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Alkalinizing your diet

12 Oct

Alkalinizing your diet

The following inforomation regarding an alkaline diet it given to our naturopathic patients in Mississauga.  We hope that this information is helpful for you too! If you have questions, contact us in Mississauga!

Who should try an alkaline diet?

This type of diet is especially recommended for those patients who experience the following symptoms: high acid in stomach (burning), high uric acid in the blood and those who have low pH in their saliva and urine.

However, by following these suggestions, most people will get an overall benefit from eating this way, regardless of their health concerns.


Recommended – 60% ALKALINE and 40% ACID forming foods.  

Try some of the suggestions below to move your diet more towards an alkaline diet:

  • Drink the juice of half a lemon or lime in water as a beverage
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits as most are alkalinizing (except currents, blueberries, cranberries, plums, carob)
  • Eat 1 cup equivalent of alkalinizing greens daily (kale, collard, mustard greens) or
  • Make blender drinks or juices using green powdered supplements and fruits
  • Eat millet and quinoa as an option to the acid forming grains (wheat, brown rice)
  • Eat fish and lamb for less acid forming animal protein
  • Use olive oil as it is less acid forming than other vegetable oils
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Reduce intake of red meat, most dairy products, alcohol, sugar, and most nuts (except raw almonds, chestnuts and brazil nuts are alright).


Alkaline Forming Foods

FoodMost alkalineMore AlkalineLow AlkalineLeast Alkaline
CondimentsBaking soda

Sea salt

Mineral water




Soy sauce


Herbs (most)

Green tea

Rice syrup

Apple cider vinegar

Ginger tea

Umeboshi vinegar



GrainsOats, Quinoa, Wild rice
Nuts, seedsPumpkinseedPoppy seeds, ChestnutsPrimrose oil, sesame seeds, cod liver oil, almondsFlaxseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, other seeds
Vegetables, LegumesLentils, onion, seaweed, burdock lotus root, sweet potato yamKohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, kale, endive, mustard greens, ginger, broccoliPotato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard greensBrussel sprouts, beets, chives, cilantro, okra, squash, lettuce, jicama
FruitLimes, nectarines, persimmons, raspberries, watermelon, tangerinesGrapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olives, loganberries, mangoesLemons, pears, avocado, pineapple, apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches, papayaOranges, apricots, bananas blueberries, currants, raisins, grapes, strawberries



Acid Forming Foods

FoodMost AcidMore AcidLow AcidLeast Acid
CondimentsJam/jelly, table salt, yeast, sugar, cocoa, white vinegar, wheat germNutmeg, coffee, saccharinVanilla, black tea, alcohol, balsamic vinegarCurry powder, honey maple syrup, rice vinegar
DairyProcessed cheese, ice cream30-day cheeses, soymilk, caseinCow’s milk, aged cheese, soy cheese goat milkCream, yoghurt, goat cheese
Animal proteinBeef,  pheasantPork, veal, squid lobster, chickenLamb, boar, shellfish, goose, turkeyEggs, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck
GrainsBarleyMaize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat branBuckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, semolina, white riceTriticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice
Nuts, seedsHazelnuts,walnuts, brazil nuts,Pistachio seed, chestnut oil, pecans, palm kernel oilAlmond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitanPumpkinseed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil
Vegetable, LegumesSoy beans, carobGreen peas peanuts snow peas, carrots, chickpeas,Tofu, pinto beans, white/red beans, azuki beans, lima beans, chardSpinach, fave beans, kidney beans, string beans, rhubarb
FruitsCranberries, pomegranatesPlum, prune, tomatoesGuava, pineapple (dry), figs, dates


(Ref: Serammune Physicians Lab. Virginia, 1995).


Things that increase the acidity of urine: 

  • Cranberries
  • prunes


Things that reduces the acidity of urine:

  • Bananas
  • melons
  • oranges
  • milk
  • beans
  • potatoes


Acid Ash Foods

  • Beef, pork, liver, lamb, veal, ham, poultry (all), Fish (most all), Shellfish, Eggs (whole)
  • Buttermilk, Yogurt, Natural cheese
  • Bran, Wheat Germ, white rice, most whole grains, Cooked prunes (no sugar)
  • Most nuts (except almonds and brazil nuts)
  • Lentils, soy beans, dried peas, dried beans
  • Cooked tomatoes, cooked rhubarb
  • Coffee (black only), tea (no sugar)


Alkaline Ash foods

  • Dates, figs, raisins, currants
  • Honey, molasses, maple syrup
  • Pumpkin, Squash
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Apples, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, melons, bananas, cherries, apricots, cantaloupe, watermoelon
  • Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit
  • Brown rice, millet, buckwheat
  • Almonds, brazil nut, peanuts
  • Baked potatoes
  • White sugar, brown sugar, jams, jellies, macaroni, oily nuts, white flour, processed cereal, candy, cakes, pastries, ice cream
  • popcorn


Bulk Forming Foods (Neutral)

  • Asparagus, Celery
  • Collards, cabbage, lettuce, beet tops, endives,broccoli, kale
  • Water cress, chives, cucumber
  • Garlic, onion
  • Eggplant, radish, spinach, green pepper, okra, sorrel, leek
  • Peppermint, dandelion
  • Artichokes, parsley, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, root celery, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, avocado
  • Butter, olive oil
  • Cottage cheese

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