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Does your family know better than to try talking to you before you’ve had your first cup of coffee? If that’s the case, you are not alone. Millions of coffee drinkers worldwide need that cup of java to get going in the morning.

But coffee is acidifying, so it accelerates bone loss, especially if consumed in excess or even in moderation as part of a predominantly imbalanced acidic diet.

Besides its delicious aroma, coffee does have certain benefits. And here’s my little secret: I drink one cup to start my day, and I’ll tell you exactly how you can too – without hurting your bones, of course. And if you are a tea drinker, I have some bone-smart tips for you as well.

Coffee’s Redeeming Qualities

It’s true, coffee’s not all bad. First, for all the controversy surrounding it, the caffeine that gets you going in the morning is a stimulant that can produce an instant energy lift. Although that stimulant effect can have its downsides, it temporarily increases your metabolism and can thus be an aid in weight loss. And here’s more good news for coffee lovers: caffeine is being studied for its potentially positive effects on memory.

But more to the point as it relates to your bone health, the polyphenols in coffee can actually stimulate osteoblast production (osteoblasts are the cells that build bone and promote bone health).1

Polyphenols function as antioxidants, and play an important role in bone health. Most of the antioxidant attention has gone to Vitamin C, although those of you who got the Save Our Bones Program are familiar with lycopene, a potent antioxidant that protects bone cells from damage, and polyphenols.

Just as there are many types of antioxidants, there are many types of polyphenols; thousands, in fact! Coffee contains caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and p-coumaric acid (all of which fall into the broad category of phenolic acids).

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Caffeine for energy, polyphenols for all the bone and health benefits they provide… What could be better?

Well, as I mentioned earlier, coffee is an acidifying food, and excessive consumption can hinder your efforts to regain your bone health.

Decaf’s Better Though, Right?

If you’re patting yourself on the back because you only drink decaffeinated coffee, here’s important information for you. Decaf can be a good choice if you’re sensitive to caffeine, but it doesn’t change the fact that coffee is still acidifying. So drinking excessive decaffeinated coffee can be just as detrimental to your bone health as the caffeinated variety.

But… since this article is all about compromises, if you love your coffee but can’t handle caffeine, go ahead and reach for the decaf. With a couple of cautions. It’s important to be aware that there are different methods of removing caffeine from coffee beans. Both the so-called “Direct” and “Indirect” methods use chemicals (either dichloromethane or ethyl acetate) to rinse the beans or extract the caffeine. Of course, the use of synthetic chemicals further acidifies the pH.

So if you choose to drink decaf and would prefer to avoid a side order of chemicals, look for coffee that’s been processed using the Swiss Water Method, which uses water and carbon filters. The result is 99.9% caffeine-free coffee with most of its flavor retained.2

You can find several products that use this method by doing an online search for “Swiss water method decaf coffee.” Don’t let the name mislead you; the critical step for decaffeination is the use of charcoal filters. Or you can simply ask at a local grocery or specialty store.

How About a Cup of Tea?

But tea is not the magic elixir for your bones either. In the past several years, we’ve been regaled with the benefits of tea, particularly green tea. You’ve probably heard a myriad of health benefits of green tea thanks to its high content of free-radical fighting polyphenols.

And a study conducted in the UK found that black tea can improve bone density.3 Most of these benefits are attributed to its polyphenols. Tea, like coffee, is loaded with them. So why don’t I recommend it? In a word… fluoride, which is toxic and accumulates in your bones and joints.4

Many studies, particularly in the 80’s and 90’s, were conducted to observe if fluoride added to municipal tap water increases the risk of fractures. Indeed, the vast majority showed a relationship between fluoridation and an increase in bone fractures, especially the dreaded hip fractures.

And a recent Mayo Clinic study has found a definite link to bone and gastrointestinal disorders resulting from chronic fluoride exposure due to drinking excessive quantities of tea.5

You see, tea plants absorb a large amount of fluoride from the soil. Green tea is the worst in this regard, and white tea, which is harvested from younger tea leaves, contains the least amount of fluoride.

Note that when I talk about tea, I’m referring to black, green, and white teas. You can enjoy a multitude of wonderful herbal teas, also known as tisanes, without worrying about fluoride.

It’s Time for Your Chicory Break

When it’s coffee break time, a nice cup of chicory probably doesn’t spring immediately to mind, unless you’re European. In Europe, chicory is often added to coffee to increase body and flavor. And you may have seen chicory-based coffee substitute drinks that often include barley, rye, beets, and/or wheat.

Chicory root is alkalizing and bone healthy. Even though the added barley, rye, and wheat are acidifying, a chicory root-based beverage is a great, caffeine-free coffee alternative. There are several coffee substitutes on the market, and finding one you like may be a matter of trial and error. But some people actually prefer the taste of coffee substitutes! Replacing one or two of your daily cups of coffee with a coffee substitute can aid in your pursuit of bone health.

Misnomer Alert: Low Acid Coffee

You may have seen ads for low acid coffees. But before you get all excited and think that you can now drink coffee without its acidifying effects on your bones, here’s the deal. Low acid coffees may have less of an impact on your digestive system, but don’t forget that pH levels have to do with what happens after the food is digested, not how it feels going down. So… unfortunately for those of us who are coffee lovers, low acid coffee is still just as acidifying.

Tips for Bone Health Conscious Tea or Coffee Drinkers

Go ahead and enjoy that cup of coffee or tea in moderation, but protect your bone health by following these guidelines:

1. Use distilled water or water that has been filtered using reverse osmosis

This is especially important for tea due to its fluoride content. If you use tap water or bottled water that has been filtered using another method, you’re getting a double dose of fluoride, first from the water and then from the tea. And boiling actually increases fluoride concentration.

2. Go organic

Choosing organic coffee or tea will reduce the harmful effects of the beverage. Again, this is especially true for tea. Coffee beans are rinsed prior to processing, which removes some chemicals. Tea leaves are not rinsed, as the rinsing process causes the tea leaves to turn moldy when they’re packaged. So your serving of non-organic tea could include a helping of acidifying and toxic pesticides.6 Avoid this by choosing organic when possible.

3. Hold the sugar

Instead of adding sugar to your tea or coffee, try adding some alkalizing bone-healthy stevia or honey instead.

4. Add a dose of alkalinity

Just as I suggest balancing a pasta meal with alkalizing vegetables, balance your tea or coffee with the addition of alkalizing foods. A simple way to do this is by adding almond or soy milk to your coffee, or lemon to your tea. And have your favorite alkalizing snack with either beverage. I know some of you may wonder why you can’t just take a calcium supplement with your coffee or tea to offset the acidifying effects. That won’t work because the beverage gets to your blood stream before the calcium. But you can definitely increase your alkalizing reserves by adding alkalizing snacks, if not with your beverage of choice, then shortly before or after.

5. Mix it with chicory

If you brew your own coffee, try cutting the amount of coffee grounds in half and replacing them with ground chicory root. If you’re hesitant to try this, you could start by adding a much smaller amount of chicory and building from there.

6. Cut down and make substitutions

If you have a 5-cup-a-day habit (whether it’s coffee or tea), work toward cutting back. If you absolutely can’t function without that morning cup, by all means have it. But then try some alternatives like chicory-based coffee substitutes or possibly herbal teas during the rest of the day. If you have a green tea “habit,” try substituting white tea for at least some of your servings, since white tea contains considerably less fluoride.

You CAN Have Your Coffee AND Your Bone Health

Bottom line. Coffee and tea are not ideal foods, but, as you’ve heard me say before, the Save Our Bones Program is not an all or nothing proposition. You can still enjoy the foods you like, including coffee or tea. Just try to find a bone-healthy balance by limiting your consumption, adding alkaline snacks, and using alternative drinks when you can.

References

1 Balachandran, Rao, Murray. “Polyphenols in the extract of greens + herbal preparation have effects on cell proliferation and differentiation of human osteoblast cell line SaOS-2″. 26th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. 2004.
2 “History of the SWISS WATER Decaffeination Process”. http://www.swisswater.com/about/history. Jan 04, 2007.
3 Hegarty et al. “Tea drinking and bone mineral density in older women”. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 71: 1003 to 1007. 2000.
4 http://www.slweb.org/pf.fluoride-bone.html
5 Hallanager Johnson et al. “Fluoride-related bone disease associated with habitual tea consumption. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Vol. 82 No. 6 719-724. June 2007.
6 Shivani Jaggi et al.. “Leaching of pesticides in tea brew. “ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Vol. 44, No. 11. pp. 5479–5483. 2001.

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  1. Eugene K January 26, 2014, 1:28 am

    I buy Teecchino. It’s a herbal alternative to coffee. Very tasty and many kinds to choose from. I buy it here with free worldwide delivery:
    http://www.iherb.com/Teeccino?rcode=kus442&l=en

  2. Karen Barricklow March 28, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Thank you so much, Vivian, for explaining the facts, about coffee and tea beverages. You have taught me some important things about these beverages. Although, I am not a heaving drinker of coffee or tea, I appreciate your suggestions, for ways to consume these drinks.

  3. olga March 25, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Thank you.everithing caming fromyou very informative I truly appresiate,but lot of information is so controversial it not easy to know to whom believe. Olga

  4. gil March 25, 2013, 8:15 am

    I noticed that the Chinese prepare their tea with hot water but not boiling hot. They pour the hot water into the tea cup with the green tea or other teas, and the first “brew” is drained and thrown out. They pour for the second time hot water into the tea cup and that is the “brew” that is served to you. They tell you that you can use the same tea leaves for a maximum of two more “brews.” In this way of preparing tea, does the fluoride become considerably less?

  5. Toni Renfree March 25, 2013, 7:27 am

    Re tea/coffee debate, is the common weed dandelion (sold as instant coffee, ground coffee for expresso, or in tea bags)good for your bones? I have read that is is great for kidneys. I have been including the fresh greens and root in my vegetable juice. It is a little bitter, but I counter that with half a lime and a green apple included in the mix.

    • LynnCS February 13, 2014, 7:17 pm

      The roasted root is the “Chicory” she talked about. I believe that dandelion “tea” is wonderful. I just drink the water from boiling the greens ( tea,) or include it in soup, etc. If you really want tea, you can dry the leaves and pour hot water over them to steep them, but I don’t have the patience.

  6. Marilyn September 8, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I drink Teeccino Mediterranean Herbal Coffee in the mornings. The ones I like best are Vanilla Nut and Hazelnut. They are 75% organic with chicory. Depends on which one you buy there are organic dates, organic carob, organic barley, organic figs, almonds, natural vanilla extract and natural hazelnut flavor in them. Tastes mostly like the “other” coffee I use to drink. I don’t use a sweetener as I don’t like sweetened drinks, but I do add a little unsweetened almond milk to my mug. In my opinion this is a great alternative. These coffees are hard to find in my area. World Market use to carry them, but stopped. So, I buy them online at Vitacost.

  7. Rebecca Hoffman August 4, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I received my Save Our Bones book and have been working my way through it. I am still a little confused about tea. If I drink green tea that is organic, is it acidic? I found some on line and it was organic green tea with herbs. What do you think of this? Thank you!!

  8. GJ February 27, 2012, 11:05 pm

    WANT TO GET GROUND CHICORY AT A REASONABLE PRICE, THE SHIPPING IS EXPENSIVE, WHAT DO OTHER PEOPLE DO ABOUT THAT PROBLEM?

    • LynnCS February 13, 2014, 7:21 pm

      Pull up your dandelions, roast and grind the root.

  9. Connie February 9, 2012, 12:18 pm

    SO distilled water does not have fluoride in it?

    • barbara September 7, 2013, 5:29 am

      Please explain which distilled water to drink. Is this the one bought at supermarkets. I use this bottle to put into a machine to help with breathing.
      Is this the same water? Also bought at petrol stations for filling cars with water. Is this the same product?

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA September 7, 2013, 8:14 am

        Barbara, distilled water from the grocery store is still distilled water – just make sure it is in a BPA-free container. :)

  10. Karen Michels October 24, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Your articles have so much good information.
    Where can I get a coffee substitute as I have been drinking decaf tea for the last two years. I have chronic acid reflux; now I have osteoporosis because of the Omeprazole. I am learning so o o much from you! Thanks,

  11. joan October 18, 2011, 12:19 pm

    I grew up in the New Orleans area where the coffee of choice was a chicory coffee. I have gone back to it using Community Coffee & Chicory which can be bought in supermarkets locally and online. Love it. I am going to experiment with mixing my own to alkalinize even more.

  12. Wilfredo August 22, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I have switched from Milk 2% Lactose free to Almond Milk from Almond Breeze, but now I saw this in a website and I’am afraid and don’t know what to drink anymore, also I have eaten my brownies with almond milk.
    Please help!

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100411205625AAVXpRN

    Almond milk is great on cereal but you can’t eat it on a regular basis without damaging your thyroid. Even in milk form,almonds are still nuts and require substantial input from your thyroid to process. Eventually, your thyroid can’t keep up.

    Also this:

    I was reading Dr. Andrew Weil’s site and he said you should avoid soy/almond milk that uses carrageenan as a thickening agent.

    • Darlyne March 11, 2013, 1:11 pm

      Most interesting what you say about Almond milk because I do know how Silk’s Chocolate Soy Milk had a similar adverse effect. After investigation, I learned that since soy is an estrogenic phytonutrient [derived from plants], it will biochemically compete with the delivery of adequate thyroid hormone [they use same uptake pathway] and because estrogen is the more powerful hormone, it is then the metabolism that can suffer due to what, in my case, resulted in additional deficiency of thyroid hormone.

      As a postmenopausal woman [estrogen imbalance] who was already hypothyroid [deficiency of thyroid], I thought that drinking the soy milk would help to diminish the newly raging hot flashes, again, due to estrogenic effect…but by the fourth day as I noticed more, not less ‘fatigue’…I knew I had to stop drinking the soy milk which had been my last change in routine. Over time, the metabolism did improve, but only with careful discernment to avoid estrogenic phyto-foods and after I had found a savvy MD who provided appropriate the Rx with a balanced combo of the two primary thyroid hormones T3/T4. [Not just one or the other.]

      Simply astounding to think of how our organic bodies are so innately able to perform such finely-tuned balancing act…until they can’t for one reason or another, then it is we who must put heads together to decipher where the tweaking, usually to restore or re-balance, is necessary. Many thanks to Vivian for this open sharing forum and her wealth of expertise and knowledge in order to make the educational process not only go smoother, but also more timely for our best bone health.

  13. Mrs Webber July 25, 2011, 4:59 pm

    No comment

  14. Jackie Waite June 23, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I love all the questions, but rarely do I see individual answers after them so I am left wondering what the answer is as well. I have been following your program for almost a year but have yet to get the consultation you promised. I know you are EXTREMELY busy and you care deeply for all your readers so don’t think I’m criticizing please.

  15. Deanne Doherty March 28, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I was diagnosed as hypothyroid and my T4 Free was a little low (0.56) so the doctor prescribed 25 mg per day of Levothyroxine. My T3 & TSH are normal. I’ve been on it for 3 months and ever since I started I have grown a crack up the middle of my thumbnail. Does Levothyroxine make my osteoporosis worse? My Bone Density in March 2010 was a -3.1 after 4 yrs.on Fosomax. I was told to try Forteo but chose to do the Save Our Bones program instead. I eat healthy, exercise & feel great!! What do you recommend?

  16. LESLIE February 14, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Think This Is A Repeat, But It’s Still Good To Be Re-Affirmed! Thank You VERY MUCH For ALL YOU DO!

    LOVE, MS. L.

  17. Nicole February 14, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Hi Vivian – You suggest putting honey in coffee instead fo sugar. Personally I don’t have that problem because I prefer my coffee black but if honey is so good for our bones can you please indicate which kind is best. I was faced with several choices in my supermarket & didn’t know which to buy. Thank you for all your hard work on our behalf. You truely are a life savior.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 14, 2011, 10:27 pm

      Hi Nicole,

      I don’t recommend honey (or any sweetener) as a food that’s good for your bones. As an alkalizing sweetener, honey can be used in moderation to improve the flavor of foods and is much better than sugar or artificial sweeteners.

      If you can find organic honey, that would be best. And you can look for types that are in the most natural state possible.

      • Mon October 5, 2012, 4:34 am

        coffee beans that are ground start going stale imdeimately. It literally takes only 15 minutes for coffee beans to lose a large part of their taste after they’ve been ground. When you buy instant or preground coffee, you are getting a product that has already been ground for months, and will taste extremely stale and gross. People who buy things like foldgers or starbucks via only do so because they haven’t yet tasted good fresh coffee beans.

  18. mike February 7, 2011, 6:03 pm

    I couldn’t disagree with you more about Strontium supplements. You need to read more than a couple of citations to do the research. Strontium is a real benefit to kidney organ recipient patients who have irreversible bone loss. I am disappointed. We use strontium from AOR.ca

  19. shunt January 31, 2011, 7:47 am

    dear Vivian I live in Queensland Australia I have got your book on save our bones some things I did not understand how it apply to me I was desperately trying to get in touch with you for consulation was unsuccessful, however I have just spend over$200.00 to buy Strontium from USA. Now I learn that it is not good for bone building. I just feel like crying that lound that whole world can hear me. Can any one please advise me what tablets or affordable food can help me for building my bone.
    kind regards
    Shunt
    Queensland Australia

    • jeanne whalen March 31, 2011, 10:47 am

      would like to hear your on this

  20. mehrnaz samadi January 13, 2011, 6:15 am

    very informative, i would like t see a small summery at the end of each article eg:

    1)tea with distilled water 1 cup a day balanced with almond milk

    2) coffee …….

    i like you, your work, and your book, i bought your book on my husbands – j.kazerooni – recmendatin, through my doughter yasaman kazerooni

  21. Yulianty January 3, 2011, 4:30 am

    I’m so thankful for your continuing emails,all the informations are so beneficial and they are the best i have seen regarding good health.
    Now I know about the best water we should have for drinking and cooking, which are distilled water or the water purified through reverse osmosis. Is pure water sold in supermarket the same as distilled water? I’ve recently heard about alkalined water (kangen water)which we can buy and have the equipment installed at home, is alkalined water also as good? Please let me know so that I can decide which one is best to have at home. Thanks Vivian :)

  22. LaJuana Shelton January 1, 2011, 9:21 pm

    My previous doc says I have osteoperioses and wants me to go on meds. I don’t want to take meds and my body is the 1% who normally reacts to meds most can take. My new doc has insisted I take meds for hypothyroid so am on 7-1/2 mg pill made from pig thyroid as 1st one I took I really had bad reaction to. This one seems to be ok. Just saw comment that “silk” milk from soy isn’t good for me! What? Please help.

  23. SERGIO MARTINEZ December 31, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Extraordinary article about coffee, Vivian. I think we clarified a lot and I have no doubt that this valuable information will benefit us greatly.

  24. Sally December 20, 2010, 2:45 am

    I don’t believe that Vivian still recommends distilled water.

    “The process of distilling actually worsens the presence of these extremely toxic contaminants in your water because anything that vaporizes at a lower temperature than water, such as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s and trihalomethanes (THM’s), will also be boiled and condensed.

    Sure, the heavy metals are left behind. Lead, for example, will not vaporize. But chlorine will change into chloroform during the distillation process, and will be present in your distilled water……”

    “So, not only will distillation not remove one of the most significant toxins in water, which are the DBPs, it may actually deliver a more concentrated dose of them.

    AND, you’re also drinking whatever chemical or metal contaminants the water has dissolved out of the container it’s stored in!”

    R/O has its problems too. Details here
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/18/distilled-water-interview.aspx

    • HR November 22, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Mercola is wrong. Distilled water is best for your health as Dr Weil says. Any heavy metals are eliminated from distilled water. VOCs not sure but those are easily eliminated through a simple activated charcoal filter which most distillers have.

      I’d like to see some more evidence. Distilled water and pure water are PH neutral. Many people from other countries still drink rain water which is demineralized and have better teeth and bones than British or people from the USA with access to tap or filtered water.

      The origins of your misconception reach back to studies conducted in the former Soviet Union about 20 years ago that were summarized in an article of the World Health Organization (WHO) without additional research or follow-up. The conclusions on physiological changes were drawn from rat, dog and human subjects who were volunteers undergoing water replenishment after strenuous forced marches in the desert. The study had few specifics on total water intake, diet, whether high purity water was exclusively consumed or the controls used.

      There is considerable evidence to counter the Soviet studies. Dr. Daniel Menzel, on of the nation’s leading toxicologists and the chairman of the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine at the University of California in Irvine, points to homeostasis as one of the reasons that the idea of leaching of minerals by consuming high purity water is an “erroneous assumption”.

      More evidence comes from the experience of the United States Navy. The U.S. Navy has used distilled sea water for human consumption for approximately 40 years without problems.

      Other practical examples are presented by the people who live in Lake Tahoe, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Boston, Massachusetts; and San Francisco, California which have natural TDS levels below 100 mg/L. These areas represent a considerable total population that apparently experiences no ill health effects from the water they consume.

      http://www.cwqa.com/faq.php?section=cwqa&subsec=faq&question=3A

  25. Alison Scott November 24, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I appreciate this forum! My nutritionist recommended using xylitol as a sweetener, which I now use regularly. It is low glycemic compared to sugar, alkalizing and theoretically helps reduce the incidence of cavities.

    I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this, Vivian. Thanks for all your great work!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 27, 2010, 2:20 pm

      Hi Alison,

      Xylitol is not alkalizing; it’s a sugar alcohol. Although several sugar alcohols are touted as naturally occurring in various foods, xylitol and other sugar alcohols are created through a manufacturing process.

  26. Maggie November 17, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I bought 100% ground chicory online from Community Coffee and have been brewing it as if though it were coffee. It’s naturally caffeine free, and to me it tastes just like coffee-it’s wonderful!!! So glad to know that it’s good for my bones too.

  27. Michele Cowl November 16, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Vivian, I have heard recently that Agave is very good for bones. Can you confirm this?

  28. Maria c Rhodes November 14, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Thank you Vivian for this report.What do you think of rooibos tea/

  29. Evelyn November 13, 2010, 11:02 pm

    What is the difference between stevia and truvia? I have been drinking an herbal tea with echinacea called a wellness tea, caffeine free, is this good? Thank you for all you do.

    Evelyn

  30. Kathy R. November 13, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Is the distilled bottled water in the plastic jugs at the grocery store ok to drink? I know other that the plastic jugs they come in is it safe for drinking?

    • pat November 14, 2010, 9:45 am

      Bottled water is better than tap though not ideal. How is purified water with minerals added? is this safe?

  31. Nu Ly November 10, 2010, 3:56 am

    Thank you for your tips, Vivian, balancing our food, when I have a cup of tea and put some
    lemon on it.

  32. Carmelle November 9, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I especially liked reading about the acidity of coffee since I start my day with TWO cups of decaffeinated coffee with soy milk and honey.Vivian, I have your book”The bone health revolution” and I have been following it for the last couple of years.I am a 62 year old woman with a frame height of 5’1″ at 88 lbs.I exercise 30 minutes a day every day. Your book has been a ‘God’send for me.I read about your thoughts on bisphasphonates and made the decision to follow your book.I chose to believe that I lost 3 teeth due to taking the drugs as prescribed by my family doctor.I have NOT been taking them for well over a year now , and I have NOT lost any more teeth. I am on a daily regiment of 1600mg. calcium(from food and vitamin supplements)with 3500iu of vitamin D and 800 mg of magnesium.I also take a supplement called’bone basics’ for the rest of my daily bone requirements.I do feel obligated to tell you also that I have been diagnosed with M.S. for thirty years,asthma for the last ten years and osteoporosis for the last 4-5 years.I am doing the best I can,with many thanks to you Vivian for helping me realize that bisphasphonates should be eliminated from every persons’ life with the knowledge that there IS A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE.Thank you so much Vivian for everything I have learned from you personally and of course your wonderful book’The bone health revolution.’

  33. SERGIO MARTINEZ November 7, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I have minimized the consumption of coffee and now I drink chicory instead because I used to drink beverages cereals but I realized that in addition to rye and barley to the cereal malt are also added so that they resemble the coffee flavor. I have understood that Malta does not benefit bones.

  34. Rita November 7, 2010, 2:32 am

    Hi Vivian !

    What is reverse osmosis filtration ?

    • Hilary Hughes November 14, 2010, 1:07 am

      I am also wondering exactly what is reverse osmosis filtration please?

  35. Anne Keenan November 6, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Yes, Vivian, I do enjoy a coffee or two in a day, as well as one or two cups of tea. Did purchase organic coffee & must get some organic tea. Thanks for your valuable information.

  36. gloria November 6, 2010, 12:23 am

    Hi Vivian,
    I drink 2 cups of 1/2 Caff coffee every morning and now use non-dairy creamer instead of cow’s milk and am using organic milk in my cereal. Is this acceptable?

  37. Mark November 5, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I am not sure if this is the place to post this question or not, but here goes:

    Vivian, you recommend drinking almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk instead of regular cows milk because cows milk is acidic while the others are alkaline. When I did a internet search on other websites that discuss the acidic and alkaline foods, some of them list cows milk as neutral and almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk as acidic. I noticed the same thing with almonds, hazelnuts, eggs, and soy. I am confused how one source can have the foods as acidic and another source (supposedly just as credible) has these foods as alkaline. Your thoughts?

  38. Tracey Duke November 5, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Dear Vivian,

    Is drinking Soda Water (which is highly alkaline) good or bad for our bones? I am wondering because it is gaseous.

    I have switched to drinking iced cold soda water (about 2 litres a day – due to hot flushes), instead of our normal filtered tap water which was very acidic. And I am hoping that I am doing my bones more good than harm by drinking it.

    Waiting for your reply,

    Yours faithfully, Tracey Duke

  39. Paul Abric November 5, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Jan, thank you for such a prompt reply-For all the followers of your site I’ll say it again here-You have the best informative site with reference to health on the internet, and what I LIKE MOST OF ALL= IT’S THE “NATURAL APPROACH’
    ‘NO USELESS PRESCRIPTIONS’-MY HAT IS OFF TO ‘VIVIAN’ THE LADY MAKES MORE SENSE THAN ANY ‘DOCTOR’ I HAVE EVER BEEN WITH.
    Paul in Toronto.

  40. muiel adamson November 5, 2010, 10:28 am

    what are alkaline snacks, i’ve never seen any in the shops?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 5, 2010, 12:55 pm

      Hi Muiel and Martha – Alkaline snacks would simply be ANY alkalizing food. Most fruits and vegetables are alkalizing, as are millet and quinoa. You’ll find several articles about alkalizing foods on this blog, and the Save Our Bone Programs goes into all this in much more detail.

    • martha martinez November 5, 2010, 11:01 am

      I hace the same question. Any good examles of alkaline snacks?

      Great article about coffee and tea.

  41. Barbara November 5, 2010, 10:20 am

    I drink coffee with a rounded teaspoon of MSM. Does the coffee take away the effects of the MSM? I have Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis (which has caused Plueral Thickening).
    I take 400 mg of Citracal and 3000 units of Vitamin D3. I drink almond milk and trying to stay away from dairy products. But I haven’t completely. I’m also vegetarian.

    • SERGIO MARTINEZ December 31, 2010, 5:25 pm

      Hi Barbara, I was very pleased to have found a great substitute for cow’s milk such as almond milk, but after a year and a half of drinking it I realized that all that I’ve found stores (I live in Madrid) containing maltodextrin and maltose which are names of the substance disguised as MSG (monosodium glutamate) harmful to our health and also makes the drink too sweet.

      So if you decide to drink this milk you make sure it is free of these substances to be eligible for the benefits of almond milk

  42. viola November 5, 2010, 6:09 am

    thank you Vivian for your wonderful advices, i always read them. May God bless you for all your help to the people!

  43. Debbie Moore November 4, 2010, 11:21 pm

    After I did a water change on my fish tank using my rain water,all the fish died so I tested the water PH & found it to be extremely acidic…I now use the town water supply for the fish & treat all my drinking water , including my kettle, with a small dash of bicarbonate of soda…this alkalizes it immediately. I had been drinking the rain water for 4 years thinking it was safer than town water which our Government treats with fluoride & chlorine. I’ve probably been adding to my bone deterioration by choosing to use the rain water! Debbie, Australia

  44. Judy November 4, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I posted a comment early this evening and saw it when I checked the comment section. But now it’s not there. Where did it go???

  45. GAIL DAMAS November 4, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I HAVE A VERY LOW BONE READING AND WISH TO RAISE MINE. I DRINK SAMS BOTTLED WATER FROM WALMART. IS THAT FLORIDE FREE? IF NOT WHAT IS? THANKING ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME ON THIS.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 5, 2010, 12:57 pm

      The only types of filtration that get rid of fluoride are distillation and reverse osmosis. Most “regular” bottled water contains fluoride.

      • Judy Kirkpatrick November 29, 2010, 4:12 pm

        I am glad to read that reverse osmosis treatment gets
        rid of clorine and floride. I was planning to get the
        Kangen system, which is expensive, until I read your
        comments. Judy

        • Annie January 4, 2011, 7:24 am

          Judy,
          Don’t know if you bought your osmosis system yet? But I bought a nice one at Costco. It has 4 big tubes.
          My Hubby is not handy, so I had a plummer install it.

          Don’t be fooled by a high price for a Osmosis system. I had checked out many of them. Some are a Big Hype.

          We in the mountains in California on a Well. The Well water can change daily. I had the osmosis checked and it is doing a great job of Alkaline water.

  46. Mary Cohea November 4, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I drink organic Yerba Mate tea in the morning. It comes from a holly tree that is native to the rain forest of South America. It contains a form of caffeine that is similar yet different to that in regular tea or coffee. What is your opinion of this tea? I would greatly appreciate hearing your reply. Thanks!

  47. Sue W. November 4, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Thank you, Vivian, for all your informative emails and research. You are helping us so much in our effort to build/maintain healthy bones. I love my new eating habits and don’t miss the old ones.

  48. Gretchen Hufler November 4, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Love all your bone tips and try to follow them as best I can. I have my reverse osmosis water system now installed and actually prefer the taste of this water and so of course I tend to drink more water and less coffee and sodas. Thanks!

  49. Gretchen Hufler November 4, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Love all your bone tips and try to follow

  50. Milena Parber November 4, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I can’t use soy milk because of hypothyroidism, right, and I hate almond milk. organic whole cow’s milk alkalinizing? or coconut?

  51. Monika November 4, 2010, 12:07 pm

    I’m new to all of this and found it very enlightening. Thank you.

  52. Sherry November 4, 2010, 9:40 am

    Hi Vivian,

    If we later want to see a response that may have happened to a person’s or our question, how do we easily locate that person or our comment again? This would be greatly helpful!
    And thank you for your wonderful articles!
    Sherry

    • Lena Larsen December 17, 2010, 2:38 pm

      I am also interested to know about this.
      If it is possible to search amongst the comments and answers(from Vivian and others) & If I make a comment to someone special – will he/she see that?
      Please don´t misunderstand this comment, it is not criticize, I just don´t want to miss anything on VIVIANS WONDERFUL site ! Kind regards Lena

  53. Gerri D. November 4, 2010, 8:07 am

    Hi Vivian,
    Thanks so much for a great article on coffee and tea.It especially brought back some memories of my childhood.I remember that my mother used to drink coffee with chicory.
    I drink one cup of coffee in the morning,and it is made with filtered water from my refigerator.Does this do the job?
    I want to thank you once again for all the informative articles that you send and for your Save our Bones program.
    Always,Gerri

  54. Jeanne Vanderkooij November 4, 2010, 6:48 am

    The fluoride that you referred to in the teas are in it’s natural form and not harmful at all.
    What they add to the water system is toxic and harmfull to your health.

    • Mark November 4, 2010, 7:31 pm

      Just curious as to where you got your information. The fluoride issue is a big one for me and any addition information is really important, especially if it comes from a credible source. Thanks.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 5, 2010, 1:03 pm

        If you’re referring specifically to fluoride, Mark, you can check out the article References, particularly #4.

        • Mark November 5, 2010, 9:18 pm

          I looked at the references you suggested in the article and I did not see any reference to fluoride in its “natural” form being not harmful. Is there a difference between naturally occurring fluoride found in teas and what they add to water?

  55. Felicity Banister November 4, 2010, 6:03 am

    Hi vivian

    Just wondered if fresh coffee or instant is less harmful. Really trying to cut down but it is hard. Also trying to cut the red wine but that’s even harder!!

    Thanks for all your help

    Regards Felicity

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 5, 2010, 1:06 pm

      Hi Felicity – Coffee is acidifying, whether it’s fresh or instant. But in terms of toxins and additives, you’re always better off with fresh and organic.

  56. Una November 4, 2010, 2:41 am

    I start the day with coffee but if I am out I drink tea.As a coeliac I have to be careful about adding things. otherwise i try to keep to your program. I drink lots of water for the sake of my damaged kidneys but fluoride is added to our otherwise excellent mountain water.All I can do is try to keep a balance. I like reading your articles. Una

  57. Garlyn November 4, 2010, 12:25 am

    Thank you for the information about coffee. I love my coffee, I drink 1 or 2 cups every morning.

    Have you done any studies with Acia Berry and the Goji berry? Are they very acidifying?

    Garlyn

  58. Elaine Schaeffer November 4, 2010, 12:00 am

    Thank you. I tried stevia. I have not heard of chicory. Will check it out.

  59. Geraldine Quinlan November 3, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Are there any particular exercises recommended for Osteoporosis? My T score is -3.3. Thank you.

  60. Suzanne Cranston November 3, 2010, 9:16 pm

    not all city water has flouride in it(although it will for sure have chlorine)- check with the municipal government to find out what’s in your water. If you have well water you should not have flouride at all….

  61. CAROL BASHARA November 3, 2010, 8:59 pm

    WHAT IS A NORMAL PH READING? MY DOCTOR SAYS 7 IS GOOD BUT SHE WOULD NEED TO DO A COMPETE URINALYSIS TO SEE ALL THE READINGS?

    • Sue W. November 4, 2010, 3:14 pm

      7-7.5 is good. You can do your own reading with pH sticks you can order online. I ordered PH INEX test strips which are quite accurate and easy to read. I’ve also gotten universal pH indicator paper from my pharmacy. Not as easy to read. Good luck!

  62. jackie November 3, 2010, 8:52 pm

    my sister says you cant drink distilled water, it is only for ironing your clothes. is she right?

  63. Shula November 3, 2010, 8:47 pm

    I prefer to avoid both coffee and tea. Having a little makes me want more and more. It’s not worth it.
    Shula

  64. Terry November 3, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I drink mostly rooibos. I am wondering if this is acidic.

  65. Shirley Bricker November 3, 2010, 8:22 pm

    My T-Score is -4.4. I have a new doctor and he and my previous drs. all have a fit. He said he has never seen a bone density that bad. He gave me a month supply of the Forteo shots to try and a yrs. prescription and said it is different from the other drugs like Fosomax. It works with the parathyroid. What is your take on Forteo in a case like mine.

  66. judy November 3, 2010, 8:03 pm

    i have celiac disease and have to be very careful about ingesting anything with wheat or anything possibly contaminated with gluten.is the coffee substitute safe for a gluten free diet? can you suggest any specific herbal teas. thank you.

  67. barbaras November 3, 2010, 7:50 pm

    I am in good reasonable health @ 70 years of age I have a chemical relaxer put in my hair in a hair salon. It burned a lot when I was at the shampoo bowl, the shampoo person simply put more water in the areas I felt the sharp pain. It was 1/15 when I came back to the salon in Feb. I explained my hair is breaking off. she mentioned it feels so hard, I suppose that was the transformation my hair was making from overprocessed, too strong chemical in my hair. I have gone from shoulder length to bald (1/2 inch in some spots) The 3 dermatologist I have had an exam promote using steroids. Also, MinoxiDil, Promis4, Cultar. My biopsy of 2 areas in the scalp alopecia, scarring of follicle & a dimpling in my scalp. I also have severe itching of the scalp which is psorasis. I REALIZE YOUR SPECIALTY VIVIAN IS bones but I am hoping you or your reading audience can give me some effective suggestions.
    Losing more hair everyday,
    ouch

    • Betty F. November 5, 2010, 2:23 am

      Please have blood work done to check your iron levels. I have always found that when my levels are low my hair starts falling out.

    • Richard Mason November 4, 2010, 3:31 am

      Dear writer,

      sounds to me as tho’ your body might benefit from a massive detox cleansing to get rid of a lot of the poisons that are probably in it.

      Just food for thought…

      Best wishes,

      Richard

  68. Veronica November 3, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Thank you, Vivian, for mentioning the green tea and the fluoride. I have stopped drinking green tea.
    Veronica

  69. barbara November 3, 2010, 6:42 pm

    This is a very enlightening article on coffee & tea. Thanks for sharing.
    Recently, someone told me fillers are added in tea. Would you know what type of fillers to insert in the tea? I am looking at a teabag now & it says all natural.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara
    Chicago, IL

  70. denise douek November 3, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I ALWAYS BENEFIT FROM YOUR E-MAILS ,AND FOLLOW YOUR PRECIOUS ADVICE ,PASS THE INFORMATION ALWAYS TO MY FRIENDS WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU GUIDING THROUGH THE RIGHT PATH,THE REST IS A MSTERY ,WE ARE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT AND LIFE IS WONDERFUL.

  71. Nancy Flexman November 3, 2010, 5:11 pm

    If you have to have caffeine to wake up in the morning, I would suspect that you have problems with your blood sugar (which is bad news for your bones) or you need to go to bed earlier.

    I make an infusion of nettles, using an ounce of dried nettles with a litre of boiling water. After steeping it overnight, I drink half of it during the day, diluting it with water refrigerating the rest for the next day. I figure that the nettles are alkalising AND provide bone-building nutrients.

    Don’t like herbal teas? I have never met anyone who enjoyed tea or coffee the first try. On average it takes nine tries of something new to develop a taste for it, so hang in there!

  72. Leona November 3, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Your article is very interesting, but distill water is not always around. I use Brita filter.
    Is it remove fluoride from the water ? Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 6:51 pm

      Sorry Leona, but Brita filters don’t remove fluoride. Only distillation or reverse osmosis filtration will do that.

      • LynnCS February 13, 2014, 8:56 pm

        Check with your local city/area water department. Not all put fluoride in the water. Some water which comes through rock and sand filters/wells, might still have some level of natural fluoride in it. They are required to provide a fact sheet to users periodically. Give them a call and ask for a copy. My city/area does not put fluoride in the water.

  73. ruth weissenberg November 3, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I need help explaining why my pH fluctuates so much. First of all, on any given day, it starts around 5 or 5.5, then a couple of hours later it’ll be 7, then go up and down in that range several times a day. There’s no observable pattern relating to my food intake or any of the calcium or other organic supplements I take, nor apparently to anything that I ingest or do.

    Since noticing that, I’ve been measuring pH first thing in the morning only, and that’s reasonably stable (and pretty acidic at 5.5 or 6, but not a surprise cos I was eating masses of protein). So my second question is why, after days of changing my diet and eating 80% alkalizing foods, is my pH dropping even further to readings like 4, which is significantly more acidic?

    Vivian, please explain (a) the daily fluctuations that I see other people email about and (b) why my pH is getting more acidic now that I’m following the programs – or how long I’d need to follow the program to start to see improvements.

    Thanks
    Ruth, Australia

    • Trudy November 4, 2010, 6:31 am

      Hi Ruth,

      I encounter exactly the same problem. I hardly eat any meat and try to follow Vivian’s diet advice.
      However, my PH level is aprrox. 5 every morning.
      I would like some answers to this problem, too!
      Cheers,
      Trudy

      • Alison Scott November 24, 2010, 12:45 pm

        My nutritionist recommended that I refer to an acid alkaline food chart created by Russell Jaffe, MD. If you Google “acid alkaline food chart russell jaffe” you will find a copy posted online. It’s worked very well for me. I find sweet potatoes to be a great resource, as they are so alkalizing, so filling and also low glycemic. Good luck!

    • barbaras November 3, 2010, 6:47 pm

      Ruth in AU

      Please explain how you check you PH level. I use to do it with some strips the company had but I haven’t seen them lately.
      It must be several thoughts on the importance of knowing your Ph level because during the time I was checking mine a medical technologist made a comment to me that it wasn’t important & why was I doing that. puzzled,

      Barbara
      Chicago

      • ruth November 4, 2010, 5:02 pm

        Hi Barbara,
        My pH check is very simple. I bought some Universal pH strips from my local pharmacy. They ordered them in for me, and it cost about $20 for a box of 100 strips.
        First thing in the morning I test either my urine or if I forget I test my saliva, then compare the 4 colours on my strip to the chart on the box.
        Ruth

  74. ANGELA November 3, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I have always been a big tea drinker, and once drank upwards of eight or nine cups a day. Now I keep it to three or four to keep the caffeine intake down. I was interested to read about the Mayo study that links high intake of fluoride to bone and intestinal problems. Other than the Osteoporosis diagnosis, I consider myself to be in very good shape at 62, always on the go, and working 12hr shifts. Along with the Osteoporosis, I suffer gastrointestinal problems which I attributed to stress. Now I wonder if the Mayo study has hit upon the real cause; fluoride in the water. I make sure to drink only reverse osmosis filtered water as Vivian recommends and thank her for all the good work she does.

  75. lauri norris November 3, 2010, 3:36 pm

    my doctor advised me to take calcium before going to bed, that it absorbs better thru the body. Is this correct, because I’m not a night person, have trouble remembering to take before bed.

    • Sue W. November 4, 2010, 3:31 pm

      How about a cup of warm almond milk instead of a calcium supplement? One cup has 450mg. of calcium. Might help you sleep better, too! I try to get most of my calcium from food/drink and find it easier than remembering to take calcium supplements.

  76. Ms. L. November 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Is The Chicory Coffee At Our Local Stores All Right For Us?

    Are There Name Brands Of Chicory Coffee That Are Better Than Others? Or Is It Best To Add Chicory Root To Your Coffee?

    Thank You VERY MUCH For All You Do For All Of Us.

    LOVE, MS. L.

  77. Dudley November 3, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I just love reading your material and taking advantage of the great advice. I guess you get that kind of comment very often because it really is justified. The advice on coffee and teas supports what I’ve always believed and now my wife is a believer. Thanks a lot for the wide ranging and useful tips.

  78. carol maleham November 3, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Is drinking rooibush tea ok.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:52 pm

      Hi Carol – Please see my reply to Jean about rooibos tea.

  79. Carole Kirby November 3, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Great – here’s to my one cuppa treat each day! Thanks for the info re the decaf – will check that out.
    :-)Carole

  80. ken osborn November 3, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Good information Vivian. Coffee is acidic because (mostly) of the oxalic acid. While the pH can be raised by adding a basic neutralizer (e.g., bicarbonate), the oxalate is still there just in another chemical form. If you have issues with kidney stones, even high pH (i.e., low acid) coffee should probably not be on your diet (unless you have found a low oxalate containing coffee – if you have, please let me know!).

  81. Mamata Behera November 3, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I gave up drinking regular tea and drinking only herbal tea. Why my first urine acid in the morning always around 5.0-5.5 and goes up to 6.5-6.75 later part of the day? I have been following your diet plan. What can I do to bring my PH high? Thanks, Mamata,

  82. Lorraine Bunk November 3, 2010, 11:52 am

    How can I increase my bone density with eating the right foods???

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:56 pm

      Hi Lorraine – Following a program like Save Our Bones should help!

  83. patrick November 3, 2010, 11:20 am

    Although Viv. speaks of flouride in soils – re tea drinking, in he UK flouride is addedto tap water to stop/inhibit tooth decay

    it follows then on tea (according to Viv.) that fluoride is in the soils of every other food or drink

    we can only hope God will again send down untainted manna from heaven! since all we eat n drink from the earth is bad for us

    • patrick November 6, 2010, 7:08 pm

      Hi Vivian

      If theres flouride in the water in the soils where tea is grown, isn’t it the same for coffee, herbal teas – even if they are organically grown? The flouride must be in the rain, is all I can think?

      I guess then its better to drink spring water, & not tea etc beverages

  84. Barbara Grace November 3, 2010, 10:29 am

    Enjoyed this article immensely, however, I had read that you should not use honey in hot products such as tea because it breaks down quickly and is not good to do. Is this true?

  85. shelley Smuckler November 3, 2010, 10:14 am

    I use a Zogurichi tea warmer that is supposed to filter out the “bad stuff” . Would this take care of the problems you speak of with drinking green tea?

  86. cookie November 3, 2010, 10:13 am

    I drink white tea with pomegranate in it. Sometimes I will put Almond milk in it, sometimes just lemon. Which is better?

  87. Janice J Miller November 3, 2010, 10:01 am

    Hi There,
    Question, I quit taking Foxamax last Dec. Now am to take 1200 mg of calcium and 800 units of Vit D. Now found some organic calcium but the daily dose is 16 mg. Talked to the people I ordered from said that was okay or switch back and forth. So someone Vivian or others please comment on this. Want to do right and not take foxomax.
    Janice

    • Hazel November 3, 2010, 11:13 am

      Hi Janice,
      I have also quit taking Fosamax on the advice of my dentist. I also take 1200 mg of calcium and 800 plus units of Vit D daily. I have been taking Strontium Type II and my last bone density test was excellent.
      I hope this helps.
      Hazel

      • Sherry November 4, 2010, 9:19 am

        A warning about strontium. I may be mistaken, but my understanding from Vivian is that strontium added to diet creates a denser looking bone but this is not the kind you want — can be dangerous to your bone health. I am absolutely not an expert on this — new person like yourself. So, please ask her about this or look in past articles or this may be in her Save Our bones Program.

        • Esther November 10, 2010, 5:28 am

          What she said about the denser looking bone was that those bones became more brittle, more easily broken. The drugs were hardening the bones, making them less flexible.

  88. Jean November 3, 2010, 9:21 am

    Dear Vivian

    Regarding your interesting article about tea/coffee drinking. I drink Red Bush tea (or Rooibos as it’s called in South Africa) where it is grown. It’s naturally caffeine free and low in tannins. Can you please advise if this tea has fluoride in it?

    I have just received your excellent ‘Save our Bones Program’ and thank you very much for such an informative and very necessary book. Thank you also Vivian, for all your wonderful and helpful articles sent on a regular basis. We all owe you a great debt of gratitude.
    Good luck, and here’s to all our bones!
    Jean Britton

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words about my work, Jean!

      Rooibos is a leaf tea with an acidic pH. And yes, it does contain fluoride, as with green and black teas, so it would be best to follow the guidelines I suggest in this article.

      • Sharon November 3, 2010, 5:58 pm

        Thanks for the info on Rooibos tea, it has been one of my favourites, I will no longer drink this.

        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 6:40 pm

          If you really enjoy rooibos tea, Sharon, you can certainly continue to have a cup now and then. Just follow the guidelines in this article for coffee and tea, and balance it with alkalizing snacks. As I say in the article, it’s all about balance, and nothing is totally off-limits. :)

  89. Linda November 3, 2010, 9:18 am

    I gave up coffee originally because it was supposed to cause fibrous breasts and then because it was acidifying. I use Alkazone drops in my coffee now to neutralize the acid. I also just have a cup or two, not like the old days!

  90. Jeannette November 3, 2010, 9:11 am

    Great article Vivian, keep the info coming, it helps me stay on track.
    I recently discovered Teeccino non acidic coffee beverages and do love the taste of it, plus it has some added health benefits too.

  91. Jim November 3, 2010, 8:33 am

    I am wondering where charcoal- filtered water stands in regard to fluorine.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:42 pm

      Sorry Jim, charcoal filters don’t remove fluoride. To remove the fluoride you need a reverse osmosis system.

  92. jan robinson November 3, 2010, 8:18 am

    I give up! The dont’s just grow, no wonder so many females resort to Actonol

    • MAUREEN LANNAN November 3, 2010, 9:44 am

      ACTONEL USERS BEWARE! ACTONEL has caused deteriation of gum tissue
      and bone in jaw thus teeth fall out! I had 5 teeth fall out in 1 year and have had to have dentures. ACOTONEL and FOSAMAX have the same biophosphonates as in laundry detergent!
      Class action suits in the US abound! CANADIANS- be alert there is ANO warning! GOOGLE for more info .DO your research!

  93. Yvonne November 3, 2010, 7:55 am

    A really helpful and reassuring article. Thank you Vivian. I use organic almond milk,
    organic rice milk and occasionally organic soya milk. This article came at just the right moment as I had given up coffee but, recently, had started to slip in the odd cup wondering if it was really leaching all the calcium from my bones and, yes, I wondered if an extra calcium orotate would balance the effect. I can now go an relax with a small cup without worrying! Many, many thanks.

  94. Kay W November 3, 2010, 7:29 am

    I have an espresso machine at home and until I joined your Save Our Bones program, I was making myself a non-fat latte every morning. I was foolishly thinking I was getting the benefit of all that cow’s milk first thing in the day! Now I am still making that latte, but substituting 3/4 almond milk plus 1/4 soy milk and adding a shot of espresso! Is that a good solution to balancing the acidity in the coffee?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:44 pm

      Absolutely, Kay! You’re doing exactly what I suggest in this article. Balance is the key.

  95. Lea November 3, 2010, 7:21 am

    What are your thought on the drink ” ECO”
    I make it on boiled water, and I thought that would be alright, as we have flouride in our
    water, doesn,t the water boilded take the Fludoride out of it. Lea

    • SERGIO MARTINEZ December 31, 2010, 6:03 pm

      ECO contains malt extract which as I understand in the course of Saveourbones is not recommended for bones. I have drunk ECO for some time but I’ve finally replaced this by natural chicory no added sugar that gives me the feeling of drinking a cup of coffee but alkaline! Follow your research that way ends up finding a satisfactory response

  96. Stephen November 3, 2010, 6:55 am

    Not sure if you have made the water thing clear. If we use bottled mineral water is that no better than tap water?
    And/or if we boil tap water is that not producing distilled water?

    Could you clarify.
    Stephen

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:47 pm

      Bottled water removes some of the toxins, but in most cases does not remove fluoride. And I’m sorry to say that boiling tap water actually concentrates the fluoride, increasing its level. Purchasing distilled water or using a reverse osmosis filter is the answer.

  97. Robyn November 3, 2010, 6:47 am

    How is it that smoked tea is free of flourines? Just curious. Don’t mind a lapsang souchong… but will have to find a good organic white tea by the sound of it. OH why do they feel the need to poison us by adding stuff to our water???

  98. carol November 3, 2010, 6:41 am

    What is the acid/alkaline effect of adding half & half to a cup of coffee? Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:49 pm

      Half and half is acidifying, Carol, so adding it to your coffee, which is also acidifying, would produce a completely acidifying beverage.

  99. Paul ABL November 3, 2010, 6:39 am

    I guess instant coffee is worse than freshly ground beans from the acid point of view. what would be the “instant fix” as far as supplement is concerned, to counteract or counter balance coffee’s acidic activity?

    rgds, Paul

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 3, 2010, 2:50 pm

      Paul, coffee is acidifying whether it’s instant or freshly ground. Just follow the guidelines in this article for balancing the acidifying effects and enjoy your beverage!

      • Christyl Joy Bilyeu December 23, 2010, 5:04 pm

        Vivian, I have discovered cold Brew coffee process. My husband and I have been using it for about a month and totally love it! It is about 67% less acidic. We use organic coffee.
        A lot of the acids and oils stay in the grounds with this process. It is rich and delicious. What a difference! This is an incredible find for me. It took a little getting use to making the coffee this way. You can look it up on line. Let me know if you have any questions. I definitely wanted to share this with you. Christyl Joy Bilyeu

  100. Aronrosa November 3, 2010, 6:36 am

    I drink tea :Tary Souchong without sugar 2cups per day ‘ smoked tea is free of fluorines
    Daniele MD

    • Aronrosa November 3, 2010, 6:38 am

      Smoked tea as tary or lapsang couchons are free of fluorines , drink it without sugar or milk.
      Daniele MD

      • Robyn November 3, 2010, 6:49 am

        Why are they free of flourines?

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