Acid and Alkaline Foods
Diet is one of the best ways of improving your pH. Some foods are more acid or alkaline forming then others in the body. Here is a list of alkaline and acid foods that if eaten regularly can help to balance your pH. There are several different versions of acidic and alkaline food charts available. This list contains several foods that can be found sometimes on the acidic side or alkaline side of various charts. Please remember that when it comes to your pH, you are striving to obtain a healthy balance between acid and alkaline.
Alkaline Fruits: These fruits can help to alkaline your pH if you test acidic. The bold items in this list are slightly acidic.
Apples and cider, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), berries (all), carob (pod only), cranberries, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, guavas, lemons (ripe), limes, loquats, mangoes, melons (all), nectarines, olives (sun dried), oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple (fresh if ripe), plums, pomegranates, prunes and juice, quince, raisins, tamarind, tangerines, tomatoes.
Acid Fruits: All fruits that are jellied, preserved, canned with sugar, dried and sulfured, glazed, eaten raw with sugar, or are green bananas, green olives or cranberries are acid forming in the body.
Alkaline Vegetables: Vegetable-broth, artichokes, asparagus (ripe), bamboo shoots, beans, green lima, string, sprouts beets and tops, broccoli, cabbage (red and white), carrots, celery, cauliflower, chicory, chive, cucumber, dandelion greens, dill, dock (green), dulse (sea lettuce), eggplant, endive, garlic, horseradish (fresh), Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leek, legumes, except peanuts and lentils, lettuce and romaine, mushrooms (most varieties), okra, onions, oyster plant, parsley, parsnips, peppers (green or red), potatoes (all varieties), pumpkin, radish, rhub, rutabaga (swede), salsify, sauerkraut (lemon only), sorrel, soy beans, soy bean extract, spinach, squash, taro (baked), turnips and tops, water chestnut, and watercress.
Acid Vegetables: White asparagus tips, all dried beans, Brussels sprouts, garbanzos and lentils.
Alkaline Dairy Produce: Acidophilus, buttermilk, raw milk (human, cow or goat), whey and yogurt are alkaline forming in the body.
Acid Dairy Produce: Butter, all cheeses, cottage cheese, cream, ice-cream, ices, custards, milk (boiled, cooked or pasteurized), malted, dried and canned.
Alkaline Cereals: Corn kernels or cooked polenta
Acid Cereals: All flour and bread products, barley, cakes, all crackers, starch, doughnuts, oatmeal, pasta, pastry, rice and rye. Millet and rye are the least acid forming of all of the cereals.
Acid and Alkaline Foods:
Alkaline Nuts: Almonds, roasted chestnuts, and fresh coconut are alkaline forming in the body. Almonds are also very high in protein.
Acid Nuts: All roasted nuts and most nuts in general are acid forming as well as dried coconut and peanuts.
Alkaline Protein: Don't forget the items in bold are slightly acid forming. Eggs, whey protein powder, cottage cheese, yogurt (unsweetened), almonds, chestnuts, tofu (fermented), tempeh, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, tempeh (fermented), squash seeds, sunflower seeds, millet, sprouted seeds, and nuts.
Avoiding processed and fast food is another great way of improving your pH. Processed foods tend to be high in preservatives, nitrates and trans fats. Although they taste great, they lack adequate nutrition and inevitably cause your body to be deficient in important vitamins and minerals. Processed foods are usually very acid forming in the body.
When at all possible, try to eat fresh, raw and organic foods. Unfortunately, the quality of food that is produced today is not as nutritious as years before. The decline of minerals and nutrition in our soil has made it difficult to find truly nutritious fruits and vegetables. The best thing you can do is to plant your own garden. By growing your own food you can ensure that it is grown with great care and quality. Of course, not everyone has the time, space or talent for gardening. If this is the case, look into purchasing your produce from a farmer's market or farmer's co-op. Not only will you most likely find organic produce but you will be supporting your local economy.
Periodically, checking your pH by testing your saliva or first morning urination at home can give you great insight into how your body is doing. Using litmus paper that can be purchased from your pharmacist or local drug store can provide useful information about your acidity. Extreme acidity or alkalinity can indicate serious health problems and can be neutralized by eating appropriate acid or alkaline foods and by consuming adequate minerals. Keep in mind that eating at least 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods is the best way of helping yourself to avoid preventable illnesses and disease.