Do you often feel that your stomach is so full of gas that it makes you feel oh so bloated? Or do you often experience belching that leaves an unpleasantly sour aftertaste in your mouth? Well, chances are your system is highly acidic. While acids in your stomach perform an important function in the process of food digestion, an excess of these acids may lead to and be the cause of many ailments and diseases. Hyperacidity may be caused by stomach ulcers, acid reflux, or even stomach cancer. Aggravating circumstances include excessive intake of sour, spicy, oily or salty foods; excessive consumption of coffee or alcohol; deficiency in exercise, and mental stress, among others. High acidity level in the body is seen as a conducive breeding ground for viruses, bacteria and other substances that tend to weaken the body’s immune system. It is thus an atmosphere that serves as a sort of ‘welcome mat’ for all sorts of diseases. To combat acidity, foods and beverages that are high in alkalinity should be taken. Alkalinity is a measure of the ability of a solution to neutralize acids to the equivalence point of carbonate or bicarbonate. The acidity-alkalinity balance is measured by the pH (or potentiality to hydrogen) scale. Substances with a pH balance from 1 to just below 7 are considered acidic while those in the pH balance just above 7 to 14 are considered alkaline. Many bodily functions are optimized in a slightly alkaline environment. That optimal alkalinity level for the body is found in the pH range of 7.3. The brain, for example, may find it easier to absorb energy from the blood cells in a slightly alkaline environment than in a highly-acidic one. The risk of heart attack or strokes may increase in a high acidity environment as a change in the polarity of blood cells may lead them to stick to the negative vein walls and may lead to clogging of the arteries. Absorption of minerals and nutrients are likewise optimized in an alkaline environment. Wheatgrass tea looks to be the perfect beverage that may help your body maintain an alkaline level that’s conducive to healing. Wheatgrass tea is derived from the young grass of the common wheat plant. Wheatgrass has long been dubbed as the ‘king of alkaline foods’. Known by its scientific name of triticum aestivum, wheatgrass is ground or dried into powder form then added to cold water to be taken as wheatgrass tea. The blades of the grass may also be ground and liquefied to be taken as wheatgrass juice. The key constituents of wheatgrass are chlorophyll, enzymes, and fiber. It likewise contains amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, and B complex, and various minerals. A cup of wheatgrass tea taken on an empty stomach in the morning and another taken before dinner at night may fulfill the nutritive requirements of the body from the wheatgrass. It is important to note that wheatgrass tea ought to be consumed in temperatures below 30 degrees celsius. Consuming it hot will render its active enzymes useless. The proponents of wheatgrass claim that regular ingestion of the plant in the form of tea, juice supplement or capsule can impart a lot of health benefits, and its alkaline properties bring a lot of health benefits that support detoxification and general well-being.