Anesa Kratovac

November 18, 2021 8:52 am

An Essential Alkaline Food List

 

What is An Alkaline Diet?

 

Our bodies operate at slightly alkaline chemistry at 7.35-7.45 pH, meaning that our internal fluids such as the blood, the lymphatic and cerebral fluids, and urine need to be kept slightly alkaline in order for the body to function at ideal homeostasis that keeps us disease-free. An alkaline food list can help guide you on that journey!

The body functions ideally at the 80 alkaline/20 acidic ratio, but because of the sheer nature of our toxic modern world, most of us are already more acidic than alkaline just by interacting with our environments, leading fast-paced lifestyles, and consuming chemistry that may not be optimal. This is exactly why diet is of essential importance, given that it is one key component that we can control most in terms of our internal chemistry and health!

Indeed, when we eat acid-ash foods – which include cooked, processed, non-organic grains, wheat, animal products, and certain starches – we create more acidic output that the body must eliminate effectively, or else it will fester in the body and degenerate cells and tissues.

An alkaline diet, also known as a mucusless diet, helps to hydrate the body, move the lymphatic system (the body’s sewage system), and improve cellular function. It not only cools down inflammation, but also starts the process of detoxification, giving the kidneys, the liver, the bowels, and the skin a jolt to purge and regenerate. The more we can commit to eating alkaline foods, the greater the effects of regeneration we will experience. 

So, what do you eat on an alkaline diet? An effective 80/20 alkaline diet consists of a high degree of organic and raw fruits and vegetables. And since fruit is the most astringent and electrical food found in nature (it is the nervous system tonic, after all), it is essential to eat plenty of organic fruit (at least 50%) during an alkaline food cleanse. 

Fruits consist of simple sugars (very different chemistry from complex sugars found in processed foods) that are the fuel source for all the cells in the body; they also don’t require much time to digest and don’t necessitate insulin or much energy to be digested, absorbed, and assimilated. Therefore, they provide more energy to the body than they consume in terms of metabolism, while their hydrating nature is ideal for detoxification and regeneration.

Although vegetables are alkaline and very nutritious, they are better for building up the body after detoxification, as the plant matter builds tissues and muscles. Just look at all the herbivores in nature – the elephants, cows, hippopotamuses, and buffalo. They are all very bulky and strong. And that’s why veggies are better for building up the body after proper detoxification with herbs and fruit.

However, I would say that bitter greens are the happy medium that can complement the detox process wonderfully by stimulating liver, pancreatic, and gallbladder cleansing!

 

How An Alkaline Diet Can Improve Disease Symptoms

 

How An Alklaine Diet Can Improve Disease Symptoms
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The lymphatic system is the largest fluid system in our bodies that is twice as long as the blood system and which is responsible for carrying waste from all cells and tissues to the kidneys for elimination. It is the body’s sewage system that is composed of the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes (which denature acids), tonsils, and vessels, and which circulates optimally when interfaced with alkaline chemistry. The lymph system can become congested under an acidic body terrain as well as a sedentary lifestyle and has to work harder to circulate waste efficiently to the kidneys.

In addition to the lymphatic system, the kidneys have to be strong and be able to filter acids, toxins, and metabolic waste effectively, or the waste will circulate in the body longer and be dealt with in other ways –  through skin eruptions (such as eczema and psoriasis), tumors, and other means of compensation. When left unchecked, this chronic inflammation has nowhere to go but co-mingle with cells and tissues, causing what we term “disease” – or localized tissue degeneration.

Indeed, the nature and locality of the disease expression of acidosis are always correlated to the weakest areas of the body, mostly due to genetics, diet, and lifestyle. 

Unfortunately, most of us have weak kidneys due to a stressful lifestyle and overexertion (kidney function is impacted by the function of the adrenal glands that sit right on top of the kidneys), as well as highly acidic and protein-rich diets.

Overall, acidic food intake causes the lymphatic system to lag and become sluggish and weakens kidney function (as well as the function of other organs). These two important body systems are essential for waste removal from the body, and if they don’t function properly, waste accumulates as the body’s intelligence looks for ways to compensate by stealing alkalinity from “non-essential” tissues and bones.

An additional tip is that it’s not just what you eat but also how you eat that matters! Essentially, a breakfast that is very cleansing and which breaks-the-fast of the night’s regeneration is a must, and fruit is the most optimal food to eat and clean the body and energize the cells for the day!

Likewise, food combining is very important when it comes to avoiding fermentation and poor digestion. Knowing which fruits to combine with which fruits, knowing not to combine starch with protein, and which foods to eat separately. 

And lastly, eating simply and having small meals (while chewing foods properly and taking time to eat) are powerful habits when it comes to helping the body heal from acidosis. Not only will your digestion improve, but many of your gut problems will reverse with time.

 

A Comprehensive Alkaline Food List: Fruits, Veggies and More

 

A Comprehensive Alkaline Food List
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The following foods are alkaline pH forming foods, meaning that they only generate hydrating electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium in their ash after they have been digested.

These electrolytes are key to bringing “electricity” to the body and enabling all systems to run smoothly. And when in doubt about what to eat, just know that the simpler you eat, the better. You can still get nutritional diversity from only a few meals a day, but always ensure that they are made of a few ingredients and are easy to digest!

The following list of alkaline foods is reproduced (and updated/altered) from Dr. Robert Morse’s The Miracle Detox Sourcebook:

 

FRUITS

Apples 

Apricots 

Bananas 

Berries 

Cherries 

Coconut, fresh 

Currants 

Dates 

Figs

Grapefruit

Grapes

Guava

Kiwi fruit

Kumquats

Lemons, ripe 

Limes 

Loquats 

Mangoes

Melons, all

Mulberries

Nectarines 

Oranges 

Passion Fruit 

Papaya 

Pears 

Peaches 

Pineapple, fresh 

Pomegranates 

Prickly Pear 

Raisins 

Red and Black Currents

Sapotes 

Strawberries 

Tamarind 

Tangerines

Tropical fruits

 

VEGETABLES, BEANS, AND NUTS

Alfalfa 

Almonds 

Artichokes 

Asparagus 

Avocados 

Bamboo shoots 

Beans—green, string

Lima beans

Beets 

Bell Peppers, all colors 

Broccoli 

Brussels Sprouts 

Cabbage, red and white 

Carrots 

Celery 

Cauliflower 

Chard 

Chestnuts 

Chicory 

Chives 

Collards

Cucumber

Dandelion 

Dill Dock, green 

Escarole

Garlic (in moderation)

Horseradish 

Kale 

Kohlrabi 

Leeks 

Lettuce 

Mung beans

Micro greens

Okra 

Olives (without preservatives)

Onions 

Parsley 

Parsnips 

Peas 

Pumpkin 

Radish 

Rhubarb 

Sauerkraut (in moderation)

Sorrel 

Spinach 

Sprouts 

Squash

Sweet potatoes

Tomatoes, orange only 

Turnips

Watercress

Zucchini

 

OTHER FOODS

Olive oil 

Coconut oil

Flex seed oil

Hemp oil

Avocado oil

Spices

Natural Tea, herbal and Chinese 

Dulse and Kelp 

Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa (semi-alkaline grains, in moderation)

Herbs

 

Acidic Foods to Avoid

 

Acidic Foods to Avoid
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Here is a list of foods to fully avoid when looking to reverse disease symptoms and regenerate the body:

Processed foods

Meat

Butter and margarine

Most grains

Flour products

Dressings

Cornmeal

Granola

Pistachios

Lentils

Prunes

Rice cakes

Soy products

Processed sugar

Preservatives and additives

Refined oils

Rice, white and brown

Canned vegetables

Cashews

Cranberries

Yogurt

Vinegar, conventional

Pasta

Peanuts

Oatmeal

Processed oils

Eggs

Canned fruits

Grits

Gravy

Nuts

Artichokes

Barley

Jams

Condiments, all

Black pepper

Tapioca

Soda water

Garbanzo beans

Custards 

Dairy products 

Breakfast cereals

Breads

Gelatin

Cheeses, all

Coffee and alcohol

 

Final Thoughts

 

An alkaline food list is quintessentially a repertoire of mother nature – fruits and veggies that grow organically and seasonally (preferably). It is important to dispel the myth that eating fruits and veggies solely is somehow deficient in all the proper nutrients. In fact, fruits, veggies, and greens contain all the phytonutrients, enzymes, amino acids, and electrolytes that our bodies need to thrive.

Since cooking at high temperatures changes a food’s chemistry and denatures vital enzyme bonds, a healing diet is always predicated on the electrical power of raw foods.

If this article was helpful and you need more guidance on your health journey, check out my complimentary guide to 3 essential things to know to detoxify and heal properly! Knowledge is power, and knowledge of nutrition as the fuel for life is the foundation for personal empowerment.

About the Author

Anesa is the founder of and the chief integrative health practitioner at Red Grape Wisdom, with a mission to teach the public the truth about health and the principles of wellness that trace their roots back to our human origins and our connection to the cosmic and natural law. 

Anesa is the author of How to Detox Your Body Naturally and Safely, and her expertise lies in natural health diagnostics, holistic detoxification, and healing support. She uses many unique modalities to help others heal naturally and thrive such as naturopathy, medical astrology, iridology, and Eastern traditional herbal medicine. 

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