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

Food Most alkaline More Alkaline Low Alkaline Least Alkaline
Condiments Baking soda

Sea salt

Mineral water




Soy sauce


Herbs (most)

Green tea

Rice syrup

Apple cider vinegar

Ginger tea

Umeboshi vinegar



Grains Oats, Quinoa, Wild rice
Nuts, seeds Pumpkinseed Poppy seeds, Chestnuts Primrose oil, sesame seeds, cod liver oil, almonds Flaxseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, other seeds
Vegetables, Legumes Lentils, onion, seaweed, burdock lotus root, sweet potato yam Kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, kale, endive, mustard greens, ginger, broccoli Potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard greens Brussel sprouts, beets, chives, cilantro, okra, squash, lettuce, jicama
Fruit Limes, nectarines, persimmons, raspberries, watermelon, tangerines Grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olives, loganberries, mangoes Lemons, pears, avocado, pineapple, apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches, papaya Oranges, apricots, bananas blueberries, currants, raisins, grapes, strawberries



Acid Forming Foods

Food Most Acid More Acid Low Acid Least Acid
Condiments Jam/jelly, table salt, yeast, sugar, cocoa, white vinegar, wheat germ Nutmeg, coffee, saccharin Vanilla, black tea, alcohol, balsamic vinegar Curry powder, honey maple syrup, rice vinegar
Dairy Processed cheese, ice cream 30-day cheeses, soymilk, casein Cow’s milk, aged cheese, soy cheese goat milk Cream, yoghurt, goat cheese
Animal protein Beef,  pheasant Pork, veal, squid lobster, chicken Lamb, boar, shellfish, goose, turkey Eggs, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck
Grains Barley Maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran Buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, semolina, white rice Triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice
Nuts, seeds Hazelnuts,walnuts, brazil nuts, Pistachio seed, chestnut oil, pecans, palm kernel oil Almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan Pumpkinseed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil
Vegetable, Legumes Soy beans, carob Green peas peanuts snow peas, carrots, chickpeas, Tofu, pinto beans, white/red beans, azuki beans, lima beans, chard Spinach, fave beans, kidney beans, string beans, rhubarb
Fruits Cranberries, pomegranates Plum, prune, tomatoes Guava, 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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