Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | April 17th, 2012 | Modified - May 17th, 2014

Alkaline Versus Acidic -The Body Should Be Slightly Alkaline

Alkaline vs Acidic Foods – Chart
Alkaline vs Acidic Foods – Chart

There is a lot of interest about the alkaline vs acidity levels in foods, because the thought is that consuming too much acidic foods causes or supports illness in the body. The reason behind this alkaline vs acidic foods thought is research indicates that the normal pH of blood should be around 7.4 which is slightly alkaline, so to support this level we should eat alkaline foods.

PH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is the ability of molecules to attract hydrogen ions. The scale for the pH measurement ranges from 0 to 14, and 0 represents the highest acidic level and 14 represents the highest alkaline level. The body works hard to maintain pH around 7.4, an when the body is too acidic it will leach calcium from bones to maintain the proper pH in the organs, tissues and body fluids, which could result acidosis and osteoporosis.

When the body’s pH level is too acidic for an extended period of time, acidosis can set in. When the body is too alkaline for en extended period of time, alkalosis can set in. Most people who have an unbalanced pH are acidic, while being too alkaline is very rare.

Alkaline vs Acidic Foods And Acidosis

Acidosis occurs when there is a build up of too much acid in the body. There are two types of acidosis: Respiratory acidosis which develops when there is too much carbon dioxide in the body, and metabolic acidosis which occurs when too much acid is produced in the body or when the kidneys are not able to remove enough acid from the body.

Symptoms of Acidosis

  • Osteoporosis: bone pain, tenderness, and fractures
  • Compromised immune system
  • Muscle weakness
  • Candida/Yeast overgrowth
  • Acid Reflex
  • Rapid breathing:
  • Fluctuating weight with weight loss over a prolonged period
  • Confusion and severe anxiety
  • Low Energy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hypotension: low blood pressure
  • Chest pain

What Determines Alkaline vs Acidic Foods

Food is digested in our bodies and is broken down to an ash residue, which determines alkaline vs acidic foods. This ash residue can be neutral, acidic, or alkaline, and consists the basic building blocks or nutrients of the food. For instance, alkaline foods may contain higher amounts of, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and will leave an alkaline ash, while acidic foods may contain higher amounts of sulphur, phosphorus, and chlorine leave acid ash.

When it comes to alkaline vs acidic foods, these foods have both alkaline and acidic properties, but alkaline foods will have more alkaline properties that acidic properties. The body is made up of both alkaline an acidic properties and need both to function properly. The body does work to maintain a balance though, which is represented by the slightly alkaline 7.4 pH of the blood.

Eat More Alkaline Foods To Reduce Acid Levels In The Body

The American diet consists largely of acidic foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, soda, sugar, and coffee. We can reduce the acid in the body by reducing the amount of acidic foods we eat, while increasing the amounts of alkaline foods we eat.

It is suggested that diets should consist of the minimum of 80% alkaline foods to 20% acidic foods, or 70% alkaline foods to 30% acidic foods. Eat alkaline foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, alkaline grains, seeds, and legumes to raise your alkalinity level.

This may seem too simple of a way to strengthen the immune system and fight off disease, but it is this simple. Instead of alkaline foods being an afterthought of a meal, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes should be the main part of the meal. I have included blending of alkaline foods into my diet, so I am able to get far more alkaline foods into my diet on a regular basis.

Fruits Are Alkaline Forming Though They Are Acidic Outside The Body

When we eat foods our bodies reduce the food to an ash of nutrients which are then absorbed into our various organs. Though fruits register as acidic outside the body, these foods are reduced to alkaline substances which are used to strengthen our life energy.

Plant Based Life Foods Are Mostly Alkaline Foods And They Contain Protein

Many people think that we need to eat meat to get protein, but the fact is most plant based foods: vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, and alkalizing grains contain protein, some just contain more than others. We can get enough protein from a plant based diet, which will support our healthy living.

You will find nuts and legumes listed for alkalizing protein on the alkaline vs acidic foods chart, but the other foods listed in the alkaline side of the chart also contain protein. Nuts and legumes just generally contain more vegetable protein than the other alkaline food sources.

You can check the recommended daily intake of proteins and calories using the NLE protein calculator and NLE calorie calculator.

* denotes recommended foods on Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide, used to optimize the effects of the cleansing herbs found in his tonics. Meat, dairy, soy, and hybrid/grafted foods are not found on his list because they either, acidify the body, cause mucus, inflammation, or their electrical composition is compromised through hybridization.

Alkaline vs Acidic Foods – Chart

Alkaline Foods

Alkalizing Proteins

  • Almonds *
  • Chestnuts
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Millet
  • Soy Beans
  • Millet
  • Soy Beans
  • Tempeh (fermented)
  • Tofu (fermented)
  • Whey Protein Powder

Alkalizing Grains

  • Amaranth *
  • Black Rice *
  • Kamut *
  • Quinoa *
  • Rye *
  • Spelt *
  • Tef *
  • Wild Rice *

Alkalizing Vegetables

  • Alfalfa
  • Amaranth greens* (Callaloo)
  • Avocado*
  • Asparagus*Highly Alkaline
  • Bell Peppers*Highly Alkaline Food
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chayote*(Mexican Squash)
  • Chard Greens
  • Chlorella
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumber*
  • DandelionHighly Alkaline Food
  • Dandelion greens*
  • Dulce
  • Eggplant
  • Garbanzo beans*
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Izote* (cactus leaf)
  • Jicama*
  • Kale*Highly Alkaline Food
  • Lettuce*(all, except Iceberg)Highly Alkaline
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)Highly Alkaline
  • Mustard greens*Highly Alkaline Food
  • Nopales* (Mexican Cactus)
  • Okra*
  • Olives* (and olive oil)
  • Onions*Highly Alkaline Food
  • Poke salad* -greens
  • Sea Vegetables* (wakame /dulse /arame /hijiki /nori)Highly Alkaline Food
  • Squash*
  • Spinach* (use sparingly)Highly Alkaline
  • SpirulinaHighly Alkaline
  • String beans *
  • Tomato* – cherry and plum only
  • Tomatillo*
  • Turnip greens*
  • Wheat GrassHighly Alkaline
  • Zucchini*

Alkalizing Fruits

  • Apples*
  • Burro Bananas* (mid-size/ original banana) Highly Alkaline
  • Berries* Highly Alkaline
  • Cantaloupe*
  • Cherries*
  • CoconutHighly Alkaline
  • Currants*
  • Dates* Highly Alkaline Food
  • Elderberries (any form)
  • FigsHighly Alkaline
  • Figs*Highly Alkaline Food
  • Grapes* (seeded)
  • Limes* (key limes with seeds)Highly Alkaline Food
  • Mango*
  • Melons* (seeded)Highly Alkaline
  • Oranges* (seville or sour)
  • Papayas*Highly Alkaline
  • Peaches*Highly Alkaline
  • Pears* Highly Alkaline
  • Plums*
  • Prunes*
  • Raisins* (seeded)Highly Alkaline
  • Soft Jelly Coconuts* (& coconut oil)Highly Alkaline
  • Soursops*Highly Alkaline
  • Sugar apples* (chermoya)

Alkalizing Seasonings

  • Achiote
  • Basil*
  • Bay leaf*
  • Cayenne*
  • Chili Pepper
  • Cilantro*
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander*
  • Cumin*
  • Curry
  • Dill*
  • GingerHighly Alkaline Food
  • Marjoram*
  • Onion Powder*
  • Oregano*
  • Powdered Granulated Seaweed* (Kelp/ Dulce/ Nori)Highly Alkaline Food
  • Pure Sea Salt*
  • Sage*
  • Sweet Basil*
  • Tarragon*
  • Thyme*

Acidic Foods

Acidifying Proteins

  • BeefHighly Acidic Food
  • Chicken
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • PorkHighly Acidic Food
  • Shellfish
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Venison

Acidifying Grains

  • Barley
  • Bran (oat, wheat)
  • Bread
  • Corn
  • Flour (wheat, white)Highly Acidic Food
  • Oatmeal
  • Oats
  • Rice (white, brown)
  • Wheat

Acidifying Dairy

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Milk

Acidifying Fruit

  • Cranberries

Acidifying Drinks

  • BeerHighly Acidic Food
  • CoffeeHighly Acidic Food
  • Juices (processed)
  • LiquorHighly Acidic
  • SodaHighly Acidic

 

References:
PubMed Health: Osteoporosis
The New York Times: Acidosis
Wikipedia: Metabolic acidosis
Altic Health Prevention: Acidosis

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I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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  • Taurean says:

    Hello I am in the process of following Dr. Sebi’s plan so that I can live a more healthier lifestyle. However, I would like to keep my weight and or possibly gain at least 10 more pounds. I am 32 yrs old, 5’7″ and weigh 122 lbs so 10 more pounds would not hurt. I have always been thin my whole life. I am a meat eater and my diet consists more of seafood than any other meat. I eat salads, nuts, organic juices, bran cereals and try to stay on top of what I put in my body. I also would like to note that I am also asthmatic, been this way since a child. In the winter it is really hard for me because I easily catch colds.

    As far as food is concern I see that certain foods I eat are considered Acidic Foods. Could you please suggest to me what I can substitute the foods with. Foods such as Wheat Bread, Basmati rice, Oatmeal, Eggs, Ice Cream, Milk and Cheese? and I have come across Vegan cheese in the health aisle and also Breyers Ice Cream (natural). Is this really healthy to you and would you eat it and other “vegan” foods that are in the aisle’s in our local grocery stores? And also is Maca Root ok to take? I have low energy because I run a business and I am a sex kitten so i also take it to always make sure my libido is great.

    Sorry I wrote what looks like a book!

    • Aqiyl says:

      Hi Taurean, I follow this guide which is based on Dr. Sebi’s guide: http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/alkaline-producing-mucus-reducing-nutrional-guide/

      Add in more legumes and more nuts to keep your weight, garbanzo beans. Also take in more calories, focusing on garbanzo beans, almonds, and walnuts. Eat spelt instead of regular wheat bread. Wholefoods has a good coconut ice cream. Almond of Hemp milk instead of milk. I use maca powder one in a while.

      Running a business is not a reason for low energy, bad diet is a reason for low energy. Cut out the acidic foods, all animal protein, including fish. Invest in a good blender and blend a lot of veggie juices mostly, and some fruit juices.

      Veggie juice: http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/bam-bam-veggie-drink-recipe-green-vegetable-drink/

      Fruit juice: http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/banana-date-energy-drink-vegan-recipe/

      • Taurean says:

        Thank you for your response. Is having a glass a wine for dinner a no-no? what if it was decreased to once a week intake. lets say Saturdays? Plus there is this website called http://www.barnivore.com/ for vegans, would you think it is ok to drink it if you followed the websites information and the wines they prefer? Also, do you have any kids and if so how do you or would you go about implementing Dr. Sebi’s health list into their eating habits so that they can be just as healthy as yourself?

        • Aqiyl says:

          I don’t drink alcohol of any kind. There are some health benefits to wine but it is still acidifying. You have t find your own balance. I don’t have kids but I would start by removing processed meats from the diet: fast food meat, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Cut down meat to poultry and fish, then fish, then no fish. Increase the amounts of foods you serve them from the food list link gave. Invest in a blender and start making a lot of veggie and fruit juices. The veggie juices are more for you and the fruit juices are more for the kids. It is easier to have them drink fruit juices than veggie juices, but sneak in some kale into the fruit juices. Make juices as much as you can. You will end up consuming way more veggies and fruits is you make juices. Use a blender to make you veggie and fruit juices.

  • antwain watson says:

    are there any herbs that helps cleanse the male and female reproductive system.


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