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Acid-Alkaline Balance – Part 2

The table below follows the Acid-Alkaline Balance Part 1 from the Spring blog.

Acidic foods slow down, inhibit or stop the detoxification process. They are also inflammatory and mucus forming.  Eating an acidic diet leads to congestion and inflammation.  Acidic diet can cause bone and muscle deterioration, kidney stones, and increase the risk of cancer, liver problems and heart disease.


Alkalizing foods 75-80% of diet


Most fresh vegetables and sea vegetables such as celery, broccoli, kale, spinach, peppers (green, yellow…) bananas, avocadoes, cucumber, chili, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, beets etc…, dulse, kelp, kombu, nori, wakame


Fermented foods such as apple cider vinegar, kefir, miso, yogurt


Fruits, and all berries


Alkalizing proteins:  all algae, spirulina, chlorella, etc…


Seeds and Nuts:  almonds and chestnuts, coconut water, flax, macademia, pine nuts, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower


Sprouted grains & grasses:  amaranth, barley, buckwheat, kamut, millet, oat groats, spelt, sprouts, most seeds


Grains:  quinoa, millet, amaranth


Sweeteners:  stevia, carob, raw honey, agave


Fats & oils:  ghee, olive & avocado oils


Spices: sea salt, cinnamon, curry, chili pepper, ginger, mustard, most herbs and spices

Alkalizing minerals:  calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron


Miscellaneous:  lecithin, probiotic cultures, fresh fruit juices, alkaline antioxidant, green tea, herbal tea, dandelion tea, ginseng tea, kombucha tea, aloe vera juice


Alkalizers:  cold shower, love and joy, hugs and laughter, calming exercises, fresh air and pure water


Acidifying foods 20-25% of diet


Fats and oils:  heated oils:  avocado, canola, corn, hemp, flax, lard, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, butter


Fruits:  most unripe or processed fruits – cranberries, unripe bananas


Dairy products:  butter, cow’s cheese, goat’s cheese, processed cheese, sheep’s cheese, milk, eggs


Sweeteners:  artificial sweeteners, sugar, barley malt, brown rice syrup, molasses, sucanat, pasteurized honey, maple syrup


Nuts & butters:  cashews, Brazil nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, pistachio, tahini, walnuts


Animal proteins:  all meats


Isolated proteins:  whey and soy


Pasta (white):  noodles, macaroni, spaghetti


Beans & legumes:  black beans, chick peas, green beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, pinto beans, red beans, soy beans, soy milk, white beans


Drugs & chemicals:  chemicals, drugs, herbicides, psychedelic, pesticides


Alcohol:  beer, liquor, spirits, wine


Miscellaneous:  black tea, caffeine, chocolate, coffee, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, canned & processed foods, sauerkraut, tobacco, wheat germ, yeasts, high protein foods and supplements, soft drinks


Acidifying minerals:  sulfur, phosphorus, nitrogen, iodine, chlorine


Acidifyers:  lack of sleep, overwork, tension/stress, anger, jealousy, resentment


Ref:   Kacera, W., 2012.  Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis.  Lotus press, WI, 480 p.