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High Alkaline Foods

By eating a diet of 80% alkalizing foods, you can get rid of the excess acid in your body. Take a look at the list of high alkaline foods presented here...
Leena Palande Apr 19, 2019
Modern lifestyle is full of stress leading to acid reflux or 'acidity'. Consumption of oily or processed food late at night can lead to heartburn, a commonly observed symptom of acid reflux.
If ignored, it can end up in serious health complications. Some drugs and medications can also cause acid reflux. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, oil, sugar, etc. can lead to increased level of acids in your body.

Blood pH Facts

The average pH level of blood is 7.4, wherein pH is the parameter used to measure the acidic level of blood on a 'power of hydrogen' scale. The 'power of hydrogen' scale is abbreviated as pH scale which measures the concentration of hydrogen in a solution.
As the pH level of the body fluids determines the function of each and every cell in the body, any altered pH level can prove to be harmful for the cells, tissues, and organs. Following an unbalanced diet, high in acidic foods, can affect the body's regulating systems which help maintain pH neutrality.
Normally, various organs help neutralize pH levels and remove the excess acid from the body. Bodily systems work to maintain your digestive health. But, wrong diet, unhealthy lifestyle, excessive stress, etc., can affect the functioning of the digestive and the endocrine systems.
If you often suffer from 'acidity', then it is better to consume alkaline foods regularly. They can help fight gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

List of Alkalizing Foods

Studies show that when the body's pH is too acidic, the risk for diseases, including cancer, increases. More studies are required to understand the exact relationship between alkalizing foods and cancer. These days, dietitians recommend an alkaline diet for weight loss, when none of the fad diets work.
An alkaline diet consists of 80-90% of high alkaline foods and 10-20% acidic foods. Though an it helps lose weight, boosts your energy levels and even reduces your risk of heart disease and cancer, the diet cannot be a totally healthy option, as the food items that are eliminated from the diet are actually essential for the body for various other purposes.
Such diet should be followed for a few days only, and that too under the guidance of a physician. It is better to opt for a balanced diet and maintain the balance between acidic and alkaline foods.

Vegetables

  • Alfalfa
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelions
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Lettuce
  • Mushroom
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Kale
  • Kelp
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wheat grass
  • Spinach

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Dates
  • Dried figs
  • Cherries
  • Fresh coconut
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Peach
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Melon
  • Pear
  • Tomatoes

Sweeteners

  • Stevia
  • Maple syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Proteins
  • Fermented tofu
  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Whey protein powder
  • Millet
  • Chicken breast
  • Sprouts, sprouted beans

Milk Products

  • Cottage cheese
  • Plain yogurt
  • Goat milk

Oils

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Flax oil

Beverages

  • Lemon water
  • Herbal tea
  • Fresh veggie juice
  • Wheat grass juice
  • Mineral water
  • Pure water
  • Unsweetened soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Unpasteurized organic milk
  • Vegetable broth

Spices and Seasoning

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Tamari
  • Chili pepper

Seeds and Grains

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Buckwheat
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
The most important point to note is that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Though lemons are acidic, after digestion and assimilation, they are very alkaline. Similarly, meat is alkaline before digestion; but it is responsible for formation of acid in the body after digestion.
You may hold citrus fruits responsible for an acidifying effect on the body, but the citric acid from these fruits actually leaves behind an alkalizing effect. So you have to be very cautious and careful while including high alkaline foods in your diet.