Alkaline & Acidic Foods List to Help Alkalize Your Body

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.

In other words, 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.  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.

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.

Use this alkaline-acid foods list 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.

Highly Alkaline

baking soda, chlorella, dulse, lemons, lentils, limes, lotus root, mineral water, nectarine, onion, persimmon, pineapple, pumpkin seed, raspberry, sea salt, sea vegetables, seaweed, spirulina, sweet potato, tangerine, taro root, umeboshi plums, vegetable juices, watermelon

Moderately Alkaline

apples, apricots, arugula, asparagus, banchi tea, beans (fresh green), broccoli, cantaloupe, carob, carrots, cashews, cayenne, chestnuts, citrus, dandelion, dandelion tea, dewberry, edible flowers, endive, garlic, ginger (fresh), ginseng tea, grapefruit, herbal tea, herbs (leafy green), honeydew, kale, kombucha, kelp, kiwifruit, kohlrabi, loganberry, mango, molasses, mustard green, olive, parsley, parsnip, passion fruit, peas, pepper, raspberries, soy sauce, spices, sweet corn (fresh), turnip

Low Alkaline

almonds, apple cider vinegar, apples (sour), artichokes (Jerusalem), avocado, bell pepper, blackberry, brown rice vinegar, cabbage, cauliflower, cherry, cod liver oil, collard green, egg yolks, eggplant, ginseng, green tea, herbs, honey (raw), leeks, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, papaya, peach, pear, pickles (homemade), potato, primrose oil, pumpkin, quail eggs, radishes, rice syrup, rutabaga, sake, sesame seed, sprouts, watercress

Very Low Alkaline

alfalfa sprouts, avocado oil, banana, beet, blueberry, Brussel sprouts, celery, chive, cilantro, coconut oil, cucumber, currant, duck eggs, fermented veggies, flax oil, ghee, ginger tea, grain coffee, grapes, hemp seed oil, japonica rice, lettuces, oats, okra, olive oil, orange, quinoa, raisin, sprouted seeds, squashes, strawberry, sunflower seeds, tahini, tempeh, turnip greens, umeboshi, vinegar, wild rice

Now, to clarify, people came to us asking about how to be as alkaline as possible, but it doesn’t work that way as the key is to find balance.

ph levels

The sheer act of breathing has the ability to raise and lower our blood pH mainly due to oxygen and if you can work together with your mind on those breathing exercises the results can be even better.

The human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 – 7.45). 

Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.

A pH of 7.0 is neutral. 

A pH below 7.0 is acidic. 

A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload and/or immune reactions, or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.  An acidic balance will:  decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

A blood pH of 6.9, which is slightly acidic, can induce coma/death.

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which 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 sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and very acid forming.  Also on the list, you may see honey as very low acidic (not that bad) instead of alkaline, but the benefits of honey largely compensate.  One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acidic body is to clean up the body, adopt a healthy diet/lifestyle, and alkalize your body.

Very Low Acidic

amaranth, black-eyed peas, brown rice, butter, canola oil, chutney, coconut, cream, curry, dates, dry fruit, fava beans, figs, fish, gelatin, goat cheese, grape seed oil, guava, honey, kasha, Koma, coffee, maple syrup, millet, organs, pine nuts, pumpkin seed oil, rhubarb, sheep cheese, spinach, string beans, sunflower oil, triticale, venison (deer), vinegar, wax beans, wild duck, zucchini

Low Acidic

adzuki beans, aged cheese, alcohol, almond oil, balsamic vinegar, black tea, boar, buckwheat, chard, cow milk, elk, farina, game meat, goat milk, goose, Kamut, kidney beans, lamb, lima beans, milk, mollusks, mutton, navy beans, pinto beans, plum, red beans, safflower oil, seitan, semolina, sesame oil, shellfish, soy cheese, spelt, tapioca, teff, tofu, tomatoes, turkey, vanilla, wheat, white beans, white rice

Moderately Acidic

barley groats, basmati rice, bear, casein, chestnut oil, chicken, coffee, corn, cottage cheese, cranberry, egg whites, fructose, garbanzo beans, green peas, honey (pasteurized), ketchup, lard, maize, mussels, mustard, nutmeg, oat bran, olives (pickled), other legumes, palm kernel oil, pasta (whole grain), pastry, peanuts, pecans, pistachio seeds, pomegranate, popcorn, pork, prunes, rye, snow peas, soy milk, squid, veal

Highly Acidic

artificial sweeteners, barley, beef, beer, Brazil nuts, breads, brown sugar, cocoa, cottonseed oil, flour (white), fried foods, fruit juices with sugar, hazelnuts, hops, ice cream, jam / jelly, liquor, lobster, malt, pasta (white), pheasant, pickles (commercial), processed cheese, seafood, soft drinks, soybean, sugar, table salt, walnuts, white bread, white vinegar, whole wheat foods, wine, yeast, yogurt (sweetened)

Please check out our course on Internal Cleansing if you would like to learn more about how the food we eat affects us.



Natural Stomach Ulcer Remedies

Our stomach and digestive system is lined with brain-type cells. People that get stomach ulcers are often stressed and hold their anger, stress, and frustration in their gut, suggesting that ulcers are affected by our thoughts. Stomach ulcers frequently cause pain shortly (15-60 minutes) after eating. The pain is generally in the liver-gallbladder region (lower right abdomen). Ulcers are noticed mostly in the fall and springtime.

Ulcer symptoms start with bouts of indigestion. It may begin with discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen and may radiate through a spot in the back. Pains can also be felt in the fingertips. Be aware of low stomach acid conditions which are seen as discomfort right after meals. It is a precursor for stomach ulcers.

Excess acid conditions are when there is digestive discomfort 2-3 hours after meals. This sets up the conditions for duodenal ulcers. Duodenal ulcers (below the stomach) often have pain that radiates to the tip of the lower right shoulder blade, which is also a sign of gall bladder problems. These pains are experienced morning and night, subside with eating, and resume 2-3 hours after meals.

The medical field uses acid reducers for ulcers. While reducing symptoms, these medications hamper the immune system, contribute to osteoporosis, anemia and poor protein assimilation, and create other side effects.

It has been observed that female hormones protect against ulcers. They are rarely seen in women 20 to 45 years old. Another cause is tobacco, which is the number one cause of stomach cancer.

Natural solutions include reducing stress. Some people need counseling or a change in job or a relationship. Using nutritional supplements such as Aloe Vera Juice soothes mucus membranes of the entire digestive tract. Olive oil a few drops ingested at a time may soothe stomach pain. Scrape ashes from one burned toast into a glass of water, several times a day, or use charcoal powder in caps.


Herbs for Stomach Ulcers

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Herb combinations:

Dave’s Digestive Formula to help low stomach acid conditions (indigestion right after meals).

Dr. Christopher’s Stomach Comfort for high stomach acid conditions (indigestion 2 – 3 hours after meals).

Herb singles:

Aloe Vera whole leaf juice – helpful in any stomach and digestive disorder including ulcers and colon-related problems. It soothes and reduces inflammation, and heals the digestive tract.

Calendula tincture – stimulates repair of ulcer wound. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.

Cayenne – aids digestion, restores and stimulates the stomach and intestines, cleans and heals the stomach and digestive system, stops bleeding and heals ulcers.

Celery seed – improves digestion and liver function. Rich in organic sodium, which helps, feed the stomach lining. Calms and feeds the nerves. Helps prevent ulcers by strengthening the stomach lining.

Chamomile – helpful in the treatment of digestive problems, calms the nerves, reduces stress. Anti-ulcer effects.

Garlic – kills bacteria, viruses, Candida, and parasites, which all contribute to digestive upsets, including ulcers.

Goldenseal tincture – kills infections in the digestive tract, stimulates bile production, considered the “wonder remedy” for digestive problems. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.

Licorice – supports adrenal glands, helping with the ability to cope with stress. Useful for protecting against and healing gastric and duodenal ulcers. It helps stimulate the defenses that prevent ulcers from forming. It stimulates the increase of cells that protect the lining of the gastrointestinal system. Soothes inflammation in the intestinal tract.

Oil of Oregano – kills the h. Pylori bacteria that eat the stomach lining, causing ulcers.

Slippery elm – Has been used to treat stomach and intestinal ulcers. It soothes the stomach and colon, helps indigestion and acidity.

Comfrey extract – soothes and heals mucus membranes. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.

White oak bark – Contains astringent properties that help both internal and external bleeding. Helps heal damaged tissues in the stomach and intestines. Strengthens the stomach for better absorption and secretion.

Cell Salts to Help with Stomach Ulcers

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#2 Calc Phos 6X – nerve and digestive support
#6 Kali Phos 6X – nervous conditions
#7 Kali Sulph 6X – liver and pancreas support
#10 Nat Phos 6X – over acid conditions

Stomach Ulcer Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Argentum nit – gnawing pain in stomach; sharp pains radiate from stomach area. Worse breathing deeply, retching violent; green diarrhea; gas, bloating; intense craving chocolate, sweets binging; aggravated by sweets and then suffer.

Arsenicum album – burning pain like coals of fire, relieved by heat or warm drinks. Heartburn, gulping up of acid or bitter substances, which seem to excoriate the throat. Indigestion from smallest amount of food or drink. Nausea and vomiting after eating or drinking. Blood in stools; perforated ulcer, severe last stages; ejecting both ends; food poisoning ejected from colon. Worry, anguish, restlessness, fears. Meticulous, sensitive to disorder. Debility and exhaustion. Faintness, icy coldness, great exhaustion. Thirst, drinks much, but little at a time. Craves milk. Indigestion from vinegar, acids, tobacco.

Chelidonium – pain at the tip of the lower right shoulder blade. Also liver problems or gallstones. Feels better from warm milk or warm foods.

Kali Bichromicum – stomach pain in small spots, worse after eating; heaviness and swelling after eating, worse with beer, heavy glutinous people. Feels load in stomach immediately after eating, but also gastric symptoms are relieved after eating. Stitches in abdomen and through to spine. Cutting pain in abdomen, soon after eating. Pressure and heaviness in stomach after eating. Ulcers in beer drinkers, alternating with arthritis. Ulcers alternating with joint pains that wanders or moves; diarrhea with stomach ulcers alternates. Nausea after meals; nausea excited by smoking and drinking.

Lycopodium – stomach ulcers with right-sided pains, worse 4- 8 pm; belching, bloating, burning, worse lying down. Great weakness of digestion. Pressure in stomach after eating, and pain. Eating ever so little creates fullness. Much bloating and gas (rumbling and gurgling). Incomplete burning eructation rises only to pharynx, and then burns for hours. Likes hot food and drink. Depression; fear of being alone; very sensitive, easily annoyed; apprehensive, constant fear of breaking down under stress.

Nux vomica – history of bad diet, executive stresses, nervous and irritable. The workload and mental strain force him into a sedentary life. Uses coffee, tobacco, and alcohol, prefers rich and stimulating food. Keeps late hours, sleeps badly, and wakes up with a thick head. Gets into habit of using analgesics, sedatives, laxatives, etc. Blood in stool. Worse from upset and anger, if yelling and screaming the problem comes back; anger suppression. Better with warm drinks; worse spicy foods. Hypersensitive nervous system, and many digestive symptoms.

Phosphorus – severe pressure in stomach after eating, with immediate vomiting of food. Throws up mouthfuls. Thirst for very cold water which is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Pain in stomach better by cold food, ices. Region of stomach painful to touch, or on walking. Burning extending to throat and bowels, craving for salt.



Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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