Q: I love your book and have told friends about it. I am concerned, however, about getting enough protein since most of the usual protein sources are acidic. I am trying to maintain the proper balance by having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day in a glass of water. Also, I did not see iced tea or green tea on either the alkaline or the acidic list. Let me know your thoughts.
A: I'm glad you joined the revolution and that you're helping me spread the truth about osteoporosis.
To answer your question, the protein requirement is a huge myth. When we consume protein, it is digested in our stomach like any other food, which means that all amino-acids are broken down so our body will later on “build” its protein requirements. Gorillas, elephants, and many of the strongest mammals on earth eat only leaves and grass. Check out their muscles and then don't worry about your protein.
Taking apple cider vinegar is a great move for your bone health and your overall health.
As far as tea is concerned, it's alkalizing (whether hot or iced) but I don't like too much of it because of its high fluoride content, which could have a negative effect on our bone health if consumed in excessive amounts. Check out if your city adds fluoride to its tap water, so if you're crazy about tea or green tea, you can at least use water filtered by reverse osmosis (which removes 100% of fluoride) to prepare it at home. Even if the bottled tea says “filtered water”, most filters don't remove fluoride.