Alkaline Diet Explained & Your Plan to Make It Easy

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Alkaline Diet Explained (and made easy!)

Hey I’m Ross, I’m the owner and CEO of Live Energized – the World’s largest and longest-running alkaline diet site, and I absolutely love helping people to get to the health of their dreams, the health they deserve AND make it as easy and enjoyable as possible.

I am guessing you’re here because you want a higher level of health, you want more and you are looking for a roadmap, a plan, a strategy that’s going to help you to get there. And I have committed my life to help as many people as possible achieve that, folks just like you – and my goal is to make living an alkaline diet as achievable as I possibly can for you.

Now, I don’t know you personally (yet), but if you’re anything like me when it comes to your health:

  • You’re sick and tired of conflicting information
  • Fed up with everything seeming so complex and impossible to stick to
  • You don’t have hours and hours to spend crafting in the kitchen – you need things to be quick and easy
  • You don’t want to keep having to wonder ‘what’s for dinner (or breakfast…lunch…or snacks)
  • And not prepared to give up everything and be ‘perfect’ or ‘on a diet’ for the rest of your life

I’m here to tell you now that isn’t how it needs to be!

I’ve spent the last (almost) fifteen years teaching tens of thousands of people how to live the alkaline diet to get to their dream health and energy AND find it easy and fun, AND not have to give up everything, AND still have treats, nights out, blowouts and have an enjoyable social life…

All while rapidly reaching their health goals, skyrocketing their energy, and getting an incredible level of mental clarity and vitality.

And my Alkaline Diet Plan (I make it very easy) is How It’s Going to Happen for You

If you answered a resounding YES to being sick of ‘conflicting information’ then I am sure you’ve probably already read a few guides about ‘the alkaline diet’ that seem to be discussing completely different topics.

It’s frustrating because following the alkaline protocol is the fastest and most powerful way to completely reset your health – but it is without question the most misunderstood. And as with anything, when it’s misunderstood it will likely lead to poor results and frustration. Let’s put an end to that.

Because when I explain the alkaline diet properly to people, not only is there a great big ‘a-ha’ but the results almost always start to flow right away.

It is based on scientific data and research (I only EVER suggest things to you that have already been rigorously studied and proven), AND it’s super intuitive and common sense. I love it.

So let’s get into it and cover the basics!

What is the Acid Alkaline Diet?

what is the alkaline lifestyle

It’s an approach to health that focuses the majority of your foods and drinks on those that will have an alkaline-forming effect on your body (put simply, alkaline foods), while limiting those that will have an acid-forming effect on the body (note the word-forming, important and we’ll get onto why in a minute).

It is as simple as that – eat mostly alkaline foods (alkaline forming foods), and don’t eat too many acid-forming foods. Don’t get bogged down in the detail, don’t strive too much for perfection, go easy on yourself, and take it one step, and one day at a time – it’s actually less of an alkaline diet and more of a lifestyle, the Alkaline Lifestyle if you will.

Why an Alkaline Diet / Alkaline Lifestyle?

To keep this simple and not too science-y (references are all below if you want to explore the science too): the body HAS to maintain the blood pH levels and other extracellular fluids at a slightly alkaline pH of 7.365. Nobody disagrees with this, it’s an accepted truth in the scientific community.  We need this slightly alkaline environment.

However, the damage caused by the body doing this is where there are some misunderstandings and disagreements…

Your body will do whatever it takes to maintain this balance.

If your blood pH levels drops below this level your kidneys shut down and you die, pretty quickly. It’s kind of important that your body keeps blood pH levels within a very tight range, just slightly alkaline, and so your body will sacrifice your long-term overall health to keep you alive in the short term – it will do things to maintain this blood pH balance even if, long-term they will slowly damage your body. Again, if your blood pH levels go out of that tight range, things go very badly, very quickly.

And here’s where the problem of an acidic diet comes in (or the benefits of alkaline diets) – your body having to correct the blood pH levels and neutralize the acidity is hugely stressful. It puts your body in a state of emergency. But the body will always choose to do whatever it takes to keep your pH levels from falling too far, no matter what the long-term damage of this will be.

And this balancing act leads to your body stressing your kidneys, liver, thyroid, adrenals, digestive system (especially the stomach and pancreas), and more – calling these organs into action to help balance the blood pH levels back to slightly alkaline.

The damage caused by being chronically in this state of emergency (i.e. by constantly eating and drinking acid-forming foods and drinks), forcing your body to raise your blood pH levels back up from acidic to mildly alkaline, is huge, far-reaching and touches practically every organ, gland, and cell in your body – from your brain to your bones, and from your lymph to your lungs – they are all at risk of damage when we are in a chronically acidic state.

The medical research community discussed the alkaline diet in terms such as ‘diet-induced acidosis‘ or ‘diet net acid load‘, where we eat a diet that is loaded towards acid-forming rather than alkaline foods (alkaline forming foods).

And here is the CORE TRUTH of living the acid alkaline diet (that so many people misunderstand – see my ‘rant’ here “Five Things the Media Needs to Know About the Alkaline Diet & Alkaline Lifestyle):

The goal of is NOT to make your body ‘more alkaline’. The goal of the alkaline diet is to give your body all of the tools it needs to it can effortlessly MAINTAIN your blood pH levels at 7.365.  You need to easily maintain this alkaline environment, and support the body in it’s efforts to do this.

aim is not to change your pH

Read that again – it’s essential you fully understand this – we are not aiming, with the acid alkaline diet, to make your body ‘more alkaline’, we are just aiming to eat more of the foods and drinks that enable the body to stress-free, effortlessly maintain critical blood pH levels – and LESS of the foods that are acid-forming and that cause it stress.

Make sense? You with me so far?

YOUR Alkaline Diet Plan: The Most Important First Steps to Get You Started

Let’s get you started! The next section is all about the simple things you can do right away to build your alkaline plan, and get moving. The acid alkaline diet doesn’t have to be difficult. It certainly doesn’t require you to be perfect or to eat ONLY alkaline foods. To start your plan, you just need to take a few simple steps forward.

And it would be very easy to either get bogged down in too much detail right now, or indeed too little. I could go into all of the intricacies of every food you should and shouldn’t eat, their nutrient profile, what all of those nutrients do, the mechanics of how it all affects the body, and so on…

Or I could just say: eat good stuff (alkaline diet), don’t eat bad stuff (acidic diet)…easy!

Truthfully, both of those approaches could have their time and place, but today I want to give you your actionable first steps to getting started on the alkaline diet.

These are the easy, but powerful things you can start to do right away that will have the most impact. They will start to support your body in maintaining the delicate blood pH levels and therefore you will be giving your body everything it needs to thrive.

Now, some are very intuitive, but even if you feel “I already know that”, unless you’re doing it right now you don’t know it well enough. So put those thoughts aside and stick with me.

If you put these simple things into practice for just a few days, you’ll start to see and feel a massive difference and understand just how powerful the alkaline diet can be.

Next: Focusing on the Alkaline Foods

alkaline foods to focus on

So our focus should always be on alkaline-forming foods and away from acidic foods. These alkaline foods are (of course alkaline-forming foods, but also) nutrient-dense, rich in vitamins, minerals, natural anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, electrolytes, chlorophyll, and more that all support our body in doing its job – keeping us healthy, vibrant and alive.

It’s really simple – the alkaline diet is simply a focus on alkaline foods, drinks, and other lifestyle choices rather than those that have an acidic effect on the body.

We’re Aiming to Give the Body the Tools It Needs to Thrive!

And this means building 70-80% of your alkaline diet around fresh, alkaline foods, natural, whole foods like fresh vegetables, greens, salads, nuts and seeds, healthy fats from eating foods like avocado, oils and protein-rich foods like quinoa. It means getting well-hydrated every day and exercising well.

And of course staying away from acidic foods such as sugar, gluten-containing grains, processed foods, fast foods, pizza, chips, ice-cream, cakes, biscuits, microwave meals, processed meats, animal protein, sugary drinks, and snacks…you know the stuff.

The alkaline diet is pretty intuitive, and it makes a lot of sense.

Eat fresh, eat your veggies, drink lots of water, and exercise…and don’t eat crap. That’s pretty much it.

Of course, there is more detail to it than that, and I will cover everything you need to know below. But I wanted to explain it to you first in super-simple terms because when you hear it like that, it’s pretty easy to get on board.

What Are the Alkaline Diet Foods vs. Acid Forming Foods

acid vs alkaline foods

This is REALLY intuitive, all except for a few random foods (I’ll cover them for you below).

In fact, if I held a banana to your head pretending it was a gun and asked you to separate a list of common foods into alkaline and acidic, I bet you’d be able to guess about 90% of them correctly.

With following the alkaline diet, I don’t think confusion about what is alkaline and what is acidic is the reason people don’t stick with it. I think it’s a matter of knowing HOW to make it easy and delicious which you are learning today.

BUT it’s still important to get the basics covered…

So, here’s a list of the most common alkaline, and acid-forming foods:

[Note: if you haven’t got it yet, you can download my full, complete Acid/Alkaline Food Chart & Alkaline Diet Guide HERE for free – it’s got over 400+ foods listed]

Quick Reference List: Alkaline Foods

Lettuce (all varieties)
Spring Onions (Scallions/Salad Onions)
Kale (all varieties)
Siverbeet (Chard)
Green Beans
Chickpeas (Garbanzo)
Rocket (Arugula)
Sweet Potato
Capsicum (Bell Pepper)
Chia Seeds
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Flaxseed Oil
(and heaps more, the list could go on…)

And here’s the Seven Most Alkaline Foods

Quick Reference List: Acidic Foods

All sugar (inc. syrups)
Deep Fried Foods
Fast Food
Processed Foods
Processed Meats (esp. bacon)
Excessive Animal Protein
Fruits (eeek, see below)
Baked Goods (muffins etc)

And the Seven Most Acidic Foods

Again – you can get the FULL list of alkaline foods & acidic foods here (plus my alkaline diet beginner’s guide)- with over 400+ foods ranked and explained. If you don’t have this already – you really should go grab that, it’s pretty much required reading.

OK, so, if the alkaline diet is as simple as eat mostly alkaline-forming foods, avoid mostly acidic foods and processed foods and that’s it – you’re all set… then we could stop the guide here right? Well, almost. Not quite!

How to Make it Easy to Get Alkaline & Stick to the Alkaline Diet

alkaline living made easy

As mentioned, I am SO passionate about making the alkaline diet journey for you as easy, effortless, simple and enjoyable as possible. No good comes from being stressed. Not only is an increase in cortisol (your stress hormone) acid-forming to the body (more on this in a later guide I’ll send you!), but when you’re stressed you’re WAY more likely to give up.

So let’s keep it really simple, just the way I like it 🙂

The overall way to follow my alkaline diet plan is to eat lots more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. Easy right? But where do you start? Well, my answer to that would be RIGHT HERE:

Make It Easy Step 1: 80/20 (or the Minimum Effective Dose)

The concept of Pareto’s Principle, often known as the 80/20 rule, is absolutely core to the way I coach, and it gets amazing results over and over again.

The general gist of it is this: 80% of the result always comes from 20% of the input. In other words, 80% of your desired health result will come from just 20% of the actions you take.

This is exciting. You can get 80% of the way to your ultimate health goal, with just 20% of the actions. You just have to pick the right things to focus on, focus heavily on just these things, and get 80% of the way to your goal.  This works like crazy with the alkaline diet.

So many people make the mistake of striving for perfection, trying to be 100% perfect from day one – and it’s just too hard, it’s just too much, relies too heavily on willpower (which is a doomed strategy which I’ll explain another day), and they give up. In my experience, those who try to be perfect from day 1 are usually back to square one within 48 hours.

By focusing on just a handful of key, core, powerful actions (your 20%) you can easily get huge gains, getting 80% of your desired result, and when you have mastered these few actions, got an incredible motivation that such amazing results bring, then you can fine-tune, add in more and start building more of the healthy steps into your lifestyle.

These 20% of actions are different for everyone, but they always have similar themes. I’ll cover them in my next guide I send you in more depth, but for most people, these alkaline diet actions include:

  • Adding a fresh green juice or smoothie daily
  • Getting proper levels of hydration each day
  • Getting sufficient fats and oils
  • Getting fresh turmeric and/or ginger each day
  • Eating 5-6 serves of leafy greens every day
  • Minimising sugar, gluten and caffeine
  • Cutting back or cutting out processed foods, and other acidic foods

Again, I’m not saying you have to do ALL of these, or ALL OF THEM AT ONCE, I’m saying these are examples of some of the things commonly in the 20% of beginners who work with me.

It’s all about baby-steps and taking it day-by-day, one step at a time. Each day you make a positive contribution to your body is a step forward. You don’t need to make the alkaline diet hard.

Remember (and people do tend to forget this) – you are on the same team as your body. You are the same you’re not in competition. So many times people will have this negative self-talk that almost separates them from their body – “oh I wish my body wasn’t like X” or “why does my stupid body do this when I eat Y” or “I wish by body didn’t crave Z”.

Be in alignment with yourself, align with your body’s needs – your needs. All your body wants is for you to give it the tools to thrive, the tools to do it’s job. When you do this, you’re going to see a HUGE lift in your health and energy.

Make It Easy Step 2: Delicious Alkaline Diet Recipes That Are EASY

When people first grab my Alkaline Food Chart they get it, they understand the alkaline foods vs acidic foods and they understand the alkaline diet…BUT…then they ask “but what am I going to eat?!”.

I get it. At first glance, it just looks like a lot of salads and veggies. But it really isn’t.

I’ve been crafting and inventing alkaline-friendly recipes since 2005 – I’ve probably created over 400 of them. There’s over 200+ on this site, plus in my two bestselling Alkaline Recipe Books (now a complete recipe ‘system‘) and over my alkaline diet programs and courses like The Alkaline Base Camp, Alkaline Reset Cleanse, Anti-Inflammation Breakthrough and more (note: these are all full right now).

I’m here to tell you this: making delicious alkaline meals is EASY.

I am going to get you started here with some recipes for you to try (and the shortcut is to grab the Alkaline Recipe System – it includes BOTH of my recipe books, plus a bunch of bonus extras to make it even easier) – but I also want to empower you to be able to do this yourself too without needing to rely on anything or anyone else, so when you’re stuck, needing to make a quick decision, you have the skills to do it – so it can become an alkaline lifestyle, not just a ‘diet’, right?

Start From a Place You Already Know

When it comes to making alkaline-friendly meals, don’t try to start from scratch, staring blankly at your list of alkaline foods or a fridge full of raw ingredients.

The trick is to take your existing family favorites and make tweaks to those to make THEM more alkaline! Yep, we’re sneakily putting the family on an alkaline diet too!

What meals does your family already love, and happily eat, that you know how to shop for, how to cook, and how to make so your family will eat them?

A good example is spaghetti bolognaise:

  • Instead of regular pasta, use gluten-free pasta
  • Instead of it being 80% meat/ animal protein, make it 25% meat and make the sauce the star of the show
  • Instead of a store-bought, sugar-laden, processed jar of sauce, make your own – just blend together tomatoes, onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, celery, basil and then warm it through – takes 5 mins, and is a huge hit of alkalinity and so much better for you
  • Serve with way less pasta, and way more sauce
  • Serve with a side salad of mixed greens, dressed with flax or olive oil and lemon – instead of serving with garlic bread

Make sense?

You’re still making a meal that’s quick and easy, a meal your whole family will love (nothing worse than having to cook one meal for you and one meal for them), but it’s now alkaline, fresh, lots of raw foods, delicious and kid-friendly too!  And includes a LOT less acidic foods.

As an aside, if you’re living with a meat-a-holic, here’s my suggestion.

Alkaline Diet Recipes to Get You Started:

Here’s a gift for you – Ten Delicious, Easy to Make, Super-High Alkaline Recipes:recipes for the alkaline lifestyle

This mini-recipe booklet covers a couple of alkaline recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even desserts to make kicking off your alkaline lifestyle as easy as pie.

Again, the shortcut is to grab the Alkaline Diet Recipe System – it includes BOTH of my recipe books, plus a bunch of bonus extras to make it even easier – but this is a fantastic start for you.

Knowing what to eat, drink and snack on – without it becoming stressfull – is one of the keys to getting alkaline, and turning it from a diet into that alkaline lifestyle. And that’s what it’s all about.


The Health & Energy of Your Dreams is a Lot Closer Than You Think

All the vitality and health you deserve is already inside of you. You have to know this. But for most people, all of that energy is being used up just keeping you in balance, maintaining the delicate homeostasis in your body. Your body can easily get exhausted just dealing with the aftermath of a chronic state of diet-induced acidosis (think candida, digestive imbalances, hormonal imbalances, liver and kidney stress, autoimmune and so much more – all of these can easily result from a heavily acid-forming diet).

But when you focus on that one simple thing: giving your body the tools it needs to thrive…and moving towards that step by step, day by day, keeping it simple, focusing on the 80/20 – when you approach it like this, your health begins to fly far quicker that you are probably expecting right now.

This guide pretty much epitomises everything I’m about – making the alkaline diet as easy, achievable, do-able, enjoyable and effortless as possible for you to reach your health goals.

I believe that when we have energy, health and vitality every other area of our life improves too – and we have a positive ripple effect to those around us.

So let’s get started, let’s do this.

I sincerely hope that I get to work with you more closely in one of my coaching programs soon (again, openings in these programs are pretty rare, but I’ll let you know when they’re coming) – and until then – if you have any questions for me please feel free to ask away in the comments (below the alkaline research section below).

Here’s to your health,
Ross Bridgeford

Alkaline Diet References & Scientific Evidence

Here’s just a handful of the research that has been recently published showing that the alkaline/pH diet works – for a number of reasons:

Alkaline Diet Study: Diet-Induced Acidosis Contributes towards Cancer Risk – An Alkaline-Forming Diet Lowers It

“Acidity is a well known factor associated with cancer. Lower pH levels in the extracellular space promote the invasive and metastatic potential of cancer cells…there is scientific evidence supporting the concept that appropriate alkali supplementation in the form of fruits and vegetables serves aptly to neutralize excess [H+”

Title: Examining the relationship between diet-induced acidosis and cancer

Journal: Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, 2012

Alkaline Diet Study: Alkaline Foods Prevents Chronic, Degenerative Disease

“The evidence appears to be strong that an alkaline diet high in antioxidants (fruits and vegetables) would help prevent chronic degenerative disease and cancer, and lead to a better quality of life”

Title: The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

Journal: Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2014

Alkaline Diet Study: Alkaline Diet Prevents Gouts & Hyperuricemia

“We conclude that alkalization of urine by eating nutritionally well-designed alkaline -prone food is effective for removing uric acid from the body”

Title: Effect of urine pH changed by dietary intervention on uric acid clearance mechanism of pH-dependent excretion of urinary uric acid

Journal: Nutrition Journal, January 2012

Alkaline Diet Study: Eating an Alkaline Diet Preserves Muscle Mass

“Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults.  Metabolic acidosis promotes muscle wasting, and the net acid load from diets that are rich in net acid–producing protein and cereal grains relative to their content of net alkali–producing fruit and vegetables may therefore contribute to a reduction in lean tissue mass in older adults”

Title: Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults

Journal: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2008

Alkaline Diet Study: Alkaline Diet Creates Better Sports Performance

“An alkaline promoting (low-PRAL) diet increases anaerobic exercise performance, as evidenced by greater time-to-exhaustion during high-intensity treadmill running.”

Title: Effects of Dietary Acid Load on Exercise Metabolism and Anaerobic Exercise Performance

Journal: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, June 2015

Alkaline Diet Study: Eating Alkaline Reduces Risk of Diabetes and Coronary Disease

“This thesis appears to be consistent with previous epidemiological reports correlating high potassium consumption, or a high intake of alkaline fruits and vegetables, with reduced risk for diabetes and coronary disease. “

Title: Acid–base balance may influence risk for insulin resistance syndrome by modulating cortisol output

Journal: Medical Hypothesis, 2005

And a few more:

Alkaline Diet Research Title: Influence of nutrition on acid-base balance–metabolic aspects.

Takeaway Quote: “Nutrition has long been known to strongly influence acid-base balance.”

Author: Remer. T
Published In: European Journal of Nutrition 2001 Oct;40(5):214-20.

Alkaline Diet Research Title: The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases:

Takeaway Quote: “The evidence appears to be strong that an alkaline approach high in antioxidants would help prevent chronic degenerative disease and cancer, and lead to a better quality of life.”

Authors: Dorothy D Zeviar; Michael J Gonzalez; Jorge R Miranda Massari; Nina Mikirova;

Published in: Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Alkaline Diet Research Title: A higher alkaline dietary load is associated with greater indexes of skeletal muscle mass in women:

Takeaway Quote: “This study found a more alkaline diet was positively associated with muscle mass in women suggesting a role for dietary acid–base load in muscle loss.”

Authors: A. A. Welch, A. J. MacGregor, J. Skinner, T. D. Spector, A. Moayyeri, A. Cassidy
Published in: Osteoporosis International

Alkaline Diet Research Title: Influence of diet on acid-base balance:

Takeaway Quote: “It is well established that diet and certain food components have a clear impact on acid-base balance.

For adults, in an alkaline diet the following factors are involved: 1) the chemical composition of foods (i.e., their content of protein, chloride, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium), 2) the different intestinal absorption rates of the relevant nutrients, 3) the metabolic generation of sulfate from sulfur-containing amino acids, 4) the grade of dissociation of phosphorus at the physiologic pH of 7.4, and 5) the ionic valence of calcium and magnesium.”

Author: Remer T
Published in: Semin Dial. 2000 Jul-Aug;13(4):221-6.

Alkaline Diet Research Title: Diet, evolution and aging–the pathophysiologic effects of the post-agricultural inversion of the potassium-to-sodium and base-to-chloride ratios in the human diet:

Takeaway Quote: “Any level of acidosis may be unacceptable from an evolutionarily perspective, and indeed, that a low-grade metabolic alkalosis may be the optimal acid-base state for humans.”

Authors: Frassetto L, Morris RC Jr, Sellmeyer DE, Todd K, Sebastian A.
Published in: European Journal of Nutrition; 2001 Oct;40(5):200-13.

Alkaline Diet Research Title: The Alkaline Diet: Is There Scientific Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?

Takeaway Quote: “From the evidence outlined above, it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population.”

Author: Schwalfenberg GK
Published in: Journal of Environmental and Public Health

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  1. Esther Reply

    Dear Ross,

    I recently asked you about using sprouted oats in one of your no-bake cookie recipes. They were absolutely tasty. I left a party and two thirds of what I brought disappeared by the end of the gathering. Thank you so much for giving us that recipe!

    My question concerns the Alkaline life combined with eating for your blood type. I am about a month in trying to combine both. I’ve read the eating for your blood type book. I’ve gone through your website and am also reading other material. Do you have any suggestions for combining the two life styles or a source to which I could turn?

    I contacted the group supporting the Doctor who created eating for your blood type and was told that they haven’t explored combining the two. I’ve searched on Google using various search key words and am not finding anything. My biggest problem is when I find something that is great for me on the alkaline/acidic food chart, but I need to avoid it according to my blood type (Type O). A very dear friend who is in the health profession suggested following the alkaline lifestyle food guide over the eating for your blood type guide because simply put, cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment.

    Thank you in advance for your input!

  2. Mary Perfette Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I purchased the Hurom Cold Press Juicer and love it! Can you recommend a juicer that is convenient for travel?

  3. Charmaine Liliane Barber Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I´ve just bought your recent offer for making bread etc.
    I´m not a fan of shredded coconut although I do like coconut milk/cream.
    Do you have an alternative for shredded coconut in your bread or any other recipes?


  4. Steve Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I am trying to reduce my plasma uric acid levels, as I am prone to acute gout attacks and am aware of the other negative health associations of having high plasma uric acid. I have had moderate success previously with a plant based diet, but lost a fair amount of muscle and strength.

    I have seen meta analyses that indicate low fat dairy aids in significant excretion of uric acid and lowering of SUA levels. I notice you place dairy in the highly acidic category, which would lower the ph of the urine. The study you cited above shows more effective UA excretion via alkaline urine.

    I would like to use dairy as a protein source to aid my gym workouts, but now I’m not sure if it will help or hinder my SUA levels.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thanks for this wonderful free resource.

  5. Margaret (Meg) Keller Reply

    Hello Ross!

    I am very excited to begin my alkaline journey. Much info I have been aware of through the years. I just love being part of the program now.

    I am wondering what a “Usual lunch” and “Usual dinner” mean of the menu sheet I printed.

    Also, there are so many places to retrieve info. I am wondreing if there is a trick or easier method to find what one desires.

    Thank you in advance.
    Margaret Keller

    • ross Reply

      It means whatever you would ‘usually’ have 🙂

  6. Beth Reply

    I’m trying to find your program. The one for 29.95 that includes the shopping list and simple follow along program. There is no link or call to action for this. I can’t even remember where I saw it. Does it exist? Please let me know where I fan find that program. Thank you.

  7. Anicet Heller Reply

    Thank you for all these wonderful I formations, I am one week deep I to the alkaline lifestyle change. I am only concerned with the Oxalate contant of certain greens. Spinach for example is high in Oxalate and almond also, almond has some cyanide as well. When we eat a small amount of these it won’t effect us but eating as much as five servings a day, I might build a nice big kidney stone in one year. So, how do I go about it? Use kel instead? I had a kidney stone four years ago, not sure what it was.. calcium o or Oxalate? But I am careful with high oxalate content vegetables and greens.
    Thank you

  8. Chrissie Reply

    Hi Ross,

    As I’m taking your advice and going gluten-free, it would be good to know just how alkaline-forming the various GF flours are – whether grain, nut, seed, or bean based. That’s something I’d love to see included in the next incarnation of the Acid / Alkaline Food Charts – that would be worth a section all to itself.

    C h r i s s i e

  9. Rochan Razavi Reply

    Dear Ross

    Thank you for the information you have provided. I came across your site accident. I was wondering if you would kindly advise me on a problem I have developed.
    I have been a lacto vegetarian for over 40 years. I eat a lot of vegetables, fruits. and a very healthy diet . I have developed a large polyp in my colon and I have been advised by surgeon they have to cut it and it involves surgery. They have also told me it regrows back.
    I have done some research on this matter and came across an Oncologist from Italy Dr. Simionici who believes Bicarbornate soda can eradicate this. As it is alkaline. All polyps and cancers thrive in acidic and glucose environment which is based from Candida.
    I find this very interesting, as I have consumed a lot of fruit,fresh dates. pomegranates, at least I would say 4-5 different kinds of fruit plus a massive a mount of vegetables.
    I find your diet sheet very interesting that you advocate no fruits.
    So would you say no fruit all??? I only consume a small amount of feta cheese, and youghart.
    I eat a lot of garlic ginger and turmeric in my food and drinks. I have always drank lemon water first thing in the morning, and take spirulina an green foods drink.
    I would be grateful of your further advice.

  10. jo byrne Reply

    cant download your 10 free recepies

  11. Tineke Smith Reply

    I’ve been in the vegan path for the last 11 months and lost 60lbs. Although I’m vegan i stay away from a lot of acid foods, I see you mentioned that spelt is acidic , I know that it has fiber and contains minerals but where is it on the acid scale , I only use if I want to make pancakes every once in a while .Do you recommend another flour ?

  12. hana Reply


    i really enjoyed your post and plan on buying the book.

    i just want to know – do you recommend dairy (i know grass fed is best)and if yes which? like guernsey milk? unpasturised unhomogonised….? raw butter? cheese?yogurt?

    thanks very much

    • ross Reply

      I generally don’t recommend dairy at all – it’s acidic for many reasons. If anything, a little grass-fed butter is acceptable from time to time.

  13. Yups Reply

    U shd read Weston A price’s book
    Juste one example to destroy all your theory.
    Swiss eating milk cheese and bread at every meal with meat once a week.
    That’s 4 “acidifying” foods. They live healthy all there life.

    • ross Reply

      REALLY? There is NO metabolic disease in Switzerland?! Wow. I did not know this. Switzerland has a life expectancy almost identical to the UK and Australia, where diet is just as poor overall.

      Listen, I am not saying everyone has to be perfect and eat only a salad. It’s not what I am saying at all. I am saying CUT OUT refined, processed, high sugar, gluten, preservative, chemical, flavouring, sweetener foods, and focus on eating close to nature.

      If you ate bread, milk, cheese and some meat but NO sugar or processed food you would have less disease in a population, and my hunch is the Swiss *might* have less fast food and processed food.

      But your generalisation is very, very sweeping. You are saying EVERY Swiss person eats break, milk and cheese at EVERY meal and they ALL are healthy. It’s total nonsense.

  14. NANCY WALTER Reply

    Hi Ross!

    Dr. Theodore Labusa, Food Scientist Professor at the University of Minnesota told me years ago that one with osteoporosis or just wanting good bone health needs to be aware that the food they consume has to have a ratio of 2 Calcium to 1 Phosphorus. It isn’t easy. Spinach also absorbs the calcium. i am looking to share back and forth with you if that is OK? My husband is in miserable shape. Now that we are still in lock down we can’t go to clinic. We are going to have to use diet and exercise to work on this. I am the one that shared with you about our daughter’s lost battle with breast cancer. Her oncologist told her she could eat anything she wanted, while she poured a lot of chemo into her which didn’t work.
    How do you make a living giving away so much. I do it for love for my fellow man and live on our savings. I am doing research in my kitchen to find natural ways to reduce antinutrients. I notice that almond are extraordinarily high in phosphorus with very little calcium. It is hard to get much done around here. It takes me the major part of the day to grocery shop. Once I bring the food home it all has to be sanitized because a lot of people don”t wear masks or gloves. They are young and clueless. I can see where the alkaline diet is a positive force, but what about the phosphorus? I will keep. We need the phosphorus, but has to balanced with the calcium. Got any ideas? 🙂 Blessings

  15. Janice Reply

    I have a stomach that cramps every day all day. I have just retired from teaching- and I am looking for answers to correct this problem. Could my problem be related to extreme stress?

  16. Mary Drew Reply

    I can’t find the “seven days before” meal plan and shopping list described on page 114 in the book. 🙁

  17. Elizabeth Reply

    I just started doing the alkaline diet about 4 days ago.
    I’m not sure why but Ive noticed that im very bloated and have to drink ginger tea.
    I believe I’m doing the right things staying away from wheat, dairy, gluten sugar etc..
    I’m also taking seamoss and Bladderwrack, dandelion, nettle tea..
    Might sea moss/Bladderwrack have those side effects?

    Any helpful tips?

  18. vicki dischner Reply

    Ross would you share with me what. A week diet would look like for you. I am having trouble planning my meals.

  19. vincenzo Reply

    Dear Ross, natto is a alkaline fermented foods derived from the action of bacillus subtilis on soybeans (or other beans)


    What about alkaline or acidic load of natto on our bodies?

  20. Annie Reply

    Hi Ross!
    I’m really looking forward to start. But I wanted to ask you which is the best green powder supplement for breastfeeding mums like me (I don’t want to affect the production or flavour) and also, do you have any special recommendations for women in my situation, diet Wise? Thank you!

  21. brian Reply

    The truth is, its only eating fruit above your energy requirements or metabolic capability that poses a problem, this is fact!

    The majority of the fructose is converted into glucose, which can be either stored as glycogen or released as plasma glucose. Part of the fructose is oxidized or converted into lactate and fatty acids through the process of de novo lipogenesis

  22. Amir Reply

    I have another question, I am concern about being hungry if i start this lifestyle .can you please give me some advices to solve this problem?

  23. Amir Reply

    Hi dear ross ,thanks for your great article.I am from iran and I don’t know how can i be one of your alkaline base camp members and get the full pakage of your alkaline diet?

  24. Marina Reply

    Thanks for the interesting article.

  25. Maryann Reply

    I have osteoporosis and have been off medication for close to 15 years now. I’ve checked my pH daily as you instructed for 30 days! But some days are better than others. Most of the time my first urine sample is below 7.0 and the second can either be lower or higher. When it is lower there isn’t much difference in food consumption from one day to the next. What am I doing wrong?

    Here is my typical daily food and water intake: I’ll drink 20 oz of water with lemon after taking second urine sample over the course of an hour and a half. Breakfast is a green smoothie (avocado, kale, spinach, beet, almond milk, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, Tumeric). Lunch is typically sprouted bread (Eziekiel) with homemade almond butter, half a cup of blueberries or grapes. Dinner is small portion of chicken or beef with either sweet potato or red potatoes, very large salad. I snack on nuts. I’ll drink 2-3 Lemongrass tea or roobias tea and another 20 – 40 ounces of water with lemon. I’m trying to drink more water.

    Why is this not working?

  26. Esther Mae Egan Reply

    What is the difference between the adrenal gland and the thyroid. I have been tested for the thyroid over the years and the doctor will give me pills to take. I have done a study and came to the conclusion that it is my adrenal gland, or endocrine. I started taking L-Tyro sine in the last week and I see things happening, but not sure what at this time. Am I on the right track?

    • ross Reply

      Hi Esther

      Without meaning to sound facetious – it’s like saying what is the difference between the liver and the lungs. They’re totally different glands with different roles. They do have some crossover, but you have to look at them completely differently. The ‘endocrine’ is the name given to the entire collection of all hormone regulating glands.

      I definitely recommend you do some more research into the endocrine system and your hormones before you start to take products, as it sounds like you’re a bit confused at the moment.

      In my Alkaline Base Camp membership I have lots of resources on this but sadly we’re totally full at the moment – you can, however go on the wait list here:


  27. Sonia Diaz Reply

    Hi Ross, I read in one of your emails that you recomend to take magnesium mixed wit other minerals. I work in retail and feel tired all the time! So I believe magnesium will help me to feel more relaxed and less tired. Could you please recommend a good magnesium supplement?
    Thank you.

    • ross Reply

      Hey Sonia

      You can buy a specific magnesium supplement (if so I recommend magnesium glycinate which is sometimes also called bisglycinate) – but my top recommendation would be a product thats a mix of all the most alkaline forming minerals (inc. sodium, calcium, potassium etc).

      My fave is Alkamind’s Daily Minerals.