pH Balance Diet Food List

Acidic and Alkaline Foods

Check if your diet contains sufficient alkaline food groups

It is important for our health and well-being that we maintain an optimum pH balance within our body and hence avoid acidosis:

‘The body functions at its best when the pH of its internal bio-chemical environment, measured as a whole, is equal to 7.39, meaning slightly alkaline. …illness will accompany any incidence of acidosis or alkalosis. …acidosis is by far the most common… because both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment.’
Christopher Vasey Expert on the Alkaline Diet**

'Your health depends on the balance of an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables... Striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating your body's acid/alkaline chemistry through simple changes in diet can result in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, a stronger immune system and a greater sense of wellbeing.'
Robert O. Young, Pioneering scientist and author of The pH Miracle*


Why do so many people suffer from acidosis?

New methods of food production, changes in society and different lifestyles have contributed towards a change in how we prepare and consume our food and how we live. Some people even say that this has caused a health crisis in our society. After all it is no coincidence that certain illnesses like cancer and diabetes have increased at the same time as the standard diet contains more and more acidic elements like proteins, cereals, sugar and bad fats.

How can you achieve an acid-alkaline-balance or ph Balance?

This is not as difficult and complicated as it sounds. First of all, it is important to consume foods, which have an alkalising effect on the body. This effect depends on the mineral content of the food and the ash which remains once the food has been processed within the body*. Some foods leave an acidic ash, whilst others leave an alkaline ash. Generally, alkaline foods, are also the foods which we know are good for us. They include fresh vegetables and foods with low sugar content. Bad for us are the obvious: sweets, coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking, meat, fast food and many diary products. Stress, nervous tension, noise and a lack of physical exercise also contribute to the body’s acidification.

Every body is different and reacts in other ways to this change. Whilst some are more susceptible than others, we should all aim towards a healthy diet, which, as experts recommend, should consist to 80% of alkaline food. Below we have provided one of the most comprehensive overviews of alkaline and acid foods to help you optimise your diet.

This does not have to be measured in a complicated method, simply have a look at your plate: do 70-80% of it belong to the alkaline foods? And do the remaining 20-30% of acid forming foods belong to the category of slightly or highly acidifying foods**? A pizza made with wholemeal flour is less acidic than one made with processed white flour, and tofu is less acid whilst lentils are very acid**.  Fresh water wild fish is also much less acidic than farmed fish.

So chose your foods wisely, we would recommend oily fish, wholemeal products as well as wild rice for instance.


Becoming alkaline and preventing acidosis

The alkaline food chart displayed below is mostly based on recommendations by R. Young* and Christopher Vasey**. Both are thought-leaders in alkaline diets. In some cases the experts contradict each other in their recommendations, for instance, some would recommend quark and tomatoes as alkaline foods, whilst others consider them to be acidifying. The strictest recommendations are those made by R. Young. To make it easier for you to decide what to eat, we have based our main recommendations on Young, and then added the foods also recommended by other experts. That way you can decide which experts to follow.

pH Balance Diet: Alkaline Fruits: lemon, avocado, lime, tomato, grapefruit, coconut;

other experts also recommend: watermelon, apples, pineapple, apricot, bananas, pears, clementine, fresh dates, strawberries, figs, blueberries, raspberries, honey melon, redcurrant, blackcurrant, cherries, kiwi, mandarines, mango, nectarine, green and black olives, oranges, papaya, peach, plums, gooseberries.


pH Balance Diet: Alkaline Vegetables: asparagus, aubergines, cabbage (green cabbage, white cabbage, red cabbage, napa cabbage), onions, cauliflower (incl romanesco), radish, fresh peas, marrow, young spinach, carrots, green beans, beetroot, celery, peppers, sweet potato, grasses (alfalfa, wheat, kamut, barley etc), cucumber, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, pumpkin;

other experts also recommend: artichokes, mushrooms (incl shiitake), chicory, fennel, spring onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, leeks, turnip, mangold, parsnip, swede okra, radicchio, algae’s (spirulina, chlorella, hijiki, wakame, nori).

Green drinks are a great source of vegetables and green grasses, as they contain a variety of different ingredients, providing an optimal blend and they can be prepared easily and quickly; which is important for busy people!


pH Balance Diet: Alkaline Herbs and Lettuce: The role of herbs in our diet is often underestimated! They are not just there to add a great taste, but play an important role in the support of well-being and immune system.

watercress, lambs lettuce, garlic, lettuce, chive, basil, green and red chillies, endive, coriander, dandelion, parsley, chard;

other experts also recommend: summer savory, nettle, iceberg lettuce, fennel seeds, garden cress, frisee, ginger, capers, cardamon, chervil, kurkuma (yellow ginger), lattich, lovage, cumin, borage, lollo rosso lettuce, lemon balm, nutmeg, majoran, horseradish, clove, oregano, pepper (black, green, white, red), peppermint, allspice, romaine lettuce, rosmary, ruccola lettuce, safran, sage, sorrel, nigella sativa, thyme, vanilla, hyssop, cinnamon.


pH Balance Diet: Alkaline sprouts and seeds: Seeds and young sprouts from plants are a nutritional powerhouse! They contain everything for a healthy and strong plant to grow which makes great contributors towards our health!

almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seed (incl tahini paste), flax seed, buckwheat groats, spelt, most sprouted seeds (including soya, alfalfa, mungo beans, chickpeas, broccoli), hummus, soy sprouts.


pH Balance Diet: Alkaline Drinks: green drinks, fresh vegetable juice, alkaline water (enriched with pH drops or liquid chlorophyll), water with lemon or lime juice, various herbal teas (our recommendation is rooibos tea), vegetable broth, unsweetened soya milk, almond milk, goats milk.

pH Balance Diet - Alkaline fats and oils: flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, avocado, olives and olive oil, evening primrose, coconut oil, certain oil blends especially oil blends containing Omega 3-6-9.


Generally, it is recommended to eat loads of salads, fresh alkaline vegetables as well as healthy sprouts and nuts. Most of the fresh foods should be consumed raw (as cooking may reduce the nutrient content) together with 2-3 litres of water. In most areas, tap water is mildly acidic, with traces of chlorine, heavy metals and other nasties. Test your tap water before using it for daily consumption. Enrich your water with pH drops  to create alkaline, mineral-rich water.

Try one of our Alkalising Packs - containing a mix of different products - ready to help you get started!


Acid Foods:

Typical acid-forming foods are alcohol, smoking, fast food and ready-made foods, sugary foods and anything made with white flour.

Some foods like wholemeal products, have a lower acidifying effect, and could represent the 20-30% of acid foods in a daily diet.

  •     any form of meat,  incl beef stock
  •     fish and shellfish
  •     milk and milk products (incl low fat versions), like quark, yoghurt, kefir, cheese, ice cream, cream, eggs, milkshakes
  •     mustard, vinegar, ketchup
  •     most nuts, except almonds
  •     wheat products, incl. pizza, pasta, rice, bread, rolls, wholemeal products,
  •     sugar, sweets, honey, artificial sweeteners
  •     transfats, margarine, saturated fats, hydrogenated oil, corn oil
  •     fruit juices and sparkling drinks, like sparkling water, lemonade, coke
  •     coffee, black tea, green tea, fruit teas
  •     alcohol
  •     all fruits except for the ones listed above
  •     all ready meals

The general guidance is that fatty meats, diary products, sweets, alcohol, tobacco are to be avoided. Fast foods often lack important nutrition and are full of sugar, salt and other hidden offenders.


How pH balanced is your body?

Click here to find out How to define the Acidity and Alkalinity of your Body. It is worth to regularly test your body for its pH. Water enhancers, like pH drops as well as green drinks are a great source to help achieve an optimum acid-alkaline balance and hence achieve better performance and energy levels.


Daily implementation

Click here for our Top 5 Tips to start the Alkaline Diet. First of all, look at the water you consume. Make sure it is alkaline and mineral-rich by using pH drops. Especially young sprouts of various grasses as well as raw vegetables can be useful to establish an alkaline environment within the body and can increase energy levels. These can be grown and harvested at home in specifically developed containers. Alternatively, alkaline experts have developed optimum blends of a various vegetables and young grasses, which can simply be mixed with water.

Print our alkaline and acid food chart as a daily reminder here. Put it on your fridge or keep it in your wallet.


* Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc, The PH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health book, 2009

** Christopher Vasey, The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, 1999


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