Categories: pH Balance

Diet Guidelines for pH Balancing

  • Eat More Alkali-Forming Foods
  • Eat Less Acid-Forming foods

See your health and energy level increase dramatically!

When your body gets its required nutrients, it can clean, repair and maintain itself. Find your specific Metabolic Type to determine what foods contribute to your health. And which foods take away your well being. Learn how to construct meals to build health instead of disease.

Metabolic Typing is THE tool you need for optimal health. Feeding your unique body type is the single most important principle that affects your maximum performance in all aspects of life.

Shopping Advise

Fruits (raw) to eat freely are: tomatoes, avocados, lemons, limes and an occasional grapefruit.
Vegetables may include kale, chard, celery, parsley, cabbage, dark lettuces, spinach, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, alfalfa, onions, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, fresh herbs, eggplant, squash, carrots, beets and occasionally, fresh red new potatoes. Sprouted seeds and nuts are very good. Dry seeds and nuts are less so. Salted and toasted are dead and acidic.

Health Food Section
Bulk foods such as basmati rice, soy beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, and other legumes, raw sunflower, sesame, alfalfa and flax seeds, raw almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts, fresh, seasonal pecans and walnuts, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and spelt, vegetable broth, soy, almond, or rice milk, almond butter and sesame tahini, unsalted brown rice cakes, quinoa and spelt rotini, buckwheat and rice soba noodle, and virgin, cold pressed olive, flax, hemp, coconut oil.

Refrigerated Section
Non-genetically engineered tofu, Tofu, Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (freeze well), Udo’s Oil blend, flaxseed oil, fresh salsa (made with lemon/lime juice, not vinegar) and humus.

Seafood/Meat Section
Raw meat or eggs are easily digested (although culturally this is not readily accepted). Fish is easier to digest than red meats. Shellfish (bottom feeders) are not very good for you.

Mealtime Advise


Superfood Smoothie – add Proteins or Carbs to match your Metabolic Type
In your blender combine Energized Water, teaspoon of Salt Brine, tablespoon of Hemp or Flax Seed Oil, half a cup of blueberries, an apple, some Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Nuts, a teaspoon of Coconut Oil, and a teaspoon of Superfood Powder. Add some banana for thicker, richer meal.

Hot Millet Salad
Millet is an ancient, more alkaline grain. For each serving bring 1/2 cup millet and 1 cup water to a boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Drizzle some flax oil over the top and spray lightly with Bragg’s Amino for flavor. Place sliced avocado and tomato on top, with a handful of sunflower sprouts and a handful of sliced, raw almonds. Spray lightly again with Bragg’s Amino for salty taste, or some molasses or maple syrup for a sweet taste.

Buckwheat Cereal
Quick and filling on a cold morning, especially with almond milk. Buckwheat groats, cracked or cream of buckwheat are available in most health food stores.

Steamed Broccoli
Excellent for breakfast, to easily fire-up your digestion for the day. Lightly steam broccoli for 5 minutes. Try with another vegetable, some “Healthy Salad Dressing” (see below) and top with soaked almonds or hazelnuts. To soak nuts, place enough for the day in a container and cover with Energized Water, and refrigerate overnight. Drain and enjoy, remembering to rinse them twice a day.


Healthy Salad Dressing

  1. 1/3 cup fresh lemon/lime juice
  2. 1 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. dash of cayenne pepper
  7. 1 Tablespoon Bragg’s Aminos

Salads are great for any meal. Keep spinach and darker, leafy lettuces cleaned (use a salad spinner to remove excess water) and place in a covered container, with a paper towel in the bottom, in the refrigerator. This way it feels like a salad is almost ready to serve. Then build a salad fit for a king or queen with your choice of the following: fresh avocado, tomato, sprouts, green or purple onion, cucumber, celery, peppers, etc. If desired, add a few Spoonfuls of humus/salsa. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or sliced almonds. Toss with “Healthy Salad Dressing” (above).

Start with a Sprouted Wheat Tortilla and spread with humus, add avocado and tomatoes, alfalfa spouts, black beans or garbanzo beans and spray with Bragg’s Amino and top with fresh salsa/pesto. Wrap.

Gazpacho Soup
This is an easy, raw, blender soup. Blend 3 large tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 red pepper, and 1 small jalapeno pepper. Add 1 quart of energized water, 3 tablespoons olive oil, juice of 2 lemons, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 2 teaspoons Himalayan Crystal Salt. Add garlic to taste and chill. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, celery, green onions, cucumbers, red peppers, and avocados.


A simple stir fry can be made in about 20 minutes. Bring water to boil and break one package of Soba Noodles into the boiling water. Cook for allotted time and drain. While noodles are cooking, saut 1/2 package of cubed extra tofu in a little Bragg’s Amino for about 5 minutes in a large frying pan. Remove from pan and set aside. Place the following in the stir fry pan: 1 chopped red pepper, 1 chopped onion, cut up broccoli or asparagus, a little Bragg’s Aminos. Stir fry for 5 minutes and add tofu and noodles. Pour over some virgin olive oil and sprinkle with raw, unhulled sesame seeds, garlic and ginger. Lightly stir together.

Occasionally you may grill Fresh Salmon, Trout, Halibut, Sole, etc., and garnish with sliced lemon. Serve with a generous amount of steamed vegetables and a small portion of basmati and wild rice topped with sliced almonds. Beans and Rice are a good combination. Soak and cook dried beans such as kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc., and drain. Season beans with ground cumin, chili powder, Himalayan Crystal Salt, and garlic. Season with fresh parsley, chopped onion and pepper and grated carrot. Simmer until onions are cooked and mix in fresh chopped tomatoes before serving. Add Bragg’s Amino to taste. Place in a bowl and add a scoop of basmati rice. Serve with a generous serving of salad.

Anytime Foods

Vegetable Soup
Satisfying and can be used for any meal for the next few days. Lightly stir fry some cut up vegetables such as green beans, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, leeks, onions, garlic, shredded cabbage, etc. Flavor with spices such as Himalayan Crystal Salt with Herbs. Sprinkle with flax, sunflower seeds or sliced almonds. You may enjoy brown rice cake or rye bread with almond butter. Cut up a package Sprouted Wheat Tortillas into triangles and place on two baking sheets. Lightly toast at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes to make delicious crispy chips.

Main Habits to Break

Most foods and beverages people choose for breakfast promote high levels of acidity, as well as yeast & fungus growth. Common breakfast foods, like sugar loaded cereals, toast & jam, muffins, sweet rolls, pancakes & waffles with corn syrup, coffee & tea and reconstituted fruit juice contain large amounts of sugars and simple carbohydrates. These all over-acidify your blood and tissues. Traditional high-protein breakfast foods (bacon & eggs) also compromise your cellular terrain, and ultimately promote the growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi.

Quit smoking or chewing cancer-causing tobacco. Tobacco poisons the cells and tissues of your body. When using tobacco, you are directly introducing dried fungus and wastes into your body. Acid-forming foods you should avoid are all cooked or pasteurized animal products, which include meat and milk products, refined grains and yeast products, and cooked fruits. Especially harmful are hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, pepperoni, margarine, coffee, soda pop, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and donuts. As you acidify your blood and tissues, you create a terrain that promotes the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi… all contributing to illness and decay.

Good Eating Habits to Form

Add liberal amounts of dark green and yellow vegetables and grasses from a wide variety of sources. Vegetable soups and juices (with added Green Superfoods) offer a low carbohydrate, high fiber, and delicious way to start your day. Blood sugar levels do not soar, nor cause an increase in blood insulin and burden your pancreas. Good alkali-forming foods include fresh sprouts, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, avocados, lemons, limes, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, eggplant, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, green/red/yellow peppers, onions, okra, garlic, parsley, watercress, cabbage, squashes, soy beans (tofu), garbanzo beans, raw almonds, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, sesame seeds, flax seed, sprouted grains and legumes.

Fresh vegetables and grasses and algae are very healing, as the chlorophyll is nearly identical to human blood. Green foods such as wheat grass and barley grass are some of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Green juices from all green vegetables and their tops are highly alkaline. Also, vegetable broth is extremely alkalizing to the body. These need to be yeast-free and preservative free.

Complex carbohydrates (starchy foods) are highly acid forming in the body and should not exceed 20% of your diet, so eat them in moderation. Good low carbohydrate vegetables include asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green peppers, spinach, kale, lettuce, okra, onions, garlic, parsley, radishes, and squash. Red new potatoes are the best choice in the potato family and should be used sparingly.

Eat fresh (preferably sprouted) organic grains in moderation, as they are acid forming. Some of the ancient grains like amaranth, spelt, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet are more alkaline grain choices. Avoid improperly stored grains as they may be full of fungus-producing mycotoxins.

Eat lots of them. They are among the best foods to eat, as they transfer their life energy to you. Sprouted seeds become more alkaline as they grow, which is easily done in your kitchen during any season.

Avoid pasteurized milk, cream, and especially cheese. There are approximately 12 grams of lactose in every eight ounces of milk that can break down into sugars, feeding yeast and fungus. Because of the high sugar and fat content of dairy products, the fact that diary cows are fed improperly stored grains and fungal-based antibiotics, and the fermentation process of cheese, all diary products should be eventually eliminated from the diet. Passable alternatives include soy, almond, or rice milk.

What About Calcium?
If milk products are eliminated, many worry that their diet would not include enough calcium, which is vital for so many bodily functions. All leafy, green vegetables and grasses are inherently high in calcium (how do you suppose the calcium gets into the milk?). As long as you eat an alkalizing diet that is rich in green foods & green drinks, you will be getting enough calcium. Please understand that acid-forming dairy & animal products cause your body to pull calcium from your bones, to neutralize the over-acid condition. They actually rob your bones of calcium, causing osteoporosis.

Alcoholic Beverages
Avoid them all. Wines of all kinds, beers, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum and vodka are purely mycotoxic. Alcohol is a fungus-produced mycotoxin made by yeast, which causes direct injury to human health.

The best salt choices in order are: Himalayan Crystal Salt, Celtic Sea Salt and Bragg’s Aminos (replaces traditional soy sauce). Remember to read your labels, and eliminate acidic ingredients such as phosphoric, acetic and citric acid, mushrooms, yeast, vinegar, peanuts and corn syrup.

To alkalize at bedtime, try this:

750 mg of calcium, plus 300 mg magnesium in a mineral form. The magnesium helps the calcium (calcium carbonate, coral calcium, oyster shell calcium) dissolve and stay in solution. Taking more calcium at one time is not advised because it cannot be dissolved and absorbed, and might constipate you. Take calcium with vitamin C, lemon water or betaine HCl to help dissolve and metabolize it. ( tsp vitamin C powder, adding honey is fine). You can substitute one cup of cultured milk, buttermilk, kefir, or half cup of yogurt, plus 300 mg magnesium tablet.

If these two remedies work for you, your morning urinary pH will come up to 6.0. If for some reason they don’t, you may need to take more drastic measures. Take the supplements and milk earlier in the day and reserve bedtime for:

Mix two parts baking soda and one part potassium bicarbonate in a jar. Keep tightly closed. This potion may also be useful in allergic reactions of all kinds. Take 1 level tsp. in water at bedtime. If your urinary pH reaches 6 in the morning, continue each night at this dose. If it does not, take 1 tsp. Keep watching your pH, since it will gradually normalize and you will require less and less. Cut back when your pH goes higher than 6.

Persons with a limit on their daily sodium intake must carefully count the grams of sodium/potassium mixture consumed in this way. Each teaspoon weighs about 2 grams, of which half (1/2) gram or 500 milligrams is sodium. By comparison, the usual daily intake of sodium is about 5 grams, although salt eaters consume twice that amount. The use of these items is a traditional use that is not intended to be prescribed for, to treat or claim to cure any disease, including diseases related to high or low pH levels.

Simplified Guide to Alkaline/Acid Forming Foods

Please understand that a food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in your body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. Depending on your Metabolic Type, you are alkalized either by Carbohydrates, or by Fats and Proteins

For example, lemons are very acidic. However the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline, so lemons are alkaline-forming in an Autonomic Dominant, and acid-forming in an Oxidizer Dominant. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in your body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.

Please consider this:
The table below is constructed for a Sympathetic Dominant person. Find your specific Metabolic Type before you try to apply the rules, to determine what foods contribute to your health. And which foods take away your well being.

Most Alkaline Alkaline Lowest Alkaline FOOD CATEGORY Lowest Acid Acid Most Acid
Stevia Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup Raw Honey, Raw Sugar SWEETENERS Processed Honey, Molasses White Sugar, Brown Sugar NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet ‘N Low
Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados FRUITS Plums, Processed Fruit Juices Sour Cherries, Rhubarb Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes
Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans Chocolate
Almonds Chestnuts NUTS SEEDS Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds Pecans, Cashews Peanuts, Walnuts
Olive Oil Flax Seed Oil Canola Oil OILS Corn Oil
Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa GRAINS CEREALS Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta
MEATS Venison, Cold Water Fish Turkey, Chicken, Lamb Beef, Pork, Shellfish
Breast Milk Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey EGGS DAIRY Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese Raw Milk Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream
Herb Teas, Lemon Water Green Tea Ginger Tea BEVERAGES Tea Coffee Beer, Soft Drinks

For a more in-depth list read Acid and Alkaline Forming Foods

Book: Alkalize or Die

by Theodore A. Baroody

By following the guidelines in this book you can evaluate your alkaline/acid situation, determine a course of correction, and achieve a high level of vitality and strength. This powerful title carries an important message that can benefit everyone. It may revolutionize health care of the future with one simple principle: Alkalize Yourself!

Dr. Baroody’s comprehensive research and clinical findings indicate that illness and disease are directly linked to over-acidity in the system. The polluted air we breathe, the nutrient poor food and water we ingest are just part of the problem. Stress on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual cause the body to overproduce acid wastes, upsetting our delicate alkaline/acid balance.

Author: Life Enthusiast Staff