Top 10 Alkaline Diet Questions Answered!

by Ross Bridgeford

alkaline diet questions answered here

Updated December 2014

What if I told you that you could get to your health goal four, if not five times faster than you thought possible?

The reality is you can, without question, but before I go into how, let me explain why…

99% of people who start the alkaline diet make ONE critical mistake…

This mistake instantly puts them on the back foot. It creates stress, anxiety and feelings of being deprived from day one.

It puts them in a war with their body, instead of feeling connected to their body.

And ultimately it makes it almost impossible to stick to the alkaline diet, and stacks the odds in favour of giving up…and then feeling bad about it.

What’s that one mistake?

They try to be perfect from day one

Have you ever done this?

You get so excited by a new thing – in this case an approach to health – that you grab the basics and just run at it full pelt.

The irony is, the alkaline diet can be REALLY easy.

But most people just download their food chart, and then start trying to live by what foods they can and can’t eat.

Bad move.

The alkaline diet – the way I teach it, and the way I make it work for 99.9% of people – is about learning how to make it REAL in YOUR life.

It’s about moderation, focusing on the good, living the core, most important things and letting the little details take care of themselves.

In this guide, I want to give you the basics by answering the most common questions I get asked by beginners and seasoned pro’s alike.

I think it will give you a really rounded place to start from.

And once you’ve read this I will give you my #1 resource for starting from scratch (or re-starting) by following the core, 20% of actions that will give you 80% of the benefit, with very minimal hard work!

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These questions are:

  1. You Can’t Change Your pH, Right? (skip to question)
  2. Everyone KNOWS lemons are acidic. Why do you recommend them? (skip to question)
  3. Can I eat fruit? (skip to question)
  4. Why are the lists of alkaline/acid foods different? (skip to question)
  5. Which supplements do you recommend? (skip to question)
  6. Where do I get protein from? (skip to question)
  7. Will I lose weight (OR can I gain weight?) (skip to question)
  8. How do I test my pH – why are my readings erratic? (skip to question)
  9. What Are the Most Alkaline Foods & the Most Acidic? (skip to question)
  10. How Long Does it Take to Get Alkaline? (skip to question)

There are also a couple of extra bonus questions at the end, including a REAL biggie, but we’ll get to that in a bit…

So let’s get started, here are:

The Top Ten Alkaline Diet Questions…Answered

1. You Can’t Change Your pH, Right?

This is a concern for a lot of people who are interested in getting alkaline, it makes perfect sense to them, but then a skeptic tells them…”You can’t change your ph!”…right?

Wrong. And in this guide I’ll show you exactly why.

So many times I’m emailed by concerned people saying their friend sent them to a website, or their doctor tells them:

“You can’t alter the pH of the body, the body has strict regulating mechanisms to keep it’s pH the same – so there is no point eating alkaline to try and make the body alkaline”.

The short answer to this is:

THAT’S EXACTLY THE POINT

The aim of the alkaline diet is NOT to try and raise the pH of the blood. Yes, that’s right. The aim of the alkaline diet is NOT to try and raise the pH of the blood.

The whole purpose of the alkaline diet is to prevent the body from having to do the regulating!

This is the biggest misconception that so-called experts have, who are so quick to criticise the alkaline diet. When the truth is, they simply haven’t done their research and are making themselves look like idiots.

The summary is this:

The body will ALWAYS retain your blood pH in a very tight range close to pH 7.365. Your aim is NOT to change this, it is to support the body’s efforts to keep it there. The standard, modern, Western diet is incredibly acidic, and living such an acidic diet puts constant pressure on the body to try and neutralise these acids to retain the pH at the slightly alkaline 7.365. The real damage is done to the body not in simply consuming these foods, but the real damage is the fallout of the body having to work dramatically hard to neutralise the acids and retain the pH at 7.365.

Makes sense, right?

2. Everyone KNOWS lemons are acidic. Why do you recommend them?

This is a quite common question, so I’m getting quite good at answering it in a nice and simple way!

It is basically about what effect the food has on the body once consumed rather than it’s acidity or alkalinity in its natural state. Lemons, while containing citric acid have a very high content of the strongly alkaline minerals potassium, magnesium and sodium. These minerals have a very alkalising effect on the body.

The reason this doesn’t work with oranges is because the sugar content of the orange is so high that cancels out the alkalising minerals and leads it to have a very acidifying effect on the body. That is the same for almost all fruits (unfortunately).

Which brings us onto…

3. Can I eat fruit?

Unfortunately, the answer to this one is, generally, no. I would limit your fruit intake to one piece of in-season fruit per day, and try to steer clear of pineapples, bananas and other super-high sweetness fruits.

Fruits should be treated as a treat, or ‘emergency food’. Better than a chocolate bar, yes, but the sugar content of fruit makes it actually quite acidifying.

You really need to avoid all sugar, whether it is fructose, sucrose, glucose (anything ending in -ose). They all have the same effect on the body – sugar is sugar is sugar, no matter where you get it from and fruit is absolutely packed with it.

While I understand that fruit also contains fibre, vitamins, phytonutrients etc. the sheer amount of sugar that fruit contains means that this not a worthwhile trade off.

The Problem with Sugar (and a quick crash course on why an acidic lifestyle is so bad)

In the same way that our body will do whatever it has to in order to maintain a temperature of 37 degrees, it will go to similar lengths to maintain a pH level of 7.365 for our internal cells, particularly the blood.

The modern Western diet of meats, dairy, fizzy drinks, chips, chocolate, candy, alcohol, coffee, pizza, pasta, bread etc has a massively acidic effect on the body. Such an acidic lifestyle puts incredible stress and strain on the body as it has to constantly fire-fight to keep this pH level of 7.365.

This not only takes up a MASSIVE amount of our energy (remember how you feel after Christmas dinner or a huge takeaway meal?) but it also uses up the alkaline minerals (buffers) in our body including calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium. This in turn leads to so many health issues it is unreal.

These acid-forming foods and drinks also lead to the creation of yeasts, bacteria and mold in our blood. In addition, the acids that are created and consumed in our modern lifestyle also ferment the blood and create harmful by-products, toxins and alcohols, which then further destroy our internal environment.

With more acid, more toxins are created, the pH is lowered, the bacteria and yeast grows, becomes mold, and a vicious cycle begins.

And what’s more – these harmful bacteria, yeast and mold actually feed off the nutrients you consume! But that is not all! The waste products they leave behind also act as their food, meaning that rapid multiplication takes place!

So when we consume sugar it sends our body into turmoil. Consuming sugar is like throwing petrol onto a fire. It rapidly fuels this cycle, compounding the problem and placing an insane amount of stress on the body.

I’ve written about this before and a number of questions and concerns often arise, but the question that comes up most frequently is this:

But sugar from fruit is different isn’t it? Fructose is ok, right?

Nope. Sugar is sugar is sugar. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, it still wreaks havoc with the acid/alkaline balance of the body. Whether it is from fructose, sucrose, an apple, honey or a piece of chocolate cake, the sugar still has the same devastating effect. How quickly or slowly the body metabolises different sugars may have an effect on your energy levels (in terms of how quickly the peaks and troughs will follow one another) but makes no difference to the fact that the sugar ferments and fuels these harmful microforms in exactly the same way.

And as for fruit juice?

Fresh or not, fruit juice is simply highly concentrated fruit! But without the fibre! It is the same problem multiplied by twenty.

DO NOT DRINK FRUIT JUICE!

Just one of the problems of fruit juice, but something worth focusing on for a second, is that when the body receives fructose without fibre, the brain does not recognise the calories consumed and you still remain hungry.

Plus the blood sugar spike from the pure fructose (without the fibre) leads to a whole vicious cycle of inflammation which ultimately leads to rapid visceral fat formation.

But that’s a whole other topic for another day (but check this article on inflammation in the meantime).

Is any fruit OK?

Yes! There are a handful of low-sugar fruits that are great for you!

Tomato, avocado, lemon, lime and grapefruit are all alkalising and full of goodness.

And before anyone asks about how lemons and limes can be alkalising – the answer is simple: it is the effect the food has on the body, not whether it is acid or alkaline in it’s natural state (same as above for lemons).

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4. Why are the lists of alkaline/acid foods different?

I know it is quite confusing to see such differences in the charts.

This amount of conflicting information is the main reason I started this site and I believe my Alkaline Food Chart (download here) is the most accurate, realistic and easy to use.

The reason that other charts show such disparity is because they base their classifications on the readings for the Potential Renal Acid Load research (PRAL).

This is not an accurate source for this purpose.

The reason for this is, to test for PRAL they basically burn the food at an extreme temperature and then take a read of the ‘ash’ that is left behind and what it’s pH is.

While this does give a read of its alkalinity from the mineral content of the food, this is only half the picture.

By burning it at such a high temperature they also burn away all of the most acid-causing content of the food, namely sugar.

That is why on some charts high sugar fruits are listed as alkaline. Bananas for instance are high in the alkaline mineral potassium, BUT they are also 25% sugar which makes them extremely acidifying when we consume them.

Robert Young has also tested the blood (through live blood analysis) of over 40,000 people and has seen first hand the effect different foods have on the body. So his classification of acid/alkaline foods is really the most accurate and the most relevant to the effect foods have on our pH levels.

5. Which supplements do you recommend?

This really is down to your own personal nutritional requirement, and I would always recommend speaking to a qualified nutritionist before making any dietary changes – but in my personal opinion and from the feedback from my customers I recommend the following supplements as a solid cornerstone to any nutritional regime:

Ross’s Supplement Suggestions

  1. Green Drink: highly alkalising, highly nutrient dense and unbelievably good for you, green drinks are a must have for me. I can almost guarantee that if you start having four green drinks per day then you will almost instantly start seeing the benefits. A rich source of chloropyhll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients – the greens infuse your body with highly alkaline ingredient to cleanse, neutralise acids and give your body a huge energy boost.
  2. Turmeric: Turmeric could possibly be THE most powerful, and most researched nutritional supplement known today. I have absolutely fallen in love with it, and have it daily. In fact, I think everyone should strongly consider adding turmeric not only to their daily diet, but also their daily supplement regimen.

    For me, it now stands alongside omega 3 as my most important nutrient.

    It has been proven to fight inflammation, fatigue, immune system disorders, heart conditions, cardiovascular health, fights cancer, prevents cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, is a huge antioxidant and more.

    You can simply take it in a capsule format and I recommend seeking out the phytosome form, which is shown to be more bioavailable to the body.(see here for 10 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Eat More Turmeric)

  3. Omega Oils & Coconut Oil: For optimal health, energy and wellness I strongly urge you to give some focus to the omega 3, 6, 9 and coconut oil that you consume. Here is a rundown of the basic facts of each to get you started!
    • Omega 3: The important omega 3′s are ALA, EPA and DHA. The human body cannot make omega 3 on its own so it is essential that we supplement our diets. Omega 3 is also the fat that we are most deficient in. Experts suggest that we need between 20-40ml of omega 3 per day to function optimally. To get this through diet alone is difficult, even if we eat oily fish and nuts every single day. Especially as a lot of the foods (fish & meat included) are farmed in a way that makes them less nutritious than in days gone by.
    • Medium Chain Tryglycerides (MCT) from Coconut Oil: MCT are hard to come by, and almost all other oils we consume are long chain. We specify coconut oil because it is almost always organic, is incredibly resistant to heat, light and air (unlike all other oils) so it can be cooked with and still healthy, and because it tastes great!

    As mentioned these Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are called essential because the body absolutely requires them to function, yet it cannot manufacture them itself. It relies upon us to consume these fats, namely omega 3 and omega 6. These fats are so important that even if we eliminated the bad fats from our diets completely, we would still, eventually, die if we did not ingest any of these EFAs. We simply cannot live without these fats!

    Do you, or have you ever suffered from any of the following:

    * Dry skin, acne or skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis or rosecea
    * Constipation
    * Weight gain
    * Low energy levels
    * Brittle hair and hair loss
    * Poor nail growth
    * Deterioration of liver and kidneys
    * Depression
    * Inability to sleep
    * Low immune system
    * Digestion problems, inflammation, bloating
    * Allergies
    * Low libido
    * Tingling in arms and legs

    These are just a few of the symptoms of omega 3 and 6 deficiency. And these symptoms show up fast!

  4. Alkaline Salts: Alkaline salts are simply so amazing. Based around the four most alkaline mineral salts of calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium, these salts are highly alkalising and are vital to life itself. To best way to tell you about these salts is to give you Robert Young’s description, so here goes:

    1) Our bodies contain almost 450gms of salt and each day we need to replenish the salt used by our bodies
    to maintain our normal health, vigor and alkaline design.

    2) Salt plays a big part in helping the body to digest food and turn them into living tissues, as well as helping to transmit nerve impulses that contract the muscles. In order for the cells of the body to function normally, a salt/water balance must be maintained. Salt is also necessary for making the sodium bicarbonate the body needs to alkalize the food we eat to maintaining the alkalinity of the blood and lymph fluids.

    3) When you are tired and/or fatigued and need energy that is the need for salt.

    4) All sugar cravings are the need for salt.

    5) Salt is the ion of life in which all energy is transported. Without salt there is no life.

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    6. Where do I get protein from?

    That is a very valid question – but I think it is in the wrong context…but I’ll get onto that. The first question you need to ask yourself is ‘How Much Protein Do I Need?’. Difficult question. Dr Young states that the average person needs no more than 20g per day, but this obviously changes if you work out or lead a very active life. I personally aim for around 50g, but certainly nowhere near the heights of some trainers who propose you should have at least 1-2g’s per kg of body weight.

    I suggest you find your own level that you are happy with, within this range (of 20-100g) and then consider where you will get your protein from. When most people ask this about the alkaline diet it is more out of fear that they are not going to get enough – but the more pertinent question is – what is your source of protein i.e. make sure it is a good source!

    On an alkaline diet, without any further supplementation I consume at least 30g of protein a day, which is more than enough for the body to function, grow and develop. This level often tops 60g with the introduction of tofu, soy milk etc.

    I also supplement with an organic sprouted brown rice protein at the moment because I’m hitting the gym pretty hard, but this isn’t essential.

    Food Sources of Protein on the Alkaline Diet – but to answer your original question, when you’re living alkaline you get more than enough protein from:

    – tofu
    – soy
    – nuts
    – seeds
    – pulses
    – green leafy vegetables

    These provide plenty.

    So relax…

    See Also:

    [+] Matt Frazier (a.k.a NoMeatAthlete)’s guide to vegetarian sources of protein for athletes

    [+] Kris Carr’s CrazySexyGuide to Vegan Protein

    7. Will I lose weight (OR can I gain weight?)

    The body is alkaline by design and one of the most common symptoms of being over-acid is weight gain.

    When you’re over acid your body both hang onto fat to protect your major organs, and is also unable to process the excess fat from the acids you consume. When you start to alkalise you quickly shred through this fat. Bulges and cellulite disappear pretty darn quick.

    There is some complex science behind this, but if you consider that on a daily basis you are going to be consuming loads of fresh, raw salads, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats etc. and be totally hydrated, while at the same time consuming zero sugar, trans-fats, chocolate, crisps, sweets, alcohol etc. it is pretty clear to see that you’re not going to have to worry about weight for too much longer.

    The same goes for being under-weight.

    Being under-weight is an acid problem too. Your clogged, over acidic digestive system is preventing your body from being able to absorb the nutrients you do consume, and so you’re left skinny and weak. Once you start to alkalise you will find yourself filling out in all the right places and gaining muscle mass.

    Brilliant.

    See Also:

    [+] My complete (video) guide to weight-GAIN on the alkaline diet

    8. How do I test my pH – why are my readings erratic?

    Testing your pH is a great way of tracking your progress. But it has to be done right.

    Here is how:

    It is good practice to either test 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. If testing your saliva, it is a good idea to try to fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow. This helps remove any acidic bacteria that might be lurking. Do not try to wash your mouth out with anything else as this will simply record the alkalinity of the water/liquid you have just used.

    For testing urine, let some urine flow before testing as this will give more of an average reading.

    NOTE: you can get all of the below info in a 2-page Quick Start Guide by CLICKING HERE

    It is also a good idea to test 2-3 times in a day in order to get an average, as first thing in the morning the body has retained fluids over a long period of time and it will engage in different processes to remove acid wastes from the body throughout the day (depending on activity and diet).

    Why the Differences and Fluctuations?

    The reason that there is such a difference between your urine and saliva readings is that a) your mouth is more likely to contain acidic bacteria throughout the day (if you brush your teeth it will show a very high alkaline reading due to the toothpaste so there is not much of a way around this) and b) because your urine is more of a reflection of the processes the body is undertaking to remove acid from the body.

    Both of these are therefore subject to fluctuations. I would recommend taking the average of several readings to gain a bigger picture of your progress rather than concentrating on each reading in isolation.

    A reading of anywhere between 6.75-7.0+ is excellent for saliva as the saliva tends to be slightly more acidic. For the urine, a slightly higher pH level of 7.5 upwards is great, but remember that due to the kidneys processing of toxins throughout the day, the urine can give a more erratic reading.

    To put all of this into perspective, someone who eats a typical Western diet would be more likely to have a saliva pH average of about 5.5-6.0. This may not seem too much lower, however it is important to remember that the pH scale is logarithmic – meaning each step is ten times the previous i.e. 4.5 is 10 times more acidic than 5.5 which is 100 times more acidic than 6.5 and so on.

    Remember:
    Testing the pH of your saliva or urine is only going to give you a general trend.

    Unfortunately, there is no way of determining the EXACT pH of the blood without undergoing a live blood analysis. However, they can give a good indication – so test, test, test and take the average and then follow this trend over time noticing the difference any changes in your diet can make.

    9: What are the most Alkaline Foods and the most Acidic?

    I have recently blogged and researched extensively about this, and the full guide is below.

    In short, the 7 most alkaline foods are:

    1. Spinach
    2. Kale
    3. Cucumber
    4. Broccoli
    5. Avocado
    6. Celery
    7. Capsicum

    But with honorable mentions going to ALL leafy greens, especially watercress! Coriander gets a nod too for it’s detoxing/chelating effect!

    Here is the full guide: The Seven Most Alkaline Foods (includes recipes for each too).

    And the seven most acidic?

    1. Cola
    2. Ice Cream
    3. Sugar
    4. Trans Fats
    5. MSG
    6. Yeast
    7. Sweeteners

    And honourable mentions to grains, gluten and tap water too!

    Click here for the full guide: the Seven Most Acidic Foods (contains research on each food).

    Resources: List of Alkaline Foods & Food pH Chart

    10: How Long Does it Take to Get Alkaline?

    This really is a ‘how long is a piece of string’ type question. If you’re coming from quite an acid-forming background you may feel a little worse before you feel better. It also depends on HOW you alkalise as well as how dedicated you are. Some people think they’re going great but are making one or two little mistakes that are costing them. More on this below.

    If you’ve been on a high protein diet I would expect that it has been quite acid-forming for a few years. Many people are in this position.

    You have two options when first starting out:

    Option One: you can go on an ‘Alkaline Cleanse’ which is essentially an alkaline detox where you consume only raw alkaline soups, alkaline juices and smoothies and get plenty of goo quality water (I have a free guide to doing an alkaline cleanse here) for anything between 3-10 days. I did a diary of a 3 day cleanse here which you can read to get an insight into what it’s like.

    Option Two: you can transition more gently onto the alkaline approach by hitting the main stuff first (lots of greens, hydration, oils, alkaline minerals, exercise) and then work on perfecting it over time.

    My concern is that going 100% full time, long-term from the word go as you have often ends in people finding it too much of a change and they give up after a few days or weeks (or hours!).

    If you’re going to go with option one definitely read my Alkaline Cleanse Guide and try to stick to it for at least 3 days before going onto option two. If you’re going to go with option two then I’d definitely download my Beginners Guide to the Alkaline Diet which you can access from my homepage.

    So how long does it take to see results…?

    Well, if you go with option 1 – the alkaline cleanse you will see a CHANGE very quickly, and if you’ve come from an acidic diet you’ll probably feel pretty crappy for a few days, but after you break through that you’ll feel sensational.

    If you go with option 2 and follow my suggestions then you’ll definitely start to see a turnaround pretty quickly. I guess it depends on what you consider to be ‘success’. You should start to feel clearer in your head and have more energy pretty quickly – within 48 hours, and will start to drop body fat and get that more restful sleep within a week.

    Bonus 1: Can I become too alkaline?

    Because I’m nice, and I couldn’t work out which question to drop to make this list a top 10 (top 11 didn’t have the same ring) I’m giving you this bonus answer. It is one we get asked quite often and it does have a simple-ish answer, so here goes.

    Basically, yes, you can become over-alkaline, of course. This is very, very difficult to achieve! Your body is constantly creating acids in it’s daily workings, which is why we need to focus on eating 80/20 alkaline foods to help to neutralise these acids. We obviously make things worse by eating and drinking acvid too.

    But if we did manage to eat SO alkaline that your cells and body fluids went above 7.365 then your body would simply buffer this to regulate you back down to the correct pH. The effect on your body would be similar to that if you were too acid. And given that 99% of us are too acid 99% of the time (yet we are still walking and functioning as humans!) then I don’t think it would have too much of an effect on us. You’d probably feel pretty similar to how you do right now.

    Plus it would be pretty short lived as, like I mentioned, the body does create acids all of the time, so you’d soon be neutralised!

    Any More Questions?

    I really hope this has helped and has given you a good framework and answered some of the questions you might have had. If you do have any other questions – feel free to leave a comment below!

    Have a great weekend
    Ross

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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Karthik December 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I’m from india suffering from ulcer(gas formation,bowel movement problems ie.,frequently going toilet).i’m very lean but i want to build some muscle atleast to be look like a 23year old,my original age.please help me through some INDIAN FOODS without medicines.EMAIL ME PLZ..THANKS IN ADVANCE..

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Virginia Cooper December 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hi Ross, thankyou for your enthusiasm re getting alkaline. I am trying to eat more alkaline foods because I have been suffering with silent reflux, (no heartburn). I am otherwise very healthy, although because of a period of trauma have lost weight and am desperate to put the weight back on. I exercise regularly too. My question is will my weight really be ok on the alkaline diet with no treats! I am so scared of losing or not being able to gain the weight.

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Dan Villaume October 21, 2014 at 4:14 am

what alkalizing protein do you recommend for someone who is very physically active but allergic to tofu/soy milk, has a hard time digesting nuts and seeds, and reacts (not cleansing reactions) to most grasses?

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Jonathan October 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Hi Ross,

Thanks for the highly informative post. I’m still unsure whether you could call high anti-oxidative berries like blackcurrants that fight free radicals – evil! The 80/20 balance is there for a reason and anti-oxidative berries and healing foods like ACV are an excellent addition to a heavy alkaline diet.

Anyway, my question is – do you know how the body determines the OVERALL pH of any given meal? For example, if you combines foods that were pH 5 with say, pH 8, would the body average this out as a PH 6.5 meal or is it all dependent on the quantities of each? Further, is there a way to then calculate the OVERALL pH level of a meal factoring in their quantities?

Thanks in advance,
Jonathan

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Leepers October 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I don’t understand why fruits like blueberries (1/2 cup) on a (nearly) daily basis would be unhealthy while eating plentiful amounts of greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, collards, swiss chard, cilantro, parsley) asparagus, garlic (3-6 cloves), limes, (skin) grapefruit, etc…..

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Cindi September 8, 2014 at 4:31 am

Ok, so I know in advance that this is going to be one of those ‘ugh!’ questions to those who are quite happily munching away on all things alkaline…but…

….how does one get past the omg-gag-this-is-horrible stage of eating alkaline foods, when everything on the list is either tasteless or horribly bitter/salty/or just plain rank?

I guess what I’m asking is how do you break into this alkaline world and incorporate the stuff into a daily meal plan? Do you munch on green things like a rabbit and pretend it was enjoyable until you’re able to convince yourself that it was, or do you just give up on ever experiencing any sense of enjoyable taste again and eventually get used to it?

I know it seems like a silly question, but it’s a genuine one and I’d been keen to know how others broke themselves into it – particularly those for whom eating veggies was used as a form of punishment when they were kids, like I was.

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nichola December 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Omg :) how can you say all this stuff is tasteless ? I almost live on a variation of a Greek salad and it is so yumm. Tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, (parsley, make, mint, optional), lemon or lime juice, olive oil, season to taste (try dhuka).

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Jennifer March 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

Hi I was wondering what kind of salt is the healthiest for you to stay alkaline? And are mushrooms good for you what about carob? Thank You,Jennifer

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scotty December 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

mushrooms are acidic and carob is chocolate is sugar is acidic also.
avoid table salt is easiest option. try himalayan or celtic salt. phour salt is phenomenal

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Chris February 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Hey, would really appreciate an answer. Can’t you alkalize an acidic food by adding tons of alkalizing foods like lemon juice? I need whey protein to build muscle (it’s a vanity thing). I can’t settle for vegan alternatives, they work but not half as good as meat, eggs or whey. I don’t eat meat or eggs, so my one and only savior is whey protein.

I am trying to live on an alkalizing diet but the more things that are off limits, the more I want to quit. I JUST want my whey protein and a nice variety of veggies, grains, beans, seeds, fruits… If I can add lemon to everything to make it alkaline that would be great.

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Geoff March 5, 2014 at 11:47 am
Leanne March 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Hi Ross,
That was a great blog. Thank you.
I have low iron levels and a health practitioner I have been working with suggested that eating meat is ok for me as I it will help me actually become more alkaline by upping my iron. What are you thoughts on this?
Also have you heard that urine therapy can help to alkaline the body?
Thanks for your time.
Leanne

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Marie November 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I’ve been suffering from chronic bacterial vaginosis for almost 1 year. No traditional medication has helped me. My gynecologists are baffled. I’ve done a lot of research, and I now know it’s because my body is too acidic. I’m now starting an alkaline diet to help. Can you offer any help to jump start this process for someone who has been suffering from a bacterial infection for so long? I’m drinking a ton of lemon water in addition to the diet. Should I cut that out since the fruit has some sugar?

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carol December 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

The vagina is one area that should be acidic. It should be home to Lactobacillus acidophilus that keeps it that way. The easiest way to get rid of the alkali loving bacteria (do you have a fishy smell?) is to use a cream (and applicator) from the GP. If you are in a sexual relationship it is important for the partner to use it too. Once the vagina has been cleared replace the Lactobacillus by emptying a capsule of Culturelle into the applicator with a little bio-live organic yoghourt on either side to keep it in place. Repeat this daily or nightly for a week or ten days. If the fishy smell was there it should go away.

ton either side

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Joseph October 9, 2013 at 6:03 am

What if sugar is alkalized… would it help?

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Ross Bridgeford October 10, 2013 at 4:48 am

Not sure how this could be possible Joseph.

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judith October 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

why do i get sick for an hour after juicing?.Judith

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Energise Ross October 9, 2013 at 5:20 am

Hi Judith

Difficult for me to answer without knowing a bit more about your diet really.

Is this your first time juicing?

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judith October 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

yes.this is the second week
i started the alkaline diet3 weeks ago

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Marta O'Neill October 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thanks Ross! I want to get alkaline as my health is so poor even though I have always led a “healthy” diet with plenty of fruits and veggies and soy and supplements etc. My question is Do you recommend or discourage a liver cleansing program prior to or during the diet change? I feel that my liver and gallbladder may not be working properly and I feel that because of it the positive effects of getting alkaline might be hindered or rejected?
Thank you.

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Mathias October 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi Ross. I’ve had rosacea for about 5 years. I’m 24 years old now. I usaually go out every weekend drinking with my friends.. But ofcourse, alcohol is total acidicying right? So is there any type of alcohol that is more ok?? I could imagine that redwine might be better than beer in the long run due to the level of sugar in alcohol. But what do you say?

And. How long would it usaually take for the alkaline diet to clear up rosacea? There is defiently a differens to my skin when I eat more alkaline but it never clears up completly. Maybe because of the alcohol in weekends. But my idea was to try to eat as alkaline as possible from monday to friday and then in the weekends it would be ok for me to eat more acid. Which was me trying to do a 30/70% weekly alkaline/acid. But it seems it isn’t a great plan. What do you think?

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Janine September 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi Ross
Thank you for your inspiring and informative posts. I am two weeks in to converting and already starting to enjoy a lightness, and more energy.
QUESTION: Does cooking with lemon, to boost an alkine recipe by adding it in to a curry, stew etc reduce its alkilinity?
Thank you.
Janine

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Tiago Couto September 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hello Ross! I was wondering two things!
One, other sources for protein. And two – isn’t watermelon alkaline? I read that it is one of the most alkaline besides lemon, when it comes to fruit.

Thanks a lot

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Patti August 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi Ross,

your site is full of great information. Here’s a question I have though. On the chart of alkaline and acid foods, hazelnuts is listed 3 times: once as a neutral, once as an eat as much as you want alkaline, and once as an acid forming food to avoid. So which is is… the list of nuts that are alkalizing includes other nuts, such as walnuts that I’ve seen on the acid side of your charts as well.

Thanks so much for your insight,

Patti

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Stephen B July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I am a 70 year old male with type 2 diabetes just diagnosed with bowel cancer. I am advised that I should have a high protein diet but eat neither fish nor poultry. Can you offer any advice? Avocados are beyond my budget.
There is so much conflicting advice regarding high alkaline foods. I am now getting very confused and will have to revert to my ‘normal’, everyday, diabetic diet unless I cand find an answer.

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Ashleigh July 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

‘But if we did manage to eat SO alkaline that your cells and body fluids went above 7.365 then your body would simply buffer this to regulate you back down to the correct pH.’

Doesn’t this negate the idea of an alkaline/acid diet??

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Ross Bridgeford August 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi AShleigh

No, the point of the acid/alkaline diet is not to make the body more alkaline – it’s point is to support the body in staying in it’s slightly alkaline natural state.

Thanks
Ross

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cass July 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm

If the alkaline diet works for everyone how come tribes from different continents can eat lots of meat or sugars and are more healthy than “civilized” countries? I have a hard time believing one size fits all when it comes to diet. Is it possible that its the high consumption of processed foods, sugars, grains and chemical-infused foods that are causing our dis-ease? I have been studying diet a lot and the only thing all diets agree on is eating an abundance of organic, whole foods and limiting sugars and processed foods and empty-calorie drinks…So what gives?

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dani July 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

two questions: what about if you are trying to alkalinize your body for coldsores/the herpes virus? The very sources of protein that you suggest are high in arginine and can trigger outbreaks. additionally, soy is controversial to be consuming daily, especially if you are a woman with a family history of breast cancer(and most is genetically modified). Quinoa and eggs, staples in my vegetarian diet, seem to be no nos. so what do you suggest in this case?

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carol December 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Cold sores should respond to a potent virus destroyer – Humic acid, available on line.
Colloidal silver is an alternative, though would take longer

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Anuradha June 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hi,
I suffer from acid reflux and every time I have lemons or tomatoes it makes it worse coz they’re so acidic. However you mention they’re good. I’m not sure if I understand.

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Aoife June 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Could you tell me , can i put my alkaline drops into the kettle and boil them for tea etc

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Deon May 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

Hi Ross, we just started with your beginner’s guide today (day 1 today). Since I’m a control freak, it made me feel very unsettled not knowing how to measure the 70%, 30% ratio – is it be volume? weight? alkaline/acidic value times weight ratio? Thank you so much! Deon

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Ross Bridgeford May 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hey Deon

Great, GREAT idea for an article – I’ll write about this tomorrow and post it on the site!

Ross

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Chantal April 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Hello,
I am doing a homeostasis project for my biology class, and I will be eating alkaline only foods for a short period of time. I will attempt to not eat any acid forming foods. How long would it take (if I only ate alkalizing foods) for me to notice the effects on my body?

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Nicole April 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

Quick question.

Whey protein Isolate. How would this fit into an alkaline diet?

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Ross Bridgeford April 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

Nicole – firstly, I love your email address.

OK, so WPI is not alkaline. I would suggest looking into other sources of protein such as hemp, rice and pea protein. I really like the Sun Warrior brand as it’s made with sprouted organic hemp – which is about as alkaline as it gets when it comes to protein.

Cheers
Ross

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Lois A. April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

Hi! I understand from the question about fruits is that sugar is the number one enemy, right? Yould you say that alkalising the body is a cure for diabetes?

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Rich April 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thank you for that write up!

It helped answer some questions of mine!

My buddy told me about the whole alkaline diet awhile back and i kind of jumped on board, but was skeptical. I enjoy eating! LOL But then he had me listen to Anthony Robbins’ Living Health. WOW! Game changer!

But there are a few things i still don’t understand. Like what is the best recovery food/drink when I get done training? Whether long distances, sprints or weights. I usually have a whey protein shake that says it contains 0 sugar carbs… What are your thoughts? Just stick with almond milk or green drink, spinach leaves, almonds and broccoli? But doesn’t broccoli break down really slow? Bananas i know unripe are better, but if i’m trying to alkalize my body, are they good or bad before or after running?

I know soy is alkaline, but i was always told it… Well… Gives guys “b*tch t*ts”. LOL So i have always stayed away from anything soy… Any thoughts?

Lastly, so many of the charts i’ve read online have shown a lot of foods in the alkaline side that i am now finding are not alkaline! I see on your chart that Blackberries are on the acidic side. Are raspberries acidic too? I’m cutting them out for my 10 day challenge, but i know they have a LOT of antioxidants and taste great. So maybe i’ll include them in my 20-30% section? What are your thoughts?

Sorry for so many questions!
Thanks!!!
-Rich

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Armand April 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Ross,

I’m currently on the alkaline diet way of eating.
I find it very healty and aggree with many things stated.

As a sportsman (montainbiker that swim, run, gym, cycle a lot and a full time employee), how do I go about having a balanced diet with enough proteins, carbs etc and still stay away from too much acid forming foods..??

Your answer will be very appreciated!

Best regards,

Armand

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sophia April 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Hi Ross.. I am so grateful for all this information. THANK YOU. I am on day 3 and a half of the cleanse and i feel so nauseas that I cannot get the green drinks down.. do you have any advice? I hope this will pass. I also have a health condition – recurring Graves Disease – so i don’t know if this makes a difference. I just feel incredibly sick. Am managing water. Any advice would be HUGELY appreciated.
thank you!

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Aracely Jelinski September 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

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Karl September 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Hey Ross,

We met at JMC3′s Z-Facton in Montreux in May 2010, you may remember.

Great blog, thanks for sending this link reminder in your email today, and I really wanted to pick up on point 3. I have been looking at this issue for a long time, and I am trying to find out exactly HOW we know the acid-forming or alkalizing effect certain foods have on our bodies.

I have looked at the science behind many books and articles and the food lists they produce, and seen PRAL as the basis of the research. I notice many books refer back to some PRAL research dating from 1997, 1998 and 1999, and many studies use this same set of results as the starting point for their research.

So I am interested in what Dr Young has done separately, and I notice you say he has conducted live blood analysis on 40k persons. Again, I would love to know exactly HOW he does this? I have written to him and asked, in several emails, but the answers are brief and seem to just re-state the end results, but it is the methodology I am interested in.

For example, if his research says that a banana has an acid-forming effect, how precisely has he tested this? Does he have 30 people eat nothing but bananas for 12 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours, 48 hours, and then test their bloods at regular intervals? Or is there some optimal time to see a blood-sugar reaction, say 2 hours after X food is consumed? If the person ate slow burnig carbs at breakfast, such as oatmeal or toast, then went to the lab for testing, clearly the breakfast will interfere with lab results, so were patients fasted before all tests? Have these tests been completed for dozens of people for hundreds of common foods?

I am really keen to understand how this process works, can you help shed some light on this please?

Many thanks Ross, all the best mate,

Karl

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Jan September 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thanks Ross. great article. Relative to ionized alkaline water…if it sits for days/weeks does it lose alkalinity? What if it is exposed to high heat…greater than 85 degrees F?

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Gowtham September 6, 2012 at 5:43 am

Hi
Ross,
need some information on alkalinizing , is it safe to begin & continue on green tea, brown rice, Capsicum and pH drops, if we go ahead with this, how much time to take our body become alkaline content, and how much time to take try for ?

One last information
If we go with PH drop, how we can use and where we can buy this?

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Daphne August 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hi Ross,
What’s the required / safe number of pH drops to put into tap water to raise the alkalinity? I’ve been putting 5 drops per litre because I thought above that was unsafe (not sure where I saw that) but the pH is 6.5 so still acidic.
Thanks, Daphne

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Elizabeth April 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

Hi, I’ve only recently found your site – and love all the information you give and how you really do seem to care. One question. I have heard that Coral Calcium is good for the body – is it Acid or Alkaline? Many thanks for all your support. Elizabeth Tyler

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Melissa - Still in the Storm April 13, 2012 at 3:53 am

Thanks for this GREAT article. I love it!!

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Arlene March 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi there, is it safe to begin & continue on green drinks and pH drops when trying to get pregnant?

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Tina Walsh February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hiya,HIya, I live in Ireland, i have just been tested and had a positive result for Helicobacter pylori, I’ve been on a course of doble anti-biotics to clear it but with no success. Could you recommend a good alkaline diet I should follow. Also, i bought myself a course of Udo’s Super 8 Probiotic, ust reading through your website I will now invest in a course of Omega 3,6,9, any other advice would be gratefully appreciated. I always feel tired, with a flue like feeling all over and recently a little bit of depression, hopefully hear from you soon and thanks in advance

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karen jones February 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

im wondering why nature provided us with so many varieties of fruit if it is so bad for us. While i find the information interesting im not convinced i could stick to the way of life not completely

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Isabela July 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

Actually, nature didn’t provide us with so many fruits. We only recently added all those big, sweet, juicy fruits to our diet, once we learned modern agriculture. Have you ever seen a wild apple? Wild cherry? Wild peach?

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cass July 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

I’ve also never seen a wild tomato, avocado, cucumber, etc.!

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AJB November 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I work 3 to 4 twelve hour nightshifts and stay on the run so much, I sometimes having trouble getting to the restroom and getting anything to drink. I have tried day shifts but I’m a creature of the night. Also I hate spicy foods, celery, & black olives and always thought Stevia was a natural sweetener. How can someone with my work lifestyle, minimal time to prepare & cook, manage to not only find the time to learn and utilize all the alkalizing lifestyle but also store my 3 to 4 day supply of food and fit exercise in? I have always been fighting sweet and salt cravings and as much as I love tea, I thought it was OK to use Stevia? Thanks a million, a somewhat lost healthcare worker trying to avoid healthcare problems that could end me in the hospital.

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Naomi September 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hi Ross,
I am thinking about starting this diet 25% for the health benefits but 75% for the weight loss. On this diet, will I lose a lot of weight?

Thank you!

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heather January 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

I too, would like to have clarified the point of apple cider vinegar added to water and this being alkalizing. I also have been given a bi carb soda by my naturopath…..so I sip bi carb and apple cider from a 1 litre bottle of water throughout day……is this a sound alkalizing action ?
thankyou
cheers…heather

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Ross April 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hello Heather,
If you want your water to be alkalized just put in pH drops or put lemon in it. The components of the Apple cider vinegar are acidic. If you take a look at the food chart you would see where the components would fall under acid or alkaline.

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Janie Still January 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hello, I am so confused, thought I knew a lot about nutrition etc; but only recently began to look @ PH balance, however, after being told that tomatoes, lemons & grapefruit are alkaline I then hear from Money Vital that tomatoes are poisonous and that all citrus fruits should be avoided @ all cost !!!.
Please help me, thank you,
Janie Still, x

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Ross January 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hi

I’m not sure what you’re asking for help with? Can you be a bit more specific?

Thanks
Ross

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zenitram November 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

is dry roasted almond butter with sea salt a solid high alkaline food and ———– would millet combined with lima beans be anouter solid alkaline food

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Ken September 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Ross,
We are having a problem with the PH question. You say the only way to truly test PH is through live blood analysis, and we have had that done, but are we talking about the actual PH reading of the blood here? A medical doctor told us that the test that measures this is a blood gas test, and that if your blood was too acidic, you would die. He said that all blood is close to neutral PH. I didn’t think this was true. Are we talking about two different things here?

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John Carraway August 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The doctor is right. The pH of the blood must be slightly alkaline, but the pH of the body (flesh) can be quite acidic from stored waste products (uric acid), which causes all types of illnesses. If the pH of the blood reads below or close to 7, it means that the pH of the body (flesh) has reached a saturation point and is highly acidic (prone to illness). Normal pH of the blood is 7.4 (slightly alkaline), which provides maximum health for the body. However, the acid load on the body is constant from burning food for energy, therefore we need a constant supply of alkaline minerals from our diet to maintain a slightly alkaline body pH.

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Ruby Magno September 29, 2010 at 2:14 am

Thanks,I’m learning many facts on alakaline food and its effect.it is time to start now.

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nisha September 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am not allowed to have Tofu due to certain health restrictions.
What are the options?Is lactose free milk as acidic?

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carol December 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Tofu is not a good food anyway. All soya products, including milk have an oestrogen raising effect, unless fermented, causing a hormone imbalance. See an earlier message from Rich where he refers to B*tch t*ts

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avatarlady September 28, 2010 at 5:11 am

wow this is such full of knowledge and enlightenment. i was searching for h pylori and alkaline diet and now i conclude that i absolutely lack alkaline minerals. my acidophilus, charcoal, baking soda, garlic, VCO, blood type diet, and non-carb diet never helped!

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adam July 21, 2010 at 1:49 am

I don’t see why this site is so anti-acid.

Stumak acid is vital. e.coli or h.pylori both need an alkaline habitat to fester…by the same token pepsin, vitamins, mineral eg silica abzorpshn need an acid invirun – els u hav big helth problums.

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Lisa March 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

Why is he so against chlorella & spirulina? I read what he has to say in the book – but the health benefits written from so many sources seem to contradict. He is the only one who has neg to say. Given the fact that his phlavor salt runs in streams outside,,, does than not pick up germs just the same??

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Mike Schwager October 8, 2009 at 2:14 am

Great information. Thank you. I’d like to recommend an author whose information completely resonates with yours – three time Chiropractor of the Year, Dr. David Yachter. His new book, “BORN A CHAMPION: The Master Strategy for Maximum Health and Lasting Success” is filled with great information about the optimal alkaline diet (“Food by God” he calls them), the taboo acidic foods and toxic over processed foods (“Food by Man”), phenomenal information about the ideal exercises, and vital knowledge about the importance of spinal adjustments to bring the full benefits of the Life Force into your nervous system.

Dr. Yachter appears on YouTube with an excellent presentation, along with testimoniaols from his patients. He has not only gotten patients off their pills and over processed foods, he has put cancer patients into remission, brought diabetic patients back to normalcy WITHOUT pills or insulin, and has helped thousands of people lose weight, come back from depression and high blood pressure.

Here is link to his YouTube appearance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dzl1HUdG6Q

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Leslie October 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Hey Ross
many thanks
Leslie

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Ross September 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

Hey Leslie

Your pH is likely to be more acidic in the morning because your body has been working out the toxins all night.

This ol’ blog post might be able to help:
http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2006/04/12/alkaline-test-how-to-test-your-ph-levels-saliva-urine/

Ross

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Leslie September 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

OK, so i’ve got Dr. Young’s book, have spent 3 weeks going right into it ( wasn’t that far off from my previous diet, non dairy, no sugar or alchohol, lots of green vegs, etc.). My question is: i’ve started using the ph testing strips, and i’m perplexed that my reading is often (first thing in morning, for eg) around 5.5! why so acidic? I’m doing many of the supplements he suggests too: greens, and juiced green veggies, and ph drops, and lemon water, and colloidal silver, etc. etc. what do you think?

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Chentao September 23, 2009 at 1:26 am

Thank you for sharing greater insight into staying alkalized. I have added a link to this page to my blog–I hope you don’t mind.

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Ross September 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

Not at all! Thanks for stopping by!

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Sydney Mum September 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for this post , just what i needed to get back on track with both myself and my boys. I have been trying to tell the “do-gooders” for a while now that just putting obese kids on a “fruit and vege” diet isnt always the answer !!
Both my boys have Autism , one is obese and the other too thin , both have shocking toxic issues , this is the diet I have been after for a while now , thankyou !

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Ross September 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

No worries! Thanks for the thanks!

Good luck with everything and if you have any specific questions remember you can get me on ross@energiseforlife.com

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Jim September 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

Great information. I have long known about this subject, but have always found contradicting charts on the different foods. Sorry to read about fruits though. I thought there might be a way around the not eating fruits. I only eat fruit though when they are in season like late summer and fall.

Someone asked about B12, a strict vegan could be low in B12, but any good supplement would help. We dont need that much B12.

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heidi August 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Thanks Ever for Listing These 11 Important Points, Ross!

I, for one, really appreciate your *GENEROSITY in Sharing Your Knowledge with us!

[You really DO Love Us!]

[It's Good to Have THAT LIST, So We Can Refer to It, Whenever ....]

What I’m a little concerned about ( & I just wrote it, to Bibi, on ‘The Forum’) is the Fact that Vegans can Very Easily become Vitamin B12 Deficient!

[Also Vitamin D Deficient….though we in Queensland get MASSES of [FREE/ *STRONG] SUNLIGHT!

Are You Aware of The Vitamin B 12 Deficiency Issue?

I’m hoping it’s Not a Serious Issue…

Have You HEard Anything About It?

Cheers & Thanks,

[MANY THANKS!]

Heidi.

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Sheila August 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Hi There

Great info in the 11 questions, thank you. I have a problem with low stomach acid and one suggestion was to drink pineapple juice before a meal. This seems a bad idea in view of the above answers. Do you have any suggestions?

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Ross August 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Yep – cucumber to the water is a fair idea, but with the lemon water it is more that you are actually squeezing the lemon juice in, to increase the alkalinity of the water rather than just steeping a slice in.

Here is a blog post all about it: http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2006/02/10/lemon-water-alkalising-superstar/

Ross

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Michael August 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

What about adding Apple Cider Vinegar to water? I heard that was good for you and alkalizing. Also, what about adding a slice of cucumber to your water instead of lemon?

Thanks Ross!

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