Sunday, June 1, 2008

pH Alkaline Diet Food Chart

I recently wrote an article for the Fauquier Times Democrat Weekend newspaper responding to one they ran concerning Susan McCorkindale's despirate search for a way to control her son's self mutilating cheek chewing, endless, bloody scratching and horrific nail biting.

In my article I mention that uncontrolable nail biting is linked to a diet that's overly acid.

A lot of people feel (myself included) that by keeping acid foods low in the diet and keeping alkaline foods in abundance, optimal health is achieved.

Here is a basic food quide to determine which foods are acidic and which are alkaline.

More indepth charts are available in books and on line.

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Each day, strive for 80% Alkaline Foods/20% Acidic Foods. If you miss a little, just keep going.
(Some days you may even eat all acidic foods.)

Take a baby step each day. There's no rush.

Learn to choose alkaline foods rather than acid. Don't worry about getting enough acid foods. You will. They're the ones we eat out of habit.


Alkaline Food Chart

The idea behind this is that, like amending the garden soil to grow the healthier plants, amending the body's soil (the blood) will keep you the healthiest.

This food chart is presented as educational and is not a substitute for competent medical care. Always get your doctor's OK before modifying your diet. Dietary changes may effect medications you are taking.


Most Alkaline
Stevia (herbal sweetner)
Lemons, Watermelons, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangos, Papayas
Asparagus, Onions, Fresh Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic
Olive Oil
Herb Teas, Mint Teas, Lemon Water



Alkaline
Maple Syrup
Rice Syrup
Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins
Okra, Squash (any), Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes, Carob
Almonds
Flax Seed Oil
Green Tea

Least Alkaline
Raw Honey
Raw Sugar
Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Peaches, Avocados
Carrots, Tomatoes, Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu
Chestnuts
Canola Oil
Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa
Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Cheese, Goat Milk, Whey


Lowest Acid
Processed Honey
Molasses
Plums, Processed Fruits and Fruit Juices
Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans
Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
Corn Oil
Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice
Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese
Venison, Fish
Tea


Acid
White Sugar
Brown Sugar
Sour Cherries, Rhubarb
Potatoes (without skin), Beans
Pecans, Cashews
White Rice, Corn Meal, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye
Turkey, Chicken, Lamb
Coffee


Most Acid
Artificial Sweeteners
Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes
Chocolate
Peanuts, Walnuts
Wheat, White Flour, Pastries
Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream, Sour Cream
Beef, Pork, Shell Fish, Sausage
Beer, Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine


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