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Acid Foods versus Alkaline Foods

ACID FOODS VERSUS ALKALINE FOODS

How do you know how alkaline or acid your body is? You will need to buy some very inexpensive saliva pH strip tape. Use the links below to get what you need.

pH test tape

pH test tape

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food".
This was said by Hippocrates the Father of Medicine.

Feelings of joy, happiness and vitality can be experienced by all of us with a few revisions in the food we eat. It has been said that optimal health can be achieved through eliminating acid causing foods. The elimination of acid causing foods can aid in the healing process of many conditions such as: Candida, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, bowel problems, acid reflux, asthma, depression and many more. In addition, arthritis, rheumatism, cancer, Aids and Parkinson's can be helped through changes in diet.

For those of you unsure of the difference, acid is the presence of a sour tasting substance that if exposed in large quantities to other substances, begins to erode those other substances while alkaline is a neutral substance that is neither sour, salty or sweet. It has the ability to tone down the intensity of other substances due to its bland nature.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where most of the foods we eat are acid causing. Acid causing foods include the following food groups: all animal protein, sugars, coffee, liquor and beer, all fast foods, most breads, grains, and legumes, most nuts and all dairy foods.

The main foods that are alkaline forming are most fruits and vegetables. A chart of food acid levels is at the end of this section. It is important to emphasize the goal is to achieve a greater balance between acid and alkaline foods, and not to stay away from acid causing foods completely. As a general rule try to eat five alkaline forming foods for every acid forming food.

Special foods are lemons and limes because they have the ability to neutralize acid and also bring the body into perfect PH balance. There are, however, certain fruits and vegetables which could be avoided as they are also acid forming foods, and they include: pineapple, orange, grapefruit and tomato.

Just as there are some fruits and vegetables to try and avoid, there are some to try and include in your diet to give you optimal health, since these are in the highest alkaline forming category, and include: asparagus, seaweed and parsley.

Asparagus contains ammonia which reduces a high acid level, and detoxifies all the body especially in cancer patients. As an addendum, whenever you have asparagus, you may want to squeeze some lemon or lime juice on them to neutralize the strong urine smell which often follows the eating of this food.

Seaweed of all types are a wonderful blessing to our planet in the present state of toxic fumes and high electromagnetic force fields and radiation. All seaweed have the ability to neutralize the acids and toxins, and to remove any radiation you may be accumulating. This can be achieved through eating any form of seaweed once a week. This is a product that is very foreign to most people but is certainly worth pursuing to learn how to cook. You may have noticed the prominent position it has in the four category diets.

Consider thinking of parsley as a vegetable rather than a herb. Make it a point to have a serving of parsley at both lunch and dinner. In addition, make yourself a cup of parsley tea to be drunk between the hours of seven to nine in the evening. Just as each astrological sign rules a part of the body, each time of day, according to ancient beliefs, rules certain organs. This time of seven to nine in the evening is very significant because it rules the kidneys and elimination of fluids and acids. The tea can be made by boiling up 3 teaspoons of fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dry parsley in two cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and steep at a low heat for 20 minutes. All ancient myths and beliefs have a certain grounding in reality.

Potatoes are a carbohydrate and a vegetable and are alkaline forming. If you are suffering from acid indigestion or any of the conditions listed earlier, potato juice will help to soak up the acid. Potato juice can be made by putting a washed organic potato in a juicer, or peeling an organic potato and soaking it in a cup of distilled water overnight.

Wheat, dairy, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, sugar, peanuts, mushrooms and fungi ideally should be avoided completely as they are the highest contributors to yeast, and begin to set the scene for all types of degenerative illnesses.

Just as there are grains to avoid, keeping in mind the universal concept of balance, let us now look at some of the grains that help balance the acid level. Amaranth, millet, and quinoa are all alkaline forming grains, and therefore are recommended grains to include in your diet. In addition, arrowroot flour is slightly alkaline and can be used in place of regular flours or cornstarch to thicken sauces. Arrowroot is also a great replacement for regular baking powder which contains aluminum. Also be aware, brown rice is alkaline only if chewed 100 times.

A commercially available bread which is alkaline is essene bread or manna bread which is from an ancient recipe found in the old testament, and which is made from sprouted grains. You can find this bread in the freezers of health food stores. There are wonderful flavour options including raisins, nuts and carrots which make this a great treat.

The next time you are going to have a meal you may also want to say a little blessing or prayer over it e.g. “bless this meal so that it be to my/our highest and greatest good”. This helps you to psychologically adjust your mind set to the enjoyment, nurturing and appreciation of the meal.

ACID / ALKALINE CHART

I have continuously made reference to the contribution of the food you eat and how it will effect your physical and emotional symptoms. This grading chart brings into play not only the alkaline/acid quality of the food but also other qualities of the food that may or may not contribute to your overall well being.

Remember that the ideal principle of eating is to obtain a balance of 25 percent acid to 75 percent alkaline or a ratio of one acid to four alkaline foods. If that is not possible and for many it may not be, try to at least get more alkaline foods than acid foods or better than 50-50 split. Most people are probably eating 75-80% acid foods.

Many of our children are eating a 90% acid diet – all sugar, wheat, fried meat, milk, chips, crackers, cookies, and no vegetables and only a couple pieces of fruit.. No wonder they are getting asthma and allergies so early. The PH balance in the their bodies is messed up and their digestion system is not working well anymore.

The most important foods to limit are all dairy including cheese (except Kefir and maybe some yogurt), all refined wheat, all sugar, all alcohol, and most meats. However, you will need some meat and eggs for good protein sources for a balanced diet. Try to eat as much of your food raw, uncooked or unprocessed. This will preserve the natural digestive enzymes in the food and make your food digest much better.

The most common vegetables are all high alkaline unless otherwise listed here.

HIGH ACID

LOW ACID

NEUTRAL

ALKALINE

HI-ALKALINE

Beef

Lamb

Yogurt

Kefir

Amaranth

Veal

Chicken

Butter

Brown Rice

Jer. Artichoke

Pork

Turkey

 

Apple

Millet

Ham

Goose

 

Apricot

Quinoa

Bacon

Duck

 

Banana

Almonds

Cheese

Cornish Hen

 

Blueberry

Seaweed

Cottage Cheese

Salmon

 

Cantaloupe

Artichoke

Ricotta Cheese

White Fish

 

Fig (fresh)

Asparagus

Goat Milk

Eggs

 

Grapes

Beets & greens

Cow Milk

Beans

 

Honeydew

Broccoli

Shellfish

Tofu

 

Kiwi

Brussel Sprouts

Wheat

Tofu cheese

 

Lemon

Cabbage

Corn

Rice cheese

 

Lime

Carrot

Corn Meal

Barley

 

Mango

Cauliflower

Corn Starch

Buckwheat

 

Papaya

Celery

Spelt

Kamut

 

Peach

Collards

Tomatoes

Oats

 

Pear

Cucumber

Oranges

White Rice

 

Plum

Daikon

Grapefruit

Rye

 

Pomegranate

Dandelion Green

Pineapple

Mushrooms

 

Raspberry

Endive

Liquor

 

 

Strawberry

Escarole

Sugar

 

 

Watermelon

Garlic

Coffee

 

 

Bamboo Shoots

Kale

Black Tea

   

Bok Choy

Kohlrabi

     

Eggplant

Leeks

     

Okra

Lettuce

     

Parsnip

Onion

     

Peppers

Parsley

     

Radish

Potatoes

     

Rhubarb

Pumpkin

     

Spinach

Squash

     

Swiss Chard

Sweet potato

     

Water Chestnut

Turnip

     

Arrowroot

Watercress

     

Kuzu

Ginger

ALKALIZING FOODS

VEGETABLES
 
Garlic
  Asparagus
  Fermented Veggies
  Watercress
  Beets
  Broccoli
  Brussel sprouts
  Cabbage
  Carrot
  Cauliflower
  Celery
  Chard
  Chlorella
  Collard Greens
  Cucumber
  Eggplant
  Kale
  Kohlrabi
  Lettuce
  Mushrooms
  Mustard Greens
  Dulce
  Dandelions
  Edible Flowers
  Onions
  Parsnips (high glycemic)
  Peas
  Peppers
  Pumpkin
  Rutabaga
  Sea Veggies
  Spirulina
  Sprouts
  Squashes
  Alfalfa
  Barley Grass
  Wheat Grass
  Wild Greens
  Nightshade Veggies
 
 

FRUITS
 
Apple
  Apricot
  Avocado
  Banana (high glycemic)
  Cantaloupe
  Cherries
  Currants
  Dates/Figs
  Grapes
  Grapefruit
  Lime
  Honeydew Melon
  Nectarine
  Orange
  Lemon
  Peach
  Pear
  Pineapple
  All Berries
  Tangerine
  Tomato
  Tropical Fruits
  Watermelon
 
 
PROTEIN
 
Eggs
  Whey Protein Powder
  Cottage Cheese
  Chicken Breast
  Yogurt
  Almonds
  Chestnuts
  Tofu (fermented)
  Flax Seeds
  Pumpkin Seeds
  Tempeh (fermented)
  Squash Seeds
  Sunflower Seeds
  Millet
  Sprouted Seeds
  Nuts

OTHER
 
Apple Cider Vinegar
  Bee Pollen
  Lecithin Granules
  Probiotic Cultures
  Green Juices
  Veggies Juices
  Fresh Fruit Juice
  Organic Milk
  (unpasteurized)
  Mineral Water
  Alkaline Antioxidant Water
  Green Tea
  Herbal Tea
  Dandelion Tea
  Ginseng Tea
  Banchi Tea
  Kombucha
 
 
SWEETENERS
 
Stevia
 
 
SPICES/SEASONINGS
 
Cinnamon
  Curry
  Ginger
  Mustard
  Chili Pepper
  Sea Salt
  Miso
  Tamari
  All Herbs
 
 
ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
 
Maitake
  Daikon
  Dandelion Root
  Shitake
  Kombu
  Reishi
  Nori
  Umeboshi
  Wakame
  Sea Veggies

ACIDIFYING FOODS

FATS & OILS
 
Avocado Oil
  Canola Oil
  Corn Oil
  Hemp Seed Oil
  Flax Oil
  Lard
  Olive Oil
  Safflower Oil
  Sesame Oil
  Sunflower Oil
 
 
FRUITS
 
Cranberries
 
 
GRAINS
 
Rice Cakes
  Wheat Cakes
  Amaranth
  Barley
  Buckwheat
  Corn
  Oats (rolled)
  Quinoi
  Rice (all)
  Rye
  Spelt
  Kamut
  Wheat
  Hemp Seed Flour
 
 
DAIRY
 
Cheese, Cow
  Cheese, Goat
  Cheese, Processed
  Cheese, Sheep
  Milk
  Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
 
Cashews
  Brazil Nuts
  Peanuts
  Peanut Butter
  Pecans
  Tahini
  Walnuts
 
 
ANIMAL PROTEIN
 
Beef
  Carp
  Clams
  Fish
  Lamb
  Lobster
  Mussels
  Oyster
  Pork
  Rabbit
  Salmon
  Shrimp
  Scallops
  Tuna
  Turkey
  Venison
 
 
PASTA (WHITE)
 
Noodles
  Macaroni
  Spaghetti
 
 
OTHER
 
Distilled Vinegar
  Wheat Germ
  Potatoes

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
 
Chemicals
  Drugs, Medicinal
  Drugs, Psychedelic
  Pesticides
  Herbicides
 
 
ALCOHOL
 
Beer
  Spirits
  Hard Liquor
  Wine
 
 
BEANS & LEGUMES
 
Black Beans
  Chick Peas
  Green Peas
  Kidney Beans
  Lentils
  Lima Beans
  Pinto Beans
  Red Beans
  Soy Beans
  Soy Milk
  White Beans
  Rice Milk
  Almond Milk

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