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What's the Alkaline Acid Diet?

Updated on April 4, 2013
Could balancing your body's chemistry or pH level with the foods you eat be the key to good health and feeling great?
Could balancing your body's chemistry or pH level with the foods you eat be the key to good health and feeling great? | Source

Balance your Diet

I've never been one to diet but a recent health craze has definitely grabbed my attention - the alkaline diet. This diet is not about depriving yourself of any type of foods but is based on balancing your body's chemistry or pH level with the foods you eat.

The idea is that what we eat and drink affects our pH level, which is "alkaline" at 7.4. The goal is to maintain that level by eating more alkaline foods and less acidic foods, helping your body maintain a pH balance, which in turn will have a positive effect on your health. On the contrary, eating lots of acidic foods harms your immune system, triggering a whole array of health issues. My 31-year old brother-in-law, Eddie who exercises regularly and has generally maintained what a healthy diet has recently faced some unexpected health issues, including high cholesterol levels. To switch things up, he decided to try the alkaline diet a couple of months ago and now he swears by this diet, claiming that since starting it, his cholesterol level is below average and he feels better than ever. Could the alkaline acid diet be behind his improved health? Can the alkaline diet do wonders for you too?

The Unbalanced Diet: Are you suffering from one?

Symptoms of a diet that is unbalanced in pH levels include:

  • diarrhea
  • water retention
  • migraines
  • fatigue
  • halitosis
  • cardiovascular disease
  • depression
  • forgetfulness

Note: If you're suffering from any of these symptoms, do not try to treat them yourself but consult a doctor.

Benefits of a pH Balance in the Body

Proponents of the alkaline diet claim that following the diet:

  • promotes weight loss
  • improves immunity
  • improves mood
  • prevents cancer
  • prevents allergies
  • prevents osteoporosis
  • prevents other illnesses

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How to Balance the pH Level in Your Body

A balanced pH level should be slightly alkaline, at a level ranging between 7.35 - 7.45. A pH level below or above this level means that something is amiss.

A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

In order to reverse an acid forming diet, you will need to balance your diet by avoiding acidic foods. To maintain your current health and pH level, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore balance to your diet and improve your health, your diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, beans, lentils, herbs and seasonings, seeds and nuts.

Typically, acidic foods include: wheat, meat, fish, sugar, caffeine, poultry, dairy, grains, and legumes.

List of Some Alkaline Forming Foods and Drinks

Fruits
Vegetables
Seeds and Nuts
Fats and Oils
Grains and Cereals
Dairy
Drinks
Grapefruit
Asparagus
Almonds
Olive oil
Amaranth
Goat milk
Pure water (distilled or ionized)
Lemon
Beets
Buckwheat
Canola oil
Millet
Goat cheese
Freshly-squized juice
Tomato
Broccoli
Chestnuts
Flax seed oil
Wild rice
Soy cheese
Water with lemon/lime
Papaya
Garlic
Flax
 
Quinoa
Soy milk
Herbal tea
Apples
Onion
 
 
 
Whey
Green tea
Avocado
Spinach
 
 
 
 
Ginger tea
Mango
Sweet potato
 
 
 
 
Unsweetened soy milk
*According to the Alkaline Diet, 80% your daily diet should consist of these alkalizing foods if you're trying to restore balance to your body. If you want to maintain your current Ph balance, 60% of your diet should consist of alkalizing foods.

List of Some Acidifying Foods and Drinks

Fruits
Vegetables
Seeds and Nuts
Fats and Oils
Grains and Cereals
Dairy
Meat
Drinks
Cranberries
Asparagus tips, white
Cashews
Corn oil
Pasta
Cheese
Beef
Beer
Blueberries
Brussel Sprouts
Pecans
Hydrogenated oil
Pastries
Cream
Chicken
Carbonated drinks
Kiwi
Rhubarb
Peanuts
Margarine
Wheat
Ice cream
Lamb
Coffee
Plums
All dried beans
Pumpkin seeds
Saturated fats
White rice
Milk
Pork
Dairy smoothies
Prunes
Lentils
Sunflower seeds
Sunflower oil
White flour
Yogurt
Turkey
Milk
Watermelon
Chocolate
Walnuts
Vegetable oil
Brown rice
Cottage cheese
Seafood
Spirits
*According to the Alkaline Diet, 20% your daily diet should consist of these acidifying foods if you're trying to restore Ph balance to your diet. If you want to maintain your current balance, 40% of your diet should consist of these foods.

Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Dunst are following the Alkaline Diet. Are you planning on following it?

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Ph Neutral Foods

In addition to alkaline foods and acid foods, there are neutral foods. Those are foods that have a pH of 7.0, or a number close to that range. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline. Foods that are considered pH neutral include:

  • Butter (fresh, unsalted)
  • cream (fresh, raw)
  • cow's milk
  • margarine
  • vegetable oils (excluding olive oil)
  • yogurt (plain)

Note: There appears to be a large variation in the pH classifications of foods. In my research, different sources had differences regarding which foods are alkaline, acid or neutral. The ones listed in this hub are listed in those categories where I found them to be listed most consistently.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Cardelean and missolive: Thank you both for stopping by, reading and your wonderful comments. I really appreciate and I'm having you enjoyed the hub.

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      nice

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Global-Chica, this is great info and actually new info for me. I'm bookmarking this on my toolbar as a reference. Thanks for listing the foods and providing the benefits.

      Thank you for sharing your research and experience - voted up

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Really interesting. It's sometimes very hard to know what the right foods are to be eating with all of the information that we are faced with on the news and internet these days. This is a great source of information about the alkaline diet, thanks for sharing your information.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      K9, Clevercat, Cclitgirl, susan, and Denise - thanks for reading and leaving wonderful comments!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      This is very useful. I'm keeping your hub as a reference. Well done!

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting subject. It seems that much of the acid producing foods are foods we should all limit anyway. I have always believed that many health issues are related to what we eat. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Coool! I looked at the table and was relieved to find out that what I eat most naturally are alkaline-producing foods. But, I do like to eat chicken sometimes and oh, I LOVE me some cheese. Hehe. I'd better learn how to cut back...but I SOOO love that stuff. :) Fantastic hub, though, GC. Many votes!!

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ahh, now this is something new! I'm very glad to read this as I was wondering about this way of eating. Unfortunately I am displeased to find out that my favorite foods are acidifying!

      Oh well. At least I know where to easily find info about staying alkaline! Great hub. Voted up and shared.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      What an informative article. An Oncologist told me a couple of years ago that a high acidic pH provides a perfect environment for cancer growth, so as you indicate in your hub, keeping things in the body a little on the alkaline side can reduce some cancers from thriving. I learned a lot from your piece here, particularity that, an alkaline pH level can also help with weight loss and other health concerns.

      Great charts, quiz and content. As always, well worth the read!

      HubHugs~

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thank you, mj! I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed the hub :)

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      nice and detail information chica

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thank you, Irena! I'm very glad to hear that my article has inspired you to try the alkaline diet.

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      Irena 5 years ago

      What a great article. Thanks for all the information I will def be trying this :)

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks so much, Kalmiya! As I learn more about alkaline acid balance, the more convinced I get of its importance for our health.

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      Kalmiya 5 years ago from North America

      Hi Global Chica: Keeping our bodies in a good alkaline-acid balance is very important in our efforts to keep healthy so thanks for your hub on this important fact!