The Alkaline Diet, as put forth by Dr. Robert Young, is a way of eating, and drinking juices, that is said to help the body restore its pH balance. By doing so, this can help cells receive the correct pH levels they need, which is about 7.34 to 7.4. Any pH level below 7 is acidic, which is caused by most of the food that the western diet is comprised of, and anything over 7 is an alkaline state, which is where the body naturally wants to be. These foods are best absorbed when concentrated in the form of raw juices. If you’re trying to follow the Alkaline Diet, you may be wondering just what to eat and include in your diet. Below is a short guide to help you do narrow down your foods list.
List of Alkaline Foods
On Dr. Young’s diet, most of the alkaline foods mentioned are fruits and vegetables because a large portion of the alkaline diet is juicing. However, other foods are alkaline, as well. Below is a textual version of the alkaline food chart outlining how you can choose those foods that are highest in alkalinity. This will help you to achieve the results of the alkaline diet. However, raw, cold juices and purees made from fruits and vegetables are the best options.
Most Alkaline: lemons, limes, avocados, and tomatoes
Moderately Alkaline: pomegranate, white grapefruit
Vegetables, Beans, and Legumes
Most Alkaline: cucumber, celery, garlic, dandelion, barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa grass, raw spinach, parsley, sprouts, broccoli
Moderate Alkalinity: green cabbage, zucchini, red cabbage, turnip, carrot, red beet, kohlrabi, fresh peas, green beans
Lowest Alkalinity (but still alkaline and not acidic): tofu, asparagus, lettuce, comfrey, onion
Other foods are alkaline but do not have as many levels of alkalinity as fruits and vegetables. They are listed here in general order of alkalinity from lowest to highest per group.
● Nuts and Seeds – almonds, hemp seed, chia
● Oil – Olive, flax seed, hemp
● Beverages – alkaline water, fresh coconut water, herbal tea, lemon water
(avoid fruit juice)
● Sweeteners – stevia (try not to use sweetener, but stevia is the only sweetener you should use if you must)
If you are following an alkaline diet plan, the best way to do so is by juicing raw fruits (consisting of lemon and limes) and vegetables from the list above. Sweeteners, oils, and nuts should be used at a bare minimum, as the alkaline fruits and vegetables you consume will go much farther in reducing the acidity and, therefore, toxicity of your body. The acid-alkaline food chart helps to categorize the level of acidity or alkalinity in different foods. To simplify it, pretty much anything you order at a fast food restaurant is acidic. Sodas, hamburgers, all of those food items are extremely high in acidity, which breaks down the body faster. Choose foods from the alkaline side of the chart, outlined above, and you can help to avoid rapid aging, improve your health, have more energy, and heal faster.