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The first thing I learned when I started re-educating myself about my health I realized that I needed to find a way to raise my pH. I had tested my own pH with a home test kit and my pH was 6.o - for optimum health it needed to be at least 7.5 or 8 was even better.
The easiest thing for me to start doing was to add more alkaline type foods into my diet and less acid forming foods. I realized that old habits are hard to change but little by little I started to replace the "bad" foods that I was eating with a better choices.
They say it is good to have 80% of your diet be alkaline and 20% acidic.
Consider this combination:
- Variety of 6 vegetables (4 raw, 2 cooked)= 60% Alkaline
- 2 Fruits (must be ripe or tree ripened) = 20 % Alkaline
- 1 Good starch (as listed below) = 10 % Acidic
- 1 Good protein (as listed below) = 10 % Acidic
Select your food choices accordingly from the list of foods below.
ACID / ALKALINE FOOD LIST
(ALKALINE): Alfalfa, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans (string),Beans (wax), Beets and their leaves, Bok choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots and their tops, Cauliflower, Celery, Chicory, Coconut, Corn, Cucumbers, Currants, Dandelions, Eggplant, Endive, Garlic, Horse‑radish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Ripe Olives, Onions, Oyster plant, Parsley, Parsnips, Fresh Peas, Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard, Radishes, Rutabagas, Savory, Sea lettuce, Sorrel, Spinach, Soybean Products, Sprouts, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Watercress
FRUITS (ALKALINE): All Berries, Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Cantaloupes, Cranberries, Currants, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Raisins, Persimmons, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes, Rhubarb, Tomatoes
Citrus fruits (called Acid Fruits) when broken down in the body, develops an alkaline condition which is good, however, citrus fruits sometimes stir up acids so rapidly in the body that the effect may be interpreted as a bad one. If eating fruits causes distress it is best to use sub-acid or sweet / dried fruits.
ACID FRUITS: Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit, Limes
SUB‑ACID FRUITS: Apples, pears, Plums, Peaches, Grapes, Apricots
SWEET OR DRIED FRUITS: Dates, figs, Raisins
Do not combine acid and sweet fruits. It is best to eat melons and berries alone. As the saying goes..."Eat it alone or leave it alone".
PROTEINS (ACID): Beef, Buttermilk, Chicken, Clams, Cottage cheese, Crab, Duck, Eggs, Fish, Goose, Lamb, Lobster, Mutton, Nuts, Oyster, Pork, Rabbit, Raw sugar, Turkey, Veal
STARCHY FOODS ( ACID): Barley, Beans (lima, white), Bread, Cereals, Chestnuts, Corn, Cornmeal, Crackers, Cornstarch, Grapenuts, gluten flour, Lentils, Macaroni, Millet, Oatmeal, Peanuts, Peas(dried), Sweet potatoes, Rice (brown or polished), Rye flour, Sauerkraut, Tapioca
STARCHY FOODS (ALKALINE): Almonds, White potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash
NEUTRAL FOODS: (Oils), Avocado oil, olive, Sesame, Coconut, Soy, Sunflower, Safflower, Cottonseed, Almond, Linseed; (Fats), Butter, Cream, Margarine
This list if food is not complete by any means, but it is a good start.
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By Emjae Johnson - ACID/ALKALINE BALANCE: Eating to Raise Your pH