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Post Holiday Alkaline Diet

With the Holiday over it’s time to get back into balance. Some suggest an Alkaline diet to get yourself into balance.

The current typical Western diet is largely composed of acid-forming foods (proteins, cereals, sugars). Alkaline-producing foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Stress, and physical activity (both insufficient or excessive amounts) also cause acidification.

The Alkaline diet (also known as the alkaline ash diet, alkaline acid diet and the acid alkaline diet) is a dietary protocol based on the consumption of foods which burn to leave an alkaline residue. Minerals containing elements like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, are the principal components of the ash, as they are incombustible. This burning is compared to the way in which foods are catabolised to produce wastes. Foods are thus classifiedas alkaline, acid or neutral according to the pH of the solution created with their ash in water. One of the most famous proponents of the alkaline diet is Robert Young.

In general, the diet involves eating certain fresh citrus and other low-sugar fruits, vegetables, tubers, nuts, and legumes and avoiding grains, dairy, meat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and fungi. Such a diet helps to maintain the balance of the slight alkalinity (7.35-7.45) of blood without stressing the body’s regulators of acid-base homeostasis.

Foods: are they Acid or Alkaline-forming?

Note that a food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is classified as acid-forming.

It is important that your daily dietary intake of food naturally acts to balance your body pH. To maintain health, the diet should consist of at least 60% alkaline forming foods and at most 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

High Alkaline and High Acid food chart:

Note: there are inconsistencies between the acid- or alkaline-forming values given in the lists provided by many websites, and few reliable references. Please consider the below chart as an approximate guide.

FOOD CATEGORYHigh AlkalineAlkalineLow AlkalineLow AcidAcidHigh Acid
BEANS, VEGETABLES, LEGUMESVegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley GrassCarrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, CarobSquash, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, TofuSweet Potato, Cooked Spinach, Kidney BeansPinto Beans, Navy BeansPickled Vegetables
FRUITDried Figs, RaisinsDates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, PearsCoconut, Sour Cherries, Tomatos, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Strawberries, Papayas, Lemons, Watermelon, LimesBlueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit JuicesCanned Fruit
GRAINS, CEREALS Amaranth, Lentils, Sweetcorn, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Millet, BuckwheatRye Bread, Whole Grain Bread, Oats, Brown RiceWhite Rice, White Bread, Pastries, Biscuits, Pasta
MEAT Liver, Oysters, Organ MeatFish, Turkey, Chicken, LambBeef, Pork, Veal, Shellfish, Canned Tuna & Sardines
EGGS & DAIRY Breast MilkSoy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, WheyWhole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice CreamEggs, Camembert, Hard CheeseParmasan, Processed Cheese
NUTS & SEEDS Hazelnuts, AlmondsChestnuts, Brazils, CoconutPumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower SeedsPecans, Cashews, PistachiosPeanuts, Walnuts
OILSFlax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola OilCorn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard
BEVERAGESHerb Teas, Lemon WaterGreen TeaGinger TeaCocoaWine, Soda/PopTea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor
SWEETENERS, CONDIMENTSSteviaMaple Syrup, Rice SyrupRaw Honey, Raw SugarWhite Sugar, Processed HoneyMilk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, VinegarArtificial Swe

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