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Alkaline Forming Foods For A Balanced And Healthy Diet

In previous posts, we have discussed the importance of creating the correct pH levels within our bodies in order to promote an environment in which diseased cells, viruses, bacteria, and fungi are unable to thrive.

In order to develop a healthy and neutral pH state, our pH level needs to be around 7.4 on the scale from 1 to 14, with 1 being Acidic and 14 being alkaline. At alkaline foods, healthy dietthis level, our bodies are able to function more effectively and fight off any potential chronic diseases.

When our pH levels are out of balance and drop below 7.4, our system becomes more acidic (Acidosis) and forces our body to extract essential vitamins such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium from vital organs, bones, and teeth in order to neutralize the effect of the Acidosis.

This, in turn, causes a form of corrosion within our bodies and if undetected over a prolonged period of time, can lead to the onset of many serious illnesses.

Alkaline Foods, Degenerative Diseases, and Cancer

As we know, diseased cells thrive and multiply within a low oxygen and acidic environment. Research has also shown that terminally ill patients typically have an acidity level of around 1,000 times those of healthy individuals. This proves to highlight how vital it is to maintain the right pH balance of our cells and tissues so that diseased cells are unable to exist.
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The Dangers of Acidosis

Acidosis can manifest itself in many ways and can be identified by the following symptoms and illnesses.

  • Reduces the body’s ability to absorb vital minerals and other nutrients
  • Limits the energy production of the cells
  • Leads to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer.
  • Allows tumor cells to multiply
  • Increases susceptibility to fatigue
  • Accelerates premature aging including wrinkles, poor eyesight, memory loss and other common signs of aging.
  • Can cause anxiety, diarrhea, diabetes, headaches, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness, weight gain, rapid heartbeat, and hypertension.
  • Decreases brain functionality
  • Interferes with oxygen delivery to the cells

Understanding Alkaline Foods and Alkaline FORMING Foods

When we say alkaline or acid food, what we are referring to is its levels of acid or alkaline prior to being digested and processed by the body.

What we are interested in, are the foods that are alkaline forming. What this means is the foods that end up alkaline after they are processed. So a food could initially be primarily acidic, but after processing the result is alkaline.

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List of Alkaline Forming Foods

The good news is that by incorporating alkaline-forming foods into our daily diet, we are able to eliminate acidosis and create a healthy environment that is inhospitable to disease.

The alkaline-producing food list below includes a large number of the most common foods that are highly alkalizing and of which will help put you on the right track in obtaining that perfect pH balance of 7.4. It is also important to note that raw foods are generally more alkaline than cooked foods.


Highly Alkaline (pH 8.5 – 9.0)

Blackberries, Cantaloupe Melons, Dates (Dried), Figs (Dried), Grapes, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi Fruit, Lemons, Limes, Mango, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pears, Pineapple, Raisins, Tangerines, Watermelon

Moderately Alkaline (pH 7.5 – 8.0)

Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas (Ripe), Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Black Currants, Currants, Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Guavas, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Persimmons, Strawberries, Tangerines

Low Alkaline (pH 7.0 – 7.25)

Bananas (unripe), Cherries, Coconut, Raspberries, Tomatoes

Neutral Alkaline (pH 6.75 – 7.25)

Blueberries, Plums, Prunes, Rhubarb


Highly Alkaline (pH 8.5 – 9.0)

Alfalfa Grass, Alfalfa Sprouts, Asparagus, Barley Grass, Collard Greens, Dandelion, Endive, Sorrel, Spirulina, Watercress, Wheat Grass

Moderately Alkaline (pH 7.5 – 8.0)

Beets, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard Greens, Corn (sweet), Green Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsnips, Pumpkins, Red Radishes, Spinach, String Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini/Courgette

Low Alkaline (pH 7.0 – 7.25)

Artichokes(Jerusalem), Brussel Sprouts, Cucumbers, Eggplant / Aubergine, Green Cabbage, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Olives, Onions, Peas (Fresh), Red Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, White Cabbage, White Radish

Neutral Alkaline (pH 6.75 – 7.25)

Artichokes (Globe), Horseradish, Lentils, Lima Beans


Almonds, Chestnuts, Millet, Tempeh (fermented), Tofu (fermented), Whey Protein Powder


Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese, Milk (Raw), Whey


Spirulina, Chlorella, Hijiki, Wakame, Nori


Flaxseed Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Avocado Oil


Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, Stevia


Fresh Fruit Juice, Ginger Tea, Ginseng Tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Mineral Water, Vegetable Juice


Calcium, Cesium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sea Salt, Sodium


Cayenne, Chillies, Chilli, Pepper, Chives, Cinnamon, Curry, Garlic, Ginger (Fresh), Herbs (All), Miso, Mustard, Parsley, Pepper, Sea Salt, Tamari


Almonds, Brazil, Cashews, Chestnuts, Flax Seeds, Macadamia, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Squash Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

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Common Alkaline Food Questions

What percentage of my diet intake should be alkaline?

As a guide, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acidic forming foods. If you need to recover your pH balance it is advisable to have an intake of 80% alkaline forming foods.

Why eat alkaline foods?

As mentioned previously, a healthy body should have a pH balance of around 7.4 so that it can fight off degenerative diseases and other serious illnesses. By adopting a diet plan that incorporates a high level of alkaline foods, our bodies are able to function more efficiently due to the increase in alkalinity.

Can you eat acid and alkaline foods at the same meal?

Yes, you can. It’s important to understand that although some foods are acidic, they are still important to our diets and depending on which foods you are talking about, they will need to be consumed in order to help maintain a happy balanced diet and to obtain other necessary nutrients.

Are Lemons Alkaline or Acidic?

Many people believe that Lemons are acidic and they would be right. Lemons do contain citric acid, but as we highlighted earlier in this post, once digested Lemons are actually alkaline forming due to their high content of potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

How do I know if my alkaline diet or balance is correct?

The most important thing is to make sure that you check your pH levels on a regular basis. This can be done using simple pH testing strips which can be purchased on the internet or from your local pharmacy. For further information on checking your pH levels, please see our post How To Check Your pH Balance.

Can an alkaline diet help with acid reflux/GERD?

Acid reflux occurs when the bottom of the esophagus opens, causing the acids in the stomach to rise into the gullet (esophagus). This results in an uncomfortable burning sensation, commonly known as heartburn.

By incorporating more alkaline forming foods into our diets, this can help reduce the levels of acidity in the body and in many cases alleviating the symptoms of acid reflux.

Can an alkaline diet prevent cancer?

Yes it can help. Terminally ill patients in most cases have a very high level of acidity in the body, sometimes over 1,000 times those of a normal healthy person. So a body that has the correct pH level, is more likely going to be able to fight off degenerative diseases and other illnesses.

Can an alkaline diet help during pregnancy?

As heartburn and indigestion are common during pregnancy, a correct pH balance is essential, not only to help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms but also in helping promote a healthy environment for both mother and baby during this important time.

Can an alkaline diet help me to lose weight?

As an alkaline-rich diet will include far less sugary foods, it is only right that an alkaline diet is going to be more beneficial when it comes to losing weight.

An alkaline diet and correct pH level can also help with weight loss as it speeds up the metabolism by restoring oxygen back to the cells. This means that the metabolism can work more efficiently in burning fat cells.

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Article Updated: 6/2/2015


Victorino Angelino on January 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

Richard Kemble

I do not have cancer…I am 72 Years old….I am eating properly per your suggestions…..I started taking one tab. Of flax seed oil hand mixed real good with two tab. Of C. C. Each morning to help prevent cancer……will this help me?

    Victorino Angelino on January 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm


    Hi Richard,

    Yes it most definitely will.

    If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Jenkins and the team via the page at


    All the best.

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