The 7 Most Alkaline Foods

by Ross Bridgeford

Energise Ross - The Alkaline Diet Guy!So many of you who have seen my Definitive Acid / Alkaline Food Chart ask me – “…which are the most alkaline foods?”

So I wanted to create a full, in-depth analysis blog post to show you what they are, how to cook with them and what their benefits are (with real, proper scientific research)!

For each food I’ve given an intro, nutritional content per 1 cup, a number of free alkaline recipes that I’ve created for this blog or the Alkaline Diet Recipe Book and also a handful of research papers that have been published to validate the benefits stated.

SEE ALSO: Get Over 150+ Delicious, Easy Alkaline Recipes Here

I hope you love this as much as I loved researching and writing it!

The Seven Most Alkaline Foods?

1. Spinach

alkaline food one: spinachALL leafy greens should be eaten in abundance but spinach is my absolute favourite because it’s easy to buy, easy to use in recipes and salads and is delicious. Baby spinach or fully grown spinach are nutritional powerhouses and are incredibly alkaline.

As with all green foods, spinach is rich in chlorophyll (see more about the health benefits of chlorophyll here), a potent alkaliser and blood builder.

It is also super high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin c, vitamin b2, calcium, potassium, vitamin e, dietary fiber….need I go on?

I doubt there is a more all round healthy food on earth and I highly encourage you to eat spinach throughout the day, every day.

Nutrients per 1 Cup

Vitamin K – 1110% RDA
Vitamin A – 337.3% RDA
Manganese – 84% RDA
Folate – 65.7% RDA
Magnesium – 38% RDA
Iron – 35% RDA
Vitamin C – 31% RDA
Vitamin B2 – 27% RDA
Calcium – 25% RDA
Potassium – 23% RDA
Vitamin E – 21% RDA
Fiber – 19% RDA

Energise Alkaline Recipe Containing Spinach

Warm Red Pepper & Spinach Salad

Spinach, Garlic & Tofu Burgers

Alkaline Avo Power Smoothie

Alkaline Raw Soup

Research on Spinach

  • Spinach as a powerful antioxidant: Manach C, Scalbert A, Morand C, Rémésy C, Jiménez L. Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 May;79(5):727-47. 2004. PMID:15113710.
  • Spinach intake and ovarian cancer reduction: Gates MA, Tworoger SS, Hecht JL, De Vivo I, Rosner B, Hankinson SE. A prospective study of dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of epithelial ovarian cancer. Int J Cancer. 2007 Apr 30; [Epub ahead of print] 2007. PMID:17471564.
  • Spinach intake and breast cancer: M P Longnecker, P A Newcomb, R Mittendorf, E R Greenberg and W C Willett. Intake of carrots, spinach, and supplements containing vitamin A in relation to risk of breast cancer. 1997. American Association for Cancer Research.
  • Spinach and reversing motor and neuronal aging: James A. Joseph1, Barbara Shukitt-Hale1, Natalia A. Denisova1,Donna Bielinski1, Antonio Martin1, John J. McEwen1, and Paula C. Bickford. Reversals of Age-Related Declines in Neuronal Signal Transduction, Cognitive, and Motor Behavioral Deficits with Blueberry, Spinach, or Strawberry Dietary Supplementation. 1999. The Journal of Neuroscience.

2. Kale

alkaline food 2: kaleKale is another leafy green beauty that is widely known for its cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant-rich, detoxifying goodness.

Less popular than spinach, but only because it has a history of being cooked poorly (like cabbage) – when done right it is absolutely delicious (see recipes below, you’ll thank me).

If you eat kale 2-3 times per week you’ll know it. Like spinach it is massively high in vitamin k, vitamin a and vitamin c and being leafy green it also has a huge chlorophyll content.

The reason it is so powerful against the cancer fight is that kale contains at least four glucosinolates. I don’t want to lose you here by using words like glucosinolates – all you need to know is that as soon as you eat and digest kale, these glucosinolates are really easily converted by the body into cancer fighting compounds.

Also quite amazing for lowering cholesterol, it should be noted that steamed kale is more effective for cholesterol lowering than raw.

Alkaline Recipe BookNutrients Per 1 Cup:

Vitamin K: 1327% RDA
Vitamin A: 354% RDA
Vitamin C: 88.8% RDA
Manganese: 27% RDA
Fiber: 12% RDA
Calcium: 11% RDA
Magnesium: 11% RDA
Iron: 9% RDA
Omgega 3: 7% RDA

Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Kale:

Chickpea & Kale Rolls with Tomato Salsa

Kale & Chickpea Mash

Super Alkaline Kale Salad

Alkaline Chilli Spring Greens

Research on Kale:

  • Ambrosone CB, Tang L. Cruciferous vegetable intake and cancer prevention: role of nutrigenetics. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2009 Apr;2(4):298-300. 2009.
  • Angeloni C, Leoncini E, Malaguti M, et al. Modulation of phase II enzymes by sulforaphane: implications for its cardioprotective potential. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Jun 24;57(12):5615-22. 2009.
  • Bhattacharya A, Tang L, Li Y, et al. Inhibition of bladder cancer development by allyl isothiocyanate. Carcinogenesis. 2010 Feb;31(2):281-6. 2010
  • Higdon JV, Delage B, Williams DE, et al. Cruciferous Vegetables and Human Cancer Risk: Epidemiologic Evidence and Mechanistic Basis. Pharmacol Res. 2007 March; 55(3): 224-236. 2007.
  • Zhang Y. Allyl isothiocyanate as a cancer chemopreventive phytochemical. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2010 Jan;54(1):127-35. 2010.

3. Cucumber

alkaline food number three: cucumberThe beauty of cucumber is it’s water content – 95%. That is phenomenal and you won’t find that anywhere else. It’s the daddy of water-content. This of course makes it an incredibly hydrating food to consume, that ALSO contains superb amounts of antioxidants, including the super-important lignans. These highly beneficial polyphenols have more commonly been associated with the cruciferous vegetables, but their content in other veggies such as cucumbers is gaining more and more attention.

Cucumbers contain a right load of lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol (don’t try to pronounce), three lignans that have a huge and very strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

The best thing about cucumber is that they provide the base for practically every alkaline soup, smoothie and juice – giving you a very alkaline, very nutritious base that also tastes great.

In terms of the actual nutrient RDA per serve, cucumbers contain fair amounts of vitamins K and C, and slightly less of vitamin A and the B vitamins. Cucumbers also contain the following alkaline minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc.

Nutrients per 1 Cup (RDA)

Vitamin K: 23%
Molybdenum: 8%
Vitamin C: 6%
Potassium: 5%
Manganese: 5%
Magnesium: 4%

Energise Recipes Containing Cucumber:

Alkaline Cucumber & Watercress Soup

Alkaline Sushi

Antioxidant Super-Meal

Sweet Chunky Alkaline Shake

pH Boosting Protein Shake

Almond Gazpacho

Research on Cucumber:

  • Kumar D, Kumar S, Singh J, et al. Free Radical Scavenging and Analgesic Activities of Cucumis sativus L. Fruit Extract. J Young Pharm. 2010 Oct;2(4):365-8. 2010.
  • Milder IEJ, Arts ICW, van de Putte B et al. Lignan contents of Dutch plant foods: a database including lariciresinol, pinoresinol, secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol. Br J Nutr 2005, 93:393-402. 2005.
  • Rios JL, Recio MC, Escandell JM, et al. Inhibition of transcription factors by plant-derived compounds and their implications in inflammation and cancer. Curr Pharm Des. 2009;15(11):1212-37. Review. 2009.
  • Tang J, Meng X, Liu H et al. Antimicrobial activity of sphingolipids isolated from the stems of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Molecules. 2010 Dec 15;15(12):9288-97. 2010.

4. Broccoli

alkaline food four: broccoliBroccoli is just a must. If you are serious about living with health, energy and vitality you simply have to eat broccoli, if not on a daily basis, then at least 4 times per week.

Broccoli has been proven over and over and over again to be incredibly powerful in inhibiting cancers, supporting the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification processes in the body and also supporting the skin, metabolism, immune system, being an anti-inflammatory and providing ample antioxidants.

Sound good?

Eaten steamed or raw its a hugely alkaline, hugely nutritious food. Please, please, please eat lots and lots of it. Put it in salads, juices, smoothies, soups…steam it with other veggies – you can even roast it if you’re having sunday lunch.

Don’t let a meal go past without thinking to yourself “how could I get some broccoli in here?”

Nutrients Per 1 Cup (as an RDA):

Vitamin C: 135%
Vitamin K: 115%
Folate: 16%
Vitamin A: 14%
Manganese: 10%
Dietary Fiber: 10%
Potassium: 8%
VItamin B6: 8%
Vitamin B2: 7%
Molybdenum: 6%
Phosphorus: 6%
Vitamin B5: 5%
Protein: 5%
Magnesium: 5%
Calcium: 4%
Selenium: 4%
Vitamin E: 4%

Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Broccoli:

Broccoli & Vegetable Coconut Curry

Spelt Pasta with Broccoli & ALmonds

Mixed Sesame Veggies

Gareth’s Green Smoothie

Spicy Alkaline Summer Soup

Research on Broccoli:

  • Broccoli and Cancer Prevention: John W. Finley, Clement Ip, Donald J. Lisk, Cindy D. Davis, Korry J. Hintze, and Phil D. Whanger. Cancer-Protective Properties of High-Selenium Broccoli. Cancer-Protective Properties of High-Selenium Broccoli. 2001. American Chemical Society
  • Broccoli and Cardiovascular Disease: Lingyun Wu, M. Hossein Noyan Ashraf, Marina Facci, Rui Wang,Phyllis G. Paterson, Alison Ferrie, and Bernhard H. J. Juurlink. 2004. Dietary approach to attenuate oxidative stress, hypertension, and inflammation in the cardiovascular system. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Broccoli and Cancer Prevention: Ambrosone CB, Tang L. Cruciferous vegetable intake and cancer prevention: role of nutrigenetics. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2009 Apr;2(4):298-300. 2009.
  • Broccoli and Cancer Prevention: Clarke JD, Dashwood RH, Ho E. Multi-targeted prevention of cancer by sulforaphane. Cancer Lett. 2008 Oct
  • Chemo-protection and Broccoli: Konsue N, Ioannides C. Modulation of carcinogen-metabolising cytochromes P450 in human liver by the chemopreventive phytochemical phenethyl isothiocyanate, a constituent of cruciferous vegetables. Toxicology. 2010 Feb 9;268(3):184-90. 2010.

5. Avocado

Alkaline food five: avocadoI eat a LOT of avocado. Not a salad, smoothie or soup goes by without me adding at least 1/2 an avocado per person. I probably eat at least five-seven per week, myself.

Now, I know a lot of people give avocado a bad rep because it is a high-fat food (85% of it’s calories come from fats) – but this is totally insane. These are good fats that will not make you gain weight. If anything, due to the high content of oleic acid (making it an omega 9 fat and very similar to olive oil), it can lower total cholesterol level and raise levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) while lowering low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), also known as the “bad” cholesterol. Oleic acid also slows the development of heart disease, and promotes the production of antioxidants.

These beneficial omega oils also help speed the metabolism, actually leading to weight loss rather than gain.

So now we’re over the fat issue, avocado also contains a wide range of other nutrients that have serious anti-inflammatory, heart health, cardiovascular health, anti-cancer, and blood sugar benefits.

Containing key antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, selenium and more – it is a powerful, alkaline, nutrient-dense superfood.

Nutrients Per 1 Cup (as an RDA):

Dietary Fiber: 40%
Vitamin K: 38%
Folate: 30%
Vitamin C: 24%
Vitamin B5: 20%
Potassium: 20%
Vitamin B6: 19%

Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Avocado:

Alkaline Avocado Power Shake

Raw Avocado Soup

Smooth Avocado & Tofu Dip

Alkaline Quinoa Salad

Spicy Alkaline Summer Soup

Research on Avocado:

  • Avocado & Adult Health: Fulgoni V, Dreher M, Davenport A. Avocado consumption associated with better nutrient intake and better health indices in U.S. adults (19+ years): NHANES 2001-2006. Abstract #8514. Experimental Biology, Anaheim, CA. April 28, 2010. 2010.
  • Avocado & Cancer: Ding H, Han C, Guo D et al. Selective induction of apoptosis of human oral cancer cell lines by avocado extracts via a ROS-mediated mechanism. Nutr Cancer. 2009;61(3):348-56. 2009.
  • Avocado & Cancer: Ding H, Chin YW, Kinghorn AD et al. Chemopreventive characteristics of avocado fruit. Semin Cancer Biol. 2007 May 17; [Epub ahead of print] 2007. 2007.
  • Avocado & Inflammation: Rosenblat G, Meretski S, Segal J et al. Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells. Arch Dermatol Res. 2010 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print]. 2010.

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6. Celery

alkaline food six: celeryCelery, like cucumber is a favourite because it’s alkaline AND really high water content, so is used very frequently as a base in juices and soups (not so much smoothies as you have to juice it first…and then you have double the washing up).

One of celery’s big benefits is it’s vitamin C level, which has the well known benefits – but two of it’s lesser known nutrients are phthalides which have been shown to lower cholesterol and coumarins which have been shown to inhibit several cancers.

The beauty of vitamin C rich foods are that they help with the most common and most challenging health concerns – they support the immune system, inflammation (so helps with arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma etc), and vitamin C also helps significantly with cardiovascular health.

If you are on a weight loss journey, you’ll also be happy to hear that this alkaline staple contains plenty of potassium and sodium and so is a diuretic – meaning it helps rid the body of excess fluids.

Nutrients Per 1 Cup (as an RDA):

Vitamin K: 37%
Folate: 9%
Vitamin A: 9%
Potassium: 8%
Molybdenum: 7%
Dietary Fiber: 6%
Vitamin C: 5%
Manganese: 5%
Calcium: 4%
Vitamin B2: 3.5%
Vitamin B6: 4%
Magnesium: 3%
Vitamin B5: 3%

Energise Alkaline Diet Recipes Containing Celery:

Vegetable Bean Soup

Bright & Breezy Salad

Alkaline Green Drink

Delicious Refresher Juice

Alkaline Chilli Greens

Research on Celery:

  • Celery and Hypertension: Kurl S, Tuomainen TP, Laukkanen JA et al. Plasma vitamin C modifies the association between hypertension and risk of stroke. Stroke 2002 Jun;33(6):1568-73 2002.
  • Celery & Cholesterol: Tsi D, Tan BK. The mechanism underlying the hypocholesterolaemic activity of aqueous celery extract, its butanol and aqueous fractions in genetically hypercholesterolaemic RICO rats. Life Sci 2000 Jan 14;66(8):755-67 2000.

7. Capsicum / Bell Pepper / Pepper

alkaline food seven: capsicumThe antioxidant superpower, bell pepper is one of my all-time-favourites because it is sweet, crunchy and refreshingly delicious. You can use it in almost any meal raw, grilled, fried, roasted and it is always a winner.

Here are just SOME of the antioxidants bell pepper contains:

• Flavonoids
– luteolin
– quercetin
– hesperidin
• Carotenoids
– alpha-carotene
– beta-carotene
– cryptoxanthin
– lutein
– zeaxanthin
• Hydroxycinnamic Acids
– ferulic acid
– cinnamic acid

Of these, the cartenoids are the most interesting. Impressively beneficial to our health cartenoids are highly researched and get a lot of attention in the health field…and bell peppers contain over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family. The only other food that is close to this is tomato…and all other foods are also-rans.

Bell peppers have shown up in research relating to decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, macular degeneration, cancer, inflammation and more.

Alongside these lesser known or more complex-named antioxidants, bell pepper is one of, if not the best food source of the more common antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.

In fact, bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges.

Nutrients Per 1 Cup (as an RDA):

Vitamin C: 195.8%
Vitamin A: 58%
Vitamin B6: 14%
Folate: 11%
Dietary Fiber: 7%
Vitamin E: 7%
Molybdenum: 6%
Vitamin K: 6%
Potassium: 6%
Manganese: 5%
Vitamin B2: 5%
Vitamin B3: 5%
Vitamin B1: 3%
Vitamin B5: 3%
Magnesium: 2%

Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Bell Pepper:

Sweet Chunky Alkaline Shake

Red Lentils with Bell Pepper

Stuffed Tomatoes with Pepper

Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Antioxidant Rich Smoothie

Research on Bell Pepper:

  • Pepper and Dementia: Devore EE, Grodstein F, van Rooij FJA et al. Dietary antioxidants and long-term risk of dementia. Arch Neurol. 2010 July; 67(7): 819-825. 2010.
  • Peppers and Antioxidants: O’Sullivan L, Jiwan MA, Daly T, O’Brien NM et al. Bioaccessibility, uptake, and transport of carotenoids from peppers (Capsicum spp.) using the coupled in vitro digestion and human intestinal Caco-2 cell model. J Agric Food Chem. 2010 May 12;58(9):5374-9. 2010.
  • Pepper and Cancer: Ambrosini GL, de Klerk NH, Fritschi L et al. Fruit, vegetable, vitamin A intakes, and prostate cancer risk. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2008;11(1):61-6. 2008.



I really want you to think about this: If you made a smoothie or juice containing just 1/2 a cup of each of these seven ingredients it would give you:

Vitamin K – 1326% RDA
Molybdenum – 13.5% RDA
Vitamin C – 243% RDA
Potassium – 35% RDA
Manganese – 68% RDA
Magnesium – 32% RDA
Vitamin A – 386% RDA
Fiber – 47% RDA
Calcium – 22% RDA
Iron – 22% RDA
Folate – 66% RDA
Vitamin B2 – 21.5% RDA
Vitamin E – 16% RDA
Vitamin B6 – 22.5% RDA
Vitamin B5 – 15.5% RDA


Can you imagine this? Leaving the house every morning having already consumed 243% of your vitamin c intake, 47% of your daily fiber needs, 68% of you manganese and 32% of your magnesium, over 22% of you vitamin B2 – imagine all of the incredible antioxidants? Before you’ve left the house?!

This really is giving you not only huge antioxidants, huge alkalinity, huge chlorophyll, huge detoxification nutrients – but if you want to go really mainstream – its giving you the recommended 5 Veg a Day before 9am!

Please give it a try – have a fresh vegetable juice or smoothie every morning for a week and let me know the effect this has!


Detailed List of Alkaline Foods

I have actually got a really detailed list of all alkaline and acid foods available for a free download here (it also has a beginners guide to the alkaline diet in it).

CLICK HERE to download the alkaline food chart


Those are definitely my favourite alkaline foods and those that I’ve chosen to include in my diet on an almost daily basis, and often several times per day.

I promise you, if you include double the amount of these 7 foods than you currently are you will rapidly get towards your health goals.

Enjoy – let me know your thoughts, favourite foods or even recipes below in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!


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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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Becky January 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

I see there are a lot of questions no one is ansering ….. Why is that?? We get interested in tidbits for better health & when questions arise, no answers !! Why is that??


Becky January 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

I take that back I do see some replys now, my bad, I’m so sorry I misspoke ;(


Katie story January 13, 2015 at 1:41 am

If my mom has a j-pouch are there any alkaline foods to avoid? Thanks in advance for any insight or input.


Leah C Burns December 10, 2014 at 2:44 am

Is the alkaline affect of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage less when cooked in boiling water? The real question is how can a food that requires a methane releasing bacteria to digest it and causes gas and bloating be alkaline forming in the body? I don’t think I can eat them anymore due to the stinky gas they cause in my body. Thanks in advance for helping me understand this better.


Yocheved December 3, 2014 at 4:27 am

I understood that lemon juice is one of the most alkaline foods. What’s your take on that?


Jean Rodgers November 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

My question is in regard to Vitamin K being so high in all the green foods above. Since Vitamin K thins the blood, will too much of those foods cause a problem if one has a cut or nose bleed?


cindy November 14, 2014 at 4:52 am

hi Ross.
I am in my first week of clean eating. I am currently in the middle of treatment for breast cancer, and am trying to build my immune system to help my body fight this. So I wanted to thank you for all the information I am really enjoying it


Bali Tour November 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Great Article
Thank you for the information


Jani October 13, 2014 at 4:02 am

In regards to the use of bell peppers, will that upset my stomach if i have an ulcer?


georgie October 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

aloe vera juice will help ease your ulcer, drink it daily with your juice, soups, or even drink straight (also super alkaline)


Dorothy Gardiner August 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Good stuff! THANKS!


jhany April 19, 2014 at 3:10 am

Hi ross,
Just started with ur “water” book and it captures my interest!
It inspires me to fire up right away with my water intake..
Good job by the way for the effort in spreading those good infos…
Keep it up ross!

You’re awasome! :-)


helen April 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hi, I tried to get the free list but it hasn’t come through. I did verify the email from you but then nothing. Thank you, Helen


Varun April 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Hi Ross,
Beautifully short and simple article.
My mother is a Cancer patient and I’d be immensely grateful is anyone here could give me a complete list of what precisely she should eat (Vegetarian) throughout the day to recover from her weakness (her biggest enemy) and then to fight and cure the disease ?

Thanking you once again Ross for all the help and anyone that could provide any information at all.


Valerie April 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Varun, Good Luck with an answer. I have asked Ross twice on FB to please answer me and still no reply. Sorry about your Mom.


Clevon Harris April 22, 2014 at 2:27 am

Varuna, feel free to contact me at my e-mail in regards to your mother! God bless!


sgn May 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Varun, One resource that outlines things in detail is the Gerson Institute:


Kristen June 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

There’s a book called The Gerson Therapy, and Charlotte Gerson has videos on YouTube in which she lectures to naturopaths on the Gerson Therapy.
Animal products of any kind, Sugar, and Oils are definite no-nos. Check it out. And good luck with it. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother.


Shay October 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

She can eat all foods high in alkaline. Drink water with lemon always An Alkaline body the cancer can’t live in


Valerie March 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma last Aug. Had surgery to remove mass in Oct. It returned in Dec. Against medical advice, Jan 1, I started juicing and eating mostly veggies, some Ezekiel bread and cereal with berries. I order 50 lbs. Canadian carrots weekly along with kale, celery, cukes, green apple, lemon, ginger to juice. I live in rural south Georgia and organics veggies are few. I do clean, scrub in apple cider vinegar and peel. Did I read correctly that non organic veggies are acidic because of the pesticides. Am I really doing all this in vain. I am testing daily with ph strips and I am very alkaline. Due for more scans 1st of April. Thank you for some tips.


Kelvin June 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

As long as you continue with that, your mass will NOT return.


del September 6, 2014 at 5:28 am

Hi does your diet realy works? what was your scan result after juicing?



Francesca February 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

Thank you Ross for compiling this list, a nice reminder of how easy it is to get back in track and keep it healthy.


Roy January 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I juice beets. then with my bullet extractor I fell it with spinach some almonds. fruit good stuff every day. Right in stead of water I use beet juice.


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Hey Roy – great work! Keep it up! The beets, almonds and spinach are all highly alkaline so you’re onto a winner.


Erin Evans January 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Good luck getting any answers here… He rarely answers questions. At least not mine.


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Hi Erin

It’s unfortunate you see it that way. I answer upwards of a hundred questions a day through comments, emails and facebook and I do the best I can, for free.

I hope I get to your questions at some point, but there are lots of people you can pay to go and see who can give you a quicker answer if you need it quickly.



Darlene January 30, 2014 at 5:41 am

I’m not usually a rude person but are you for reals Erin, did you just look at the research Ross did? The time it takes to do the research and then put it together on a blog in terms so that we can understand it and for FREE is amazing to me. Even if he copied and pasted everything it still takes time and effort, time that I don’t have so I appreciate every word and recipe that Ross post. Thank you Ross for ALL of your hard work and the effort that you put forth to helping the world become a healthier and happier place to live.


mahmood October 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Completely Agree and well said. Another Big thank you to you ROSS. I enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work…


Jennifer Mayling January 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Dear Ross

On a Thyroid website, I recently read that raw Brassicas have quite a detrimental effect on an under active thyroid.
I follow an alkaline diet and now feel slightly reluctant to juice spinach and other greens.

Please can you comment!


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Hi Jennifer

There are lots of combinations and interactions when diagnosed conditions come into play. Sometimes our body is too far down a certain path to have a one-size solution. I recommend discussing everything with your physician and avoid the foods you find uncomfortable. As you get more in balance, you’ll be able to tolerate these foods again and get their benefits.



Suzette Guyette October 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Is it true when you cook a red, yellow or green bell pepper does it change the consistency? Does it become acidic?

Thank you,


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Hi Suzette – it doesn’t become acidic, it just loses some of the nutrients. The more you take foods out of their natural state, the more nutrients you’ll lose…BUT that doesn’t mean you have to eat 100% raw – you still have to enjoy your food. Just aim to get a juice/smoothie/salad on a very regular basis!


Malcolm Fisher October 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I juice all the highly alkaline vegetables daily. Is this acceptable as intake or do you have to eat them?


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Hi Malcolm

Getting a juice is brilliant because you get way more quantity of these foods than you’d be able to eat and it gives you a great safety net – meaning everything else during the day is a bonus…

….BUT I would aim to eat other alkaline foods throughout the day too – if nothing else then for the fibre.

The short answer though is, yes, juicing is great.


Astrid September 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

We include all of those veggies into our diet! Such a great list with thorough explanations. I also drink lemon/filtered water first thing in the morning most mornings which also helps with alkalinity.

Shared– you rock!


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Thanks Astrid! You ROCK too!


Marta August 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hi Ross
I have just discovered your site and l’m very grateful for sharing these info with us.
I’m just starting the alkaline diet and looking forward to feeling better soon.
Thanks million for your wisdom!


Energise Ross August 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

Good luck and stay positive!!


Charles August 10, 2013 at 5:17 am

Oops, IMO, what runs souped up dragster circles around all these items, combined—then tripled—is one fruit—yellow lemons. Two cautions—in case it isn’t self evident, always take diluted with at least 15 parts of water, filtered for chlorine and fluoride, so as to not be possibly too strong for the stomach; it actually works better diluted, as water is the main constituent of circulation; second caution is, it should be sipped rapidly, and rinse several times with plain water afterwards. If allowed to remain on teeth past five minutes, it will start to dissolve tooth enamel. This should tell you what it does inside the arteries—it removes the calcium build-up. Vitamin K-2 works by a signalling mechanism, but for immediate retreat from possible vascular risk, the citric acid in lemon will solufy the calcium much faster than the K-2 could “redirect” it to the bones or sent out of the system. The lemon/citric acid will also remove any kidney stones. The D-limonene from the peel, which you will get some of, is anti-neoplastic, preventing “immortalization” of undifferentiated cells (cancer!) The potassium content is very alkalizing and should be taken advantage of, as the USA medical/pharma cartel arranged for potassium tablets to supply only 3 percent of the daily need (which is higher than their lowball estimates). Don’t even bother buying potassium pills, rely on lemons, used properly, they will not harm teeth enamel. Pomegranate will also clear arteries but I wouldn’t expect it to work as aggressively. Don’t expect 1 treatment to do the trick, it doesn’t have so much power. I’d say at least 4 months of twice per day, lemon “water,” if you want it to fail, add any type of sweetener—including honey. It can be added to orange juice to make it more palatable, and that will lessen the speed at which it cleanses the arteries. Remember lemon is a blood thinner, and an effective one—if on coumadin discuss with MD before using lemon. My experience with lemons impressed me so much that if I could have only one fruit, it would always be lemons.


Scott July 3, 2013 at 3:16 am

Nice list, but this only true if organic for commercial grown food becomes acidic when grown with superphosphate. That is why it needs sprays to stay alive and not be attacked by pests. Plants that are not healthy in ecosystems get consumed by insects. Commercial carrots are now shown to be acidic and not alkaline. Alkalise and Shine!


Mary May 29, 2013 at 6:43 am

Not sure if you received my e-mail, so I’m sending it again. I wanted to say thank you for all of the info. I definitely need it. I will spread the word and your site address along. I was wondering why verdolagas (purslane in english I believe) was not listed. Info says it is very high in omega 3s. Also I wondered why stevia was not acceptable for the green drinks? I know it is a sugar, but I saw it listed as very alkaline.


Ross Bridgeford May 31, 2013 at 1:44 am

Hi Mary

Can you send more informaiton on this purslane, I’ve not heard of it. There is a limit to the foods I can fit on the list.

Also, stevia is highly acid forming, definitely not alkaline forming.



Mary June 11, 2013 at 5:06 am

Ross, some information that I found in Wikipedia says Portulaca oleracea which is Common Purslane is also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, or Pursley, or Moss rose. Considered a weed in the U.S., it can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It is eaten throughout much of Europe, the middle east, Asia, and Mexico. Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. It contains vitamins A, C, some Bs, and carotenoids. The dietary minerals it contains are magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. It says a bunch of other good stuff about it.
I heard about it, bought it, have some growing in a big pot, but haven’t gotten the courage to eat something considered a weed.


Albert June 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hi Mary, I came across this sight and it caught my attention when you were talking about purslane. I grew up eating this weed, my grandfather would actually plant it, the seeds are tiny. anyway, this stuff taste great. I harvest it here in Las Cruses, NM. it grows in the Pecan orchards and along canal banks, it also grows in my yard. Friends laugh when I go visit and take this weed from their yard and prepare it for them and they love it.

What I do is clean off all the dirt, I roughly chop it up. All of it except the roots. I get a pot and put a little olive oil and onions and tomatos and cook them for a few minutes, not to the point where the onions glaze, I then throw in the purslane (we call it Verdolagas) and a little broth, chicken or beef. Cover and slowly let it cook down till the stems are a little tender. Like all veggies you don’t want to over cook them. They taste great, it is my favourite veggie. What I also do is make a bowl of beans and I mix some of it with the verdolagas. It is awesome. I bet once you try it you will love them. P.s. you can also use butter if you don’t want to use olive oil.


Mary July 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Thanks, Albert, for your story. I copied the recipe and will give it a try soon. Yes, I give myself a week to think about it. Today is 7/19, so on the 24th of July I shall try it. Well, maybe. Anyway, thanks for your reply. Mary

Healing_Ways July 3, 2013 at 4:46 am

I have heard conflicting statements about Stevia. Some sites say that it is alkaline forming. Apparently it is a natural sweetener, derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant. Another site says it is mildly acid forming. I wonder if it’s source being a plant makes any difference.


JK May 22, 2013 at 3:38 am

Ross, great site. Question: In the list you provided here, I see that most of them are loaded with vitamin C. Isn’t vitamin C considered acidic as it is found in citrus fruits like Orange?



Leslie May 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Great site and article. But I am surprised you are citing nutrient content based on the RDA. I have never thought of a RDA based system as giving us what we really need. The numbers are usually very low.


Energise Ross May 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

Hey Leslie

I’m using it because it’s what most people know, plus it allows us to compare these foods in a relative way to other food products, vitamin labels etc.

They are usually low, but this is why it’s great to see the alkaline foods going so far and beyond above 100%.


Reply May 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Awesome article!


Ayesha April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

Uff you are sooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a wealth of information. Love from Pakistan :)


Ross Bridgeford March 27, 2013 at 6:33 am



Henrique October 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

I also forgot to mention that he smoothie gives me and my partner great smooth, healthy skin, hair, amazing energy boost and a mean, light and flexible body!! Carrot juice can also me mixed in. Another hint is not to use juicer, but use a blender so as to keep fibers in.


Dawngirl January 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Blenders are good for smoothies but It is not recommended to blend the vegetables because of the toxins in our food today. It is believed that most of the toxins are locked up in the pulp left behind when one juices vegetables. Our family have been juicing since the early 20th century when they had to grate the vegetables and squeeze the juices out by hand diluting the juice with water. Then my mother discovered her first juice extractor in the early 1970s in the USA along with a copy of the Norman Walker juicing book. In this book Mr Walker states that “by the removal of the fibres in the extraction of the juices, such juices are very quickly digested and assimilated, sometimes in a matter of minutes, with a minimum of effort and exertion on the part of the digestive system.” He adds that there is a need to eat raw foods in addition to drinking juices. The point really is that juicing affords the benefits from the food whilst resting the digestive system.


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Interesting insight Dawn, thanks for sharing. I do believe a mix of juicing and blending is best for me personally and I buy organic whenever possible.


Elsa March 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

Hi Dawngirl, good point and I agree with you about juicing. I have treated a stage IV ovarian and colon cancer patient with all organic produce, from granny smith apple, carrots, kale and so on and I only use Norman walker juicer because in my opinion it’s the best in the market. The benefits of juicing is phenomenal. I give my patient a coffee enema and massage as well. I followed Ross for a while now with his research. Thanks, Ross for sharing :).


Henrique October 25, 2012 at 6:43 am

Your grand smoothie of alkaline ingredients has become a staple at my place and given me and my partner with great nutrition, detox properties and weight loss. Kale, avocado, kiwi, bell pepper, cucumber, celery all the way with occasional spinach, honey or stevia, dark chocolate, watercress and apples


Peter Sobczak October 9, 2012 at 3:40 am

Dear Ross, thank you for wonderful info. I am diving deeply into alkaline foods now. After regularly drinking Alkaline Water and water with Baking Soda, eating Wheat Grass – now I look into food alkalinity. I read many food charts and am glad you confirmed – my favorite Broccoli is rated well. I also thought you might be right person to ask this question: All charts mention RAW or cooked food, not frozen food. I only can buy locally large packs of FROZEN Organic Broccoli. I do not bother with fresh “non-organic”. After my favorite meal with Organic Brown Rice and Organic Brown Broccoli is ready, I am pretty sure it is alkaline. But I am curious, does it make any sense to eat frozen Broccoli without cooking, for purpose of better alkalinity? I am still searching for more Food Charts with alkalinity for frozen food, cooked later or eaten after brought to room temperature.
I also never make juice like most of people do – on high speed machines. Such machines kill what is best in fruits, veggies. For two reasons – high speed and associated oxygen being absorbed quickly, with enzymes gone, then electromagnetic fields from near motor. Only slow motion, ideally no electricity, hand driven. I wonder if you know about alkalinity worsened when high speed mixers used for juicing. I can not find related info.
Thank you, Peter


Caroline Sadler October 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hi Ross, thanks for the work you do, I am a newbie but it is starting to make sense. My comment is, sometimes I open your emails but it goes direct to a stupid acai berry diet website and I cant work out if the email is from you and they somehow hijack it or if they are sending me false emails under your name (im not very technical) Its happened several times, any advice?


John Carl October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for all of your hard work to get this info out to those who care about their health, including me. Thanks


Amber September 22, 2012 at 4:16 am

Love what you do, and always look forward to new interesting emails. Still a rookie and learning. I will get it all right some day.


Ross September 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

Hey Amber – just take it day-by-day and step-by-step – you’ll get there!



PAUL MILLER September 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Ross, I have just tried the 7 items you suggested mixed with chicken stock in a smoothie. It tasted absolutely disgusting!!!!!

Paul Miller.


PAUL MILLER September 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm



muktha September 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

hi ross

i was looking for alkaline foods becs i want to concieve a boy baby…i came to know that more alkaline food helps in having a baby ur tips helped me a lot…..thank u


Stefani September 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Thanks so much for putting all this info together. Food is medicine, so when I’m feeling low or need something specific I find what nutrients will help, and eat it! And you attach recipes too! You’re awesome, and way cute ;) Take care.


Peter Z September 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi Ross
Thank you for great info everytime you right something:-)
I have a question for you. I eat spinach everyday and think that I get much out of it. The thing is that many people talks about that you shouldnt eat spinach that much and that it could even be really bad for you according to many studies! Do you have a coment on that?

Many thanks in advance!

Alla the best
Peter Z


susie September 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I have heard that spinach contains a lot of oxalic acid, and I notice that my teeth feel on edge when I eat it compared with my teeth feeling silky when eating other green foods and drinks so I tend not to consume too much for this reason. Can you tell me if Oxalic acid is a problem.


Jan April 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Dear Susie
I have been told by a medic that spinach should be avoided by osteoporosis sufferers because of its high oxalic acid which is harmful to bones


KK Woo September 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thank you for the goodwill and info. I am 3/4 century old and dreaming of going vegetarian. Its kind of late but there is nothing to stop me except inertia. Can suggest any recipe books for the tropics ?


britta September 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis
is a great guide to get started!


Tropic September 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Very good info, thanks. What about Moringa as one of the best? Some say it is the most nutritious and others are unaware of it.


PAUL MILLER September 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Ross,
Your article about the 7 most alkaline foods is interesting and I will be trying some of the recipes, although they are already commonly known to be good for you. But what about if your alkaline levels are already optimal, isn’t there a danger of going too alkaline?
What do you think of the so called Superfoods such as Goji Berries, Acai berries, Mangosteen or Wheatgrass? Or aren’t they considered alkaline enough?
Thanks, Paul Miller.


Lucas September 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi Ross. I was just wondering if there is any research that directly indicates a benefit to eating alkaline foods. It certainly seems logical but I wonder if it just a massive post hoc fallacy.


Paula September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hi Ross,
Opened up your large message of the 7 highly Alkaline foods & wondered whether I was on track, had I missed anything, because I eat raw veggies throughout the day & have more for dinner. I’ve only missed 2! Had such a giggle…. celery is not my favourite and don’t know too much about Kale. The other 5 however are huge favourites, especially spinach & broccoli!
Thanks for all your inspiration!!!


Hoop September 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Hi Ross,
You need to be careful about advocating that people eat lots of raw broccoli in general, and especially if they have, or may be predisposed to, thyroid problems. Raw broccoli is not recommended in those situations. I know this from a fully qualified Naturopath (degree) practitioner.

Just thought I’d mention it, seing that it is otherwise such a good food.


ANT September 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

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susie September 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I had also heard this too and wondered what quantities are a safe level if you have thyroid issues?


Michelle September 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hi Ross, I’ve found a delicious miso soup in the supermarket- tanoshi miso soup with tofu. It has seaweed, spring onions and silk tofu pieces. At 4cals per cup it’s been helping me stave off hunger and it’s so yummy. But what about it’s acidity? Can you help me please? Is it acid forming?
Best wishes,


elef September 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hi Ross,
Thank you for all these informations. Please tell me: is alkaline diet good for osteoporosis or someone must add more nutrient foods.
Than you again.


Corrinne Dezeeuw October 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

Hi ross,

I am very much interested in this alkaline diet. And am also
Drinking at least. 2 litres of lemon water a day.
I have severe osteoporosis could this be a problem.
We eat a lot of kale and spinach and looking forward to
Leading a healthier, we are in our seventies but I quess it
Never to late. Thank you very much for making. Me
Aware of. This



Luc mister-no-stress September 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank you for thesse valuable informations ….
so that we get less stress in getting more alkaline
Luc http://mister-no-stress


Jon August 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Excellent excellent information… I wish I had known about this 1 year and a half ago, I could have saved my grandmother who passed away from cancers. We now that cancer cannot thrive in a alkaline based environment.

Thank you for this information, it is obvious much research has gone into this and I will be sharing it with my loved ones.


Mo August 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

Coincidentally bought all of these today from the supermarket!


Happy August 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

do you have a room I could rent for 6 months so I can get my butt in gear??!! I would love to wake up every day, eat the right foods and exercise!


H. September 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I agree! Maybe a guest house where several of us could learn to get up and get moving more and how to prepare all of this yummy goodness.
Green Blessings!


Patricia Stout June 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Great Information. I am new to this type of thought. I am a female who has had quite a few UTI’s in the recent years. I am thinking that my diet has played a large role in this problem. If you can give me any suggestions to help, I’d appreciate it. I am also considering going gluten free.



James June 28, 2012 at 2:59 am

Thanks for the info u are the man! Take care


Marni June 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Ross, this is great. I make myself a salad now almost every day of 1/2 avocado, tomato, red pepper, onions and carrots. I usually will put it on a bed of spinach or other leafy green, and sometimes I just leave it on the bed of carrots if I’ve already gotten my greens in that day. I didn’t read all the comments, so don’t know if I’m being redundant here (and I apologize in advance), but you may want to remind people that you must rotate your greens. You cannot have the same greens every day, day in and day out, or you will get sick. This is not only better because your body needs the variety of nutrients that are found in a bunch of different foods, but also because green leafies (as I call them) contain certain amounts of toxins as defense, and you don’t want those building up in your body. I am not familiar enough yet to know which plant families are which, but I’ve read that rotating between the families is a good rule of thumb.


Kati June 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I drink home made kefir & kombucha tea every day plus I eat home fermented sauerkraut. These have been around long time & are known to be good for us…
Great site & interesting articles!


Bianca May 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi Ross

Thanks for all this great information and the time you take to do it all.


harimaya gurung April 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

Hi Ross,
From Nepal I found the information very useful Thanks a lot for that The seven alkaline foods could not be found easily here. Instead only five are found and the Nepalese have the habit of eating it only cooked. So… . will that be a problem/


Debi April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thank you very much for all this information. I am lucky in that they are ALL my favourite foods. Adding more to my diet is not a chore in the least. I have noticed that on frantically busy weeks when I don’t eat these foods as much, I certainly feel the difference. Good luck everyone! :-)


Pat Pemberton April 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thank you for your insight and knowledge. I love all these foods and have just recently added the fresh spinach and my family just loves it to my surprise. I use it fresh or add to foods and cook. My next food source to try is the kale and have several good ways to prepare.
Thanks again for all the good information!!!


Pat Pemberton April 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thank you for your insight and knowledge.


Christina @ChristinaMakley April 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Hi Ross,

I think this is great but am a little confused as to how you picked these to be the 7 most alkaline foods when your own definitive acid/alkaline food list has some but not all of them listed in the “highly alkaline” section, along with other foods like sprouts and grasses which are not featured in the article? Thanks!


Rachel April 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi Ross,
All I can say is ‘thankyou’ for sharing your wonderful ideas, and for free! There are so many websites out there with different advice and I have made a pact with myself never to pay for anything unless thoroughly researched. The information you give just FEELS so right! Have been doing totally alkaline for about a month now and have lost nearly a stone in weight. But mostly doing it for my new hubby who suffers from a gout-like attack every year around this time. He still has slight inflammation which moves like a lift between his toe and his knee but it is SOOOO much less painful than other attacks. And as I told him, years of excess may take more than a month to clear! Have nearly convinced him to fork out for a Chanson water system, but he’s understandably reluctant!

What I would really love to know (and do not seem to be able to find reliable info on anywhere) is the alkaline (once eaten) values of dried goji berries, organic raw cacao nibs, and home grown wheatgrass – they are all such amazing foods but we really want to alkalise as much as possible and would be willing to forego them if necessary. We had our first taste of wheatgrass this morning and it was so sweet – am concerned that the sugars have not had time to convert and that perhaps bought frozen shots grown organically over 2 – 3 months in a field might be more alkali.

Any ideas on the above would be fab! And once again thank you for being such an inspiration.



Alex Overton April 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Hi Ross,

The “Twitter bug”…..

You can recreate by reducing your window size down smaller by resizing it much smaller….this then makes the “offending”box appear over your blog comments. Your fluid left side column is probably the culprit…..if you were to fix the width in px or maybe % should solve it. This is the bit of code that webdeveloper ( threw up for me :


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the code is pointing to the theme directory of your wordpress install ….but I guess you know this….

The print version of the blog also has a problem…..Yes I liked your article so much that I printed it ! Shame it had a silly box in the middle of every page ! But hay I can live with it :-)

Thanks for the article ….very good !


mela April 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

happy reading


Vlaeth March 23, 2012 at 3:54 am

Oxalic acid in spinach question… I once asked this question of a nutritionist at Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and was told that the oxalic acid doesn’t prevent absorption of calcium ingested, it is just bound to the calcium in the spinach which makes the calcium in the spinach difficult for the body to access/absorb.


sue February 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Hi, I love this site and have found the info fantastic. I have one question, I regularly eat all the 7 high alkalising foods but I have always been a bit cautious of eating too much spinach, I don’t steam it but add it to salads and juices, I have read it contains oxalic acid which interferes with calcium absorption so would contribute to bone weakness. Do you know anything about this? I would be grateful for your thoughts. thanks


sue watson March 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

I also would like to know about spinach. I am not sure how to use this site. Would you tell me please how to pick up your answers to the questions. Thank you.


Neuropsychologist Clinical Melbourne February 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

i really appreciate this guidance. what kind of juicer do you suggest?


Alex Santoro-Emmerson February 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Hi Ross, do you happen to know whether Goji Berries are alkaline or acidic? They are obviously a raw superfood but was just wondering about the PH….. Thanks!


Daniella February 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Hi Ross, Thanks for the info. It is life changing to say the least. Please may I post this to my website as a reference for my clients? I would also LOVE to interview you. Please get in touch.
Daniella: 07870 275257


Daniella February 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hi Ross,

I LOVE this article. Juicing with these ingredients has changed my life dramatically. Please may I use this on my website as a reference for my clients. I would also like to interview you. Please get in touch.
07870 275257



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Jamie February 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hope you respond to this :)

I currently eat this daily – is this alkaline enough?

Oats/blackberries and apple

wholemeal bread/sandwich filler/cucumber/kiwi (sandwich)

chicken breast (breaded) with broccoli/cauliflower and sprouts

and for snacks . at uni .. I have banana/pear/almonds/raw carrots

+ around 8 glasses of water with a PH of around 7.4

Thank you very much for any reply I may get. This site is truly awesome :)


Jo February 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi Ross,

Can you please tell me is cooked pearled barley alkaline. Because i plan to eat cooked pearl barley and some veggies without any seasoning as one meal everyday. I’m suffering from lupus nephritis and working on having complete alkaline diet.


Elaine Wade February 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

When I try to download your list of alkaline foods, your home page comes up instead.


Dave February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Former American Football player who turned vegetarian at 52 due to chronic joint pain, high cholesterol, heart condition, prostate cancer and overall poor health. I commend you on your effort to enlighten those willing to seek the benefits of an Alkaline diet.


sylvia February 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thank you Ross, The information is great.


Dave aka EditorDave January 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thank you for this assembly of alkaline veggies — some I knew about, and others I wasn’t that aware of. For anyone suffering from hyperuricemia (aka gout), this is great information. Hyperuricemia is when uric acid accumulates in high concentration in the blood and tissues…. normally not noticed until an “attack” happens — this is when the uric acid goes “critical” and sets of a chain reaction of crystalizing — in the joints. The crystals are needle-shaped and rip into the surrounding tissues, which sets off inflamatory reaction from white blood cells that try to remove the foreign material, but attack the surrounding tissues instead. Excruciating pain. Usually in the big toe and ankles, fingers, and other extremities, it can also attack the other joints — such as elbows, and knees… completely debilitating. Alkalinizing veggies help to keep the acidic levels down in your system. (And, when you combine an acid with a base [alkaline], you break down the components of both and produce water as one of the subcomponents –which is more easily eliminated from your system. Thus preventing or at least reducing the chance of a gout attack.) Thanks again for your post. If you don’t mind, I will be linking to your blog post from my site on Gout. Best wishes!


c. moore January 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Also curious… What type of a nutrition degree(s)/schooling do you have? I’ve noticed you don’t always respond to people’s queries regarding your blogged information.


Ross January 31, 2012 at 5:56 am

Hi C. Moore

I state all over the place (including below every post, including this one) that I am not a qualified doctor or nutritionist and that all information contained within this blog and site is my opinion only. My credentials are 8 years of living alkaline and helping many, many people to implement the alkaline approach to health. I believe my skills and ability in helping people to implement is my strength.


p.s. I don’t answer every comment immediately as I get hundreds of emails per day asking questions, plus blog comments, plus facebook comments, plus tweets etc. I do as much as I can.


c. moore January 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Good information… thank you. But, please check your spelling, as you’ve mistakenly referred to carotenoids as “cartenoids” in several places, which could be confusing for a lay person.


Merle Drury January 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’, ‘stumbledupon’ menu IS IN THE WAY. I cannot read your blog – why is this happening? I can’t even see what I am writing properly. It’s stuck on the left of this e-mail and never moves – It’s driving me CRAZY!!!!!
Please sort this.



Ross January 31, 2012 at 5:57 am

Hi Merle

How are you? Long time no comment/email/facebook!

You just have to set your screen size/resolution/zoom to be zoomed out a little.



linda January 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

l love this guidance. thank you.


Audrey January 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

I am on a PC with google chrome and I do not have a problem reading your posts. The FB/Twitter bar is nicely in the margin on the left-hand side.


B V Nemi January 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the great tips. unfortunately, it is not so easy to get all of these vegetables here in Siberia during the winter.


17 Day Diet January 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for sharing the list, I have an acidic body and have plan to switch to alkaline diet to balance up my body need and also lose a few lbs away.


Diane Clarke January 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Ross, thanks for the updates, really appreciate them. However I live in a country town, kale is not available to purchace, and we have a very short growing season due to cold, thanks again


Arlis September 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Kale loves cold! In the heat of the summer it gets bitter. I don’t know how far north you live, but I’m quite certain that you would be able to grow kale. Check out “Four Season Harvest” by Elliot Coleman, and “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew. There is excellent information in both of these books on extending the season. There are many other vegetables, including most of the greens that do very well in cold weather. Good Luck!


Christina Patrikios January 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

Dear Ross

I’m speechless! You have so many comments! Well it is true that all these veggies are beneficial to our health but some of us need good recipes for preparing them in order to enjoy the benefits! I will write a couple of recipes for you! You may post them if you like! A recipe for spinach is chopped garlic saute in olive oil ad these herbs: Fennel, dill, parsley and chopped leeks! Add spinach then salt and pepper! Keep stirring! If the spinach you use is frozen it should be ready in just 15 minutes! Chop some feta cheese and add to the spinach mixture!
Let cool! This is the filling for the appetizers! Open a box of filo dough! Unroll on a table! Melt some butter to brush each sheet of
filo dough as you work with it! Fold one sheet in half then in half again the long way so you can spoon in the filling at one corner of your strip! Wrap it by bringing the corner of your strip over into the shape of a triangle! Keep folding till the strip is a complete triangle!
Bake in a baking sheet at 375o until golden brown!

Now we’re ready for stuffed peppers! Wash peppers! Carefully cut off the tops as they will be used for covers after stuffing your peppers! Remove seeds! Steam peppers then line them up in a deep baking pan! Saute ground beef with onions and garlic! Chop up fresh tomato and add to the ground beef! Add herbs, parsley,
dill and fennel! Also add chopped leeks! Add a cup of rice! Stuff your peppers when rice is blown up! Put the lids back on the peppers then place them in a 375o oven and bake until brown!


Linda January 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I am so excited, I just bought a Vitamix Blender, the Aspire Model….since I got it, yesterday, I have used it so many times…..I think I am in love… I look forward to receiving your wonderful recipes, that I can now actually make…..
thank you for your posts, I look forward to receiving them. I just wish I could find a great raw food recipe book here in Ontario, Canada…some of the “suggested” ones have been difficult, if impossible for me to find here…..


Sylvia March 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Try Book or .com. They have free post anywhere in the world. Good luck.


Vinni January 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Hey Ross. Thanks for all the info. I started really paying attention what I was eating and focusing mainly on proper ph foods for my body just over two years ago when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 38. Since removal of the cancer I have been without reoccurrence. I have went as far as to properly ph the water I drink ( which is mainly at a 9.5) and got rid of all sodas and sport drinks. Since this Heath change I feel like a teenager again.


Mario January 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Really useful advice. I’m at a point now where I know my body craves healthier food than what I’m currently intaking and so this is a great list to get me started — and I happen to enjoy these alkaline foods! #bonus. Thank you.


Jimmie white January 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thanks sooo-much I love all the listed veggies,when I lived in Inglewood California. I grew a lots of veggies.


Belinda Lee January 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

shame you’ve got that annoying bloody drop down box wanting me to like your page but I cant even read the f-ing article properly, it is soooooo annoying!!!!!!!! Even as I type this comment the bloody thing is still in the way and I can see nothing of the left hand side of the comment box, pls make an effort to fix your page I refuse to ‘like’ it on principle


Lucille February 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Linda, Press the “Crtl” key and move the wheel on your mouse. Move it one way and it makes your screen larger and the other way to make it smaller. You will then be able to read the articals without that bar on top of it.


linda January 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

thththank you for this. i am eating these veggies daily as salads and with meals.


Marjorie January 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I think it iis important to look at oxalic content of foods too. I can’t eat spinach or kale.


Rich January 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Wow, seriously?!?!?! Eating the things that everyone in the history of food has told me I should eat is a good idea???


Janet January 26, 2012 at 3:05 am

Hi Ross, I must say thanks for what you stand for “healthy.” I have been a health finatic ever since I was a teenager and I don’t see how people can live their lives otherwise. It’s the only way to go in my opinion. The only thing I was doing quite wrong was eating all vegetables instead of what I really needed to balance the ph levels in my body. Thanks once again, I’m not yet on face book so sorry I won’t be joining you but please continue to email me if it is possible. Again, keep up the GREAT work. God bless you!


Linda January 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I agree, 30 years living with diabetes and no one ever thought to check my PH levels…..why??? diabetic nutritionist and educators really need to get on board with this…..Not to mention the Endocrinologists…..maybe it should be the most important test to begin with…..


Colissa April 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I think the reason doctors don’t know is because they are not taught very much nutrition in college. They are taught all about the pham. available. Once you are diagnosed with a disease you are a life-long customer. The pharm companies don’t want to lose that. If this information was main stream, they would go out of business. When my mom comes to visit us (we cook vegetarian with very little animal product but not as much raw as I need to) she never has to take her insulin. We know several people who changed their diet to be completely cured of their ailments. Good luck :)


dragica January 26, 2012 at 2:54 am

Thank you very much, Ross. You are incredible!
I am glad i have a big vegetable patch and spinach just waiting to sprout out of the ground. I’ve eaten very little spinach in my life, so I might just catch up. Tried growing kale 2 years ago, no success. Celery just impossible to grow around here. But I make up for it in tomatoes and capsicums.
I have a question re pickles. What is meant by ‘pickles’ in the alkaline talk? Things like relishes and chutneys or things preserved in vinegar or the sauercraut tupe foods.
Thanks again.


zahra January 26, 2012 at 1:04 am

hi Ross,

My son is turning 1yr very soon and as i read the above including the recipes, i come across of thinking to give also my son esp the soup. Are these recommended for babies as well?


Lorna S. Labayen January 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

YOu have made the list more helpful, Ross. Thanks a lot


Marie January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Ross, it’s amazing. Thanks a lot.


Miriam January 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Very useful information.

Ross, how do we get rid of this very aggressive tag from FB, Twitter, Google, ..I’t interefering with my being able to read your blog and I find it quite undemocratic because I can’t get rid of it let alone just move it so I can free up your text. Arrgh!!!


Ross January 31, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hey Miriam, you just have to ‘zoom out’ with your browser/set the screen size to be smaller/make the resolution bigger etc.

Zoom out a little and the bar sits nicely to the left.



Lucille February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Press the “Crtl” key and move the wheel on your mouse. Move it one way and it makes your screen larger and the other way to make it smaller. You will then be able to read the articals without that bar on top of it.


Colleen January 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Ross I found the pH Miracle about the same time as you so have been doing this for a while. I just wanted to make a few comments after reading the many replies… I asked Dr. Young about the blood type diet and he replied that there are only two types of blood good or bad!!!or bad!! Sorry that stupid tweet box got in my way!! As far as I am aware raw spinach does not cause stones or allow build up of oxacilic acid. As far as nightshades go potatoes and aubergines do not seem to be as alkalising as tomatoes and peppers which one would be using raw. i can feel the difference for example if I eat a cooked tomato. Just had beautiful alkalising tomato and avo soup for lunch all raw. Hope the comments are useful.


bio energy dome January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thank you for the Alkaline Food Chart download and all the information on the seven most alkaline foods. I had seen on another alkaline food chart where watermelon is one of the most alkaline fruits. Respectfully, Truman Anderson


Rachel January 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Thanks Ross, the information you provide is inspiring and very much appreciated. It’s disappointing how many people complain about not being able to read your posts.. ungrateful and obnoxious considering you give so much out to people for free.
Maybe it’s a IE v’s firefox browser issue..but not your problem!

Kudos for spreading this message and helping people lead healthier lives.
Great work!


Wizz January 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Hi Ross

Defo going to try this one! :-) am I ok to use frozen? I’ve recently started adding 4 ‘cubes’ of frozen spinach to my smoothies. What’s your take on frozen?

Love Wizz xx


Muriel January 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

Please resend message without the twitter/tweet bar – makes your article impossible to read! It even blocks this submission box.


Stephen January 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

Fabulous, as ever, Ross! I read your posts on a range of devices from iPad to IMac to PC. All pages render fine with Chrome, Safari and IE9. Your information is as good as your laptop: fabulous!
Many thanks, Ross. Keep up the great work!


carl January 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hey Ross

Love the work you do. Great to have a list.

Here’s also something that you may wanna do a little investigating into.

Been ill for a fair while now, and under the care of an integrative medicine DR, who also is a research scientist. He found i was quite acidic, and recommended Watermelon to alkalise…He says it’s teh most alkalising natural food out there. Of course i disagreed, but he wanted to prove it to me… so over the course of my last visit (a week), he did buffer tests on my stomach acid and tested my blood PH, after eating only 1 kind of food for a day…guess what came out on top…watermelon, only closely followed by cucumber. I was amazed, as everything i’d read says NO FRUIT! I’d be interested on your thoughts on this.


Olivia Rojas January 25, 2012 at 5:06 am

Thanks a million for your incredible information!
Could I make smoothies with the vegatables that you mentioned and add a peeled orange or a piece of fresh pineapple, or banana? Would the smoothie still be healthy? Please advice. It is very important to me.
Thanks again for your most valuable information,


Ross January 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hey Olivia – it’s ok to add fruit while you transition but try to keep it to one piece and then slowly transition it away. Fruit is high in sugar and when you juice it you remove all of the fiber – so the sugar is more reactive in the body. A little fruit is fine, but not juiced.


A January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

of course it is!


Jimbo January 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

Thanks for the article. I will eat an avocado now. Being in Cali they are plentiful. I also love spinach.
I have been having to take prilosec every day because of my stomach acid problems. Perhaps if I incorporate more of these I will not have to. Unfortunately I will not give up coffee. I gotta get some baking soda to put in it.


Tamara January 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

Love it! Thank you. Anyway to make this easier for people is great in my book!!!

(p.s. have a post coming up soon where I link you a few times!!!)



Ross January 25, 2012 at 7:47 am

In a word….awesome. Tamara you rock.


marg January 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hi, got into this alkaline food thingonly recently. Wonder if you could clarify this bit for me ie. is Japanese green tea powder considered al alkaline food (drink)? What about the green food powder ( says it contains several kinds of veg) alkaline too? Thanks so much.


Lawrie January 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

GET Rid of that FKCUHUKHUFCFCKUCH ing twitter thing. I can’t even medit or hype this massage properly !!


Ross January 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

I’m gonna get to the bottom of it. Trouble is – I don’t see it on my laptop (Macbook Pro on Google Chrome) so am going to fire up a PC and test on FireFox, IE, Safari etc til I can understand what everyone is talkin’ ’bout!



Roxine January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Hi Ross, I’m planning on making this my morning Juice. Is that 1/2 cup pre juice amount or 1/2 cup after juicing of each? Hope that makes sense!


Ross January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Hey Roxine – that’s pre-juicing. Would be a pretty big juice if it was after!


Marisol January 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Hi Ross: What a valuable feedback.. We all know how valuable our vegetables are but, we must be reminded and better informed. Incorporating all these vegetables, daily, in our diet, is a slow educational process.. It doesn’t happen from one day to the other..

We have advanced quite a bit here and take one glass of barley grass-(berry) mixed with water, first thing in the morning. 30 min later, we juice 6 carrots, one orange and 3 celery sticks.. We then take this into a blender like VitaMix or similar and mix these juices with one slice of pineapple, one handful of organic spinach, one handful of brocoli and one cup blueberries..with 2 tablespoons of flax seed. This powerful shake is our breakfast every morning and by doing this, we are assuring ourselves we are taking our daily min amount of vegetables.. We will have vegetables with chicken or fish at midday and at nighttime, again, I have another glass of barley grass or another green shake as in the morning…
I can tell you that we have testimonials of friends with cancer, that have reversed their cancer by taking all these nutrients, on a constant basis- 1/2 glass of a shake every 3 hours and they have jumped started their autoimmune system and reversed their cancer.

Congratulations.. Keep the good work Ross..


dianne January 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

PLEASE get rid of this box with “likes” in it….i cannot read the page!!
how ridiculouse is this!!


Ross January 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

I’m gonna get to the bottom of it. Trouble is – I don’t see it on my laptop (Macbook Pro on Google Chrome) so am going to fire up a PC and test on FireFox, IE, Safari etc til I can understand what everyone is talkin’ ’bout!



Scott Brady January 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Great article Ross; very informative.

I didn’t realise until recently that celery, cucumbers and bell peppers are high in silica too, which is great for rebuilding our bodies structures and soft tissues.

Cheers mate



Michele buonocore January 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you so much, I will start eating Kale I am a concer survivor for the last 6 mts. I have been in remisson, I realize Alkaline diet so important, How long do you steam Kale it always seem so tough. Michele


carol cooper January 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

please take me off your mailing list. I have appreciated the information but do not wish to continue. I have asked before but it has continued. Thanks


Kat January 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Wonderful Stuff Ross!


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Thanks so much Kat!


javaid January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm



Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Awesome :)


Katie Funk January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Oh and for the thyroid I suggest dulse, it’s delicious..and high in iodine. Add to everything, anything, or just eat by itself!


Katie Funk January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Please inform everyone also at the risks of spinach kale and broccoli raw for extended periods of time. Spinach high in oxalates can mean disaster for the kidneys and stones. They are all goitrogenic too and have been shown to influence the thyroid when raw especially. List here of goitrogenic foods Perhaps a way to compromise for eating oxalates would be by adding lemon water to the diet to consistently dissolve any stones, lemon also great for its alkaline effect on the body.


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Hi Katie – looks like you’re already doing a good job!

I ask everyone to take personal responsibility for their own health and dietary requirements – if you have a specific condition or concern you should speak with a nutritionally aware practitioner and adapt any dietary suggestions to suit your awareness of your own body and it’s need.


Jamez September 13, 2012 at 2:27 am

Olaxic acid is also synthesized by your own body using Vitamin C. There are no links between the olaxic levels of food intake and oxalate related illnesses (gallstones, kidney stones etc).

The greens (especially spinach, chard) are getting a bad rap and a lot of misinformation of late on this! The oxalates are in almost all plant based foods including fruits, veg, grains, seeds, nuts, coffee, chocloate, beans, etc. They are more digestible raw than cooked. You cannot avoid them, and as all plant foods have some anti nutrients, you will always take some “bad” with the good. It is a yin/yang world we live in.

Research shows that oxalate stones(gallstones/kidneystones) are more related to not enough hydration, so green juicing and more water intake is going to help the problem not contribute to it! Of course, rotating greens is a good idea and you can have too much of anything, if taken in excess :)


denise January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love your blog and your heartfelt devotion to optimum health. I do have some confusion over your promotion of tomatoes and the nightshade veggies. Tomatoes are acidic and the first food on the list of what not to eat if you suffer from acid reflux. Nightshades also. Several people have referenced this and you just ignore it. You owe it to the folks giving you their trust to address this!


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hello Denise

Tomatoes are very alkaline-forming to the body once consumed (similar to lemons).

Saying I just ignore it is a bit harsh – I FINALLY finished that giant blog post at about 9pm last night and went to bed soon after (fell asleep watching Nadal vs Berdych which was actually quite a game!).

I still don’t fully understand what the issue with capsicum is, so I believe I said I would investigate further.

Remember – this information I am posting is all free (FREE) so nobody should be impatient with me here!



Miriam January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Can’t read anything but the actual names of the stuff; I’ve been eating spinach. cucumbers, broccoli, avocado, and celery every day for years. I cook for my grandchildren three nights a week and I give them all of this every chance I get. They are quite picky as all children are and as I was when I was a child, but I find that I can make these alkaline foods taste good to them they will eat them; for instance, if I put something on top or give them something to dip it in they will eat almost any vegetable. Wish I could reat it all, so I would know the exact reasons these are healthful and what they contain.


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hi Miriam — what is preventing you being able to read it all? Let me know – I’d love to help.


Jackie January 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Ross: I was inspired by this and so had kale for breakfast with avocado and some wild salmon. Yummy! I also just read research from the Environmental Working Group that reported, among other things, that spinach is important to buy organic since it’s really hard to get the pesticides off of spinach when preparing it to eat. And research shows how important magnesium is for mood. You hear a lot about Omega 3 fatty acids and mood, but magnesium is also key. If one is avoiding gluten, one may be magnesium deficient–lots of naturally occurring magnesium in grains with gluten. Since green vegetables have ample magnesium, it is important to remember that they, too, support mood health. Especially if one is avoiding gluten.


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hey Jackie

Nice one – kale for breakfast is a big step! There are certain foods that are more important to buy organic (or wash with high pH, ionized water) and spinach is definitely one of them. Strawberries are another.

Check this list out:

Good call on magnesium – it’s super-important and often forgotten


carol fortunato January 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hello Ross,
What a great re-motivating list. Thank You.
Two questions:
I eat alot of raw Kale…Is the only thing I’m losing its’ cholesterol-lowering benefit?
And, I read that cooking spinach makes it metabolize as acidic? Is this not true?


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hi Carol

Just mix it up – some raw some cooked. Don’t worry about spinach becoming acid-forming, it’s not the case.

Raw kale may lose some of that one benefit, but you get much more benefit of all the other nutrients by not cooking them!

It’s all a balance :)



Gillian January 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hi Ross,
I ve being adding more and more Alkaline foods and water into my diet over the last three months and love it now …
I do have a few problems with things like Broccoli and Spinage whichI love but they have high levels of Purines in them but I just keep them to 20 % of the meal or snack and always add lots of peppers with them …
Also add lemons to all my water, cooking or drinking.
I have lost 8 kilos and my gout has subsided to a point I can live with it,
Adding lots of antioxidants to my diet coupled with alkaline water is really working Thanks


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Hey Gillian! That’s amazing! Congratulations and keep it up!


Llew January 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Not really interested until I saw you were a Spurs fan.,will try a smoothie tomorrow and see how it goes .


Ross January 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Harsh result on Sunday….but still TEN points clear of ars*nal :)


Cindy January 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm



Anne Jerome January 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I really want to read al about these super alkaline foods but I can’t because of the box over the text…….


Chris Ashmore January 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I love the information you give. I was very excited to have the nutritional data on the servings and for the alkaline foods. Unfortunately I printed it out but the (@#@*) tweet window is in the middle of it. And I printed it out twice. Needed to vent that, Thanks. C-


Bre January 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thank You for this and all of ur articles. I love going to my email and seeing something from this site. I do not like celery, but will try masking it in a smoothie. I also am curious about the comments on veggies in the nightshade family.


Mary January 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hi Ross,
When you say a cup of greens, is it cooked, raw, tightly packed, loosely packed??? I also eat all of these except for the bell pepper as I am experimenting if eliminating nightshades (tomato, peppers, potato, eggplant) helps reduce arthritis type symptoms in my knees & feet (so far inconclusive). Love the recipes!


Rush N. January 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hey Ross,

I’m a fan of the movement, but quick question… Are you familiar with the ”eat right for your blood type” diets?
I’m asking because my type ”O” blood calls for no Cucumbers & Avacados. I’m figuring I could blend these facts & customize a personal diet for my optimum health

Thanks, R. Nash


Greg January 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

So I would really love to read the 7 most alkaline foods. To bad there is a facebook twitter bar in the way and it is impossible. Who cares about twitter???


vee January 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Ross,

Thank a lot for your information. Your article very nice. Keep it up.


jane judd January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I can’t even print this to keep the info because the little box whites out the info. PLEASE get rid of it!!


Aida January 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Hi Ross
Thanks for this wonderful information. I eat almost all of the seven, but kale because I didnt’ know how good it was. I’m glad I found your web to get such value information to improve our health.
Aida from Lima Peru


jane judd January 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

like another reader, the little box is driving me crazy also! i’ve tried to get it off, it’s in the way. Clicking on it all over doesn’t get rid of it. Where is this coming from?


Shelley January 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recipes and your acid/alkaline charts! I am in the transitioning phase of my switch to an alkaline diet. Getting ready to do a brief cleanse before adopting the 80/20 lifestyle. Your soup and smoothie recipes will be a wonderful resource for me. Looking forward to positive changes!
Your blog is much appreciated!


Julie Duff January 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Awesome! I have been looking for this kind of direction to go with my diet and alkaline info is not as easy to obtain as everyday people would lead you to believe. Thank you so much!!!! Please don’t stop giving!!


Chris January 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Dear Ross
This is just a big thank you for all your hard work and for sharing it. Thanks Angel


Miguel January 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I make my drinks with tomatos, celery, spinach, alfalfa and beets, blend it , add a dash of salt and the juice of one lemon and it is a killer drink and it taste delicious as well, I drink it in the morning and it makes you feel great all day. I’ve been alkalizing for about a month, I used to have a very toxic diet before and now I have more energy, feel much better and even some “age” spots are dissapearing from my arms, the black eyes too, this is the fountain of youth!!


Joe January 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Hi Ross,
Great article and content for our health. Do you recommend a juicer or place we can create a smoothie or juice like you described above??


kareen January 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hi Ross,
have learnt so much from you, thank you for your wisdom. I now find after only a week of alkaline foods, that acidic foods have lost their appeal. In fact, I cant believe i once ingested all that acidic stuff, pickled gerkins, etc. My stomach really revolts if i eat any now. :-) I also cant believe I have given chocolate and coffee away, I never thought I could do that, either. I am proud! :-)
keep up the good work my friend.
Kareen, western australia


Fran January 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi Ross,

Thank you for this wonderful article; I make a point of juicing a tomato, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 bell pepper and throw some broccoli, and I can almost feel each cell in my body cheering up as it goes down my throat!!!!
Blessings from spain.


Sue January 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

Hello Fran,
I like to start my day with a cucumber and celery juice – really wakes you up!

Greetings from the Costa del Sol


Ross January 30, 2012 at 7:35 am

Hey Sue!

Thanks for the tip :) Hope you’re well in Spain!


isabel January 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Ditto…this little menu is awful…one cannot even move it with an apple….it truly blocks the reading…
You are not mentioning the GMO aspects of some of these items…could you elaborate? like celery?


Nicole January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm


I really appreciate this post, so thank you.

My one concern is regarding spinach. I’ve read that it’s not so great due to it’s oxalic (or phytic?) acid content, which supposedly binds to ingested calcium (and other minerals like iron?), preventing their absorption.

It’s been a while since I’ve researched that particular topic, so forgive me if my information isn’t as accurate as it could be.



Lois January 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hiya Ross;

I have just discovered you and I’m excited to see the changes in my life…I’m gonna start with the power house Veg. Smoothie and see what happens…! Thanks so much for all of the great information.



jill bell January 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I echo the grumble about the pop-up. Your information is excellent and clear – or would be the wretched pop up wasn’t in the way.
How do you rate organic cider vinegar?


italian mama January 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hey ross i suffer with burning throat all the time. What natural foods can help?


Phyllis Poole January 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I have a friend who does not have a computer, and is just now getting into better foods by listening to Dr Oz ! She wouldn’t listen to me before and now is fighting skin cancer, using the “blocks” that are not good for her, depleting herself in D.
I gave her an alkaline diet before and she lost it! I wanted to print out what you sent about the 7 most alkaline foods and it won’t print. Is t here a reason. Could you make it available and put print at the top?


Dawn September 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

Phyllis and others,

It’s easy to print any page(s) by simply pressing Ctrl P as long as there’s a printer available. Also, I took the advice given to shrink the screen to 90% which moves the annoying box to the left margin.


Amrut January 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm



Phyllis Poole January 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

The twitter thing is in my way also. Can you control that? Or is it from the twitter site.
I t hink your article is great in that it is complete as to each foods nutrition. BUT isn’t it possible that one could go overboard on alkalinity and not get a balance. Meat is very high in acid but it is an important food for we carnivorous mammals. Too much was sais about not eating red meat because it was bad for the heart SO many people left it out of their diet. We get most of our niacin from red meat and I know niacin is the memory vitamin. Now we are seeing a LOT of alzheimers, dementia etc.
A good balance is a must!
I can’t edit my writing because of that twitter thing. I hate that!


Merle Drury January 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Help!!! I can’t read your interesting blog on the 7 alkalizing foods because the small menu bar with all the ‘like’, ‘Tweet’ ‘stumbledupon’ links is stuck right in the middle of the page. PLEASE GET RID OF IT before the frustration of it drives me mad….

Best wishes, and thanks, Ross,



Janet January 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thank you so much, Ross! I’m actually starting the diet this morning and I can’t wait to see and feel the effects from it! You’re posts are so encouraging!


kathy January 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thanks so much for this invaluable info!


Ross January 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

No probs Kathy – it’s my pleasure.


Melissa January 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Ross, have been a Fan of your website for awhile now keep up the good work!! I also cannot eat the bell pepper due to the nightshade family as it aggravates my psorasis.



Ross January 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hey Melissa – that’s awesome that you’re enjoying my posts!


Karin Braidwood January 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Ross, really enjoy your infectious enthusiasm! And all sounds possible to achieve…quite a steep learning curve for me though.
Shall rush out to buy that juicer as soon as our current flood subsides! Q: Would silverbeet be an ok substitute for spinach?


Ross January 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

Absolutely – all leafy greens are great! You’re not in Brisbane are you?


Gloria Jordan January 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

Hi Ross
Wonderful article- thank you!
The only one of the 7 that we dont eat is the bell peppers as they are part of the nightshade family


Ross January 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hey Gloria – thanks so much! Just out of interest, what is your primary concern with vegetables from the nightshade family?



Jan M January 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

HI Ross,
I am a week old into learning about eating raw, fermenting, juicing etc etc etc, and am enjoying your clear simple emails. Knowing I can prepare just one drink and be well on my way to a healthy intake of RDA’s for the day is a relief, and it’s so simple that it feels like a much less daunting task to set myself up to achieve these new goals for good eating. It seems that one drink will achieve much more than just one small step towards a good eating plan. Thanks. Regards Jan


Ross January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hey Jan – that’s what I’m all about – simply, baby steps…one at a time…day-by-day

When you approach health that way you can get a long way in a surprisingly short time!



Gloria January 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hi Ross
Wonderful article!
The only one of the SEVEN that I dont eat is the bell peppers due to them belonging to the nightshade family!


Wayne January 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

On a side note, Spinach can cause kidney stones.


Ross January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hey Wayne

I’d potentially dispute that ;)


paramasivam January 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

since it is an alkali food…
how can it cause kidney stones…
mostly acid food cause the kidney stones….


John Hopwood January 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I support the comment about the threat of spinach to those of use who suffer from calcite kidneys stones. There is a substantial body of proof and opinion to confirm this. Curiously, brussels sprouts and other brassicas are also detrimental.


Jamez September 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

As I replied earlier up the page, this is misinformation being spread….we need oxalic acid or the body will synthesize it from Vitamin C! The oxalate stones are formed by the oxalate acid combining with calcium, so it is thought that it is caused by an accumulation of unused calcium ,not the oxalic acid! Please read medical research , not hype on the web.

Here is a balanced view:


Sarah Staerk January 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Love this! Thank you so much for the research.


Ross January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

No worries Sarah – I loved writing it!


Eileen Bowley January 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks Ross – great info here. I eat spinach, peppers and avocado almost every day :-) I just cannot bear to eat cucumber and celery is something I dont even like the smell of let alone the taste – but I dont let this worry me as I eat other good foods in place of them.
Thanks again, Eileen


Ross January 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hey Eileen – thanks heaps for the comment! Will touch base very soon I promise!


Jamez September 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

Not sure how you could avoid celery and cucumber , as they are the best veggies to fill out a green juice :)


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