Try Alkaline Foods to Feel Better

Because of factors like diet and stress, many people in industrialized nations are too acidic, and so we are afflicted with health problems that run the gamut from minor skin irritations to depression, chronic fatigue and back pain to arthritis, ulcers, and osteoporosis.

Take a look at the checklist of symptoms that indicate acidity. Then find out what to eat (and what to avoid) to improve your health!

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First, see the list of symptoms to find out if you may be too acidic.

Here is a list of alkalinizing foods that will help you to balance your over-acidity:

Alkalizing Foods
Green vegetables, raw or cooked, salad greens, cabbage, etc.
Colored vegetables: carrots, beets (except for tomatoes)
Corn (kernels or cooked as polenta)
Milk (liquid and powdered form), large-curd cottage cheese, cream, butter
Almonds, Brazil nuts
Dried fruits: dates, raisins (except those that are acidic to the taste—apricots, apples, pineapple)
Almond milk
Black olives preserved in oil
Cold-pressed oils
Natural sugar

Acidic Foods to Avoid
If you are too acidic, eating these foods could cause more of a problem.

Refined flour products: White bread, pasta
Grains: White rice
Sugary cereals and desserts: Cakes, pies, cookies
Sugars: White and brown sugar
Beans: Soybeans, chickpeas, red beans, garbanzos
Red meat: Beef, mutton, pork, cold cuts
Fatty fish: Salmon, carp, herring, mackerel
Crustaceans: Lobster, shrimp, mussels
Condiments: Capers, pickles, pimentos, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise
Fats: Hydrogenated margarine, lard
Beverages: Coffee, tea, chocolate milk, sodas, tomato juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, wine, strong spirits

Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline Diet, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Christopher Vasey. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline Diet, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003).


Carol P.
Carol P.14 hours ago

Though I would love to it to be this simple, if you are healthy and eating a wide variety of foods and nothing in excess, your body shouldn't have any problem keeping acids in check. And the list of symptoms in the link sounds more like an autoimmune disease or food intolerance than too much acid in your diet. Sure, eat produce and lots of it, but don't go too far down the path of blaming your woes on too much acid in your diet. Consider that something else could be awry that is stopping your organs from processing excess acid out of your system.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 days ago

Thank you

sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner3 days ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Veronica B.
Veronica B.6 days ago

Thank you!!!

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie6 months ago


Charles G.
Charles G.7 months ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen7 months ago

Thank you

Holly C.
Holly C.1 years ago

Interesting article! Had no idea that chickpeas where on the 'bad' list! I eat a great deal with my salads for protein since I stopped eating meat.

Susana Leanza
Susana Leanza3 years ago

oh potato and banana are on the list, reminds me of... minions, haha! anyway, thanks for the info :)