ACID-FORMING FOODS – 20% of the diet should consist of these foods
All preserves ~ All canned with sugar ~ Blueberries ~ Cranberries ~ Dried-sulphured, glazed ~ Olives (Pickled) ~ Plums ~ Prunes
Asparagus tips (white only) ~ Beans (dried) ~ Garbanzos ~ Lentils
Butter ~ Cheese (all) ~ Cottage cheese ~ Cream ~ Custards ~ Margarine ~ Milk (boiled, cooked, malted, dried, canned)
All except above ~ Coconut (dried)
Alcoholic drinks ~ Cocoa ~ Coffee, Indian teas ~ Condiments (all) ~ Dressings ~ Drugs ~ Eggs (whites) ~ Flavorings ~ Mayonnaise ~ Tapioca ~ Tobacco ~ Vinegar
All meats ~ Fowl ~ fish ~ shellfish ~ Gelatin
When you’re feeling under the weather, it is likely because the pH of your blood and tissues is a too acidic.
In his book, Alkalize or Die, Dr. Theodore A. Baroody has outlined the accompanying symptoms and diseases associated with a pH that is too acidic.
Mild symptoms of an acidic pH:
acne, agitation, muscular pain, cold hands & feet, dizziness, low energy, joint pains that travel, food allergies, chemical sensitivities to odors, gas, & heat, hyperactivity, panic attacks, pre-menstrual and menstrual cramping, pre-menstrual anxiety and depression, lack of sex drive, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, hot urine, strong smelling urine, mild headaches, rapid panting breath, rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, white coated tongue, hard to get up in the morning, excess head mucous (stuffiness), metallic taste in the mouth
Moderate symptoms of an acidic pH:
cold sores (Herpes I & II), depression, loss of memory, loss of concentration, migraine headaches, insomnia, disturbances in smell, taste, vision & hearing, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, ear aches, hives, swelling, viral infections (colds, influenza), bacterial infections (staph, strep), fungal infections (candida albicans, athlete’s foot, vaginal), impotence, urethritis, cystitis, urinary infection, gastritis, colitis, excessive falling hair, psoriasis, endometriosis, stuttering, numbness & tingling, sinusitis
Advanced symptoms of an acidic pH:
Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, learning disabled, Hodgkin’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosis, multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, leukemia, tuberculosis, all other forms of cancer
This is a very sobering list. As you can see, the longer a body remains acidic, the worse the progression of health symptoms. The goal therefore, for health is to maintain a pH on the alkaline side. For more information on maintaining an alkaline diet, see the article To Diet or Not to Diet, is that the Question?
1) Baroody, T. (1991). Alkalize or Die. North Carolina: Holographic Health, Inc.
2) National Institute of Health; Medline Plus.
3) The Edgar Cayce Foundation.