List of Acid and Alkaline foods

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AcidAway
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   Posted 10/31/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I got the list of foods below from a doctor. The idea is that you need to eat the proper balance of alkaline and acid foods (supposedly something like 80% alkaline foods to 20% acid foods according to what I've read). The so-called 'acid' foods lower the pH of the body (make it more acidic) while the so-called 'alkaline' foods raise the pH of the body (make it more alkaline).

When I eat lots of alkaline foods, my body feels better, I don't get acid reflux, I sleep better, I don't wake up feeling like crud, and I feel more flexible.

Here's the breakdown of acid and alkaline foods:

Most Alkaline (most anti-acid): Baking soda, calcium, Limes, Nectarine, Persimmon, Raspberry, Watermelon, Tangerine, Lentils, Yams, Onions, Daikons, Taro Root, Sea Vegetables, Burdock, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin seeds

More Alkaline: Spices, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Citrus, Mango, Dewberry, Loganberry, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Garlic, Kale, Parsley, Endive, Mustard Green, Ginger Root, Broccoli, Poppy seeds, molasses

Low Alkaline: Herbs (most), Lemon, Pear, Apple, Avocado, Blackberry, Cherry, Peach, Papaya, Potato, Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Califlower, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Collard Greens, Primrose Oil, Sesame Seeds, Cod Liver Oil, Almonds, Sprouts, Quail Eggs, Green tea, Mu tea, Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar

Lowest Alkaline: Orange, apricot, banana, blueberry, pineapple, raisin, currant, grape, strawberry, brussel sprout, beet, chive, okra, turnip greens, squash, lettuces, avacod oil, seeds (most), coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, oats, quinos, wild rice, duck eggs, ginger tea, sucanar

Lowest Acid: Curry, Guava, Dry Fruit, Figs, Dates, Persimmon Juice, Spinach, Fava Beans, Kidney Beans, String Beans, Chutney, Rhubarb, Pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, millet, kasha, triticale, amaranth, brown rice, wild duck, venison, fish, chicken eggs, cream, yogurt, kona coffee, honey, maple syrup, rice vinegar

Low Acid: Vanilla, Plum, Prune, Tomatoes, Tofu, Pinto Beans, White Beans, Navy Beans, Adzuki Beans, Lima Beans, Chard, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Safflower Oil, Buckwheat, Wheat, Spelt, Semolina, Teff, Goose, Turkey, Lamb, Mutton, Elk, Shellfish, cow milk, goat milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, black tea, balsamic vinegar

More Acid: Nutmeg, Cranberry, Pomegranate, green pea, peanut, snow pea, legumes (other), carrots, chick pea, pistachio seed, pecans, corn, rye, oat bran, chicken, pork/veal, mussels, squid, casein, new cheeses, coffee, saccharin

Most Acid: Pudding, Jam, Jelly, Soybean, Carob, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, barley, pheasant, beef, lobster, processed cheese, ice cream, beer, sugar, cocoa, white vinegar


For an idea of what an acid-alkaline diet looks like, here is what I typically eat in a day:

Fresh, raw green kale (28-56 cups) (More Alkaline)
1 or 2 medium-sized watermelons (Most Alkaline)
1 cup of ground flax seed (Lowest Alkaline)
1 sweet potato or yam (Most Alkaline)
1 or 2 cups of molasses (More Alkaline)
1/2 chicken some days; entire chicken some days; no meat some days (More Acid)
green tea - drink all day as main beverage (Low Alkaline)

Other foods I mix in occasionally: onions, limes, lemons, tangerines, cantaloupe, broccoli, apples, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, oranges, grapes, beer, wild salmon, sardines in water

stkitt
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   Posted 10/31/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and thank you so much for sharing the information with all of the members.
 
I hope you will stick with us as this is a awesome group and all opinions are welcome.
 
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Moo'sMum
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   Posted 10/31/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
The most akaline grain you can eat if you need a carbs fix is quinoa pronounced keen wa. It's very similar to cous cous and tastes great. Very easy to digest.

2bhappy
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   Posted 10/31/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information of different types of food.

All in all I am really discouraged after reading a lot of posts in this forum.... it seems to me that GERD suffers have to eat close to perfect to get relief? I guess I am going to have to start changing what I like to eat. I didn't even think I ate that bad before. :(

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 10/31/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 2bhappy. Unfortunately you are correct we do have to eat very well. However as I have got better I've found a.) I don't really want to eat a lot of the things I used to love and b.) I can have a few indulgences here and there and not suffer for it. e.g. I can now eat tomato things with no probs providing it's not every day.

AcidAway
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   Posted 10/31/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt,

Thanks for the warm welcome.


2bhappy,

I don't feel like I have to eat perfect. I'm sure that I eat way too much molasses and watermelon. I use those two things to satisfy my sweet tooth. I rarely have cravings anymore and I feel full most of the time. I'm definitely not deprived. You may find that you also will not feel deprived on an acid-alkaline balanced diet.

2bhappy
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   Posted 11/1/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
AcidAway...

Do you take the PPI's? I have been taking them for 8 years and just from this forum NOT from my stinkin Dr. do I find out that is really bad for you. Just wondering if you control your Ruflux with diet alone?

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 11/1/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Acidaway
Watermellon is one of the very best things you can eat for reflux so don't feel bad for eating that.

AcidAway
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   Posted 11/1/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
2bhappy,

I do not take PPIs. I have struggled with acid reflux since my mid 20's. Back then I didn't even know what it was. I'm 38 now and my acid reflux was getting so bad that I was just about to go to the doctor. I would try to eat a meal and would get acid reflux so bad that I could no longer swallow. Sometimes the acid would just keep coming up my throat for hours and I would be totally wiped out after. This was at the beginning of the summer.

One day earlier this year I happened to bring up my acid reflux to an oral surgeon. He gave me that list of foods above and it changed my life. I had been eating a lot of meat and it was clear from the chart that the large amount of meat I was consuming was giving me acid reflux.

I have been experimenting with alkaline foods for several months now. I discovered that I could stop an acid reflux attack in it's tracks by eating watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, fresh raw green kale, chewable calcium pills, or even onions! It was such a relief to find foods I could eat that not only didn't cause acid reflux but actually stopped or prevented it from happening after suffering for so many years.

Now I rarely get acid reflux, but when I do I stop it by eating some of the Most Alkaline or More Alkaline foods. Today I ate the following:
~20 cups of fresh, raw green kale (More Alkaline)
1 cup of ground flaxseed (Lowest Alkaline)
2 sweet potatoes (Most Alkaline)
2 personal watermelons (Most Alkaline)
1/2 fire-roasted chicken (More Acid)
approximately 1/8th to 1/4 cup of molasses in the afternoon as a snack instead of a candy bar (More Alkaline)

I don't feel like I have to eat perfect. I just need to get most of my calories from Alkaline foods which is fairly easy to do considering that there are tons of great tasting alkaline foods.

When I'm eating something that is acidic like chicken I make sure to have plenty of alkaline food on hand just in case I start experiencing acid reflux. For example, I usually take a couple of 14-cup tupperware containers of fresh, raw, green kale to work. I munch on one of the containers in the morning and then eat the other one at lunch with chicken.

I think if you experiment with the alkaline foods, you eventually settle on several that you like that will become staple parts of your diet. It's much, much better to prevent acid reflux with healthy, nutritious great-tasting alkaline foods than it is to take PPIs which have unknown side effects if taken long-term.

AcidAway
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   Posted 11/1/2010 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
If you want to see the list of foods in a better format or as a PDF, see this Web page:

https://sites.google.com/site/healthguy99/home/foodchart

2bhappy
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   Posted 11/2/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for this information AcidAway! I will try implementing these foods in my diet. :)

fireworks
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   Posted 6/10/2012 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Bumping up a good post scool

sunbeam48
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   Posted 6/10/2012 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a list of pH values of foods based on actual pH, as measured with a scientific pH meter. I don't know the bsis for pH measurement on the other list. This list is what Dr. Koufman uses in her research. http://www.arrowscientific.com.au/educational-material/ph-values-of-foods-and-food-products.html
 

fireworks
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   Posted 6/10/2012 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Very useful. Thank you sunbeam!

drtinsac
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   Posted 6/11/2012 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't understand how limes are high alkaline. They obviously contain citric acid, and are among things to be avoided on the Koufman induction phase; though I do understand that diet has to do with exposing the throat tissues to acid and activating pepsin.

Can anyone explain this? Does eating acidic foods like limes and apple cider vinegar, actually change the "body" PH? and how is this measured?

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 6/11/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
This list is very different from Dr. Koufmann's. And some of the acidic foods listed like green peas are supposed to be alkaline. Garlic we are told to avoid and that is on the list of alkaline. Oranges are listed an alkaline too. Grapfruit is said to be alkaline, that also is a no no for GERD. I think people need to be cautious of the GERD triggers as well. Alkaline Diet is not exactly the same as the GERD diet.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 6/11/2012 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The "Alkalise or Die" book and the concept of balancing acid/alkaline is very different to the Koufman diet. The concept of alkalising ones body is a naturopathic concept, based on a belief that some foods (meat, dairy, sugar for example) leave an acid residue in the tissues after the food has been metabolised (or catabolised actually). Conversely, fruits, especially acid ones, allegedly leave an alkaline residue in the body, which is meant to somehow restore good health. As far as I know there is no scientific evidence that backs up this approach.

The Koufman diet, as Sunbeam says, is based on the pH level of the food at the time the food lands in the stomach - it's about what irritates the stomach and what doesn't, rather than what happens elsewhere in the body when the food has been metabolised.

The alkalising diet does the rounds periodically, same as other popular trending diets like Stone Age, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, Low Carb, F plan etc etc - they basically get rebranded and go round again and again. Many such diets have other reasons why they may be beneficial to health - they all tend to be low in sugar and processed food and high in fruit and veg. They all tend to ban alcohol, tea and coffee and often sugar too. People can all too easily end up on a very restricted diet which they then do not know how to expand when they start to feel better (or if they feel better). At least with the Koufman diet there is some good support here on the forum and on the author's website.

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Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/19/2014 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have been diagnosed as having GERD since last dec 30, 2013. I have been experiencing terrible chest pain during that time. I was given tecta which I am still taking till now... As of now I am experiencing a lot of burping after eating, and sometimes i feel bad when the gas cant  come out immediately, where I feel that something stuck in my throat.. though i am thankful that the chest pain is totally gone now still I am wondering about my burping issue. I have been a little depress this past few days and been longing for someone to talk to. Im glad I found this forum, it makes me feel better knowing the opinions of other people who has same case as mine. I figure out that there is still something wrong with my diet even though I am only eating vegetables, fruits , fish and chicken only. From the post of acidaway, i found out that though im eating vegetables still im eating less alkaline food. I'll try to improve more my eating habits and diet and looking forward to totally eliminate the symptoms. :-)   I hope that more campaigns regarding GERD/LPR will be out to better educate people about this health problem  and how to properly manage it. In this way it can  give positive outlook on those peolple who have it.

joogle
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   Posted 4/19/2014 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the list but yeah this does get confusing since it does mention lemon/line as alkaline.

any suggestions from people who've done extensive research - is it better to follow an alkaline diet for people with reflux?

Because i need to make life easier for my wife, she never can tell what to cook with me as im trying to lose 20 lbs through diet that will not cause heartburn.

i cut out the carbs this past week, just maybe eating a slice of bread, and was eating mainly protein which i think is a problem, i need to eat more greens based on what i read and cut the portion of protein.

but again a chart like this helps but am not sure about certain items like oranges/lemons/limes.

thanks

Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/19/2014 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am drinking water with a slice of lemon in it... I think it also helps.. just that I am eating banana, apple, carrots and lettuce everyday because i thought all veggies and those fruits are alkaline foods... wasnt able to realize that they have certain level of alkalinity and acidity... i am thinking that's the reason why I still have symptoms of acid reflux like burping.

joogle
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   Posted 4/19/2014 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
If anyone can find a full chart with the Ph levels that would be awesome and if they could put it in here, I found this article which explains the concept well it seems, that eat a high alkaline diet, basically low acid, but be careful of certain trigger foods.


http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/tired-of-feeling-the-burn-low-acid-diet-may-help/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0


Happyveggie - i read somewhere that a lemon in water makes the water more alkaline so that should be fine i guess.

To the OP thanks for posting this link, I googled and found this exact same chart it seems in this link

http://rimac.org/most-effective-diet/alkaline-and-acid-food-ph-chart-jpg/#image-1

Post Edited (joogle) : 4/19/2014 12:35:00 PM (GMT-6)


Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/19/2014 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
That's right joogle... try to use organic lemons in distilled water.

Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/19/2014 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi... this link shows a list of PH level of common fruits, vegetables and others
http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/business_food/files/Approximate_pH.pdf

Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/20/2014 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ,
you may want to try checking this link regarding apple cider vinegar... wink
 
I just tried it today.. i temporarily stop my tecta...  I hope it will work..

joogle
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   Posted 4/20/2014 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Happyvegie - did you take ACV while on PPI?

Also, have you tried Betaine HCL with Pepsin tablets? I believe they are same concept as ACV but maybe more effective
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