#246--The ph of saliva needs to be between 7.0 and 7.4 for enzymes like alpha amylase (an enzyme which helps break down carbohydrate), which require an alkaline environment, to function properly. And since digestion is a top to bottom process, unresolved problems at the top (i.e. the mouth, the salivary glands, the esophagus, etc.) can and will lead to problems at the bottom (small intestine, large intestine, anus, etc.). So consider minimizing sugar, processed carbs, and coffee and maybe increasing your intake of foods with magnesium and calcium. Because if the ph of your saliva isn’t in the ideal range, you can bet your next bagel something downstream is going to pay the price.