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My Alkaline-forming foods

November 21, 2018

By Joan L. McDaniel                       November 21, 2018

This is the second article on my articles about my experience with Inflammation pH Acid Balance, and food.  While I was detoxing, and drinking tons of coffee, I suddenly developed and acid balance.  My sickness of 2012 returned and I could not Breath.  With help from my friend who knows a great deal about homeopathy, I became extremely aware of the pH balance of acidic and alkaline (basic).  She told me to eat a lemon, which I did and suddenly I could breath again.

This is the second article on that subject.  Part 1 is titled Inflammation and Acid pH Balance. I have come a long way since being so sick.  Almost 6 years ago (2012) I didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed or even catch my breath.

In Just Ten Years What happened to me?

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What is Ph Balance?

One of the most important metabolic functions our body performs is maintaining the proper balance between an acidic and alkaline environment. When this balance is disrupted, illness can result. How does this happen and what can be done to prevent it?

pH Balance is the key to optimal health, weight, mental clarity, and overall vigor.

Ph is all about balance and balance or homeostasis.  It is a vital measurement created to determine the acidic or alkaline of a beverage, chemical, food, and the human body.

pH balance

It consists of a scale of 0 to 14.  The body operates using chemicals and a pH balance.  Your body automatically regulates the pH of your blood.  You can’t change it.  Blood is kept between a pH of 7.35 and 7.45 any other value and you will be either dead or dying.  What you eat regulates the rest of you.  Each and every cell of your body has a pH balance also.

This balance It is known as homeostasis (the maintenance of equilibrium or balance). If your body receives acid foods, the cells and organs will have an acid balance.  Your body doesn’t work with an acid balance. An acid balance generates inflammation and illness.  The only organ in your body that likes acid is your stomach.  With an acid balance your body cannot get rid of the extra CO2 and your muscles begin to hurt, you can’t catch your breath, and you begin to slow down.  In other words you lose the ability to neutralize toxins and acids and experience a metabolic breakdown.

If you body receives alkaline foods, the cells and organs have an alkaline balance.  Your body thrives on an alkaline balance.  There is plenty of Oxygen, Hydrogen, with the results of energy, endurance, strength and health.

pH Balance and Minerals

Just as the foods you eat, the amount of minerals available for your body is the next most important item in a healthy alkaline balance.  Your body uses your minerals and vitamins to fight off or buffer an acid balance.  They are a protective buffering mechanism  when what you eat isn’t so alkaline.  In an attempt to maintain homeostasis, your body throws in the minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron and manganese to maintain your Alkaline balance even though you have eaten nothing but acid.  These minerals a stored in fat cells and used as a reserve.  The more acid you eat the more there reserves are depleted.  No more minerals no more alkaline balance –   So you need to eat foods high in minerals also.

“The Food you eat can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine of the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore Founder of Health Institute

That is why I provided this list.  

There are several Acid/Alkaline (base) food lists, Since,  I am an amateur with this, I have merged several list together and I strongly urge you search the net and use some of those list.  There are a great deal of false or inaccurate foods one list will say the food is acid and other will say its alkaline.  Remember you normally need a balance of  60% alkaline, 40% acid intake.  If you are working at reducing an acid balance, you need and 80/20 intake.  80% alkaline, 20% acid.  You still need a balance.  Remember you body operates in a balance called homeostasis.

Homeostasis – is the physiological process by which internal systems of the body (e.g. acid-base balance, blood pressure, body temperature) are maintained at equilibrium despite variations in the external conditions.


Modern Medicine and pH

You probably won’t find any mention of pH or further information from your Dr. because  Modern medicine doesn’t get very involved with nutrition.  It isn’t even mentioned in Medical School.  Except for a serious blood gas pH test, the medical world isn’t very involved with the pH level of cells and organs. That is left up to you. The only pH the medical world seems to be concerned about is PhD Title.

Tame your Acid and Put it Where It Belongs

If you have several Signs and Symptoms of an Acid Balance, See Part I.  A typical symptom is you’re short of breath, lack energy, and/or can’t stay awake or stay asleep.  You don’t feel very well – In other words you can’t breath is one of life critical signs.

You should increase intake of Alkaline forming foods to reach a balance. Remember the 80/20%.  Your body uses the alkaline balance and your stored minerals to keep the acid where it belongs, in your digestive and immune system.

You Need Your Minerals

You also need to  increase your minerals intake.  Minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium.  You body deplete your stored minerals to combat an acid pH balance.

Here are some suggestion of a source of Minerals I have used for several years.

Amazon Kali phos

You need to increase your magnesium and I recommend Dr. Carolyn Dean’s product Magnesium and My Story

You also need good intake of sea salt Himalayan sea salt especially.

Also available on Amazon

You should also increase intake of Sea Weed

Also the intake of Chloride is acid and very harmful to your health.  I recommend filtered tap water.

Increase your mineral intake and your alkaline food intake.

For your Information there are a large list of inexpensive books available especially from Amazon

Amazon List of Acid/Alkaline food


I Found Many Versions of pH Food List

Acid-Yielding Foods

Alcohol – Don’t drink

Animal proteins

Artificial Sugar or Sweeteners

Baked Goods





Canned fruit

Caffeine – Including Coffee or Tea

Cereals,  all

Cheese, all


Chloride – found in tap water Filter your tap water. Chloride is an acid and is very harmful to your health.  It is also government required not only for tap water but for any public swimming pool.

Coffee – is extremely Acid you’ll have to give up on it for a little while I loved my Coffee but you can do it

Corn flakes

Corn flour, polenta, starch






Meat – including grass-fed beef or chicken Best to cut down on



Plums & prunes


Processed Foods


Rye bread

Soft drinks

Soy, Tofu, Tempeh



Sugar all forms except natural Honey directly from the bee hive

Tea Black

Vinegar (except ACV)

Wheat bran

White flour

Wheat germ

Wheat products

Whole milk

White rice

Very Acid-Yielding Foods

Bread (Whole wheat)

Brown rice

Cheese cottage

Cheese Gouda

Cheese Hard

Cheese Parmesan cheese

Cheese Processed (soft) cheese


Chloride – Tap Water




Liver sausage

Lunch meat, canned

Oats Rolled





Foods that taste like acid

You cannot tell if the food is acid or basic based on its taste.  Fruits like sour like the lemon or sweet like the pineapple are not acid foods.  Or Food like real honey from the farmers hive taste sweet. These are normally foods you think are acid but in reality are alkaline forming foods. During the process of digestion, the acids oxidize into Carbon dioxide and water.  Therefore they do not create an acid condition in the body.

Alkaline-forming Foods

Alfalfa sprouts

Alkaline Water – See recipe at the end – I do not recommend commercial alkaline Water


All Herbs

Amaranth Grain


Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)





Basil Leaves Fresh – many Grocery Stores sell actual Basil plants in the Produce section

Baking Soda – See instructions below

Balsamic Vinegar

Banana  – For sudden feelings of being over acid

Barley Grass

Beans – green, Lima, Soya,


Beet Greens



Borage Oil



Brussel sprouts


Caffeine – Do not take

Cardamom – for belching

Carrot – for belching


Cayenne pepper

Celery – for belching

Cheese – Cottage

Cheese – White / Goat Milk Cheese



Chili Pepper



Coconut, fresh

Coffee – Do not Take it is very acid

Collard greens

Corn Fresh





Dulce Seaweed


Edible Flowers

Fennel Seeds

Figs, fresh & dried



Grains Amaranth, millet, and quinoa



Green beans

Greens beet, chard, collard,  Mustard, Spinach

Green Peas

Green Pepper


Honey – Raw from the farmer helps belching mix with lemon and lime also as a tea needs to be mixed



Kamut grain




Leaf Lettuce


Lemon – Small slices of lemons or ACV should give you close to instant relief

2 tbls Lemon juice with 1/2 tsp baking soda for an instant alkaline cocktail.  Allow bubbling to settle and add 8 oz. water.  Drink at once.  You can substitute ACV for lemon juice.



Lima Beans


Linseed (flaxseed oil)


Maple syrup (real)

Millet grain

Minerals – Calcium, iron, magnesium,  and potassium and sodium are the primary alkalizing minerals. Foods that are high in this minerals are considered alkaline-forming food.  Most foods have both acid and alkaline minerals in them.

Mineral water



Mustard greens


Okra not cooked



Olive Oil

Evening Primrose Oil

Onions – White Sweet Onion is best







Peppermint all forms including fresh or dried leaves


Pineapple – helps belching and bloating

Pine nuts

Pumpkin seeds

Quinoa grain

Umeboshi Plums






Reduce stress



Sea Salt

Seeds – Caraway,  Celery,  Cumin,  Fennel, Sesame

Sleep – Wait three hours after eating

Smoking – Don’t



Sprouts – Alfalfa seeds is the best, Chia seed, and Radish seed



Sunflower seeds

Sweet Potatoes

Swiss Chard

Tartar Cream of – In cases of extreme emergency when you need to get alkaline fast, mix 1/2 tsp cream of tartar in 8 oz. water and drink immediately





Turnip greens


Turmeric and Honey

Eat your veggies

Many fruits and vegetables have an alkalizing effect on your body, so make sure you’re getting an ample amount of them. These include dark green, leafy vegetables like kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard and collard greens, along with lemons, carrots, beets, turnips, cayenne peppers and garlic.

Sea Veggies

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) 2 tbls with 8 oz. water. Start with 1/2 tsp and slowly work up to 2 – 3 Tablespoons

Alkaline Water – is simply lemons in water

Warm Salt Water

Watermelon – use for belching


Wheat Grass and Wheat Grass Sprouts

Wild Rice

Vinegar – Balsamic

Vitamins – C, Calcium and potassium



Very Alkaline-Yielding Foods

Use in an emergency


Lemon or citric Acid  Number one

Cayenne Peppers (capsicum)  – cayenne is among the most alkalizing foods. The Lemon is best.  Cayenne Pepper is also known for as a bacterial and a free radical fighter. (to help with the sting take something that has fat in it like coconut oil it takes the sting out)



Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) – Temporary 2 Week Use only Read instructions


For GERD Symptoms

Home remedies for acidity

— Mix 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 16 oz. water and drink to relieve heartburn, acid reflux and GERD symptoms.
— Mix 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. baking soda with 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar to relieve acid reflux and create an alkaline-forming environment in your body. It will foam and fizz, so use a tall glass and wait for all bubbling to stop. Then add 8 oz. water and drink all at once. This mixture neutralizes the pH, buffers stomach acid and reduces acidosis.

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Instructions

Method 1: Dilute Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) 

•Use 1/2 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 1 cup warm water about 300 ml

•Drink after eating one hour.

•Repeatedly drinking about 2 times will immediately reduce the pain of fast stomach pain.

•This method not only reduces pain, but also actively reduces belching, abdominal pain, dyspepsia.

Alkaline Water

I do not recommend commercial Alkaline water

Detoxifying Lemon Water Recipe


1 lemon

1/2 cucumber (in season)

1/4 ginger root

1/2 cup mint leaves


– Peel a small amount of ginger before you cut it.

– Slice up all the ingredients and add it to water.

– If you want to get the most out of the ingredients, do not throw them out after one use.

– Generally, they will last around three days if you keep adding new water.

– Drink first thing in the morning for optimum results.

Worth The Squeeze

Serves: 1 tall glass

•1 lemon, juiced

•1 tsp of aloe vera

•1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

•1-2 cups of water (room temperature or hot, based on what you want)

•1 tsp real honey

•A few mint and fresh basil leaves.

To get Started on approaching an alkaline diet, make a pitcher of this, and drink it every morning on an empty stomach to get all the benefits, or before going to bed are best.  Drink this for 5 days and you should notice you’re waking up more rested and with more energy.  You should have fewer digestive problems.  That is if you also stop eating processed foods, including sugar and soft drinks and coffee.

Till Next Time

List of Books Available and Sources

For your Information there are a large list of inexpensive books available especially from Amazon

Amazon List of Acid/Alkaline food

The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide – Second Edition: A Quick Reference to Foods & Their effect on pH Levels

By Susan E. Brown, and Larry Jr. Trivieri


For your Information there are a large list of inexpensive books available especially from Amazon

Amazon List of Acid/Alkaline food

The pH Miracle

Dr. Robert O Young, PhD, and Shelley Redford Young


pH = Power of Health

James Yoseph

Hannah Yoseph, MD


Alkalize or Die

By Theodore A. Baroody

1991 Out of Print It has been Reprinted by popular demand

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