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(February, 2018)  Here’s an easy way to fix your diet and improve your health. Select more foods from the high-alkaline forming list and less from the high-acid forming list (see below). Print out the list and take the to the market when you shop for food. Continue the practice until you achieve balance. You’ll find that it’s more a lifestyle than a diet.

This is an opportunity to improve your health in many ways. Bone health first comes to mind. An alkaline diet is basically a mineral-rich diet, and those minerals play a big role in bone building. Cancer prevention also applies, since cancer thrives in an acidic environment. So does infection. For example, it’s important to keep the urine pH high to avoid urinary tract infections (https://thescienceofnutrition.me/2015/07/17/beat-urinary-tract-infections-with-nutrition/). Fatigue is another condition relieved by an alkaline diet. Your heart and cardiovascular system will thank you as well, because the minerals and nutrients in an alkaline diet keep the blood flowing and the heart pumping. Avoiding carbs can also keep your cholesterol working properly. You can also expect to lose weight, since high-carb foods make you fat. Carbs also promote diabetes by stressing your metabolism. You might also relieve pain and lift depression with this regimen, since carbs tend to fuel such ailments, and nutrients promote healing. Acid-forming foods and sugar tend to compromise the gut and brain barriers, allowing toxins to enter the blood stream and brain, respectively. The list goes on and on.

There are enormous benefits from eating an alkaline-forming diet and reducing acid-forming foods. Consider that these are not the only healthy and non-healthy foods you’ll encounter. They’re just the most impactful when it comes to affecting your health. So take advantage of them.

High-Alkaline Forming

Apollinaris water

Asparagus

Blackberries

Burdock root

Cantaloupe

Celery

Chestnuts

Collard greens

Endive

Ginger

Horseradish

Kale

Kiwi

Kohlrabi

Lemon juice

Limes

Lotus root

Mangos

Mandarin oranges

Miso, tamari (fermented soy)

Mustard greens

Onion

Papaya

Paprika

Parsley

Parsnip

Persimmon

Pineapple

Pumpkin seeds

Radish (also Daikon)

Raspberries

Rutabaga

Sanfaustino water

San Pelligrino water

Sea salt (unrefined, grey)

Seaweed

Strawberries

Sweet potato, Yams

Tangerines

Tarot root

Apple Cider vinegar (also Umeboshi)

Vegetable juice (non-tomato)

Watermelon

Winter squash

High Acid Forming

Beef, Bacon

Bread, Bagels, Biscuits, Crackers, Croutons

Burritos

Cakes, Cupcakes, Brownies

Cheese (hard, mozzarella, American, Camembert)

Chocolate

Coffee (espresso only)

Cookies

Corn flakes (frosted)

Corn syrup

Cottonseed oil

Cranberry sauce (sweetened)

Croissants

Donuts

French fries

Fried foods in general

Hazelnuts (filberts)

Hops

Ice cream

Jams, jellies

Liquors

Lobster

Milk shakes

Mussels

Pale ale

Pancakes

Pasta, Farina, Noodles (white flour)

Pastries

Phosphoric acid

Pies

Pizza

Potato chips, Tortilla chips

Pudding

Quiche

Red wine vinegar

Salt, iodized table

Shrimp

Soft drinks, diet included

Soy (milk, nuts, grits, powder, flour)

Sugar, brown sugar (but not organic Sucanat)

Swordfish

Tofu

Veal

Waffles

Walnuts

White vinegar

-List adapted from Brown & Trivieri 2006 The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide

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