In our pursuit of health (the state of being free from illness or injury) we discovered the magic of meditation, the wonderful benefits of prayer, and the infusion of mind, body, and spirit through the consumption of tea.  In this pursuit, we have come across various writings, videos, and artistic presentations which can further these efforts.  To be of additional service to you, we have compiled an assortment of these works which you may find helpful.   Please enjoy as we have.


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pH Values Of Common Drinks


Acidic and basic are two extremes that describe chemicals, just like hot and cold are two extremes that describe temperature. A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. It ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7, such as pure water is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic and greater than 7 is basic. Each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 5 and 100 times (10 x 10) more acidic than a pH of 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more basic than the next lower whole value. The pH of the acid in dental plaque is 4; therefore it will dissolve enamel.

Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
A&W Root Beer (can) 4.75
Diet A&W Root Beer 4.53
Barq’s Root Beer 4.47
Walgreens Root Beer 4.34
Mug Root Beer 4.03
Diet 7UP 3.70
Diet Coke (can) 3.65
Diet Mountain Dew 3.36
Sprite 3.29
Diet Coke 3.28
Mountain Dew 3.22
Diet Coke with Lime 3.21
7UP 3.20
Coke Zero 3.18
Diet Dr. Pepper (can) 3.16
Big Red (can) 3.07
Slice Orange 3.05
Diet Pepsi 3.03
Mr. Pibb 2.90
Dr. Pepper (can) 2.89
Squirt 2.89
Fanta Orange 2.73
Pepsi 2.53
Coca-Cola 2.52
Cherry Coke 2.52
Coca-Cola CLASSIC 2.50
RC Cola (can) 2.38
Juices & Milk
Borden Vitamin D Milk 6.90
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Yoo-hoo 6.01
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
V8 100% Vegetable Juice 4.29
Tropicana 100% Apple Juice 4.05
Crystal Light Sunrise Ruby Red Grapefruit 3.81
Minute Maid Orange Juice 3.70
Welch’s Concord Grape 3.24
Ocean Spray White Cranberry Peach 2.96
Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream 7.02
Blue Bell Ice Cream Cantaloupe ‘n Cream 6.56
1 Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream & Diet A&W Root Beer 6.56
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream  
& Diet A&W Root Beer 5.97
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Black Licorice 5.05
Tomato 4.45
Orange 3.83
Ice Breakers Sours Tropical 2.43
Lemon 2.29
Lime 2.17
Beer & Wine
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Budweiser 4.38
Bud Light 4.33
Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon 3.59
Sutter Home Merlot 3.28
Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc 3.08
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Red Diamond Sugar Free Decaffeinated Tea 6.30
Red Diamond Unsweet Tea 6.01
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Nestea Sweetened Iced Tea 4.50
McAlister’s Iced Tea with Lemon 3.67
Diet Lipton Citrus Green Tea 3.22
Diet Lipton Lemon Iced Tea 3.11
Crystal Light Sugar Free Peach Tea 3.05
Lemon Brisk 2.86
Lemon Nestea 2.96
Coffee with Coffee-Mate Creamer The Original 6.75
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Starbucks Caramel Latte 6.36
Starbucks White Mocha with Whole Milk 6.30
Starbucks White Mocha with Skim Milk 6.26
Black Coffee 5.70
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Starbucks Regular 4.85
Battery Acid 0.00
Hydrochloric, Sulfuric, and Nitric Acids 0.00-1.00
Stomach Acid 1.50-3.50
Phosphoric and Sulfamic Acid 2.00
Sports Drinks & Energy Drinks
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Monster Assault 3.49
Red Bull 3.37
Gatorade Fruit Punch 3.27
Propel Mango 3.23
Gatorade Lemon-Lime 3.07
Full Throttle Energy Drink 2.94
Gatorade Cool Blue 2.92
5-Hour Energy 2.81
Powerade Red 2.77
Rockstar 2.53
Bottled Water
Longview Tap Water 8.25
Evian 8.10
Music Mountain 7.88
Longview Regional 7.71
Fiji 7.50
Nestle “Pure Life” 6.2-7.60
Saliva 7.40
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Spring by Dannon 6.40
Dasani 6.03
Sam’s Choice 5.90
AquaFina 5.67
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Deja Blue 5.49
Ozarka 5.49
Dasani Lemon 3.48
Fruit ² O 3.10
Mouth Wash
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Biotene Blue Label 4.93
Listerine 4.24
Crest ProHealth Rinse 3.57
Tom’s of Maine Tartar Control-Peppermint 3.43
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Alkaline Spices by Naomi Parks &

Which Spices Are Alkaline?

Which Spices Are Alkaline?


The human body works best when it is slightly alkaline, according to Elizabeth Lipski in the book “Digestive Wellness.” In order to maintain this pH, Lipski recommends eating 60 percent foods that contribute to alkalinity and 40 percent foods that contribute to acidity. Urine reflects the body’s pH. Tests to determine pH levels are available over the counter. An acidic substance has a pH below 7, while an alkaline substance has a pH above 7.

freshly groung cinnamon


Cinnamon, which Lipski says is a decidedly alkaline spice, comes from the bark of the evergreen cinnamon tree. When dried, it develops a single curl and is otherwise papery, brittle, and beige. This is different than cassia, which has a similar, though more bitter and less sweet taste. Most spices sold as cinnamon in the United States are actually cassia, according to the “Handbook of Herbs and Spices.” Cassia develops a double curl, has a dark reddish coloring, and is thicker. In addition to its alkalinity, cinnamon bark contains protein, fiber, ash, phosphorus, sodium, vitamins B1 and C, niacin, fat, carbohydrates, calcium, iron and potassium.


bundled licorice root


Lipski states that licorice has alkalinity similar to cinnamon. Licorice is the root and rhizome of a small, shrub-like tree that grows in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Preparation includes drying in the sun, and optionally, stir-baking with honey. Licorice is prized globally for its purported healthful benefits. It contains glycoside glycyrrhizin, isoflavanoids, coumarin, triterpnoids, flavonoids,chalcones, liquirigenin, licobenzoburan, isoloquiritigenin, manite, biotin, betulic acid, starch, sugar, sterols, volatile oil, amino acids, sugar, amines, wax and gum.


valerian tea


Valerian is another spice Lipski lists as decidedly alkaline. It is the root and rhizome of the Valeriana officinalis plant and is often used as a sleep aid. It grows in damp environments to a height between 2 and 5 feet. Even the fragrance of valerian root is a purported sedative. Culinary use of valerian includes to flavor liquor, root beer, beer, candy, baked goods and meat products.

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Coffee By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD &

The Buzz on Coffee

The latest research shows your morning pick-me-up may be brimming with health benefits.

There’s good news for the 108 million Americans who wake up and smell the coffee each day. The latest research findings suggest your morning java may be better for you than you think.

Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. And studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches — not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetescolon cancerliver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s diseases.

But before you run out to your local coffee shop, there are a few points to consider about coffee.

Coffee Studies

Over the years, some 19,000 studies have looked at the health impact of drinking coffee. “Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies, tells WebMD. “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”

The studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers can reduce their risk of Parkinson’s disease by 80%, the risk of colon cancer by 25%, the risk of cirrhosis of the liver by 80%, and cut the risk of gallstones in half. In one study, people who drank 2 cups a day of decaf coffee had half the risk of rectal cancer, compared with tea or caffeinated coffee drinkers.

The amount of coffee consumed in the studies has varied widely. But in the research into type 2 diabetes and liver cancer, the more you drink, the lower your risk appears to be.

Active Ingredients

So just what does coffee contain that gives it such healthful properties?

Coffee beans contain disease-ravaging antioxidants, called quinines, which become more potent after roasting. According to an American Chemical Society news release, coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in American diets — in part because we drink a ton of it.

This type of antioxidant, along with the magnesium found naturally in coffee, affect blood sugar levels and are thought to be responsible for the link to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

The latest research shows your morning pick-me-up may be brimming with health benefits.

Coffee also contains trigonelline, an antibacterial compound that not only gives it a wonderful aroma but may be a factor in preventing dental caries.

Caffeine is another ingredient that offers health benefits. In the Parkinson’s studies, evidence points to caffeine as the factor at work in retarding the disease. Caffeine also helps ease head pain, which is why it’s widely used in headache medications.

Caffeine can stimulate the brain and nervous system, and thus help fight fatigue and boost athletic performance. Two cups of coffee can usually give you an athletic boost.

Caffeine Caution

Researchers are quick to point out that caffeine is a drug, and can be abused if you use it in place of a good night’s rest or a healthy diet.

The caffeine content of coffee varies widely, depending on the bean used, the size of your cup, and how it is brewed. A standard 8-ounce cup of drip coffee has 85 milligrams of caffeine, while a standard dose of pain reliever with caffeine usually has 120 milligrams.

We each have our own thresholds for caffeine. Most people can tolerate two cups of coffee each day with no problem. But more than that may cause nervousness, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, sleeplessness, and irritability. It can even lead to health problems such as osteoporosis or high blood pressure. Of course, if you skip your usual morning cup, you can develop a caffeine withdrawal headache.

While coffee is the main source of caffeine for many people, it’s also found in energy drinks, soft drinks, tea, chocolate, and over-the-counter cold and headache medicines. All these sources can add substantially to your daily caffeine total.

You might be surprised to learn that the “energy” from the popular energy drinks comes in part from their caffeine content. Energy drinks are not required to list their caffeine content on their labels, even though they can have twice as much as caffeinated soft drinks. So consumers have no way of knowing just how much caffeine they’re getting. If you’re a fan of energy drinks, contact the manufacturer or go to its web site to learn how much caffeine is in your favorite drink.

Beyond Caffeine, Calories Count

It amazes me how many people at Starbucks and other coffee houses order the high-calorie special coffees, laden with whipped cream, flavored syrups, and/or cream. Those add-ons can take a zero-calorie cup of coffee and turn it into more than a meal’s worth — as much as 570 calories per cup.

Here’s the rundown for a few common coffee additions:

  • 2 tablespoons of flavored liquid nondairy creamer = 80 calories and 4 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon of plain liquid nondairy creamer = 25 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half = 20 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon cream = 50 calories, 6 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream = 90 calories, 9 g fat.
  • A drizzle of Starbucks caramel syrup = 25 calories.
  • 2 tablespoons flavored syrup = 80 calories, no fat.
  • 2 pumps of flavored sugar-free syrup = 0 calories.
  • 2 tablespoons malt = 90 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon mocha syrup = 25 calories, 0.5 g fat.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar = 15 calories.

The next time you order your favorite joe, try it black or with nonfat milk and/or artificial sweeteners to get the health benefits without the extra calories.

Play It Safe

Researchers are cautious about making public health claims. But it certainly appears safe to keep drinking that delicious, aromatic, pick-me-up cup or two of coffee each day.

Just be sure to keep your intake moderate, to be on the safe side. If you experience palpitations, a rapid heartbeat or any symptoms associated with caffeine overload, talk to your doctor about your coffee intake. The same goes if you’re pregnant, nursing, or have high blood pressureheart disease, or osteoporosis.

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