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The Alkaline Diet to Balance Your Bodies' Ph

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Vibhuti Rana

I suggest that the alkaline diet would help you to balance your body’s pH and should be followed after you have done the yeast infection cleanse, and to keep you healthy throughout your life. However, don't get too carried away while trying to become real alkaline. Too much of a good thing can be a bad! Nonetheless, I would try to keep my meals to the neutral side, which can be easily done when you combine two alkaline foods with one acidic food.

I have tried to compile a complete list of foods for you as I can in their appropriate categories for the alkaline diet and to balance pH. However, I have not edited the list for what is good for yeast and what isn't. That list is given separately on the candida diet page.

If you have tested your urine pH and it is below 5.6 first thing in the morning, then 70% of your diet should be from the alkaline diet food category. The other 30% can be from the acid forming foods. I would in any case stay away from the highly acidic and Acid Forming Foods like Coke and other aerated drinks. Colas have a pH of 2.8 and it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 7.0 to neutralize the acid from one can of coke in the body.

There are two kinds of alkaline and acid forming foods. One of course is the acids or alkaline substances the foods themselves contain. The other is the acid or alkaline forming ability of a food after it is digested. Take for instance a lemon which is very acidic, but once digested it has an alkalizing effect in the body. The absolute best foods for the alkaline diet and to raise body pH are not surprisingly, green.

Alkaline Diet Food List


High Alkaline Diet & Alkaline Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Sea salt, mineral water, baking soda, seawead, lentils, pumpkin seeds, taro root, lotus root, sea vegetables, sweet potatoes, limes, lemons, persimmon, nectarines, watermelon, raspberry, pineapple, and tangerines.

Moderately Alkaline Diet & Alkaline Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Apricot, apples, spices, alfalfa sprouts, unsulfered molasses, avocados, soy sauce, currants, cashews, dates, chestnuts, figs, pepper, garlic, kohlrabi, grapes, guavas, parsnip, asparagus, kale, grapefruit, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard green, ginger root, peaches, pears, peas, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, mango, oranges, strawberries, squash, cantalope, honeydew, pumpkin, loganberry, olive dewberry, sweet corn, turnip, and apple cider vinegar.

Low Alkaline Diet & Alkaline Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Most herbs, almonds, green tea, mu tea, jerusalem artichokes, brussel sprouts, rice syrup, cherries, fresh coconut, sake, quail eggs, cucumbers, eggplant, primrose oil, sesame seed, raw honey, leeks, cod liver oil, almonds, mushrooms, okra, sprouts, bell pepper, cauliflower, olives, onions, pickles, cabbage, rutabaga, radishes, sweet tomatoes, ginseng, eggplant, collard green, egg yolks, essene bread, raw goats milk and whey, olive oil, whole sesame seeds, homemade mayonnaise, blackberry, raisin, papaya, and sprouted grains.

Very Low Alkaline Diet & Alkaline Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Oats, duck eggs, ginger tea, grain coffee, ghee, quinoa, umeboshi vinegar, wild rice, coconut oil, flax oil, olive oil, japonica rice, chive, celery, beet, okra, most other seeds, turnip greens, cilantro, lettuce, blue berries, and banana.

Neutral Foods

Butter, raw milk, raw cream, most expeller pressed oils, and plain yogurt.

Very Low Acid & Acid Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, cream, butter, goat/sheep cheese, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, dates, Curry, kona coffee, honey, maple syrup, vinegar, chicken, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck, triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, and pine nuts.

Low Acid & Acid Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Buckwheat, wheat, spelt, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, aduki beans, lima beans, chard, plum, prune, tomatoes, vanilla, alcohol, black tea, balsamic vinegar, game meat, lamb, mutton, boar, elk, goose, turkey, shell fish, and mollusks.

Moderately Acid & Acid Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Nutmeg, coffee, casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, soy milk, pork, veal, bear, mussels, squid, chicken, maize, barley groats, corn, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, cranberry, pomegranate, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, and palm kernel oil.

Highly Acid & Acid Forming Foods to Balance Ph

Tabletop sweeteners like (NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal or Aspartame), pudding, jam, jelly, table salt, beef, lobster, pheasant, barley, cottonseed oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, beer, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, cocoa, white (acetic acid) vinegar, processed cheese, ice cream, fried foods, soybean, and soft drinks.

Other Acid Forming Compounds

Most prescription medicines and over the counter drugs can be highly acidic as well. Recreational drugs and alcohol are also acid forming. Chemicals and toxins that we use and are exposed to every day at home which number upwards of 250 also cause acidity, overloading the immune system and the liver. The consequent disease and the growth of microforms can create even more acidity. Eventually, life threatening diseases can develop that may even result in death.

How to Make Your Body More Alkaline

To help balance ph by using the alkaline diet and certain alkalizing health supplements, the body can cleanse itself of toxins and restore health on a cellular level. Oxygen and nutritional absorption for the body is greatly enhanced creating an environment where the immune system can heal and rebuild itself.

  • Eat two alkaline foods to one acidic food at meals

  • Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks such as coke

  • Consider taking a multi-mineral supplement

  • Get some exercise to help oxygenate your body

  • Add a pinch of baking soda to your glass of water

That's all you really need to do, pretty simple.

Medical Commentary by Dr. Vibhuti Rana

The information mentioned in the above article listing the alkaline food products and their benefits is correct.

A number of articles from scientific literature support that the use of an alkaline diet in our everyday life delays the chronic illnesses in humans, especially those related to bone, skeletal system, and kidney functions. Caroline Passey, in a review published in Journal of Renal Nutrition in 2017, states that reducing the acid load in your body by adapting a low protein diet and a high fruit and vegetable diet will maintain the nutritional balance in an individual, apart from improving renal function. (1)

Another study debates that very low protein in aged people leads to higher bone loss than high protein diet. Diet manipulations to enhance the alkaline and potassium content in food is said to improve the bone density and strength. (2) It is very essential that the human body maintains its blood pH in the range of 7.36-7.4. So whatever diet you take, the acid content is reflected in your urine, and not blood. According to the acid-ash hypothesis of osteoporosis, the standard Western diet is acidic enough to form acidic metabolic waste in body, leading to bone density loss. However, this hypothesis does not account the action of kidneys and respiratory system, which help to get rid of excessive acids, if functioning properly. (3)

Here, I would also like to touch upon the role of alkaline environment in chemotherapeutic treatments. Studies suggest that inducing metabolic alkalosis may be useful in enhancing some treatment regimes by using sodium bicarbonate, carbicab, and furosemide. In addition, muscle wasting and backaches seem to benefit from alkaline diet. (4)

Updated 2/6/2020

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Dr. Rana's References

1. Journal of renal nutrition: the official journal of the Council on Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation Reducing the Dietary Acid Load: How a More Alkaline Diet Benefits Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease. Vol: 27, Issue: 3, May 2017, Page: 151-160.
2. Does a High Dietary Acid Content Cause Bone Loss, and Can Bone Loss Be Prevented With an Alkaline Diet? Journal of Clinical Densitometry Volume 16, Issue 4, October–December 2013, Pages 420-425
3. The Alkaline Diet: An Evidence-Based Review. Healthline September 25, 2019
4. The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? Incorporating Environmental Health in Clinical Medicine. Volume 2012 |Article ID 727630  12 Oct 2011

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