Acid Alkaline Foods


An acidic pH in your body can occur from an acid-forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions, and/or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to neutralize and compensate for the acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If your diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, then a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

Acidic environment, or acidosis, will: 
  • decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients
  • decrease the energy production in the cells
  • decrease the body's ability to repair damaged cells
  • decrease the body's ability to detoxify heavy metals
  • allow tumor cells thrive
  • force the body pull minerals from joints and bones (osteoporosis)
  • make the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.  (A blood pH of 6.9, which is acidic, can induce coma and death.)       

     The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet.  The typical American's diet is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables.  Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar, and drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.  We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, Splenda, or Aspartame, which are poisonous and extremely acid-forming.  One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

     In order to discuss systemic acidity, pH values must be explained.  Most have heard of pH in reference to saliva pH. With saliva, a 7 pH is neutral, below 7 is acidic and above 7 is alkaline.  There are actually three pH readings that can be used to determine the level of acidity/alkalinity: saliva, urine and blood.  It is important to understand the distinction between each.

     Saliva pH:  A normal reading for saliva pH is 7.0; which indicates that there are enough alkaline reserves to digest foods properly.  Saliva is the least accurate as it can be swayed by something as simple as chewing a piece of gum or sipping coffee prior to having it tested.  However, it does provide quick feedback when it is not possible to obtain urine pH.

     Urine pH:  When testing urine pH, it should be in the range of 6.2.  Urine pH, the most commonly used, provides rapid feedback regarding the overall status of one's daily food/beverage intake.  Ideally, testing the urine pH should be done after eating high-protein, acid producing foods for 2 days.  This will require the body to pull from its alkaline reserves in order to stabilize the acidic environment.  Once these reserves are pulled from, the goal is to still have enough alkaline reserves remaining.   Urine pH can change rather quickly as dietary changes are implemented.  Since the kidneys are near the end point of the digestion-elimination process, the fluids entering the kidneys should already have been neutralized by the alkaline reserve.  If the urine pH level is consistently low (5.5-5.8) over many readings and days, it is indicative that the diet is alkalizing, and therefore the body is not likely to be acidic.  However, it also indicates that the individual is eating too many acid ash foods in the form of eggs, meat, fish, poultry, grains and cheese.  The body is utilizing minerals to compensate for the acid producing foods it is receiving.  These individuals need to make sure that they are balancing their protein intake with a more generous portion of vegetables and fruit. On the other hand, if urine pH consistently shows high pH levels (6.8-8.0), then over time the body is chronically acidic (emotional stressors or acid-generating foods), meaning that the supply of alkaline reserves is virtually gone.  In this case, there are not enough alkaline reserves remaining so the body will begin utilizing nitrogen, which then produces ammonia, to neutralize the acid.  The more protein in the kidney fluid, the more ammonia that is produced in the urine to eliminate excess acid build-up.  Because ammonia is very alkaline, the urine pH quickly rises to 7.0.  At this point the urine will smell like ammonia, and be foamy in appearance and/or the individual may experience a burning sensation while urinating.  Cranberries are acid ash foods which allows them to neutralize the ammonia. This is why when someone begins to experience "burning" when urinating that cranberries will provide relief. So, to add to the confusion, it is possible to be too alkaline, as it means that your body is relying on its emergency back-up system in order to keep your pH in balance.  Remember, ideally urine pH should be kept at about 6.2.  When it rises higher or drops lower it is indicative of an imbalance.

     Blood pH:  Ideally blood pH should be at 7.4.  As mentioned earlier, eating more alkaline foods can change the urine pH rather quickly.  It cannot be assumed that the blood pH will change as rapidly.  Positive dietary changes along with drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day, will allow the blood pH to stabilize over time.

     Exercise and pH:  With exercise, excessive lactic acid is produced.  If the body is already acidic, this can create a dangerous situation.  Acidic blood leads to muscle breakdown - and what is our heart? Muscle.  In addition, acidosis of the blood results in calcium removal from the bone that is used to neutralize the acid.  If calcium is continually pulled from the bone, osteopenia or osteoporosis will result.  In addition, the calcium that was pulled into the blood will affect one's heart rate, which is already being raised with exercise.  This same excess calcium will need to also be filtered by the kidneys (which can lead to kidney stone formation).  The most important thing to understand is that the innate intelligence of the body will rob, borrow and steal from other fluids within the body to keep the blood pH at 7/4.  In order to keep the pH at the appropriate level, other body areas are ultimately negatively affected.

 To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline-forming foods and 40% acid-forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods.


Ranked Foods: Alkaline (pH)  to  Acidic (pH)

 Alkaline:  Meditation, Prayer, Peace, Kindness & Love Acid:  Overwork, Anger, Fear, Jealousy & Stress
 Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods  Extremely Acid Forming Foods -
  • Lemons
  • Watermelon
  • Agar
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cayenne (Capsicum)
  • Dried dates & figs 
  • Kelp 
  • Karengo
  • Kudzu root 
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Seedless grapes(sweet)
  • Watercress
  • Seaweeds 
  • Asparagus
  • Endive
  • Kiwifruit
  • Fruit juices
  • Grapes(sweet)
  • Passion fruit
  • Pears (sweet)
  • Pineapple
  • Raisins
  • Umeboshi plum
  • Vegetable juices
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Beef
  • Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks
  • Cigarettes (tailor made)
  • Drugs
  • Flour (white, wheat) 
  • Goat
  • Lamb
  • Pastries & cakes from white flour,
  • Pork
  • Sugar (white) Beer
  • Brown sugar
  • Chicken
  • Deer
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Custard with white sugar
  • Jams,
  • Jellies
  • Liquor
  • Pasta (white)
  • Rabbit
  • Semolina
  • Table salt refined and iodized
  • Tea black
  • Turkey
  • Wheatbread
  • White rice
  • White vinegar (processed)
 Moderate Alkaline  Moderate Acid 
  • Apples (sweet)
  • Apricots
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Arrowroot Flour
  • Avocados
  • Bananas (ripe)
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Currants
  • Dates & figs(fresh)
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberry
  • Grapes (less sweet)
  • Grapefruit
  • Guavas 
  • Herbs (leafy green)
  • Lettuce(leafy green)
  • Nectarine
  • Peaches (sweet)
  • Pears (less sweet)
  • Peas (fresh sweet)
  • Pumpkin (sweet)
  • Sea salt (vegetable)
  • Spinach
  • Apples (sour)
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Beans (fresh green)
  • Beets
  • Bell Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflour  
  • Ginger (fresh)
  • Grapes (sour)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (pale green)
  • Oranges
  • Parsnip
  • Peaches (less sweet)
  • Peas (less sweet) 
  • Potatoes & skin
  • Pumpkin (less sweet)
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn (fresh)
  • Turnip
  • Vinegar (apple cider)
  • Cigarette tobacco (roll your own)
  • Cream of Wheat (unrefined)
  • Fish
  • Fruit juices with sugar
  • Maple syrup (processed)
  • Molasses (sulphured)
  • Pickles (commercial)
  • Breads (refined) of corn
  • oats
  • rice & rye
  • Cereals (refined) eg. weetbix
  • corn flakes
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole Wheat foods
  • Wine
  • Yogurt (sweetened) 
  • Bananas (green)
  • Buckwheat
  • Cheeses (sharp)
  • Corn & rice breads
  • Egg whole (cooked hard)
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Oats
  • Pasta (whole grain)
  • Pastry (wholegrain & honey)
  • Peanuts
  • Potatoes(with no skins)
  • Popcorn (with salt & butter) 
  • Rice (basmati)
  • Rice (brown)
  • Soy sauce (commercial)
  • Tapioca
  • Wheat bread (sprouted organic) 
 Slightly Alkaline to Neutral pH  Slightly Acid to Neutral pH
  • Almonds
  • Artichokes (Jerusalem)
  • Barley-Malt (sweetener-Bronner)
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cherries
  • Coconut (fresh)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Honey (raw) 
  • Leeks
  • Miso
  • Mushrooms 
  • Okra
  • Olives ripe 
  • Onions
  • Pickles (home made)
  • Radish
  • Sea salt
  • Spices
  • Taro
  • Tomatoes (sweet)
  • Vinegar (sweet brown rice)
  • Water Chestnut 
  • Amaranth 
  • Artichoke (globe)
  • Chestnuts (dry roasted) 
  • Egg yolks (soft cooked)
  • Essene bread
  • Goat's milk and whey (raw)
  • Horseradish
  • Mayonnaise (home made)
  • Millet
  • Olive oil
  • Quinoa
  • Rhubarb
  • Sesame seeds (whole)
  • Soy beans (dry)
  • Soy cheese
  • Soy milk
  • Sprouted grains
  • Tofu
  • Tomatoes (less sweet)
  • Yeast (nutritional flakes)
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Barley
  • Bran
  • Cashews
  • Cereals (unrefined with honey-fruit-maple syrup
  • Cornmeal
  • Cranberries
  • Fructose
  • Honey (pasteurized)
  • Lentils
  • Macadamias
  • Maple syrup (unprocessed)
  • Milk (homogenized) and most processed dairy products
  • Molasses (un-sulphered organic)
  • Nutmeg
  • Mustard
  • Pistachios
  • Popcorn & butter (plain)
  • Rice or wheat crackers (unrefined)
  • Rye (grain)
  • Rye bread (organic sprouted) 
  • Seeds (pumpkin & sunflower)
  • Walnuts
  • Blueberries
  • Brazil nuts
  • Butter (salted)
  • Cheeses(mild & crumbly)
  • Crackers (unrefined rye)
  • Dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo)
  • Dry coconut
  • Egg whites
  • Goats milk (homogenized)
  • Olives (pickled)
  • Pecans
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Spelt

There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet.  The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side.  Remember, you don't need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.
Brazil Nuts
Brussel Sprouts
Cottage Cheese
Flax Seeds
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Lima Beans
Maple Syrup
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Potatoes, white
Pumpkin Seeds
Soy Products
Sprouted Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; research is ongoing.

Alka Green Tabs®

This 100% barley juice concentrate is the basic Alka·Green™ product. Recommended as the best overall body alkalizer, it is grown under organic conditions, contains no chemical fertilizer, insecticides, or pesticides. It is not diluted, so it provides the maximum concentration of the naturally chelated colloidal alkaline minerals so vital to health. Do not be fooled by other barley products which may be diluted up to 40%by Maltodextrin and brown rice which means they may be 40% less effective than Alka·Green™ in alkalizing the body.

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