Living the Alkaline Way for Better Health

In this interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe, we will explore the importance of the acid/alkaline balance. Dr. Jaffe explains what this balance is and why it is critical for human health. We will explore the challenges of a body that is out of balance and more importantly how does one correct an imbalance. You will learn how you can maintain a better balance over your lifetime. This is one of the important biomarkers that you can manage yourself at home. Once you understand how to do this through diet and supplementation you will be able maintain the balance in the healthy range.

Maintaining an internal acid alkaline (pH) balance in the optimal range supports your bones and your body. Bones are the body’s “mineral storehouse”. Not only do bones provide strength, but they also house our mineral reserves and allow us to maintain optimum pH levels. Increasing the intake of alkalinizing minerals through an alkalinizing diet is the most fundamental and effective way to keep your pH within that all important health restoration zone (6.5 – 7.5). In addition, certain alkalinizing supplements like magnesium and choline citrate can help you achieve and maintain the healthful acid alkaline balance.

The Alkaline Way:
What It Is and Why It Matters

Dr. Jaffe has produced a free e-book entitled Joy in Living: The Alkaline Way. This Health Studies Collegium Resource Guide is 124 pages that will provide a roadmap that you can follow to understand and implement more alkaline living. You can download the file here.

The Alkaline Way is based on the most effective approaches to improve quality of life and sustain health and happiness. Since we are a product of what we eat, drink, think, and do, it is critical that we remember that optimal health and happiness come down to choice much more than to chance. That’s why this guide is designed to inform you so you can make healthier choices when it comes to how you nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Here is everything you need to support your body’s own natural immune defense and repair, and digestive, detoxification, and neurohormone functions. The goal is to prevent illness and disease by more safely and completely meeting your body’s needs.

Health is a matter of balance. The cells of our bodies are always seeking a healthy balance to keep us alkaline. Even a small shift toward more acid is linked to a greater increase in disease and loss of cell resilience. When our bodies are in a more acidic state, they are weaker and more vulnerable to disease; our defenses and ability to repair from usual wear and tear are down. When our bodies are in a healthier, more alkaline state, they are more resilient and can resist and recover from illness more effectively.

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Foods that we choose have a great impact on our health, as summed up by their effect on our acid and alkaline balance. When we consume a diet high in fat, processed foods, sugar, and protein—also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD) — our bodies become more acidic, and less resilient. This state is known as metabolic acidosis. On the other hand, when we enjoy a diet rich in greens, plants, fruits, vegetables, minerals, and antioxidants, our cells become more alkaline, and more resistant to everyday stress. Just a slight shift in either direction can have a dramatic impact on our health— for better or worse. Dr. Jaffe has provide a wonderful acid/alkaline food chart that you can use to understand which foods are acid producing and which foods are alkaline. Begin eating more alkaline foods and reduce acid forming foods.

7 Principles of Eating the Alkaline Way

Eating healthy is difficult to achieve for many Americans. With the food choices given to us, it’s paramount to stay focused on what’s important – your health! There are seven principles of eating “The Alkaline Way” to help you through your journey. Incorporate these principles to create and enjoy a delicious and healthy Alkaline Diet. All of this covered in greater detail by Dr. Jaffe. You can learn more by downloading The Alkaline Way.

  1. Eat 60-80% Alkaline-Forming Foods
  2. Eat a Wide Variety of Fresh, High-Quality, Whole Foods
  3. Eat Immune System Friendly Foods (Based on Your LRA by ELISA/ACT™ Test Results)
  4. Eat 60-70% Plant-Based, Complex Carbs; 15-20% Protein; 15-20% Healthy Fat
  5. Include Probiotics and Fermented (Cultured) Foods and Drinks
  6. Eat Plenty of Fiber and Water
  7. Eat Healthier Food Combinations

Testing your acid/alkaline balance

The pH level of urine after 6 hours of rest reflects pH throughout the body. Levels below 6.5 indicate metabolic acidosis. Low pH also suggests mineral deficits, because minerals are pulled from bone and body fluid during metabolic acidosis to buffer and reduce acids and maintain pH within a health range. Acid-alkaline balance is important.  Tiny changes in pH have profound implications for cell metabolism. Life exists poised exquisitely just above the neutral point of 7.0. Levels of pH above 7.5 can indicate catabolic illness in which amino acids are used as energy sources.

Any unusual variation in urinary pH is usually reflected in the first morning urine. This calls for changes in diet and/or nutritional supplements to restore acid-alkaline balance. Simply checking the pH level each day provides ongoing monitoring to see whether pH has been corrected. (Click here for 1st AM Urine pH test protocol) This is an important aspect of biochemistry –  so if there is an abnormality, that has to be monitored regularly. Healthy values are urine pH in the 6.5-7.5 range.

Health Studies Collegium (HSC)
For more than 20 years, Health Studies Collegium has focused on researching the mechanisms of health, and conducting community-based, randomized controlled trials to test the clinical and cost-effectiveness of health promotion models. HSC is home to a group of leading health professionals who conduct innovative and timely research within a collaborative innovation network. Collegium members additionally participate in commentary, programs and studies that advance proactive prevention in healthcare practice and policy.

Dr. Russel Jaffe

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Dr. Russell Jaffe

Dr. Russell M. Jaffe received his BS, MD and Ph.D from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (1973 – 1976), remaining on the permanent senior staff until 1979. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology and in Chemical Pathology. On leaving NIH Dr. Jaffe began a journey that sought to support the emerging field of Integrative and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Jaffe is CEO and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH). His dedication to the application of primary prevention and his commitment to providing superior nutraceuticals and autoimmune testing with clinical evidence of superior efficacy has made him a sought after speaker and leader in his chosen field.


PERQUE was founded in 1987 by Dr. Russell Jaffe, an internal medicine physician, clinical pathologist, immunologist, and biochemist. Using the latest scientific and medical knowledge available, Dr. Jaffe has developed PERQUE, a new generation of nutritional supplements, available only through doctors and healthcare professionals. Dr. Jaffe developed the most advanced formulas possible in order to provide superior results in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing health.


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