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Have you heard?...The new trend...Learn about the benefits of Alkaline Food

Feb 5

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Balance is key. And when it comes to our body’s pH levels, it’s the key to life!

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is, and our blood pH needs to maintain a slightly alkaline level to keep us healthy. We help our bodies to maintain this pH balance by eating more alkaline-forming foods and fewer acid-forming foods.

  • Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas.
  • Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods, and processed foods.

Acid-Alkaline Chart

Why Is This Important?

When we eat acid-forming foods, our body works to bring our blood pH back into balance by releasing alkaline-rich minerals into our bloodstream (e.g. calcium, phosphorus and magnesium).

If we are not eating enough alkaline-forming foods, then our body has to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs. This can compromise our immune system, cause fatigue and make us vulnerable to viruses and disease.

How To...

Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-40% acid-forming foods.

For the acid-forming foods, skip the fast-food burgers and processed foods and choose healthier options like beans, grains and other fresh foods. Pesticides tend to be acid-forming, so also choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

Easy food chart

 

Good To Know

  • An alkaline diet may be especially beneficial in boosting the effectiveness of certain types of chemotherapy treatments. (Source)
  • A highly acidic diet creates a favorable environment for yeast and fungus. When switching to a more alkaline diet, you may notice that you have more energy and that chronic yeast infections begin to disappear.

 

How the body reacts to certain foods is what determines what foods are alkaline-forming and what foods are acid-forming. For example lemons are acidic in nature, but have an alkalizing effect on the body once they are digested. Similarly, milk is alkaline outside the body, but acidic upon digestion.

Scientists can tell how foods will react inside the body by incinerating the food and analyzing the mineral content of its ash. If the mineral content is highly alkaline, then the food will likely have an alkalizing effect on the body, and vice versa.

The type of soil used to grow fruits and vegetables can influence their mineral content, and test results can vary. As a result, different charts can report slightly different pH levels of the same foods.

How to use these charts

Use these alkaline-acid food charts as a general guide, and don’t worry if one chart is slightly different from another. The small differences in degree ultimately won’t make a huge difference. What will make the biggest difference is replacing processed foods with fresh foods, and adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

 

Alkaline food chart by degree

Highly alkaline

Moderately alkaline

Low alkaline

Very low alkaline

baking soda

apples

almonds

alfalfa sprouts

chlorella

apricots

apple cider vinegar

avocado oil

dulse

arugula

apples (sour)

banana

lemons

asparagus

artichokes (jerusalem)

beet

lentils

banchi tea

avocado

blueberry

limes

beans (fresh green)

bell pepper

brussel sprouts

lotus root

broccoli

blackberry

celery

mineral water

cantaloupe

brown rice vinegar

chive

nectarine

carob

cabbage

cilantro

onion

carrots

cauliflower

coconut oil

persimmon

cashews

cherry

cucumber

pineapple

cayenne

cod liver oil

currant

pumpkin seed

chestnuts

collard green

duck eggs

raspberry

citrus

egg yolks

fermented veggies

sea salt

dandelion

eggplant

flax oil

sea vegetables

dandelion tea

ginseng

ghee

seaweed

dewberry

green tea

ginger tea

spirulina

edible flowers

herbs

grain coffee

sweet potato

endive

honey (raw)

grapes

tangerine

garlic

leeks

hemp seed oil

taro root

ginger (fresh)

mushrooms

japonica rice

umeboshi plums

ginseng tea

nutritional yeast

lettuces

vegetable juices

grapefruit

papaya

oats

watermelon

herbal tea

peach

okra

 

herbs (leafy green)

pear

olive oil

 

honeydew

pickles (homemade)

orange

 

kale

potato

quinoa

 

kambucha

primrose oil

raisin

 

kelp

pumpkin

sprouted seeds

 

kiwifruit

quail eggs

squashes

 

kohlrabi

radishes

strawberry

 

loganberry

rice syrup

sunflower seeds

 

mango

rutabaga

tahini

 

molasses

sake

tempeh

 

mustard green

sesame seed

turnip greens

 

olive

sprouts

umeboshi vinegar

 

parsley

watercress

wild rice

 

parsnip

   
 

passion fruit

   
 

peas

   
 

pepper

   
 

raspberries

   
 

soy sauce

   
 

spices

   
 

sweet corn (fresh)

   
 

turnip

   

Acidic food chart by degree

Very low acidic

Low acidic

Moderately acidic

Highly acidic

amaranth

adzuki beans

barley groats

artificial sweeteners

black-eyed peas

aged cheese

basmati rice

barley

brown rice

alcohol

bear

beef

butter

almond oil

casein

beer

canola oil

balsamic vinegar

chestnut oil

brazil nuts

chutney

black tea

chicken

breads

coconut

boar

coffee

brown sugar

cream

buckwheat

corn

cocoa

curry

chard

cottage cheese

cottonseed oil

dates

cow milk

cranberry

flour (white)

dry fruit

elk

egg whites

fried foods

fava beans

farina

fructose

fruit juices with sugar

figs

game meat

garbanzo beans

hazelnuts

fish

goat milk

green peas

hops

gelatin

goose

honey (pasteurized)

ice cream

goat cheese

kamut

ketchup

jam / jelly

grape seed oil

kidney beans

lard

liquor

guava

lamb

maize

lobster

honey

lima beans

mussels

malt

kasha

milk

mustard

pasta (white)

koma coffee

mollusks

nutmeg

pheasant

maple syrup

mutton

oat bran

pickles (commercial)

millet

navy beans

olives (pickled)

processed cheese

organs

pinto beans

other legumes

seafood

pine nuts

plum

palm kernel oil

soft drinks

pumpkin seed oil

red beans

pasta (whole grain)

soybean

rhubarb

safflower oil

pastry

sugar

sheep cheese

seitan

peanuts

table salt

spinach

semolina

pecans

walnuts

string beans

sesame oil

pistachio seeds

white bread

sunflower oil

shell fish

pomegranate

white vinegar

triticale

soy cheese

popcorn

whole wheat foods

venison (deer)

spelt

pork

wine

vinegar

tapioca

prunes

yeast

wax beans

teff

rye

yogurt (sweetened)

wild duck

tofu

snow peas

 

zucchini

tomatoes

soy milk

 
 

turkey

squid

 
 

vanilla

veal

 
 

wheat

   
 

white beans

   
 

white rice


 

 

 

 

Article by greenopedia.com

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