Alkalizing the body is probably the best thing that a person can do to ensure good health and well being. There is a direct relationship between a person's pH and the oxygen content of his blood, and a tiny change in pH can have dramatic effects upon a person's oxygen intake. An alkaline body pH will prevent diseases, and will cure existing ones by exponentially boosting a body's oxygen intake. As a general rule, pathogens and cancers cannot survive in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment.

Alkalizing the body is not an easy task for most people, but the benefits are many. This chart shows the effects of various foods on the human body. As you may notice, the initial pH of the food is irrelevant. For instance, while lemons and limes are naturally acidic fruits, they have a strong alkalizing effect upon the body when processed in digestion. For more information on the benefits of alkalinity, read The Link Between Body pH and Disease. You should also watch our documentary, The Cancer Report.

Pharmaceuticals are usually inherently toxic to the human body, and they cause disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract. They often cause the stomach to poorly digest foods, which results in malnourishment. The lack of absorbed minerals offsets the pH of the body, which causes a cascading snowball effect in which it is less able to absorb other nutrients. In this state, the body is more vulnerable to sickness and cancers. The medical establishment describes the most toxic drugs as being strong. So, the stronger drugs are those which will imbalance the pH the most, and will cause cascading health problems.

We cannot fairly give credit to any person or group for the chart below, because it was compiled from, and verified with, dozens of sources. We welcome any verifiable information that could be used to expand this chart. Unfortunately, it appears that most foods have not yet been through the mineral testing required to definitively ascertain their pH-shifting properties.

Category Strong Acid (least healthy) Medium Acid Weak Acid Weak Alkaline Medium Alkaline Strong Alkaline (healthiest)
Fruits Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes, Sweetened Fruit Juice Sour Cherries, Rhubarb, Canned Fruit Plums, Processed, Fruit Juices Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Peaches, Avocados Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins, Alfalfa Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Pineapple, Papayas
Vegetables, Beans, Legumes Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Brussel Sprouts Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic
Meats Pork, Shellfish, Rabbit Turkey, Lamb, Beef Venison, Cold Water Fish Chicken
Eggs and Dairy Cheese, Custard, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream Butter, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese, Raw Milk Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Yogurt, Eggs
Grains and Cereals Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta White Rice, Cornmeal, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye Sprouted or Whole Wheat Bread, Brown Rice Millet, Wild Rice
Oils Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil Sunflower Oil Corn Oil Hemp Seed Flax Seed Oil Olive Oil
Beverages Liquor, Beer, Soft Drinks Tea, Cocoa, White wine Ginger Tea, Red wine, Distilled water Green Tea Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Spring/Mineral Water
Sweeteners NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet 'N Low White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses Processed Honey Raw Honey, Raw Sugar Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup Stevia, Agar, Ki Sweet
Nuts and Seeds Peanuts, Walnuts Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds Chestnuts Almonds
Misc. Chocolate Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, and Vinegar Margarine, Lard Sodium, Potassium, Apple Cider Vinegar


Julie Kimball
# pH food chartJulie Kimball 2010-06-29 23:10
Is spring water naturally alkaline?
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2010-06-30 09:56
Yes, due to the mineral content. Distilled water that you buy from stores is usually acidic, presumably due to the chemicals leaching out of plastic. Distilled water should be neutral (7).
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2010-07-02 19:21
The minerals act as pH buffers, meaning that they help the water to resist changes in pH. They also help to get it alkaline in the first place. Distilled water is pure, so it does not have any protective mineral buffers. This makes it easy to shift its pH. The carbon dioxide in the air causes the formation of tiny amounts of carbonic acid in distilled water, which makes it slightly acidic over time. Those plastic jugs that it is usually purchased in are not as air-proof as you might expect, so gases are allowed to penetrate through them.
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Jackie Neil
# Jackie Neil 2010-07-15 17:56
Seems that now water is acidic. Are these machines that make water alkaline worth the money?
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2010-07-15 20:02
We use spring water, which we believe is the ideal. We cannot answer if those devices would be worth the price for you, because only you can answer that question.

We generally avoid all discussions about specific products and brands, because our goal is to produce the-poor-man's guide to health. Good health habits are not expensive, and are certainly cheaper than the alternative.
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Molly Malik
# Stevia and aspartameMolly Malik 2013-10-18 21:01
Isn't Stevia made with Aspartame?
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-10-19 10:36
No, it is not. Stevia is a plant. It is not made in a chemical factory. You may wish to get a better source of information. We recommend The Health Wyze Report.
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Michael Sharp
# Blueberries acidic?I thought blueberries were goodMichael Sharp 2013-11-17 15:42
Now I am confused. My beloved blueberries are acid?
I read they are good for heart health and blood pressure, but the numbers say otherwise. Can you explain a bit more.
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-11-17 16:15
Some of the foods that are acidic are actually healthy. You cannot possibly eat an entirely alkaline diet and maintain optimal health. It's all about balance.
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Brandon Simmons
# Wheat Grass PowderBrandon Simmons 2014-06-23 09:59
How do you guys feel about wheat grass powder?

I've used the search function on the site and can't find anything. It is very possible I am just missing it. I was looking at it to get some chlorophyll in my diet without using a supplement. It looks to have a lot of trace minerals in it too.

Thanks! :-)
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Ray Jonsher
# Where i get natural spring waterRay Jonsher 2014-09-02 11:02
Hi Everyone,
I'm less then 24 hrs new to this very informative site. In regard to natural spring water, there is a place in NJ where I previously resided that has a natural spring water source that is kept in a locked fenced in area. There is a man that owns it and it costs $10.00 to obtain a key and gain access the water. People take jugs/containers ect and fill them up with the spring water. The man that owns the rights to the water source supposedly has it filtered ect. My point is that maybe individuals that are interested in consuming natural spring water could do a google search to see if there is a natural spring water source located in your state/county ect. Just some food for thought (pun intended :-).
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Grant Kitzul
# pH Food ChartGrant Kitzul 2017-10-25 13:34
From all the publications I've seen pH levels are very important to the human body. I read somewhere I can't remember, that taking a half a teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate in a glass of water every day is good for your pH levels. Can anyone confirm this?
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# re: pH Food ChartThomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2017-10-26 08:57
We don't generally recommend the use of bicarbonates or other types of antacids. Common sense would make it seem like a good idea, but it is not necessarily good in actual practice. The problem is that bicarbonates can backfire, as is often the case with antacid use. Here's what too often happens. First, the body is initially too acidic, because it is deficient in minerals (e.g. the Western diet). Then the stomach acid is neutralized by the ingestion of an antacid or bicarbonates. In order to recreate the lost stomach acid, the body must scavage the scarce minerals. This results in even greater mineral deficiencies system-wide, and then the whole body becomes even more acidic. It really is a case of the path to hell being paved with good intentions. It is best to simply eat naturally, and let God figure out the best mineral spread. Frankly, we'll never really get it right. It's when we start playing chemists with ourselves that we get into trouble. It is the same pattern in whatever type of medicine that you might use. It's a problem with us convincing ourselves that we are much smarter than we actually are. Don't try to outsmart the Big Guy, because you'll just make a fool of yourself. Don't get me wrong, there are a few good tricks for rapidly improving pH, but the good ones work with nature, instead of against it. Take, for example, our lemon and pineapple drink (1 lemon in 8 oz. of pineapple juice). It will shift the pH quickly, while providing needed minerals (and not destroying the stomach acid), so there is not the gotcha. No chemical company is required.
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