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July 21, 2004


Eat Right for

Your pH Type

Cornerstones of the Alkaline Power Food Plan

The following foods form the centerpiece

of your daily diet, with some exceptions depending on where you

fall on the acid/alkaline spectrum. Remember, your body is unique

and what’s right for your neighbor may not be right for you. Let

your body be your guide when it comes to choosing servings.

The acidity and alkalinity of all substances

are expressed in terms of pH. Pure water has a pH close to neutral,

or 7.00. Anything above 7.00 is an alkaline substance; anything

below is acidic. In its natural, healthy state, your body is slightly

alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. With this in mind, try

to choose foods with a higher pH level that are less acidic.

Fruits (check


Fruits are a treasure trove of vitamins A and C, numerous minerals,

natural sugars, fiber and water. Some even contain protein and fat.

Helps with: Protecting against cancer, heart problems, lowering

levels of “bad” cholesterol, reducing heavy menstrual

flow, strengthening immune system, protecting against allergies,

arthritis, and PMS symptoms.

Good sources: Stick with fresh, dried, or frozen if possible.

Try to eat locally grown fruits in season, as they’ll be fresher

and riper, and be sure to wash all fresh fruits before eating them.

Try and eat the fruits whole or thinly peeled so you retain the

nutrients in the skin.

Caution: Stay away from fruit juices, or only drink them

in very small amounts. Fruit juice is loaded with sugar, with none

of the nutrient-enhancing fiber and digestive enzymes found in the

fruit itself. Commercially sold fruit juice undergoes a pasteurization

process that inactivates these enzymes. Also, avoid highly acidic

fruits such as lemons, limes, and berries.

Vegetables (check


Like fruit, vegetables are outstanding sources of many of the essential

vitamins and minerals we need, providing bulk and fiber to our diet.

Helps with: Menopause and heart health, reducing risk of

cancer, coping with stress, allergies, strengthening immune system,

PMS, excessive menstrual bleeding, cramps.

Best sources: Try to eat as many raw vegetables as possible.

Though these contain the highest levels of vitamins, quick-frozen

and canned vegetables also preserve nutrients fairly well. Wash

your vegetables well, and leave the skin intact or pare it thinly,

because the skin has large amounts of nutrients.

Legumes (check


Think beans. Baked, dried, canned, frozen. Legumes are excellent

sources of low-fat protein, particularly when combined with whole

grains. They’re also great sources of fiber, and their complex carbohydrates

are broken down slowly in the body, benefiting women with blood

sugar imbalances or diabetes.

Helps with: Perimenopause and menopausal symptoms, lowering

risk of breast cancer, heart health by regulating cholesterol levels.

Good sources: Black beans, black-eyed peas, green beans and

peas, kidney beans, lima beans, soybeans, mung beans, split peas,

Great Northern beans, Garbanzo beans, cranberry beans. Ready-to-eat

products include hummus and soy-based foods.

Quicker Cooking for Beans

To speed up cooking time for beans, bring three cups of water

to boil for every cup of beans. Add the beans and cook for two

minutes. Remove from heat, partially cover the pan, and let

the beans cook for one hour. After one hour, drain and rinse

with cold water and then freeze. When you’re ready to use the

beans in a meal, thaw them quickly under running water. Boil

five cups of water in a pot for every cup of beans, add the

beans, lower the heat and cook for 30-50 minutes.

Nuts and seeds. (check


Nuts and seeds provide valuable nutrients, including protein, B-complex

vitamins, vitamins A, D, and E, and numerous minerals. The essential

fatty acids found in many seeds and nuts are also extremely important.

Helps with: Menopausal symptoms, PMS, headaches, heart health,

arthritis, immune function, fatigue.

Good sources: Walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, pecans,

poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.

Caution: Nuts and seeds may be difficult to digest for people

who have fat intolerance. Ground flaxseeds are an exception, and

can be eaten daily.

Using Seeds and Nuts

Because seeds and nuts tend to be high in fat—albeit healthy

fat—you probably don’t want to sit down with a pound of

them and munch away. But they make excellent accompaniments

to meals. Try sprinkling them on salads, vegetable dishes and

casseroles. Try butters made with seeds and nuts, such as almond

butter and sesame butter. Nut and seed oils can also be used

in salad dressings, sauces, sautés, and baked goods.

Flax seed oil is particularly good on popcorn, vegetables, rice,

potatoes and whole grain pasta.

Fish and Poultry (check


Fish and poultry are excellent sources of high-quality protein.

Many types of fish are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids,

essential for controlling numerous reproductive and inflammatory

processes. But you should still use fish and poultry sparingly;

make them your side dish with grains and vegetables the main dish.

Good sources:

Poultry: Free-range chicken, turkey, and duck, goose, guinea


Freshwater fish: trout, perch, pike, whitefish, catfish, bass, blue

gill, crappie, crayfish, carp.

Saltwater fish: salmon, tuna, swordfish, shark, mackerel, sole,

bluefish, flounder, red snapper, sardine, herring, smelt.

Shellfish: crab, lobster, shrimp, scallop, abalone, oyster, mussel,


Whole Grains (check


The seeds of various grasses, whole grains are often referred to

as “cereals.” They contain fiber, protein, carbohydrates,

fats, vitamins such as B-complex and E, and numerous minerals, including

calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and manganese. They

are also excellent sources of lignans, plant chemicals that act

like mild estrogens in women, helping with numerous reproductive

problems. The high fiber in whole grains also binds to estrogen

in the intestinal tract, removing excess from your body, which helps

with reproductive problems, particularly during perimenopause.

Helps with: Perimenopausal problems, heart health by reducing

cholesterol, fatigue.

Best types: Rice (brown preferred), barley, oats, rye, millet,

quinoa, amaranth, hominy grits.

Caution: Stay away from wheat-based grains since many women

find they’re intolerant to or allergic to them.

Beverages (check


Water, whether mineral or distilled, is always your best bet. If

possible, try to ensure high quality of drinking water by installing

a home filtration system, using purification systems, buying spring

water or distilled water, or using a well on your own property.

As for other liquids, substitute soy or rice “milk” for

cow’s milk. For a hot beverage, drink herbal or green tea, or a

grain-based coffee substitute.

Recommended daily intake: While we get about half our daily

water from food, you probably need an additional 6 to 8 glasses

of water a day to maintain your fluid levels, even more during hot

weather and exercise, or when you’re sick or otherwise physically


Seasonings and condiments

(check pH)

Because you should stay away from excess salt, you’ll find that

seasonings such as peppers, garlic, and herbs become, truly, the

“spice of life.” Many of these herbs and other seasonings

contain valuable minerals and vitamins, although we typically use

them in quantities too small to have much nutritive value.

Good sources: Hot peppers, garlic, canned olives, tahini,

flax meal, seaweed (e.g., kelp), basil, dill, oregano, tarragon,

ginger, licorice, cayenne, black pepper, and celery, mustard and

poppy seeds.

Sweeteners (check


The typical American diet has too much refined sugar, which plays

havoc with our energy levels and mood. There are sweeteners, however,

that provide some nutrients. Molasses, for instance, contains numerous

minerals, including calcium, magnesium and iron, and is rich in

B-complex and E vitamins.

Good sources: Molasses, honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup,


Read More on pH Balance:

Getting Started

Tending Toward Acidity or a High-Alkaline


Quiz: Are you Overly Acidic or

a High Alkaline Producer?

Foods to Avoid

Keep it SIMPLE pH Balancing Tip

— Baking Soda

Nutritional Therapies

Alkaline Power Food Plan

Cornerstones of Alkaline Food


Substitutions for Acidic Foods

Typical Alkalinizing Meals

Complementary Therapies

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