The Key to Longevity and Fighting Chronic Disease – Alkaline Diet

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What is the Alkaline Diet?

Alkaline diet (also known as the alkaline ash diet, alkaline acid diet, acid ash diet, and the acid alkaline diet) describes a group of loosely related diets based on the belief that certain foods can affect the acidity and pH of bodily fluids, including the urine or blood, and can therefore be used to treat or prevent diseases.




Your pH is partially determined by the mineral density of the foods you eat. All living organisms and life forms on earth depend on maintaining appropriate pH levels, and it’s often said that disease and disorder cannot take root in a body that has a balanced pH.




Let me explain how that works…

When you metabolise foods and extract the energy (calories) from them, you are actually burning the foods, except that it happens in a slow and controlled fashion.

When you burn foods, they actually leave an ash residue, just like when you burn wood in a furnace.




As it turns out, this ash can be acidic or alkaline (or neutral)… and proponents of this diet claim that this ash can directly affect the acidity of your body.

So if you eat foods with acidic ash, it makes your body acidic. If you eat foods with alkaline ash, it makes your body alkaline. Neutral ash has no effect. Simple.

Acid ash is thought to make you vulnerable to illness and disease, whereas alkaline ash is considered protective. By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your diet and improve health.

Food components that leave an acidic ash include protein, phosphate and sulfur, while alkaline components include calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral:

Acidic: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
Neutral: Natural fats, starches and sugars.
Alkaline: Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.

Wondering what exactly “pH level” even means?

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pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.


Human blood stays in a very narrow pH range right around ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. If blood pH moves to much below 6.8 or above 7.8, cells stop functioning and the patient dies. The ideal pH for blood is 7.4

A healthy blood pH without cancer has acid + alkaline balance almost equal. Actually a healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4. This ideal blood 7.4 pH measurement means it is just slightly more alkaline than acid.

Total healing of chronic illness only takes place when and if the blood is restored to a normal, slightly alkaline pH.

An Imbalance In the body’s pH may lead to serious health concerns:

1. Digestive System – Most digestive disorders, such as indigestion, nausea, bloating, gastric reflux, are symptoms caused by excess acid in the gastric region and not enough alkaline minerals in the intestinal tract. If the alkaline minerals from enzyme rich foods are missing then the pancreas will become exhausted, and once the pancreas is exhausted, it loses the ability to decode the food and tell the body what to do with it. This will lead to a degenerative spiral of entropy where organs become confused and inflamed.

2. Circulatory System – Acidity is the principal cause of heart disease. It is well established that many fats are extremely important and essential for cardiovascular health. Good fats can actually help heal the inflammation that underlies arteriosclerosis. When the arteries thicken with plague it is not as a response to good fats, it is inflammation created by the internal acidic environment. The body responds to the acidity by lining the vessels with fatty plaques to prevent life-threatening leaks, which arrest imminent death, but strain the heart because the aperture for the blood to flow through is narrower. When the heart becomes completely exhausted, this is known as a heart attack.


3. Immune System – Acidic environments are breeding grounds for anaerobic pathogens whereas the high levels hydrogen of rich body fluids keep bad bacteria inactive. As the great scientist, Antoine Béchamp famously observed ‘The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything.’ Whether bad bacteria and pathogens incubate or remain dormant, all depends on the ratio of cellular pH. The germ theory is a narrow view that has been adopted by the current medical establishment, which conveniently relies on a profitable cut, burn, and poison approach to sickness. Surgery, radiation, and pharmaceutical drugs are an invasive approach that is ineffective because they works against the body’s natural functions to heal itself, and it fails to address the underlying cause and only treats the symptoms.

4. Respiratory System – When the tissues and organs are overloaded by acidity the transport of oxygen is strangled. This suffocation means the cells cannot breathe properly. Every cell in our body needs to breathe new oxygen and to clear acidic carbon dioxide to function correctly. When the ratio of acidity is too high then wastes in the form of mucus and infections and viruses build up in our lungs, which leads to colds, bronchitis, asthma, etc.

5. Skeletal System – Arthritis is one of the most disabling diseases in developed countries. The word arthritis means “inflammation of the joint” and is used to describe pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. The two main form of arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Both forms are related to pH imbalance and accumulation of acid deposits in the joints and wrists. It is this accumulated acid that damages cartilage. When the cells that produce the lubricating synovial fluids and bursa fluids are acidic, this condition causes a dryness that irritates and swells the joints. When uric acid builds up it tends to deposit in the form of crystals, like broken glass in the feet, hands, knees and back. Osteoarthritis is not a ‘wear-and-tear’ condition.

6. Integumentary System – Commonly know as the skin. When the body’s pH is out of balance then the build up of acid causes inflammation and the skin is less able to function as a natural barrier against infection. As a result, the skin tends to develop lesions and sores open to the surface of the body, and the formation of skin eruptions occur like pimples or rashes.

7. Nervous System – Acidity weakens the nervous system by depriving it of energy. This is also known as ‘devitalizing’ or ‘enervation’. It makes the physical, mental, and emotional body weak.


8. Excretory System – This is also known as the urinary system. It is made up of multiple organs, the main one being the kidneys. The kidneys perform the task of filtering fluids and purifying our blood. If the body is overwhelmed by excess acids, compensatory mechanisms spring into action, one of them is the pulling of alkaline minerals from your bones and dumping them in the blood. If this occurs frequently enough, the minerals build up in the kidneys in the form of painful kidney stones.

9. Muscular System – When acidity increases in the muscle cells, it disrupts the metabolism breakdown of glucose and oxygen to energy. This means muscles perform poorly in an acidic environment. An alkaline system on the other hand allows for much better aerobic metabolism and energy for the body’s recovery from strenuous exercise. I can often observe when someone is acidic from their breathing because they take large gulping inhales while doing the simplest tasks like walking and talking, which suggests their body finds it difficult to adequately deliver oxygen into the cells – a symptom of acidosis.

10. Reproductive System – Still much research is being done to discover the exact link between sexual dysfunction and acidity and also infertility and acidity. Many health experts that claim acidity is correlated with three different disorders in reproductive health:


Decreases male and female arousal.
Decreases sexual enjoyment and particularly female satisfaction/climax.
Decreases fertility and increases the tendency to miscarry.

There are many more diseases and disorders that are associated with an acidic condition – cataracts, osteoporosis, gout, cancer, migraines, constipation, morning sickness, stroke, allergies, diabetes, obesity, etc. With this awareness of how acidity affects us, we can all choose to make informed and empowered healthy decisions for wellness and inner peace through deeply strengthening practices like yoga and nutrition.

How To Test Your pH Level…

Salivary pH Test: While generally more acidic than blood, salivary pH mirrors the blood ( if not around meals ) and is also a fairly good indicator of health. It tells us what the body retains. Salivary pH is a fair indicator of the health of the extracellular fluids and their alkaline mineral reserves.

Optimal pH for saliva is 6.4 to 6.8. Spit onto to your Portable PH Meter on arising before anything is put into the mouth. A reading lower than 6.4 is indicative of insufficient alkaline reserves. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 or higher. Unless this occurs, the body has alkaline mineral deficiencies ( mainly Calcium and Magnesium ) and will not assimilate food very well. To deviate from ideal salivary pH for an extended time invites illness.


Healthy Alkaline Foods

If you feel that you have an unbalanced diet and eat too many acidic forming foods, like meat, dairy, processed food and alcohol, and not enough alkaline foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes, then take a look at this list and see if you can increase your alkaline intake…

1. Almonds & Almond Milk

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These tasty nuts consistently rank on the list of healthiest foods to eat, and they’re also an alkaline food. Almonds have been linked to increased muscle gain, lowering cholesterol levels, and aiding fat loss. You don’t have to eat a lot of almonds in order to enjoy their benefits, but they do make a great snack that you can take anywhere, making them a great option for in between meals.


Top stats (per 100g):

Calcium – 27%
Iron – 25%
Protein – 44%

2. Asparagus

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Sticking with the super beneficial greens – asparagus has an alkaline effect on the body, and it just so happens that it’s one of the strongest foods you can eat in terms of alkalinity. Each food is ranked according to how alkaline it is, and asparagus is one of the “big dogs” in that chart. But it brings a lot more than that to the table, including antioxidants, nutrients, and plenty of detoxifying components. Asparagus has even been found to have anti-aging benefits, which should be enough for most people to start adding more of it to their meals!

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin A – 15%
Vitamin C – 9%
Iron – 12%

3. Avocado & Avocado Oil

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It’s no surprise that avocado is on our list of alkaline foods. This creamy green fruit manages to make it onto any list of superfoods, so you know it’s packing a nutritional punch. Avocados are high in potassium as well as healthy fat, and in addition to helping you be more alkaline, you’re getting other perks as well. You can also use avocado oil in favor of other oils that don’t provide any alkaline benefit, or worse, are acid-forming in the body.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 17%
Vitamin A – 3%
Fiber – 27%


4. Basil

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You might not have thought that the herbs and spices you use on your food have an effect on how alkaline or acidic your pH levels are. But as it turns out there are good spices and bad spices. Basil happens to be one of the ones that helps keep you alkaline, and it also has plenty of other impressive nutritional value, such as the flavonoids it contains. These help the body to heal and basil in general can help with several different areas of the body.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin A – 175%
Vitamin K – 345%
Calcium – 18%

5. Beetroot

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Beetroot gets more attention now than ever before, and it’s one of the foods out there that will act to help raise your pH levels. The reason it’s an important vegetable to include in your diet is because it is one of the only sources of the phytonutrient betalain, which may have anti-cancer properties. You can have beetroot as a side, use them as a salad topper, put them in smoothies, or even bake brownies with them! Be sure to buy beets fresh and steam them, because the pickled variety has reduced nutritional value.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 8%
Vitamin K – 11%
Folate – 75%


6. Broccoli

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This is a quintessential healthy food that is, unsurprisingly, a healthy alkaline food. Broccoli is one of those vegetables that has so much nutritional value and so many benefits that it is a must-add to your diet. Luckily, we have known for a long time how great broccoli is for our health, so it has been a staple on Western plates for generations. It’s a quick easy option to steam or stir fry as one of your veg sides at any meal during the week.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 135%
Vitamin A – 11%
Calcium – 4%

7. Brussels Sprouts

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Maybe you left your Brussels sprouts on your plate untouched as a child, but it’s time to get over that and learn to like these healthy vegetables. Pinch your nose and go for it! Brussel sprouts have been shown to be able to help the body break down the acids caused by acid-forming foods, which boosts your pH levels and helps you reach, or maintain, a healthy alkaline state. In addition to that, they’re also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so they make a great side dish to any meal. It’s best to buy fresh and steam them.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 142%
Vitamin A – 15%
Iron – 8%

8. Buckwheat

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Buckwheat gets mentioned a lot in health food circles because it doesn’t contain wheat, but has a similar texture when it’s in noodle form. This is a great option for gluten-free dieters. It’s also an alkaline food, so you can eat it without worrying if it will be acidic in your system. It’s also a surprisingly good source of protein, and has a decent amount of iron in it as well. If you’ve never used buckwheat in your cooking before, there are plenty of recipes available to add it into your diet, and don’t worry – it’s a pretty easy one to cook with!

Top stats (per 100g):

Iron – 12%
Calcium – 2%
Protein – 13.3g

9. Cabbage

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If you don’t like the taste of cabbage, keep an open mind. It could be that you just haven’t found a good recipe for it. It’s really easy to cook cabbage poorly, so give it another try if it’s on your ‘Do Not Eat’ list! In addition to its alkalinity, it may be very effective in preventing, as well as reversing, certain cancers. Add to that the fiber content is boasts, and the low caloric load, and it’s a winner for just about every diet out there.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 54%
Vitamin A – 3%
Calcium – 5%

10. Carrot

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Carrots are good for the eyes, but their overall effect is also an alkaline one. This makes them doubly good to eat, and they are tasty both raw and steamed. Aside from they’re eye health benefits, carrots also have plenty of vitamins, fiber, and potassium, making them a very well-rounded veggie. So make like Bugs Bunny and be sure to get your carrot fix every now and then.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin A – 336%
Vitamin C – 10%
Calcium – 3%

11. Cauliflower

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Cauliflower is in the same vegetable family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and shares many of the same healthy characteristics, including being an alkaline food. It has a good amount of fiber, and it’s a great non-fruit source of Vitamin C. It’s also very easy to prepare, but to keep as much of its alkaline nature as possible, eat it raw on salads or steam it until it’s tender and easy to eat. You can even use it as a rice alternative if you are trying to reduce the amount of carbs you consume in a day. Simply blend the cauliflower until it resembles rice, spread it across a tin or pan, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for approximately 15 minutes in a moderate oven.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 77%
Calcium – 2%
Iron – 2%

12.Celery

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You’ve got to love celery, even if you don’t necessarily love the taste. In addition to being an alkaline food, it’s also very low in calories, and can boost your body with a number of nutritional benefits. If you don’t like crunching it up and having the strands get stuck in your teeth, pulverize it in a blender while you’re making a green smoothie or fruit smoothie.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin A – 4%
Vitamin C – 2%
Calcium – 2%

13. Chia

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You might not think these little seeds could pack such a nutritional punch, or have any effect on your body’s pH levels, and it turns out, on top of all the health benefits everyone raves about, chia seeds also help with your alkalinity. The nice thing about them is you can sprinkle them on just about anything. Think about making a soup out of the veggies on this list, and then sprinkling in some chia seeds for good measure. Or add them to a smoothie to help tip it to the alkaline side, as well as increasing your fiber hit. You can add them to healthy baked goods, like banana bread, or even add them to cous cous. Be creative!

Top stats (per 100g):

Iron – 20%
Calcium – 20%
Vitamin A – 10%

14. Cilantro

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Here’s another fantastic way to add big amounts of taste to your plate, while also helping to tip your body towards being and staying alkaline. It’s hard to imagine that these little guys can make a difference, but they’re not only alkaline-forming, they can help with cholesterol, anemia, and digestion. It’s easy enough to use in your cooking, and you can even plant it if you have a herb garden at home, or even in a pot on your windowsill. There’s no need to eat massive amounts of it, since it combines nicely with other foods found on this page.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 1%
Calcium – 1%
Iron – 2%

15. Coconut

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Coconut is such a natural food that it’s no surprise that much of what’s inside is good for you. The health benefits of the coconut milk, water, and flesh are all well-documented, and now you can add alkalinity to its list of benefits. It’s sometimes hard to think of ways to add more coconut into your life, since you’ll want to avoid the packaged coconuts shavings used in baking. You’ll want to stick to things like coconut oil, coconut water, and fresh coconut flesh in order to reap the benefits.

Top stats (per 100g):

Iron – 11%
Vitamin C – 4%
Calcium – 1%

16.Cucumber

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Here’s a heavy hitter that you’ll want to keep stocked up in your refrigerator. It is alkaline, and contains so much water that it’s a very hydrating vegetable. Keep the peels on for the best results, but if that’s just too much for you one way to split the difference is to just peel strips of the peel off, creating a sort of pinwheel effect. This not only adds to the presentation but also makes it healthier for you.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 2%
Vitamin A – 1%
Calcium – 1%

17.Cumin

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Cumin is one of those spices that you either have in your home, or you don’t, depending on the type of food you’re used to cooking. If you already use it often, just keep it up, but if you’re not too familiar with it, it’s time to add it to your cart the next time you’re out shopping. It’s a spice that can actually help your body neutralize the acidic foods you eat, which means that it’s going to have a doubling effect when used in conjunction with vegetables and other alkaline foods.

Top stats (per 100g):

Iron – 8%
Calcium – 2%
Vitamin A – 1%

18.Dandelion

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You’ll just have to get over the fact that this is considered a pesky weed in most lawns. The flower and the root are both very nutritious, and while it may take a bit of effort to start incorporating it into meals, it’s worth it. It’s an alkaline food, no doubt, and also has a detoxifying effect on the body. One other major bonus is that it can help to lower your blood pressure, so much so that it found its way onto our list of foods that help lower blood pressure.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin A – 54%
Vitamin C – 32%
Calcium – 10%

19. Eggplant

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Eggplant is a versatile vegetable to add to your basket each time you’re shopping for vegetables. It provides an alkaline effect, and is one of those foods that you can eat as much of as you’d like! Eggplants are low in calories, help fill you up and keep you feeling full, and will help balance out some of the acidic foods you eat each day. And talk about having a ton of recipes – it’s one of the most popular vegetables, with side dish, entrée, dip and salad recipes galore.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 3%
Calcium – 1%
Iron – 1%

20. Flax Oil & Flax Seeds

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There are plenty of benefits to flax, both in seed form and oil form, and one of those is its ability to help the body stay alkaline. The seeds are easy enough to sprinkle on just about any dish, and don’t really have much of a flavor of their own, so you can add them without worrying about changing the dynamic of your meal. They also blend easily into a smoothie. You can use the oil to cook with, and it will help nutritious veggies become even more nutritious.

Top stats (per 100g):

Iron – 46%
Calcium – 37%
Vitamin C – 2%

21. Garlic

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Garlic has long been known to be a cleansing food, and one that can add flavor to a meal, but it also helps if you’re trying to follow an alkaline diet. It’s a big help in fighting cancer, or staving it off, and also helps lower blood pressure. Garlic is very detoxifying, so you’re getting multiple benefits just by adding more of it into any meal. Try stir frying alkaline vegetables with a couple of cloves of garlic and enjoy!

Top stats (per clove):

Vitamin C – 2%

22. Ginger

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Ginger is a root that is becoming more popular as more people realize all of its health benefits. Ginger is a superfood, and has plenty of detoxing properties. It’s also an alkaline food, so it’s something that you can add to a meal and know it’s helping it to be alkaline for you. It is so impressive that we did a full ginger benefits list on it. There are also plenty of recipes featured here that include ginger as an ingredient.

Top stats (per tsp):

Potassium – 8mg

23. Gluten Free Breads

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With the gluten-free trend rising, it’s becoming easier and easier to find gluten-free breads in stores, and this is a great way to get the taste and texture of bread without having to have it contribute to your acidity. While these may not be the alkaline powerhouse that cucumbers and spinach are, they are slightly alkaline so they’ll tip the balance in your favor. You’ll notice that all of the alkaline foods on our list are also gluten-free.

Top stats:

Varies by brand.

24. Grapefruit

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Here’s a superstar food that shows up all over the place. It can help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism, and it’s even been dubbed one of the healthiest foods on Earth. So what else can this wonder food do? Turns out it’s also alkaline. Its low sugar count makes this a fruit you can enjoy, even though it may taste sour and acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body once consumed.

Top stats (per half):

Vitamin C – 73%
Calcium – 2%
Iron – 1%

25. Green Beans

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Green beans are one of the more popular vegetables, and typically make the rotation as a side dish for many families. And this is great because it’s an alkaline food that also comes with a nice list of other benefits, including being high in fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium. You’re also getting a bit of iron and calcium, so there are plenty of reasons to eat them. Green beans are easy to cook and we have plenty of featured recipes for you to get ideas on how to do just that.

Top stats (per cup):

Vitamin C – 30%
Iron – 6%
Calcium – 4%

26. Herbal Teas

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To help you get or stay alkaline you’ll want to avoid regular tea, and stick to the herbal varieties. Ordinary black tea has an acidic effect on the body, as does coffee, so you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking things like ginger tea, or chamomile tea. One surprising tea that doesn’t make the alkaline list is green tea, as the caffeine means it’s going to be acidic for the body. The surprising part is that green tea has so many antioxidants, it is often brought up as a beneficial beverage and cancer fighting agent.

Top stats:

Varies by type and brand.

27. Kale

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You’ve just got to jump on board the kale bandwagon because it has so many health benefits you’re really missing out on if you don’t. Often brought up in the same sentence as spinach and other leafy greens, kale knocks it out of the park when it comes to its array of vitamins and minerals. Consider its hefty supply of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and then add to it that you’re getting a calcium top-up, fighting cancer, and getting more fiber. A force to be reckoned with!

Top stats (per cup):

Vitamin A – 206%
Vitamin C – 134%
Calcium – 9%

28. Leeks

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Leeks are often used in soups and other recipes, because they add a bit of an oniony flavor without being overpowering. You should consider using leeks more often because they are an alkaline food, and also carry with them a nice mix of nutritional value. They rank pretty highly in Vitamin C for a vegetable, so you’ll be helping to boost your immune system and stay healthy. Leeks are not typically eaten on their own, but you can steam them and mix them with other vegetables on this page for a good pH boost.

Top stats (per cup):

Vitamin A – 30%
Vitamin C – 18%
Iron – 10%

29. Lemon

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This is a surprising entry on our list because your mouth may be puckering by just reading the word lemon. It’s so sour and tastes so acidic that many believe this must be acid forming. On the contrary, it produces an alkaline response in the body, and it is very low in sugar so it’s not going to set you back the way sweet fruits do. It also has a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the digestive system, as well as a good dose of Vitamin C so it’s good to use more of it each day.

Top stats (per 100g):

Vitamin C – 51%
Calcium – 2%
Iron – 2%

30. Lentils

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Lentils are often overlooked by non-vegetarians, but they have been gaining more notoriety in recent years. In addition to being digested slowly by the body, and adding to your fiber intake, lentils are also an alkaline food, and have a host of vitamins and minerals. You’ll get the best benefit by cooking them at home rather than buying them in a can, and it’s not a daunting tast – you simply boil them until they’re al dente.

Top stats (per cup):

Iron – 80%
Vitamin C – 14%
Calcium – 11%
Alkaline Diet Benefits:

1. Protects Bone Density and Muscle Mass

Your intake of minerals plays an important role in the development and maintenance of bone structures. Research shows that the more alkalizing fruits and vegetables someone eats, the better protection that person might have from experiencing decreased bone strength and muscle wasting as they age, known as sarcopenia.

An alkaline diet can help balance ratios of minerals that are important for building bones and maintaining lean muscle mass, including calcium, magnesium and phosphate. Alkaline diets also help improve production of growth hormones and vitamin D absorption, which further protects bones in addition to mitigating many other chronic diseases.

2. Lowers Risk for Hypertension and Stroke

One of the anti-aging effects of an alkaline diet is that it decreases inflammation and causes an increase in growth hormone production. This has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and offer protection against common problems like high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, stroke and even memory loss.

3. Lowers Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Studies have found a connection between an alkaline diet and reduced levels of chronic pain. Chronic acidosis has been found to contribute to chronic back pain, headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual symptoms, inflammation and joint pain.

One study conducted by the Society for Minerals and Trace Elements in Germany found that when patients with chronic back pain were given an alkaline supplement daily for four weeks, 76 of 82 patients reported significant decreases in pain as measured by the “Arhus low back pain rating scale.”

4. Boosts Vitamin Absorption and Prevents Magnesium Deficiency

An increase in magnesium is required for the function of hundreds of enzyme systems and bodily processes. Many people are deficient in magnesium and as a result experience heart complications, muscle pains, headaches, sleep troubles and anxiety. Available magnesium is also required to activate vitamin D and prevent vitamin D deficiency, which is important for overall immune and endocrine functioning.

5. Helps Improve Immune Function and Cancer Protection

When cells lack enough minerals to properly dispose of waste or oxygenate the body fully, the whole body suffers. Vitamin absorption is compromised by mineral loss, while toxins and pathogens accumulate in the body and weaken the immune system.

Research published in the British Journal of Radiology showed that cancerous cell death (apoptosis) was more likely to occur in an alkaline body. Cancer prevention is believed to be associated with an alkaline shift in pH due to an alteration in electric charges and the release of basic components of proteins. Alkalinity can help decrease inflammation and the risk for diseases like cancer — plus an alkaline diet has been shown to be more beneficial for some chemotherapeutic agents that require a higher pH to work appropriately.

6. Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

Limiting consumption of acid-forming foods and eating more alkaline-forming foods can protect your body from obesity by decreasing leptin levels and inflammation, which affects your hunger and fat-burning abilities. Since alkaline-forming foods are anti-inflammatory foods, consuming an alkaline diet gives your body a chance to achieve normal leptin levels and feel satisfied from eating the amount of calories you really need.

Do Alkaline foods help you lose weight?

In all likelihood if you change your diet to include more alkaline forming foods, you’ll lose weight. This is because these foods have plenty of other benefits in them, and many of them are considered superfoods. If these take the place of some of the unhealthy acidic foods you’ve been eating, like heavily processed foods, the result will most likely be weight loss. Almost all of the alkaline foods we’ve found can also be found in diet plans and weight loss programs. Every diet we’ve seen has advocated the use of spinach and other leafy greens – it just so happens that they’re also alkaline.

What do alkaline foods taste like?

There is a wide variety of alkaline foods, so there’s no one answer for this. Many of these foods are vegetables, some are fruits, and some are nuts and grains. It’s important to understand that acidic foods don’t taste like acid, they don’t burn your tongue when you eat them. They produce an acidic effect within the body. Alkaline foods therefore don’t have a specific taste to them when you eat them, and there’s no flavor cues as to whether a food is alkaline or acidic. For example, oranges have citric acid but are alkaline forming, so basically they can taste like just about anything.

Does cooking alkaline foods make them acidic?

While it doesn’t necessarily make them acidic, you might be cooking out essential vitamins and minerals that could be helpful to the body. It isn’t necessary to go on a raw diet in order to eat alkaline foods, but the fresher you can eat your foods the better. If they need to be cooked, stick to methods like steaming or sautéing so that you can keep the nutrients in them intact.

Alkaline Foods and Cancer

You may have heard that eating alkaline foods can help prevent cancer, or can cure it if you have already been diagnosed. It’s true that hospitals give their cancer patients special diets that are full of alkaline foods to eat, while not necessarily referring to it as an alkaline diet.

There are others that claim cancer simply cannot form or survive in an alkaline environment, and that eating acidic foods is what leads to cancer, and what causes it to thrive and spread throughout the body. However, what science has shown so far is that the body will keep the blood at a certain pH no matter what you eat, and that eating certain foods has no effect on the pH level.

So what is the point of eating an alkaline diet if you’re not going to have an effect on the body’s pH? Proponents of alkaline diets may be inadvertently getting you to eat a healthy diet because they’ve stumbled on a way to separate healthy from unhealthy foods. It’s a diet that is largely vegetarian, and one that would surely lead to improved health if followed as a lifestyle over the long-run.

The only clear answer on this matter is that alkaline foods are all healthy foods, each with their own large list of health benefits that show they’re good for the body. At a very basic level, it’s clear that foods that are from the Earth would be good for the body, whereas foods that are man-made or heavily processed would be bad for the body. Eating foods that grow naturally, absorb energy from the sun, and then transfer that energy to you when eaten is always a good idea. Eating food that is dead, or that is chemical-laden, is not so beneficial.

Alkaline Foods and Gout

Since gout is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the system, the thought is that by eating more alkaline foods you’ll be helping to diminish those levels and be free from gout attacks. It’s true that alkaline foods, once eaten, have an alkalizing effect, and therefore would help to neutralize some of the acidic foods you eat. Special diets for those with gout mimic very closely an alkaline diet, and by going alkaline you’ll be avoiding some of the known foods that trigger gout outbreaks.

Alkaline Foods and Acne

One of the claims made by alkaline diet promoters is that alkaline foods can help with your acne. The reason for this is an acidic environment is at least partially to blame for the amount of acne you have. There’s long been a basic thought that eating an improper diet, especially greasy fried foods, can lead to more acne. But perhaps it is not a certain type of food, but rather the acidic effect that causes the breakouts. By eating alkaline you’re getting a big dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in whole food form, which will likely help your skin be healthy and free from blemishes.

Alkaline Foods and Allergies

The list of alkaline benefits sometimes includes allergy relief. It is unclear how an alkaline diet would help to prevent allergic reactions to things like dust, pollen, or pet dander. An alkaline diet is often referred to as a ‘cure all’ for anything that ails you. While it certainly couldn’t hurt to eat more alkaline foods, with many of them being superfoods full of vitamins and minerals, we couldn’t find any clinical research that would suggest a link between eating alkaline foods and having fewer allergic outbreaks.

Alkaline Foods and Diabetes

Many alkaline foods will also help you keep your blood glucose levels in check so that you don’t have the sort of spikes you get from high-sugar foods. In this respect, many diabetic diets that are prescribed by doctors closely resemble an alkaline diet, with beans and vegetables being the order of the day. The chances of getting diabetes while following an alkaline diet would be lessened, and it may help you manage your diabetes if you already have it. Be sure to consult with your doctor to seek their advice before starting any kind of diet – even an alkaline one, or if there is a better eating plan they recommend for that purpose.

Alkaline Foods and Other Diseases and Conditions

If you are at a site that is trying to sell you on an alkaline diet, you might notice that they’ll make several claims as to what alkaline foods can do for you, including the treatment or prevention of several diseases and conditions. The idea is that if your body is in an alkaline state, you won’t be susceptible to certain illnesses and diseases because they can only affect a person that is acidic.

But it is unclear what they mean by saying that you are either alkaline or acidic. There are some parts of the body that need to be acidic in order to function properly. For example, you wouldn’t want your stomach to be alkaline or it would not be able to break down and digest foods. At the same time, the body is going to regulate your blood’s pH levels, the same way it keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, and certain organs and body parts at specific temperatures.

It’s important to do your research in this area, and consult your doctor before fully subscribing to any diet plan.

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