Eat High-Alkaline Foods to Neutralize Your Body's pH.
The Most Alkaline Foods: Fruits, Vegetables and Proteins. If you have run across this article, you probably know you want your body’s pH to remain neutral the pH measure between 7.36 and 7.42. A pH greater than 7.42 can cause alkalosis or an alkaline pH. A pH of less than 7.36 causes the body to experience acidosis or an acid pH. Cancer and cell mutations occur when the body becomes even slightly acidic. Eating a diet with foods that alkalize the body helps to keep your body’s pH in the optimal health range.
So many foods we eat are acidic in nature. High acid foods can cause the body to become sick by preventing enzymes from working properly, corroding your bodily tissues and decreasing your body’s mineral supply. These effects promote serious health consequences, such as osteoporosis, inflammation, eczema, hives, colitis, arthritis, sciatica and cellular mutations leading to chronic disease.
Foods High in Acidity
Avoid high-acidic foods that can increase your body’s pH. Foods with a high acidity include curds, kefir, cottage cheese, red and black currants, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerines, oranges, lemons, limes, tomatoes, cranberries, rhubarb, sorrel, watercress, sauerkraut, honey, vinegar, mulberries, sea buckthorn, mandarins, citron, kiwis, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, eggplant, sour pickles, millet, white rice, couscous, semolina, yeast bread, white bread, white flour, sweetened granola, muesli, sugared flakes, chocolate, cakes, pies, beef, mutton, pork, cold cuts, salmon, carp, herring, mackerel, lobster, shrimp, crayfish, mussels, capers, pimentos, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, truffles, morels, hot chocolate, lemonade, wine, liqueurs, sodas, jam, jelly, croissant, muffin, cordials and strong spirits.
Alkalizing foods include fresh greens, vegetables and potatoes (with a few exceptions). Such foods alkalize the body, because these foods are rich in alkaline elements and contain small amounts of acidic substances. Additionally, these foods do not produce acids when they are digested by the body. You can eat alkaline foods with acidic foods to create a balance. However, eating primarily acidic foods can cause a pH imbalance in your body.
There are few truly alkalizing fruits. Many dried fruits are less acidic than they are fresh, because the acidity in the fruit is lowered when the juice and moisture is removed. Because many acidic fruits have a myriad of health benefits, you can eat acidic fruit with soft white cheese, fresh cheese or cream to balance the acid and help neutralize the acid. In fact, it is quite common to eat strawberries with cream and raspberries with sour cream.
Alkalizing: Alkalizing fruits include bananas (Fresh or Dried), avocados, dried dates, raisins and naturally dried sweet apricots.
Slightly Acidifying: Fruits with a slight acidifying effect include apples, grapes, plums, ripe apricots, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, clementines, mangos, persimmons, Bing Cherries, peaches, figs, mirabelles, cantaloupe, melon, pears, prunes, dried pears, dried apples, dried pineapple, dried mango, dried figs, coconut and dried peaches.
Alkalizing: Alkalizing vegetables include black olives, lettuce, cabbage, celery, green beans, fennel, beet greens, artichokes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, gourds, spinach, carrots, red beets, beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, soybean sprouts, parsley, basil and corn.
Slightly Acidifying: Vegetables with a slight acidifying effect include green olives apples, cauliflower, parsnip, turnips, onions, garlic, shallots, asparagus and peppers.
Alkalizing: Alkalizing proteins include almonds, Brazil nuts, egg yolk, whole milk, fresh butter, soft unripened cheeses, buttermilk, soy milk and chestnuts.
Slightly Acidifying: Proteins with a slight acidifying effect include cashews, sesame seeds, pine nuts, yogurt, pasteurized milk, whole eggs, hard cheese, poultry, rabbit, veal, lamb, flounder, trout, perch, sole, oysters, tofu, dried peas, whey and lentils.
Other Alkalizing Foods
Other alkalizing foods include sea salt, cane sugar, sunflower oil, safflower oil, vegetable margarine, button mushrooms, water, mint tea, verbena, linden, coffee substitute, herb tea and carrot juice.
- Your meal should never consist of only acidic foods and should always contain at least one alkaline food. For example, skip the spaghetti, tiramisu and soda or coffee meal. A salad with fish, potatoes, broccoli and herb tea creates a balanced meal.
- The amount of alkalizing food on your plate should outnumber the amount of acidic food on your plate at mealtime. Eating by this rule will ensure that the acids that are consumed will be neutralized in the intestines prior to utilizing mineral reserves to alkalize.
- When you are sick, weak, fatigued or lack energy, increase the amount of alkaline foods you consume and decrease the amount of acidic foods in your diet. Your body may be trying to tell you that it is lacking alkaline reserves and is not capable of oxidizing the acids.
- Eat acidic food sparingly. You need acidic food, because much of these foods contain vitamins and proteins you would find hard to get by eating an alkaline-only diet. It is possible to eat an alkaline-only diet, but you will find it very hard to sustain. Additionally, your body may become weak from the lack of nutrients if you cut out all acidic foods.
- Try not to eat acidic foods in quick succession. Your body will be shocked by all the acid and you may experience some acid overload side effects, such as white splotches on the tongue, stomach cramps, diarrhea, scratchy throat and sores in the mouth. Eat acid foods after you have eaten an alkaline food to prepare your body for the acidity. For example, you may want to eat an orange after you ate an egg yolk.
Overall, the most alkaline foods are dried fruits, bananas, almonds, green and leafy vegetable, chestnuts, soft cheeses, soymilk, potatoes, egg yolk, Brazil nuts and sea salt. Eat a combination of alkaline and acid foods to create neutralizing effects. Try to eat more alkaline foods than acidic foods to reap health benefits and keep your body functioning optimally. If you have difficulty metabolizing acid, stick to a high-alkaline diet to prevent side effects and keep your body’s pH at an optimal level. Your body reacts to the foods you eat, so stick to eating the most alkaline foods.