Have you heard of the pH scale? pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14. If something is neutral, it has a pH of 7.0. Above 7.0 is alkaline, and below is acidic. Optimally, you want to be a little on the alkaline side, with a blood pH of around 7.4. It is a logarithmic scale, meaning each increase of a single number is actually a multiple of ten. So when you move from 7 to 6, that’s 10 times more acidic and 7 to 5 is 100 times more acidic. Diseases LOVE an acidic environment, so the more you eat and drink from the alkaline side, the better. It takes 20 parts alkalinity to neutralize only 1 part acidity! As recommended, I am using the 80/20 rule; that is, 80% of my food is alkaline, and 20% is acidic. It’s important to note that all acidic food/drinks are not created equal: oats and brown rice are a 6, coffee is a 4, most meat is around a 3, and pop is a 2. So, when I do eat from the acidic side, I try to eat some of the better alternatives. It is also important to note that when you cook your food, you make it more acidic, so eat as much raw food as possible to get the max amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and oxygen from your food.
Top Alkaline Food/Drinks
- Almonds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds
- Cold-pressed oils such as hemp, flax, and borage seed
- Most unrefined grains: quinoa, wild rice, millet, amaranth, buckwheat
- Grasses, such as wheatgrass
- Green drinks (juices and smoothies)
- Green veggies, all kinds, but especially leafy green veggies such as kale, spinach, lettuces, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, and endive
- Lemons, limes, and grapefruits (although these fruits are acidic, they actually have an alkalizing affect in your body)
- Lentils and other beans and peas
- Oil-cured olives
- Raw tomatoes (cooked tomatoes are acidic)
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Root veggies such as turnips, jicama, daikon, and burdock
- Animal protein: red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, dairy products (these products are highly acidic)
- Chemical, drugs, cigarettes, heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, MSG
- Coffee (even decaf), black tea
- Heavily processed foods, no matter what they are made of.
- Honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, fructose
- Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard (use sparingly)
- Some legumes like chickpeas, black beans, and soybeans are slightly acidic but are valuable staples of a healthy diet
- Processed soy products
- Processed oils such as margarine, fake fats, trans fats, and refined vegetable oils
- Refined grains, wheat, and oats: white bread, white pasta, and white rice are highly acidic
- Soda, energy drinks, sports drinks
- Table salt (sea salt and kosher salt are better choices in moderation)
- All salted and roasted nuts
- White sugar and sugar substitutes
- Yeast and vinegar (with the exception of raw apple cider vinegar)
- Soy sauce (use sparingly and choose low-sodium tamari or gluten-free nama shoyu)
*These lists are from Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in health. She covers everything from food to supplements to healthy activities.
*If you are having a hard time figuring out how to make yummy raw food, I would highly recommend getting a raw food cookbook such as Going Raw by Judita Wignall. It will make you realize all the amazing raw recipes there are out there.
After reading these lists, I realized I needed to make some changes. How about you?