Top 35 Alkaline Foods To Naturally Balance Your pH (A Must Remember List!)

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It seems as if everyone is going alkaline these days! Once you learn that cancer and other diseases thrive in an acidic environment, the need to go alkaline becomes clear.

One of the biggest questions everyone has, however — which foods are alkaline-forming in the body? Although some foods are more alkaline than others, everything on the following list is a natural, whole food that has an alkalizing effect after being eaten. Who could ask for more?

Print out this list and keep one in your purse or car so you can refer to it when you go shopping, and tape another copy inside a kitchen cabinet. This will take the guesswork out of your meal planning!

Keep reading! We have 35 of the best alkaline foods to help you stay as healthy as possible by providing an unwelcome environment for cancer!


1. Wheatgrass

This green has certainly become popular in the last decade, but it is still thought of by many as that “green drink for health nuts.” Once people find out that wheatgrass juice or supplements are super alkalizing, this green is sure to become mainstream. Whether you decide to take a supplement or drink it as juice, you cannot go wrong with this super alkalizing addition to your diet.


2. Almonds

Almonds seem to show up on every “healthy” list, don’t they? You probably aren’t all that surprised to see them here! Almonds, and almond milk, are linked to an increase in muscle gain, helping to lower the fat content of the body, and lower levels of cholesterol in the blood. You don’t need to nuts with your almond consumption, just a handful or so (about one ounce) each day is all you need. Almonds are probably one of the easiest and tastiest snacks in the world.

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3. Tomatoes

Is there anything tomatoes cannot do? Numerous studies link them to a healthy heart, a longer life, and a lower rate of several types of cancer. No wonder Italian food is so popular! Tomatoes might seem acidic, but they turn alkaline once they are consumed. Bring back spaghetti night, and enjoy the high antioxidant content in tomatoes, as well as their alkaline benefits.


4. Artichokes

Artichokes are sometimes used as more of a garnish or sometimes in a vegetable dip, but these make a terrific meal all by themselves. Artichokes are super alkaline forming, as well as being a terrific source of antioxidants. Artichokes help the liver cleanse itself and improve overall digestion. They might take a few extra minutes to peel, but artichokes are full of flavor and worth the trouble.


5. Thyme

Yes, now is the time to add more thyme to your meals! This spice is alkaline-forming while having a wide variety of health benefits. Thyme has long been used for medicinal purposes, including purifying the respiratory system. Thyme is considered by many to be a “super” spice that not only enhances the flavor of your foods, but has antioxidants and nutrients all in one little spice jar.


6. Asparagus

Asparagus is not only super delish, but it is one of the most alkalizing foods around. If you were to rank foods according to their alkaline abilities, asparagus would be right near the top of the list. This veggie also has detoxing abilities, antioxidants, and tons of nutrients. Asparagus has been noted by many to have powerful anti-aging benefits.


7. Sweet Potatoes

Most people believe that anything starchy must be acid-forming, but this isn’t entirely true. Although many starchy foods ARE acid-forming, sweet potatoes are an exception to the rule. It’s not so much the food, as how the body breaks it down once consumed. There are so many reasons to eat more sweet potatoes but for the sake of this list, all you really need to know is that these vitamin A rich, antioxidant power houses are alkaline-forming in the body.

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8. Basil

Most people are completely unaware that spices can have an effect on your pH level in the body, but they actually do. Not all spices are alkalizing, but basil is one that is. Since tomatoes are also alkalizing, this makes Italian food all that more interesting, doesn’t it? Basil is full of healthy flavonoids, and it is super alkalizing. Use it fresh or dried — it will still do the job.


9. Squash

Although there are numerous types of squash, one thing they all have in common is that they are alkalizing once we eat them. Squash makes terrific main courses or you can use them as a side dish. If you aren’t sure how to cook squash, there are tons of recipes online. All types of squash are super high in antioxidants and vitamin A, not to mention super alkalizing, so you are going to want to add more of them to your diet.


10. Broccoli

This is another veggie that seems to appear on every “healthy” list. This quintessential healthy veggie is one of those foods that have so much to offer us health wise, that you simply can’t ignore it. Some people believe that by eating broccoli every day, they will avoid most health problems that plague people. If you aren’t that big a fan, even adding broccoli to your diet three or four times a week should keep you in good health. Broccoli is another super alkaline food that you will want to add more of to your diet.


11. Spinach

Popeye would be proud to know that his beloved spinach was a super alkalizing food. Like broccoli, spinach is known for its health benefits, so it’s no surprise to find it on this list. Since most dairy products are acid-forming, it’s good to know that spinach is a great source of calcium.


12. Buckwheat

Although the name says “wheat” in it, buckwheat actually contains no wheat, so it has no gluten. It has a very similar texture, however, so it’s great for making your own alkalizing noodles! If you want to cut back on or cut out the gluten in your life, buckwheat is a terrific option. You can eat buckwheat without any worries about gluten sensitivity or about creating an acidic environment.


13. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds aren’t kings when it comes to their alkalizing powers, so you don’t want to eat a sesame seed topped hamburger bun, for example, because it won’t be enough to overpower the acid in the bun, but they are a great addition to things like salads, smoothies, and yogurt. They are a terrific source of protein, and they can add a little extra alkaline oomph to whatever you are eating.

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14. Carrots

Good for the eyes, it’s true, but carrots are super alkaline-forming too! One of the great things about carrots is that they don’t lose their nutritional value, or their alkalizing value, once they have been cooked. If you enjoy them cooked because they are sweeter, feel free to add them as a side dish or cook in soups or casseroles. If you enjoy them raw and crunchy, that’s good too!


15. Red Beans

Sometimes called kidney beans, these kinds of beans are another great alkalizer for the body, and you should make them a part of your meal plan at least once a week. Red beans, like all beans, are a great source of vitamin C, protein, and iron.


16. Celery

Who doesn’t love the crunchy, fresh flavor of celery? Its low in calories, helps to detoxify the body, and is an alkalizing food — all in one thin stalk! If you don’t like the strings that can get between your teeth, cut it up into smaller pieces and put it in salads, soups, rice, or smoothies.


17. Quinoa

Not that long ago, quinoa was almost unheard of in America. Quinoa is now coming into its own, and it is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. This food is so versatile, so easy to make, and it has more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a stick at. The cherry on the top, so to speak, is that it also an alkalizing food choice. By the way, quinoa is a seed, not a grain, so there is no gluten to worry about.


18. Chives

Chives are the green tops of white onions and if you have not tried these super alkalizing veggies, you are in for a real treat. They are peppery but not overpowering. Try them in your salads, on top of just about any food dish, or grill them, along with onion itself, for a super tasty, super alkalizing treat.


19. Pomegranates

Pomegranate juice is one of the most popular fruit juices because it does so much for the urinary tract as well as containing vitamin C and potassium. In addition to all that, pomegranates are an alkaline-forming food. If you like this fruit, enjoy it to your heart’s content, but most people find it is easier to drink the juice. Just keep your eye out for pure juice because most pomegranate juices contain tons of sugar.

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20. Coconuts

Coconut meat, milk, water, and coconut oil are all super alkalizing! It’s hard to find something negative to say about coconuts! Coconuts have so many health benefits, it’s hard to list them all in one place. For this list, however, we are simply going to say that if you are looking for ways to alkalize the body, you should find more way to add more coconut to your life.


21. Cucumbers

These dark green veggies are good for the skin, stop bags under the eyes, and are very hydrating. You can add one more thing to their plus list: They are alkaline-forming. For even more alkalizing power, leave the peel on.


22. Peas

Oh yes, green peas are one of the top choices when it comes to side dishes, but did you know that they are alkaline-forming as well? Try to cut back on the butter, though, as it is acid-forming. Try making those peas with a bit of coconut oil for a change.


23. Dandelion

You are going to look at those weeds in your yard a whole lot differently after you find out that they are super alkalizing. These “weeds” are powerful detoxifiers, blood purifiers, and help lower blood pressure to top it all off. Add some dandelion to your salads or drink some dandelion tea for a boost of alkalinity, and detoxify the body all at the same time.


24. Onions

As you might have already figured out, onions, like chives, are another alkaline food that you should be eating on a regular basis. They have anti-viral compounds that can prevent you from getting the flu as well as being full of anti-cancer compounds. You can sauté onions to increase their alkaline power, but don’t overcook them. Add plenty of raw onions to your salads and cooking dishes as well.


25. Olive Oil

In addition to coconut oil, olive oil is one of the most alkalizing oils you can use. Add some to your morning smoothie for added thickness, or drizzle it on your salads or vegetables. No matter how you decide to use olive oil, you simply cannot go wrong.


26. Endives

Endives are another super alkalizing green that you should add more of to your diet. Some people really like the taste; others, not so much. If you love endive, use plenty of it in your salads. If you aren’t a fan, add it to your green smoothies. No matter how you choose to use it, you will be doing your body a big, big favor.

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27. Garlic

This is another food that seems to get all the attention, and for good reason! Garlic has been used for thousands of years as both medicine and a flavor enhancer. It’s also terrific because it alkalizes the body. Garlic is always listed among cancer preventing foods, but it can also fight heart disease, lower blood pressure, and detoxify the body. All that in one little clove of garlic. Garlic should be slightly crushed or cut to get as many of the health benefits as possible.


28. Ginger

Most Americans only know ginger from gingersnaps, but this has been changing over the last five or six years. Ginger root is a super food that can do so much for the body, including being an alkaline-forming food. Try ginger tea and you will never go back to drinking plain old water ever again.


29. Mustard Greens

You might have noticed that there are plenty of greens on this list. This is because green veggies, especially leafy green veggies, are all super alkalizing foods. You might have never tried mustard greens, but they have plenty of health benefits as well as powerful anti-cancer compounds that make them a must for just about everyone. If you aren’t sure how to use them, there are tons of recipes online.

30. Limes

Almost everyone has heard that lemons are super alkalizing, but not nearly as many people know that limes are as well. Add limes to your water, drizzle the juice over salads, or try some lime juice on top of pork meat, cantaloupes, or honeydew for a unique flavor you will adore.


31. Collard Greens

These are the staple of soul food, and if you have not tried them yet, you are missing out! Since it is a leafy green, it packs a powerful alkaline punch. However, collard greens are also a major threat to cancer. Collard greens are full of vitamin A and anti-aging antioxidants, so you might want to learn how to cook them, or eat more of them if you are already a fan of the flavor.

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32. Goat’s Milk

If you love dairy but don’t love how acidic it can be in the body, then goat’s milk is for you! If you have never tasted it, don’t be shy. It does not taste the way goats smell! In fact, once you try it, we can almost guarantee that you will never want to drink cow’s milk again. Goat’s milk is alkalizing, and for those who have allergies or intolerances to cow’s milk, you will find that you can drink this kind of milk with no problem.


33. Grapefruit

Like many citrus fruits, people think that the sour taste makes it acidic. Although grapefruit might be acidic on the outside, like lemons and limes, they are alkalizing once we consume them. Grapefruits are a true super food, and many people believe that they are one of the most perfect foods on this planet. Eat a half a grapefruit for breakfast and enjoy!


34. Herbal Teas

If you are a tea lover, you don’t have to stop. Simply change your tea from regular black or green tea to herbal tea. Whichever flavor you prefer is the one you should drink. All herbal teas are alkaline-forming, unlike black tea, which is acidic. Ginger tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, or lemon balm, doesn’t matter. You cannot go wrong with herbal teas, so it’s time to stock up and enjoy!


READ ALSO: 12 Frequently Asked Questions About Alkaline Foods


35. Cabbage

If you don’t like cabbage, you simply haven’t found a good recipe for it yet! If you love cabbage, then we have good news for you; cabbage is one of the best foods around for fighting cancer, helping to lose weight, lower cholesterol, while being a super alkalizing food. It seems there is nothing cabbage cannot do, so eat more coleslaw, add it to your salads, sandwiches, soups, and any way you can think of so you can get more healthy benefits!

Of course, these are not the only alkalizing foods out there, but this is a great start if you want to begin to bring your pH level down and get cancer out of your life!



One Comment

  1. Tony Kelly

    Mar 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

    The photo that you have used on the front of the top 35 alkaline foods is misleading and a typical advertising ploy as ripe bananas is not on the list yet you have chosen to put it in the visual display. That is unethical and wrong to do that.