The three acids found in fruits are citric acid, tartaric acid and malic acid. Citric acid is found most abundantly in lemon juice, followed by lime juice, grapefruit, orange, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, peach and tomato.
As with most things, having too much citric acid is not a good thing. Your blood can become too acidic due to high sugar, fat or protein intake. When this happens, your body borrows the alkaline minerals: calcium and magnesium from your skeletal system and teeth. If the condition persist, the bones become weak and they can break if you fall. Your diet needs to contain fresh, whole foods to fight weakening bones.
So, how much citric acid is enough? The right amount is determined by your age and physical activity. Activity helps to metabolize citric acid. Younger people metabolize citric acid better and easier than older people. If you are older and are not active, you may want to limit your citric acid (citrus fruits & juices) to 3 or 4 six ounce servings a week.
When Should You Drink Fresh Juice?
Most people drink beverages while they are eating their meals. BUT, this happens to be the worst time to so. Why? There are actually two reasons.
1) During the process of digestion, your food is broken down to the most useful elements to be used as fuel. Nature has given us saliva that is chemically balanced and digestive juices to help with this important process. If you add additional liquids to this process, you are actually diluting and weakening our body’s own digestive juices and in turn, it’s digestive process.
2) Fresh juices contain highly concentrated sugars and starches. These can ferment in the digestive tract while waiting for the food eaten with them to be digested. This could give you digestive upsets.
For the two reasons mentioned, it is best to drink fresh juices on an empty stomach or one half hour before meals or one half hour after meals. You can also drink your fresh juice as a snack between meals.
By the way, you can obtain a list of the stores across America that stock pesticide free foods. Just write to: Organic Crop Improvement Association, 3185 Township Road,#179, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
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