds on sale I will add a tablespoon of those. Mix all ingredients together your hands will work better than a spoon and then mold into a glass dish and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Cut into the portions you want. I keep these in the fridge all week and take out as I want to eat them. You can also just mix all ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate, and then mold into balls. I am getting better I eat red sauce! We have reduced it to every other week. Our friends also love to host and vice versa. We pick a theme and everyone brings dish. We also do grilled pizza in the summer which is a steal!

Makes 12 wedges at approximately calories each. A yummy oatmeal variation is what I call my banana bread oatmeal. I always cook my oatmeal in the microwave. Great post and comments, too. For example, I bought a bag of fresh turmeric for a few bucks at an Indian store. Compared to the health food store super cheap. At Asian stores, I get teas for much cheaper.

We have been doing it for years and have no children. We try to do bigger portions so as to do multiple lunch meals which we take for our respective offices and soups for most dinners of the week. Do you have any other ideas come to mind? Thank you very much and keep writing! Have you thought to purchase garage sale a pressure canner?.

Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for great granola bars. You can use whatever nuts or dried fruit you have on hand. Bring water to boil Gently add a dozen eggs Boil 6 minutes Take off heat, let sit 20 minutes Drain hit water, add cool water,ice 20 mins. Similar to above, we call them power balls not granola bars: Store in fridge and grab when you need them. I usually add T of flax seed meal for omega-3s and vitamins.

Can add choc chips, coconut flakes, raisins, etc. But I usually make them plain. My kids LOVE them. The recipe is on my website. I cut them into bars and freeze each bar. I totally agree that finding a workable granola bar recipe is tough. What I do is make loose granola to top our homemade yogurt.. I like the crunch it brings to the meal. I have found that it is much easier to save on groceries, eat clean and healthy and not to throw away food when ordering all food via e-shop.

For few months now I have planned our meals family of 4 , ordered the stuff online and my husband just went to pick up the prepacked goods from store. Much less destraction and impulse bought items, much better planning and lots of saved time. S- where we live it is free of charge to preorder and pick up groceries. I love that you keep weeknights simple. That is something I try and do also. As for granola bars. I love having a simple snack and this recipe has been my go-to for years.

Out family of 3 can polish off a pan in a week or so and they taste simply amazing on top of a little bit of plain greek yogurt. Melt peanut butter, honey and butter together.

Then add any ingredients you want. Looks like you guys do consistent lunch and breakfast and then a more varied dinner. We are in Milwaukee, so we shop on Sundays during the Packers game. It is like a ghost town. Do you have an average cost per meal per person that you try to maintain? We are mostly utilizing the recipes link from BlueApron, but rather than use their service we go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients ourselves. This might sound like an odd one but it worked for me and when I pointed it out to my colleague she noted the cost savings too.

I rarely eat meat but when I do I eat halal meat. We have a very large Muslim community in my city — large enough that there is a section at the grocery store for the halal meats and products in a very basic sense like kosher for Jewish.

The overall price point is different and when they do markdowns they are more substantial. Food has always been my easiest area to tackle with frugality. I then go back and write a new list, re-ordering my items based on my path around the store.

If you are NOT familiar with your store, ask customer service for a map. Seriously, most grocery stores have a map. Anyway, write your items down in an order from door to register in one straight trip. I have saved SO much by doing this because I am a HUGE compulsive buyer and my persuasive snack side is far stronger than my practical frugal side.

The other thing I do is buy whole raw chicken. Out grocery store usually has them for. With the leftovers, I can usually squeeze out more chicken meals that are all cheap. Then with the bones, I make my own chicken stock and throw that in the freezer for other meals.

When my freezer starts to overflow with chicken stock, we just have chicken soup. I make the stock, but after straining out the bones, I just add onions, carrots, rice or whatever tiny pasta is in the cupboard.

Last, ask if your store has markdown sections. Ours regularly has a bread markdown randomly located in one of the frozen food aisles…. I make it a point to always browse these. It was about 4 times the amount I usually buy for my daughter for only about half a dollar more. I wonder what do the Frugalwoods use to store some of the bulk items, such as the big bags of oatmeal, quinoa, etc.?

Homemade bread is also a good place to add good stuff. Just blend twice as much whole flax seeds as you would use oil. Flax seeds keep for years. For real whole wheat bread, add in wheat germ. It can be bitter, so add as much as tastes good to you. I totally agree with your view on the judicious use of proteins. My wife tries to use meat with every meal, but eating too much protein can be costly and even unhealthy.

Keep up the great work! We eat out a couple of times a month. Yes, it costs more than cooking at home but we have some strategies to keep the bill reasonable. We always portion out at least half the meal to take home and take any leftover bread to use for breakfast or lunch the next day.

We also try to avoid buying coffee or tea out. I have good travel mugs and will make drinks at home to take with us when we go for walks in the park. Other than that we do cook at home from scratch as much as possible. Soups are one of my favorite things to make since you can often add in odds and ends and it still comes out good.

I added leftover rice to my split pea soup and it helped to thicken it nicely. When you have a spoonful of peas left on the dinner table—too little to serve again, too much to finish off—put that spoonful in the soup box.

Repeat with whatever spoonful portions are left at the end of the meal. When the soup box is full, all you need for a great soup is to make the base of your choice broth, tomato, etc and add in the goodies. Avoids waste and saves both time and money. Equal parts raw nut cashews typically, peanut is also good and dates.

Pinch of salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Have to use a Vitamix. For the granola bar question, I make these granola bars religiously. They use brown rice cereal and brown rice syrup those ingredients are a bit more expensive , but making these homemade certainly saves and they are SO. If you have a food processing, another fun thing to do is to see how many things you can make in a row without having to wash it in between!

Keep a few to eat, and freeze the rest for later! The same holds true with grating cheese! Just buy chunks of cheese, and grate it yourself in your food processor! Bag each type of cheese into a freezer ziplock bag, and toss them into the freezer. Grated cheese at your fingertips whenever you want! Then, when you end up with a batch of raspberries, for ex. My trick to saving on baby food is skipping purée, homemade and store-bought, and doing baby-led weaning… Baby had what we had from the start and all we had to do was forfeit one or two spoonfuls from our plates to the little guy.

Bulk foods are hard to find in Australia in the way they seem available in America. Things like rice are available but other things that are suitable for coeliacs are not. Your email address will not be published. My homemade sweet bread. My beloved Market Basket. Babywoods modeling some of our bulk, raw ingredients.

FW whipping up homemade hummus. My sweet chef husband. Modeling one of my many baking fails. Homemade chili portioned out and ready to freeze! Babywoods investigating our bulk whole grain oats. Me harvesting asparagus from our garden.

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It would be good if health food stores and pharmacies would stock pH paper. Why not go to your local health food store or pharmacy and suggest this to them? There are many suppliers of pH paper. You want narrow range pH paper measuring pH 4.

Amazon offers several pH test strips for you to choose from 1 , 2 , 3 , 4. Thus the pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.

The range from 6. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4. Barefoot and Carl J. Stomach acid has a pH of 1. As pH falls below 4. Indeed, cancer tumors can become so acidic as to do just that. It is called "acid-induced apoptosis. Concentrated lactic acid has a pH of 2. Virtually all degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body.

While the body has a homeostatic mechanism that maintains a constant pH 7. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body. Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. All forms of arthritis are associated with excess acidity. Acid in the body dissolves both teeth and bones. When these ions are in equal proportions, the pH is a neutral 7. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic, which means that each step is ten times the previous.

In other words, a pH of 4. A pH of 7 is neutral between acid and alkaline, and has an electrical charge of zero millivolts. A pH of 14 is the extreme alkaline end of the scale and has an electrical charge of millivolts. Each step in the pH scale is plus or minus 60 millivolts. From this we can calculate that a pH of 7. Children are reported to have an electrical charge of millivolts which equates to a pH of 7. Injured tissue heals at to millivolts , and if this charge cannot be attained by the body then healing does not take place.

Minus 50 to millivolts equates to a pH between 7. All these healthy pH values have a negative electrical charge. This reversal of polarity from negative to positive electrical charge damages tissues, prevents healing, deprives tissues of oxygen, and interferes with the transfer of nutrients into cells and wastes out. These are called acid minerals. Minerals with a positive electrical charge are attracted to the negatively charged OH - ion.

These are called alkaline minerals. Also important for cancer treatment and prevention are the alkaline trace minerals rubidium and cesium. To determine if a food is acid or alkaline, it is burned and the ash is mixed with water.

If the solution is acid or alkaline then the food is called acid or alkaline. Ash is the mineral content of the food. This method removes volatile organic acids that will be metabolized to carbon dioxide and water. It seems surprising that a lemon or grapefruit would be considered alkaline, but it is the effect of the food on the physiology AFTER it has been digested and metabolized that we are interested in.

If your saliva is too acid you may wish to increase the alkalinity of your body. Ways to do this include: Eat mostly alkaline foods. Minimize the "strongly acid" foods. So about three quarters of your plate should be covered with alkaline foods. It is the chlorine in municipal drinking water, sulphur in the concentrated protein of meat, fish, eggs and hard cheese, and phosphorous in meat and soft drinks that makes these foods so acidic. In general, a more vegetarian diet is more alkaline.

It is a question of balance, and at present the balance is tilted too heavily in the direction of acid foods.

Fats and oils have a neutral pH, neither acid nor alkaline. Plant-based beverages tea, coffee, cocoa, herbal teas, beer, wine, juices of fruits and vegetables are generally mildly alkaline. The above summary is based on a detailed Acid Base Food Table your computer should be able to translate this for you. If you want more information, here are some articles you can read 1 , 2.

The healthiest dairy products to consume have never been pasteurized or homogenized. Look for "raw" milk, and cheese made from raw milk. Kefir is better for your gut than yoghurt. The healthiest way to consume grains and legumes is in the form of sprouts. In a sense, by sprouting grains or legumes you are turning them into vegetables. Plus, the sprouting process deactivates enzyme inhibitors and other chemicals in the seeds so that in some cases cooking is no longer necessary.

There are many advantages to eating foods raw when possible, as we discuss on our raw foods page. Alkalize For Health endorses the "nutritarian" diet advocated by Dr. Supplement your diet with alkaline minerals. The main alkaline minerals in the body are calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

These minerals complement each other. For example, calcium is needed to contract a muscle and magnesium is needed to relax it. At a cellular level, your cells maintain a balance of potassium inside and sodium outside, but this pumping of potassium and sodium requires magnesium. The calcium concentration in cells is controlled by sodium. All four of these minerals work together in the body. Problems arise in the body when one or more of the minerals are deficient or when the minerals are out of balance with each other.

For example, here is a look at potassium vs. As sodium enters the cells they swell with water cellular edema , energy production is reduced, and the cellular metabolism of proteins and fats is inhibited. People in North America tend to consume too much calcium and sodium and insufficient potassium and magnesium.

This is often reflected in urine tests which show calcium and sodium being excreted while potassium and magnesium are being retained. This is why we are not much interested in urine pH, which simply reflects waste being discarded by the body. Of much greater interest is the pH of saliva, which reflects your success in maintaining an alkaline condition within your body. Beyond this, we do suggest checking your blood oxygen level using a finger pulse oximeter. See our oxygen page for more information.

If you are having difficulty in becoming alkaline, checking the pH of your urine and finding that it is alkaline will show that the alkalinity is being absorbed into the blood. Some of it will then be excreted by the kidneys as alkaline urine. You can take three pH strips and line them up on the edge of the bathroom sink.

Dip the first into water containing potassium bicarbonate, dip the second into the urine stream and dip the third into saliva. Ideally they will look quite similar. These two minerals need to be consumed in an appropriate balance. A problem arises because dairy products contain calcium but little magnesium. There is no relationship between the consumption of calcium and the incidence of osteoporosis. However, magnesium does increase bone density.

In the North American diet, excess calcium is coming primarily from dairy products and supplements, and excess sodium is coming from "prepared foods" that are loaded with salt. Largely missing from the diet are potassium and magnesium that would come from eating fruits and vegetables. A diet based on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, with a small amount of dairy, would give the body all four of the alkaline minerals in better balance.

This is the diet we recommend in point number 1 above. Just make sure that your diet contains all four of the alkaline minerals in reasonable balance. For example, the food label " Daily Value " for sodium is 2, mg. This is MUCH higher than the RDA for sodium and is extremely misleading in favor of food manufacturers who add salt to "enhance" the flavor of their flavorless foods.

The "Daily Value" for potassium is just the opposite. At 3, mg it is is far below the RDA. The proposed changes to the food label omit magnesium entirely. It is completely ignored which is a clue that magnesium is genuinely important to your health. Also, this hides the lack of magnesium in dairy products which is an embarrassment to the dairy industry. The dairy industry will love this. Calcium supplements are generally mg to 1, mg, which is probably too much.

This lower amount of calcium is easily obtainable from food. Too much calcium, particularly if not accompanied by sufficient magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, and trace minerals can CAUSE many health problems 1 , 2. People in third world countries generally have strong bones yet consume much less calcium than in wealthier countries.

The secret is they get plenty of vitamin D from sunshine and lots of potassium and magnesium from fruits and vegetables. From the above table it is clear that potassium is the main alkalizing mineral in the body. Therefore, it is interesting that potassium supplements are generally 99 mg which is virtually useless thank the FDA for this.

There are about 5 grams in a teaspoon of baking soda, and of this about 2 grams are potassium and 3 grams are bicarbonate. Watch this 10 minute video.

Here is a link to the paper discussed in the video. Potassium bicarbonate is available as an alternative to the sodium bicarbonate ordinarily used as baking soda. In our experience, potassium bicarbonate in water has a pleasant slightly salty taste. Potassium bicarbonate supplementation reduces calcium loss from the body. This is evidence of chronic acidosis, because calcium from bone is used by the body as a last resort buffer in response to prolonged metabolic acidosis.

Potassium and bicarbonate are the main alkalizing ions in saliva. As a side note, the salivary glands also have pumps known as "sodium-iodide symporter" to concentrate iodide into the saliva. The iodide concentration in saliva can reach times that seen in plasma.

Iodide accumulation in both the salivary glands and thyroid gland is inhibited by perchlorate and nitrate which are commonly found in drinking water.

Thiocyanate found in cigarette smoke also inhibits iodide accumulation in the salivary glands and thyroid. This gives a convenient way to talk about very small numbers, such as the measurement of substances in biological fluids. If you are just beginning to alkalize your body, you might want to take a little more potassium bicarbonate for your initial "loading". As a general rule, when supplementing with potassium bicarbonate start with half a teaspoon taken with water once or twice a day.

Slowly increase the number of doses and the size of each dose at a rate your body finds comfortable. Level off when your saliva pH is between 7 and 7. Maintain this pH for the rest of your life, letting the pH test tell you what is a sufficient daily dose of potassium bicarbonate.

Don't be impatient and do not get discouraged. It may take some time for the accumulation of acid in your body to be neutralized. You can also put half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and half a teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate into your cup of water. Here is a secret known to chefs. The salty taste can be masked by sweetness, acidity or fat.

So you might add a little sweetener xylitol or stevia plus ascorbic acid powder vitamin C to your daily bicarbonate drinks. The result is a fizzy effervescent drink. Here is our formula. You now have a glass of wonderful tasty beverage much like soda pop except that it is alkaline instead of acid.

The whole family will enjoy this. Give it a good stir and drink with a straw. If you save some undissolved xylitol crystals for the end, then they leave a sweet aftertaste in the mouth.

Calcium supplements generally contain some magnesium. However, magnesium is difficult to absorb and there are indications 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 that you should get as much magnesium as calcium, which is why we suggest taking supplemental magnesium daily.

Do an Internet search for "rda magnesium too low" for more information. Magnesium deficiency is a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease , and plays a role in type 2 diabetes. Each of these tablets give you mg of magnesium, mg of potassium plus these two alkaline minerals are chelated with five organic acids that are used in the Krebs cycle. The Krebs cycle, also known as the citric acid cycle, is the process in cells that creates cellular energy and is known as cellular respiration. We discuss this in greater detail on our oxygen page.

Potassium citrate is helpful to increase the zeta potential of bodily fluids, as is discussed in point number 7 below. Magnesium oxide and citric acid in water will produce magnesium citrate. If you want to eat salt, use unrefined salt which contains about 60 trace minerals in addition to sodium chloride. It is generally colored grey, pink and comes in large crystals.

Put it in a grinder and keep it on the dining table beside the pepper grinder. There is evidence that " high sodium intake induces a low grade metabolic acidosis and thereby causes bone resorption. Robert Young has created an alkalizing nutritional supplement called pHour Salts that contains sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. Respiratory acidosis and alkalosis are basically caused by too little or too much breathing.

Too little breathing allows carbonic acid to build up in the blood, causing the blood to become acidic. Too much breathing hyperventilation causes carbonic acid in the blood to fall to abnormally low levels making the blood more alkaline.

Carbonic acid is created by combining carbon dioxide with water. Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis are caused by diet and metabolism. All metabolic wastes are acids: Uric acid C 5 H 4 N 4 O 3 results from the metabolism of purines which are a substance found in dying cells and certain foods.

For example, consumption of animal protein leads to increased uric acid. The excretion of acid by the kidneys 40 to 80 mEq of hydrogen ions mostly in the form of uric acid, phosphates and ammonia assumes the kidneys are healthy and functioning at full capacity.

Chronic dehydration significantly reduces how much waste the kidneys can excrete. Consumption of unhealthy fats, too much sugar and salt, heavy metals mercury, lead, cadmium , drugs, toxins, infections, atherosclerosis, amyloidosis, and other factors damage the kidneys. Kidney disease in children is also increasing.

In reality, very few people have fully functioning kidneys. The kidneys are a vast network of filters. Each individual filter is called a "nephron", and each of your two kidneys has about one million nephrons.

However, as the kidneys are damaged due to trauma, diet and lifestyle defects, infections, drugs, etc. In fact, you might feel just fine until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Vitamin D is converted by the kidneys to "active vitamin D" and as kidney function declines so does active vitamin D. To diagnose acidosis, Guyton and Hall page state, "Therefore, in metabolic acidosis, one would expect a low pH, a low plasma bicarbonate concentration, and a reduction in Pco 2 after partial respiratory compensation.

The greatest volume of acid is removed by the lungs, followed by a very limited ability of the kidneys to remove acid, and sweating. Beyond this, the body depends on buffers to neutralize acids. We maintain that declining kidney function combined with the highly acid modern diet eventually overwhelms the kidneys and buffers, resulting in chronic metabolic acidosis.

To some degree, respiratory alkalosis can balance metabolic acidosis. Beyond this, the result is osteoporosis, gout, kidney stones, gall stones and other problems from accumulating acid in the system.

When we read about acidosis and alkalosis on the Internet, the medical profession always seems focused on the blood. The pH of blood is kept within a narrow range. Our focus is what happens to the rest of the body. The potassium is used by the body, and surplus potassium will be removed by the kidneys. The red blood cells pick up oxygen from the plasma. Note that bicarbonate is used up by this process. Bicarbonate is the main buffer in the body. Bicarbonate and bicarbonate precursors occur naturally in fruits and vegetables , and the ancient hunter gatherer diet contained far more bicarbonate than the modern meat and grain diet.

Instead, the meat and grain diet depletes the body's store of bicarbonate. This protein is replaced by fat. By old age the accumulated loss of muscle mass causes frailty that leads to falls, lack of mobility and eventual loss of independence. The main reason for loss of muscle mass is said to be lack of exercise. Loss of muscle mass brings reduced physical activity that further reduces muscle mass.

Other causes of muscle atrophy include medications corticosteroids and diseases polio, Lou Gehrig's, Guillain-Barre, muscular dystrophy.

Cachexia is associated with cancer. As cancer consumes the body's resources, the body wastes away. This wasting away is called cachexia. All protein contains carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Fat and sugar are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The uniqueness of protein is nitrogen. When protein is broken down, the nitrogen is released as NH 2 -. In the article Diet, evolution and aging on page we read, "In disorders that cause chronic metabolic acidosis, protein degradation in skeletal muscle is accelerated [], which increases the production of nitrogen end-products that are eliminated in the urine, thereby inducing negative nitrogen balance [77].

The article goes on to say, "And by correcting the pre-existing low-grade metabolic acidosis, KHCO3 decreased the pre-treatment rate of muscle proteolysis , further contributing to the improvement in nitrogen balance. The magnitude of the KHCO3-induced nitrogen sparing effect was potentially sufficient to both prevent continuing loss of muscle mass and to restore previously accrued deficits. In other words, the kidneys create bicarbonate at the expense of protein.

The kidneys create bicarbonate only in the presence of acidosis. When the body is alkaline, the blood does not need more bicarbonate. Possible Consequences of Non-Compensated Latent Acidosis In the case of experimental acidosis induced orally, the result is a general reduction of buffer capacity - firstly to that of the blood and, with further acidic stress, to that of the intra-cellular spaces and the bone surface.

If acid is supplied over a longer period, buffering is performed by releasing minerals from bone Lemann et al. This observation has led to the hypothesis that a significant cause of osteoporosis weakening of the bones is a high acid strain associated with diet Wachman und Bernstein, In the case of latent acidosis, the connective tissue also suffers.

When the buffer capacity is falling, the acid formed in the cells is stored in the musculature and in the connective tissue. The collagen tissue consists of proteoglycan, whose portion of glucosaminoglycan is, for example, strongly charged with many sulphur residues. If these charges are neutralized by protons, the capacity of the proteoglycan to absorb water is reduced. The consequence is a loss of elasticity that has a deleterious effect on the functioning of cartilage tissue, tendons and ligaments.

In the case of mechanical strain, the wearing of the cartilage tissue in particular will be further promoted. Even the musculature itself can also suffer structural inflexibility because of acid deposits through the transition of the inter-cellular fibres from a standard, rather liquid state to a less liquid gel ; circulation declines and the disposal of acids is also handicapped by this. Muscle hardening and rheumatism of the soft parts can also be the consequence.

The "acid deposits" mentioned above may take some time to be neutralized by your new alkaline diet and supplements. So if your saliva pH stubbornly remains acidic, or turns acid again a short while after consuming potassium bicarbonate, do not give up. Persistence and determination are needed as you continue to alkalize your body until the accumulated acid deposits are dissolved and an alkaline condition is created throughout the body. Bones and teeth are made from calcium phosphate. You can consume calcium in the form of bone meal or calcium hydroxyapatite which contain the needed phosphate, or you can take your calcium with a separate source of phosphate, such as lecithin or chia seeds.

To preserve your bones and teeth it is good to consume about one gram of calcium and one tablespoon of lecithin or chia seeds daily. We mention lecithin and chia seeds in several places on this website because they provide many benefits to the body. Vitamins A, D and K are needed for absorption and utilization of calcium, and doctors are recommending more vitamin D as the benefits of vitamin D become known.

Vitamin D can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer. Vitamin K 1 is abundant in leafy green vegetables, and vitamin K 2 is made by healthy gut flora. Both forms of vitamin K are needed by the body for good health, however it is K 2 that is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Based on the body's indicated daily vitamin D usage, the Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure.

Additionally, children and adults with chronic health conditions may need as much as double these amounts. If you want to supplement your diet with 5, IU of vitamin D daily, it is not necessary to consume a dozen low dose soft gels. If you search the Internet, you will find 5, IU soft gels available. Given that the body can produce 10, to 20, IU of vitamin D daily from sunshine, a supplement of 5, IU does not seem excessive.

It is still a good idea to expose your skin to the sun or a UVB sunlamp on a regular basis, because the skin produces a variety of forms of vitamin D, including a water-soluble form called vitamin D3 sulfate that can do things and go places in the body that the fat soluble vitamin D cannot. The body will not produce more vitamin D than it needs, so getting too much vitamin D is unlikely. If you want to take 10, IU per day in supplements then a divided dose of one 5, IU soft gel with food at two different meals may be best.

Teeth are held in the gums by connective tissue, and formation of connective tissue needs vitamins C, A and D. About 3 or 4 grams of vitamin C daily plus adequate vitamins A and D are required to prevent receding gums and the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums.

Nearly everyone has subclinical scurvy. The gingival sulcus is the space between the tooth and the gum. If you have gum problems, it is helpful to clean this space gently and properly. The technique is different from cleaning the teeth. Here is a video showing how to clean the sulcus. To clean the sulcus in this manner you will need a special "blotting brush" available on the Internet.

You might also use a dental irrigator with a spoonful of bleach added to the water. Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Every micro-organism in the mouth is lipid coated. Rinsing the mouth with water does not wash out the micro-organisms. However, daily rinsing the mouth with oil washes them away. Any healthy oil should work.

Spit the oil into the garbage when you are done. Read more about the benefits of oil pulling 1 , 2 , 3. Some doctors advocate this as an alternative to gum surgery 1 , 2. Over a period of several years, with this treatment the gum can reattach to the tooth and pockets fill in.

Teeth are made from calcium phosphate which must be obtained from the diet. Good sources include bone meal and calcium hydroxyapatite. Proper utilization of calcium within the body requires adequate magnesium plus vitamins D and K 2. These nutrients all need to be in proper balance.

Tooth enamel is rebuilt both from within and without by an enzyme called adenosine diphosphatase. This enzyme is one of dozens of enzymes in the body that are inactivated by fluoride. It is best to avoid all sources of fluoride. Yoshiaki Omura found that eating one tablespoon of cilantro daily will help clear the body of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum.

These metals can be incorporated into enzymes throughout the body, rendering the enzymes dysfunctional. Avoid eating dried fruit that sticks to the teeth. Make extra sure your teeth are clean before going to bed. That way your teeth will be maximum clean for the longest time, giving them an opportunity to heal. From time to time, use a "disclosure tablet" and redo missed areas.

Alkaline saliva is necessary to preserve and rebuild tooth enamel. Drink acidic liquids e. Rinse the mouth with water after consuming an acidic food or liquid. Oral bacteria live in specific pH ranges. Acid producing anaerobic bacteria live in an acid environment and die when the saliva becomes alkaline.

Ideally, you need a permanent conversion to healthy oral bacteria living in an alkaline environment. Use a toothpaste containing xylitol 1 , 2 , 3 , 4. Xylitol breaks up the biofilm that protects decay-causing bacteria and holds acidic bacterial waste against the enamel. Xylitol also changes the bacterial population of the mouth, favoring non-decay causing bacteria.

Alternatively, baking soda makes a good toothpaste, and a little hydrogen peroxide mixed with it will help break down bacterial biofilm. You might consider using an extra soft toothbrush designed for sensitive gums 1 , 2. Eat a diet of whole, unrefined foods.

Weston Price examined the excellent dental health of primitive peoples around the world and found that the common factor was a diet of whole, unrefined foods. This diet contains fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fresh organic meats, fats, plus raw and fermented dairy.

No white flour, white sugar, white rice, modern vegetable oils, or canned goods. Of particular importance for strong bones and teeth are the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K 2. Kefir and sauerkraut are sources of vitamin K 2. Kevin Boyd, dental plaque is not intrinsically acid-producing. It does not produce tooth decay until it becomes "activated". What activates plaque is simple carbohydrates that are not conjugated to their native fiber which actually provides mechanical cleansing of the teeth.

Don't eat sugar or white flour. Teeth are porous and healthy teeth have a flow of fluid from within carrying nutrients through to the outer structure of the tooth. Sugar , white flour and stress stop this flow of fluid, preventing the teeth from maintaining themselves. For more information search the Internet for "dentinal fluid transport" or read the book. By "stress" what is meant here is stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, also called the "fight or flight" response.

This is the opposite of stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system or the "rest and repair" response which facilitates the healthy flow of dentinal fluid.

Eat fruit, vegetables, proteins and fats. A ketogenic diet that is based on fat for energy rather than carbohydrates is better for your teeth. On the ketogenic diet, your meals and snacks should essentially be vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. Find a dentist who practices minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry 1 , 2 , 3. For a whitener that is gentle on sensitive teeth try Smiles to Go. What percentage of the population between the ages of 65 to 74 has no teeth?

There is a link between oral health and systemic health. Perhaps you can find a potassium drink in your local health food store. Potassium tablets are commonly available. Potassium chloride is often found in grocery stores as a dietary salt alternative to sodium chloride.

Search on the Internet for a suppliers of potassium chloride, potassium bicarbonate , potassium citrate, and potassium iodide if you cannot find them locally.

Salts of the alkaline minerals cesium, rubidium and potassium have been found by Dr. Brewer to be particularly effective in fighting cancer. In contrast cancer membranes did not transmit sodium, magnesium, and calcium into the cell: Potassium transports glucose into the cell. Calcium and magnesium transport oxygen into the cell. As a consequence of the above, oxygen cannot enter cancer cells so the glucose which is normally burned to carbon dioxide and water undergoes fermentation to form lactic acid within the cell.

This anaerobic condition was pointed out by Warburg, as early as Potassium, and especially rubidium and cesium are the most basic of the elements. When they are taken up by the cancer cells they will thus raise the pH of the cells. Since they are very strong bases as compared to the weak lactic acid it is possible that the pH will be raised to values in the 8. In this range the life of the cancer cell is short, being a matter of days at the most. The dead cancer cells are then absorbed by the body fluids and eventually eliminated from the system.

He found that cells at pH levels Vernon Johnston had stage IV prostate cancer metastasized to his bones. His cancer disappeared in two weeks after starting to alkalize his body.

C esium dietary supplements cesium carbonate, cesium chloride are available on the Internet. However, moderation is a virtue. Cesium is ordinarily a trace mineral in the diet.

Health Canada reports that some people have encountered problems with their consumption of large quantities of cesium salts when dealing with cancer. These are nutrients needed by the body. The more expensive cesium carbonate and cesium chloride are a last resort cancer treatment, and not ordinarily part of the diet except in trace amounts. After drinking a glass of potassium bicarbonate, cesium chloride, cesium carbonate or vegetable juice people often experience an oxygen rush.

The mind becomes more alert and clear, the body feels as though it is being cleansed and refreshed from within. The pH of arterial blood is normally 7. However, this need not always be the case. From low to high, this represents a 16 fold variation in oxygen availability in the blood.

In other words, there is a range of pH even for the blood. The kidneys do their best to maintain a constant pH in the blood, but they take time to do their job. When you drink a glass of alkaline solution, the alkalinity is absorbed into the blood quite quickly. If you have experienced the oxygen rush, you may have noticed that it can last an hour or more until the kidneys have restored the blood pH.

If you drink a second glass of alkalinity an hour or two after the first, you may experience another oxygen rush. This creates pulses of alkalinity coursing through your veins. Since the kidneys act so slowly, ordinarily the body relies on the lungs and buffers to rapidly normalize pH. Extra breathing and bicarbonate can quickly remove a temporary excess of acid, but the system is not designed to quickly remove excess alkalinity. This gives acid deposits in the body time to react to the temporary boost of alkalinity and be neutralized.

It is important to not over do it. Too much of anything quickly becomes a bad thing. Too much potassium, for example, can cause problems for the heart. Too much sodium or cesium create their own problems. It is a question of balance. So take it easy, enjoy the oxygen rush, but don't overdo it. An advantage of having an 8 part program for cancer is that no aspect needs to be taken to extreme, and any deficiencies in one part should be compensated for by the others.

As your body becomes more alkaline, the effect of drinking an alkaline solution will be less noticeable. Would you like to feel even better? These are dimethyltryptamine DMT , serotonin and melatonin. While it is well known that calcium needs vitamin D in order to be absorbed and utilized, most people in northern climates tend to be deficient in vitamin D, particularly in winter.

Even in summer, recent advice from the medical profession to avoid the sun and to block ultraviolet light from reaching the skin through the use of sunscreens leads to vitamin D deficiency. Better advice is to experience the sun in moderation in all seasons. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of a summer day, but otherwise utilize the sunlight to maximize your vitamin D production.

Plus, consume vitamin D dietary supplements in all seasons. Supplementing the diet of seniors with vitamin D significantly reduces the possibility of bone fractures. There is evidence that vitamin D helps prevent cancer. A good source of vitamin D is fish oil.

Fish oil also contains vitamin A, and there is evidence that vitamin A helps cure leukemia. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, affecting children as young as two or three years of age. Why not give your children a spoonful of cod liver oil each day?

While it is commonly understood that the body needs calcium to build bones, what is not generally known is bones are a complex matrix of many different minerals and if all the required minerals are not present then strong bones cannot be built.

There are at least 18 key bone-building nutrients essential for optimum bone health. The implication is that it is easier to destroy bone through excess acidity in the body than it is to rebuild bone. Furthermore, as farm soils become depleted of many trace minerals the foods grown on these soils contain less and less of the required nutrients. At last count, the human body requires 90 different nutrients for optimum health, and the list is growing year by year.

A good nutritional supplement is no longer optional. Hyaluronic acid levels in the body are higher in people whose diet contains an abundance of magnesium. An abundance of B vitamins is also necessary for healthy joints.

Absorption of B vitamins is facilitated by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Many drugs interfere with these beneficial bacteria. For more information see Dr. David Williams Alternatives October The use of niacinamide the amide form of vitamin B3 to reverse arthritis and joint pain, and rebuild damaged cartilage was discovered by Dr.

William Kaufman in the 's. For both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Kaufman divided the total daily dose into ten small doses to be taken periodically through the waking hours in order to maintain a constant level of the vitamin in the blood. For more information do an Internet search for "niacinamide arthritis kaufman". Niacinamide supplementation may also help prevent type 1 diabetes. Niacin vitamin B3 is a metabolite of the essential amino acid tryptophan.

Dietary supplementation with DMG Dimethylglycine improves oxygen utilization throughout the body, and is particularly useful in areas such as joints which receive little oxygen. People with many different joint problems are found to respond favorably to DMG. Plus, regular exercise such as walking or swimming for half an hour daily improves circulation in the joints, removing wastes and providing nutrients.

Dietary supplementation with SAMe S-adenosylmethionine and B vitamins folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 helps reduce pain and inflammation while rebuilding cartilage. This combination of B vitamins, DMG, and SAMe works magic in many areas of the body, helping to prevent cancer and metastases , heal the arteries, cleanse the liver, strengthen the immune system, reverse the damaging effects of aging and much more. We would suggest starting with B vitamin supplementation, followed if needed by DMG supplementation because it is inexpensive.

Save the more costly SAMe supplementation for last and only if necessary. Diagram of the metabolic pathways slide Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. The natural form of folate is better. Folate gets its name from the Latin word "folium" because it is found in leafy greens foliage , which are also a good source of magnesium. See Healing the Gerson Way , pages 80 - Earthing 1 , 2 helps remove autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have reported considerable benefit from Earthing. Alkaline mineral supplementation decreased pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Linus Pauling and Dr. Matthias Rath recommend vitamin C plus the amino acids lysine and proline for healthy collagen connective tissue, cartilage.

Calcium orotate and cartilage. A high blood level of vitamin D helps both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Iodine for an underactive thyroid. Stir a heaping tablespoon of chicken cartilage powder into your orange juice each morning, and after three or four months your arthritis should be gone. Doing yoga asanas for a few minutes daily helps to keep the body flexible. Supplement your diet with freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. We could never eat the amount of nutrition we drink with these juices.

Learn and practice Transcendental Meditation TM. TM is a non-dietary way to increase the alkalinity of your body. TM gives the body a very deep level of rest and is an effective antidote to stress. Stress is insidious because it affects us 24 hours each day. Stress causes the heart to beat too fast, the muscles to be too tense, the entire metabolism to be too fast.

Metabolic waste products are acids lactic acid, uric acid, etc. The above 4 ways to increase the alkalinity of your body should be effective for most people. If you have difficulty becoming alkaline, here are eight more ways for you to try. As people age, the digestive system weakens. The result can be nutritional deficiencies in the body, even when the diet is adequate.

It is not just what you eat, but what you absorb that is important. Chew each bite of food until it is liquid before swallowing.

Smaller meals are easier to digest. To improve your digestion, it may be helpful to take supplementary hydrochloric acid in the form of "betaine hydrochloride" , digestive enzymes and bile with each meal. Bromelain the enzyme in fresh pineapple and papain the enzyme found in fresh papaya are very helpful. We suggest eating fresh pineapple and papaya regularly. Absorption of nutrients takes place in the intestines.

The small intestine is lined with "villi" which are tiny finger shaped structures through which nutrients are absorbed. Each villi is covered with microvilli. However, when you include the villi and microvilli, the total surface area within the small intestine available to absorb nutrients increases to about square meters , an increase of fold.

Many digestive problems are associated with deficient and damaged villi. The number and length of the villi can be increased by eating foods and supplements high in nucleotides.

All the cells of the villi are replaced every seven days, making them some of the most rapidly multiplying cells in the human body. Other tissues with a rapid turnover of cells include skin, lungs, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, and liver. As people age and dental health declines it becomes more difficult to eat salads.

This is significant because for good health as much as half of your diet should be eaten raw. Our solution is to put raw fruits or vegetables in a blender or Vitamix, cover them with water and blend them to create a delicious fruit smoothie or "veggie shake".

The first thing you eat at each meal should be a tablespoon of sauerkraut or some juice from sauerkraut.