The Core Alkaline Diet Supplements I Use & Recommend

Article by ross

Alkaline diet supplements, chosen wisely, can take your health, vitality, weight loss, muscle gain, inflammation out, pain out and energy goals to the next level…quickly.

The wrong supplements?

Well, they are just a massive waste of money, and a little heartbreaking.

Which leaves me with two goals:

  1. I don’t want you wasting your hard-earned money
  2. I DO want you getting to your goals faster

Today I’m going to give you the lowdown on the supplements I use, those I’ve used before with great success, what I look for in a supplement and what I believe to be the core, most important for you on the alkaline diet.

But First: An Important Message About Supplements

While I love supplements, and they’ve been a huge part of my life since I was about 19, you need to know the truth:

Supplements, taken alone, will do little to nothing to advance your goals.

Taking supplements without changing your diet and lifestyle is like spending money on a sports car and putting no petrol in it. You’re wasting your money and getting no results.

I cannot emphasise this enough:

Supplements are there to SUPPLEMENT, not replace.

They are not intended to replace the work of a healthy, alkaline diet. They are not there to do the heavy lifting for you – they barely work if thrown into an unhealthy environment.

BUT…

When you nourish your body correctly AND use supplements, the benefits are magnified tenfold.

They work together synergistically. In the right environment the supplements can get to work, the body can use them more effectively and more efficiently, the goodness can be absorbed.

Supplements are there to supplement, they’re there to either be a safety net of nutrients you need but may have missed that day, or they are there to play a specific role alongside the foods and drinks you consume.

OK – supplements are there to supplement, not replace. Excellent, we’ve got that covered. You’re on board, right?

Sweet.

Core Alkaline Diet Supplements

There are four core alkaline diet supplements I recommend everyone consider. Two that are an absolute must, and another two which are a great help, but if budget constraints don’t allow these, you should focus first on #1 and #2.

After my guides earlier this week on my Alkaline Food Planner and the Ultimate Guide to Snacks – where I briefly touched on supplements, I got a ton of emails asking for more information – so I hope you guys find this super useful in making sure you get the best product you can AND don’t waste any money on unnecessary products!

Alkaline Diet Supplements #1: Green Drink

green drink supplement

This is the big-boy, most important supplement. I recommend this for everyone.

A green drink is a powdered supplement, usually made of a combination of grasses, vegetables, fruits, algae and other foods.

The combinations range from just one food (wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina etc.) through to dozens (some contain over 50 different ingredients).

I recommend looking for something in-between – about 8-10 ingredients is a good sweet spot. That way you’re not spreading the nutrient spectrum per serve to wide and thin.

I list at the bottom of this guide my suggestions on how to find a quality supplement – and with green drinks it’s paramount that you source an organic, non-GMO blend. There are no excuses on that one.

There are a few ingredients I don’t love to see in green drinks too:

  • High Fruit Content: a little is OK, preferably there isn’t any. Low sugar fruits like tomato, lime, lemon, grapefruit are fine, but I don’t like to see a lot of higher sugar fruits in there
  • Mushrooms: again, a little medicinal mushroom is fine (reishi, cordyceps etc), but I don’t like this to be a big component
  • Xylitol: this sweetener is highly refined and not really tested long-term for human health. Makes a good toothpaste, but not proven yet as a safe sweetener

A perfect blend in a green drink hits all of my ‘Triple A’ goals: alkaline; antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory.

This is why I personally use Organifi Green Juice right now – it has strong alkaline (wheatgrass etc.), antioxidant (beets etc.) and anti-inflammatory (turmeric) ingredients, and tastes awesome.

And of course it ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, organic, non-GMO.

I really felt the difference when I started using it.

I also really like Alkamind Daily Greens too – it’s a great blend, and has a really pleasant taste. Both are great products:

Ross’ Recommended Green Drinks:


Alkaline Diet Supplements #2: Fats & Oils

alkaline diet supplements fats

These are the second (and equally) most important of the alkaline diet supplements. And the truth is – they’re really a food – you can add tons of different sources of these to your recipes – BUT – they are so important that I highly recommend you supplement too.

You need a baseline of these daily – so, every day, I really urge you to get:

  • 3 tbsp of omega 3 oils
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT oil

If you’re concerned that the fat will make you fat – or that saturated fats from the coconuts will cause CVD – please read these two guides:

1) Fat, Calories & The Real Weight Loss Equation
2) The Cold TRUTH About Saturated Fat

For the other oils, the omega 6 and omega 9, the PUFAs and so on – don’t worry about supplementing with these. Most people get way more omega 6 and 9 than they do omega 3 (and this imbalance causes issues in it’s own right). So just focus on the 3’s and the coconut oil.

In terms of omega 3, please try to buy the very best you can afford. You really do get what you pay for.

You need to find a high quality, tested, researched source if you’re buying fish oils, and organic is a must for plant oils.

For coconut oil, definitely go organic and make sure it’s 100% coconut oil (nothing else added).

Ross’ Recommended Oils:


Alkaline Diet Supplements #3: Anti-Inflammatory

Oh so important to fight inflammation!

Turmeric – most often advertised as curcumin is perhaps the most powerfully anti-inflammatory compound on Earth and I highly recommend getting yourself a high-power, high-quality turmeric supplement as soon as you possibly can.

Curcumin is the compound within turmeric that has the strongest anti-inflammatory capacity, which is why it is isolated from the whole root for supplementary purposes, but when people say curcumin or turmeric supplement, they’re effectively saying the same thing.

There have been over 800 published research studies showing the anti-inflammatory power of curcumin, and you just can’t go without it while you’re fighting inflammation (or wanting to keep it out).

Ross’ Recommended Anti-Inflammatory Supplements:

 


Alkaline Diet Supplements #4: Alkaline Mineral Salts

alkaline mineral supplements

The core alkaline minerals are ESSENTIAL for fighting inflammation, acidity and oxidative stress in the body, and I definitely recommend supplementing with these.

They are minerals that are often a little low in a regular ‘multi’ vitamin product, but they’re so important throughout the body, and many of us are deficient in at least one of them.

Magnesium and potassium are often so lacking in the diet, and a chronic deficiency in just these two is such a marker for inflammatory conditions.

If you can have one of these (just one scoop) daily – it will bring a remarkable, noticable different to your health (especially with digestive or fatigue conditions).

Look for a product that contains a mix of 3 or more of the Core Four Alkaline Minerals – sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Ross’ Recommended Alkaline Mineral Supplements:

 


Alkaline Diet Supplements #5: Plant-Based Protein

alkaline supplement plant based protein

For those of you who need extra protein due to a specific condition or (more likely) a specific workout/fitness/conditioning plan – I recommend plant-based protein.

Whey protein is highly acidic and inflammatory, as is soy protein isolate (which is highly refined and processed).  

Plant based (sprouted brown rice, pea, sachi inchi, hemp etc.) proteins are exceptional, deliver a huge amount of protein per gram and have an exceptional amino acid profile.

Plus, they’re anti-inflammatory and alkaline!

Ross’ Recommended Alkaline Protein Supplements


What To Look For In a Supplement: Markers of Quality

Now, more than ever, we have access to some of the most unbelievably high quality supplements. BUT, costs of manufacturing, access to marketing and an audience (social media, paid traffic, amazon’s marketplace etc.) means it’s never been easier to start a supplement company – and so there are a lot of poor quality, cheaply produced products out there.

You need to be aware and be careful.

Especially in the alkaline diet supplements market – where green drinks have become so popular.

I have recommended two green drinks in this guide – but a quick search on amazon.com reveals 325 different brands, and that’s just in one category.

How I Measure Quality in a Supplement

  1. Is It Organic & Non-GMO: cheaper brands won’t bother with this, so first up, it’s a good way to filter out any cheaply made products immediately. But also – it’s so important! If you’re buying a product like a green powdered blend – this is a highly concentrated plant food! Each scoop contains a LOT of greens, and you don’t want to be putting concentrated GMO crops or chemically sprayed plants into your system!

    Organic and non-GMO is an absolute must.

  2. Variety of Ingredients: this is most pertinent with green drinks, where you want a good mix of grasses and vegetables. This is highly preferably to just one ingredient, such as wheatgrass, as you’re getting a wider spectrum of nutrients.
  3. No Sugars: this is a must. Sugar basically undoes all of the good work of the supplement! A tiny amount of fructose free, natural sweetness is OK – monkfruit (luo han guo), stevia, or dried peach etc., but don’t get a supplement containing dextrose, fructose, cane sugars, honey – and even worse (as I’ve seen in the effervescent vitamin products) – aspartame!
  4. No Fillers, Thickeners, Binding Agents, Flow Agents…: this is a whole guide in itself (and one I’ll probably write in a few days or so), but you need to be looking out for:
    • Magnesium Stearate
    • Stearic Acid
    • Carrageenan
    • Gelatin
    • Titanium Dioxide
    • Silicon Dioxide
    • Lanolin
    • Glycerin
    • Potassium Sorbate
    • Cellulose

    There are more, but that’s a good start. I don’t have the time here to go into the negatives of each of these, but the big picture is: if your supplement contains these ingredients, you really should question the quality of that supplement.

Summary: Your Alkaline Diet Supplements

The purpose of this guide was to give you an overview of the most important alkaline diet supplements, which I believe you should focus your resources on, and to make sure you don’t waste a single penny on supplements you don’t need.

Remember, supplements are there to supplement. They are not there to replace a healthy, alkaline diet.

Supplement companies are AMAZING marketers, and they can make all manner of different products and ingredients sound like the ‘magic button’. And while there are useful supplements for specific goals – caprylic acid for getting rid of candida for example.

BUT, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get some amazing products that will speed up your efforts and make getting to your big health goals faster and easier than ever.

Ross

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  1. Teresa Reply

    Awesome information!! THANK YOU for weeding through all of the marketing gimmicks and products to narrow it down to the most important “supplements”.

    • ross Reply

      My pleasure Teresa!

  2. Patricia Reply

    Hi Ross,
    I’m a student on a budget. Do you have any less expensive alternatives for protein powder and green drink powders?

    Thanks,
    P

  3. Alan Foxley Reply

    Hi Ross,
    I have just changed to fresh tumeric from powder.
    The difference is amazing.
    Thank you for your continued support.
    Alan

    • ross Reply

      Hey Alan – nice to hear from you!

      Great that you’re onto the fresh stuff 🙂 It goes so far beyond what the powder can do – and supplements too!

      Ross

  4. Mary Gillam Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I have the Tri-Salts you recommend above. It does have calcium carbonate in it. So should that be avoided?

    There is also calcium carbonate in the almond milk that I drink. Should I avoid that as well?

    Thank you!

    • ross Reply

      Hey Mary

      Apologies, that was a silly one to include on that list without explanation. It’s often used as a way to fill out or pad out multi-ingredient capsules, for instance like green powder. In tiny amounts like this it’s useless. In a specific mineral supplement like the dosages in the Tri-Salts, it’s a useful calcium source.

      I’ll take this an a couple of the other useful-but-used-as-fillers from that list until I can write a blog post about this topic in depth.

      Another of them is psyllium husks – useful in it’s own right i.e. a spoon of psyllium husks, but it’s also often used as a filler in green drinks, and at that quantity is does a great job of padding out the product but would be insignificant to your health.

      Make sense?

      • Mary Gillam Reply

        Makes sense!

        Thank you!

  5. Penny Moreton Reply

    How much spirilina and wheatgrass should be taken daily?

    • ross Reply

      Follow the instructions as per the product you’ve bought. But as per my recommendation above, once you run out of the product you have look to a brand with more of a range of ingredients like Alkamind or Organifi.

  6. Susan Elliott Reply

    I’m not home on the 5th of Dec for your workshop…will there be any other way to view this?

    • ross Reply

      If you register, you’ll be first to know if there is another session added.

      Thanks
      Ross

  7. Sally Worner Reply

    Hello Ross,

    I’m finding all the information out there really confusing when it comes to acid. Can you just clarify why tomatoes onions and lemons are ok? And the relationship between gut biome health and acid. I’m really confused. Thank you so much. Sally

  8. Mary Reply

    Oops, you forgot to mention your mentor’s Doc Broc SuperGreens. We need to be grateful to him and to continue to support him always. One can mix Super Greens and Amazing Grass 3 greens (half and half) to make the SuperGreens more economical.

    • ross Reply

      Thanks Mary – I covered the products I believe to be the best at this moment in time, but happy for your shout out.

  9. Armands Reply

    Hello Ross, first of all thanks for an ongoing effort to educate people about health. I’ve been a customer of Energise for Life for about 10 years now and consider you to be a reliable source of information and products.
    As i am on the discovery road myself, i thought i’d share my observations and you’re welcome to comment on anything you agree or disagree.

    I’ve just read your alkaline supplement guide and while it’s in line with what i consider to be important, i do not see ph drops mentioned. I remember you being big on following Robert Young’s philosophy and two main things he proposed using – green drink and ph drops. Also in his book “PH miracle” he recommends using both in distilled water. I found an article you wrote on water ionizers (https://liveenergized.com/alkaline-water/alkaline-water-ionizer-review/) where you mention distilled water and ph drops as being inferior to water ionizers. And at the time you were selling Chanson ionizers. Nowadays, you are promoting and selling Alkaway products and obviously have joined molecular hydrogen movement, because suddenly everybody (dr. Mercola, dr. Sircus, http://www.waterfyi.com/, etc) is quoting Tyler Lebaron. And it appears that it’s not enough to drink alkaline water, in fact it’s useless, unless there is molecular hydrogen present in the water. So based on this theory all water ionizers which do not produce molecular hydrogen are basically expensive decoration. I understand, there are new developments and discoveries and we have to change and accept them.

    I’ve spent endless hours researching whether to buy water distiller, RO system, ionizer or hydrogen infusion machine. Then i was battling between distiller and HIM. On one hand Robert Young recommends distilling water and adding green drink and ph drops. On the other hand there’s this discovery of huge benefits of molecular hydrogen in water. I would have settled on HIM, but they are expensive. I’ve also considered buying Ultrastream from you, but what put me off is lab test results. It says that after 8-12 liters have been used there is only <0.05ppm of hydrogen in the water. And Alkaway claim that there is constant presence of hydrogen throughout the life of one filter, which is around one year.

    In the end i bought Berkey filter as recommended by Chris Wark (cancer survivor who prior to Berkey filter used distilled water for 8 years) and Health ranger who tested it in his own lab and found to be the best gravity filter. Ok, it doesn't produce molecular hydrogen, but clean water is a good start. And i'm curently researching the use of hydrogen peroxide as an alternative to ph drops (suggested by R. Young) that i could add to my water.

    It's a long and slow road, but we'll get there.

    Thanks again for your hard work and any info on the subject would be appreciated.

    p.s. Have you any knowledge on use of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide and baking soda both orally and as cleaning agents? If this book – (http://www.jamesroguski.com/the-truth-about-food-grade-hydrogen-peroxide.html) and this book – (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sodium-Bicarbonate-Full-Medical-Review-ebook/dp/B005347ZFQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512045135&sr=8-3&keywords=sodium+bicarbonate+book) are to be believed, we have two miracle substances at our disposal and not many people know about it.

    Regards,

    Armands

    • ross Reply

      Hi Armands

      Thanks for your comment and support. First up I really want to clarify for full disclosure I do not promote or sell or recommend any Alkaway product, nor am I sold on the molecular hydrogen movement. I don’t retail any products in the water or filtration space.

      I think there is some good promise in the molecular hydrogen (MH) space, but I think it is still a long long way from being proven and I think marketers in the water industry are jumping on it far too quickly and enthusiastically as it’s the new shiny thing that they can sell instead of ionizers.

      Ionizer have been proven over and over in research and I have personally had over 2000 people purchase a Chanson Ionizer from me back when I was selling them and I got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of amazing stories back from them about the change it made to their life.

      I don’t proactively recommend pH drops these days, not because they’re BAD per se, but because people were taking that as their first step before filtration.

      You’ve done it the right way around – filtration first.

      Properly filtered, clean water is more beneficial than unfiltered water with pH drops in it.

      There is no point raising the pH of chlorinated, toxic water.

      I don’t recommend hydrogen peroxide. It could be very dangerous if the quantities are wrong – stick to a pH drops brand if you want to do this.

      Ross

      • Armands Reply

        Thank you for your answer Ross. First i must apologize. In June this year i received an email from Energise For Life saying it was closing down and Avocado Ninja was being born. So, i assumed you’re a part of Avocado Ninja, but now i see that email came from Callum and he and Annalicia are Avocado Ninja. And Avocado Ninja represent Alkaway products in UK. Hence my thinking (until now) you’re promoting and selling Alkaway products. My mistake and my apologies.

        So, based upon your experience you would still reccommend water ionizer over water distiller, RO and HIM?

        Also, if you don’t mind sharing your thoughts about Robert Young facing prison time and does that affect him being the source of health information for you?

        And lastly wouldn’t you think that Robert Young would’ve researched effects of hydrogen peroxide on human body before reccommending it for usage and being safe in small doses?

        Regards,
        Armands

        • ross Reply

          Hey Armands

          I sold my stake in Energise for Life in 2011, so not totally familiar with what they are doing now.

          I definitely definitely still recommend water ionizers over those other methods, by a mile.

          I’m was surprised at the hydrogen peroxide recommendation in the pH miracle, but remember this book was published before he had his own supplement line and really before pH drops existed. If it had been published a couple of years later then he’d have been recommending his pH drops – puripHy.

          Regarding Robert’s legal battle, I could not have more sympathy for him, but think he could have done things differently too. He was, without question, in my opinion set up. It was an investigative journalist with a track record of being anti-natural health. They created a situation and it was a sting. BUT he should have been tighter with his practice. I have every sympathy in the world for him. Look at what he has contributed for people and look at the rubbish the pharmaceutical industry gets away with year on year. They can release untested flu vaccines that actually cause illness, sickness and harm, but they get away with it.

          BUT, I should make it clear he is not ‘THE’ source of health information for me. He was influential in my early days of 2004-2006, alongside Chris Vasey and a few others. But I have my own approach, own beliefs, own protocol – much of which actually does contrast with Robert’s ideas, but I believe I get amazing results for people. The research around alkalinity, acidosis and so on has come so far in the past 8-10 years too that things have progressed beyond just what was written in the pH Miracle. Remember – this is a text on health that was written in 2003. We have learned SO MUCH about nutrition and it’s role with health since then. So much.

          So yep – while I’m deeply saddened for the situation Robert has been in for the past 4 or so years, it doesn’t affect who I am, what I teach, what I suggest or anything else related to my protocol or business in any way really. He is being targetted for malpractice – drawing blood without a medical licence – not for his beliefs about nutrition.

          R

  10. Kathy Phillips Reply

    How would you rate Yuri Elkaim’s Super Greens powder for a green drink?

    • ross Reply

      They’re decent.

      I prefer those I recommended – but Yuri’s and pH Miracle would be next on the list of quality.

      Ross

  11. Della Reply

    Hi Ross – I’ve been following a mainly alkaline diet for about 6 years now and found it very beneficial for my health. I understand the value of alkaline mineral supplements for health but I have been recently reading a lot about the importance of our gut micro biome.

    i am under the impression that healthy gut bacteria need an acid gut environment to thrive and am concerned that alkaline mineral supplements by mouth could interfere with and damage the gut micro biome.

    Could you clarify this issue for me please.

    Many thanks,
    Della

    • ross Reply

      Hey Della!

      Hope you’re going great. It’s a great question, and I get where you’re coming from – but an alkaline diet, and consuming foods rich in these alkaline minerals (the alkaline mineral supplement supplements this) actually supports the correct pH throughout the digestive system, from the acidic gut through to the alkaline pancreas and so on.

      I explain a bit more here: https://liveenergized.com/alkaline-foods-2/drink-alkaline-water-stomach-acid/

      Thanks
      Ross

      • Della Reply

        Thanks for this – yes of course, it’s just the same as any food/drink having an alkaline effect in the body. Males perfect sense !

        • ross Reply

          Yes exactly – when people try to knock the alkaline approach saying “the stomach is acid, you’ll cause problems if you get ‘too alkaline'” I suggest to them that all of the healthy foods they know of are alkaline, and all of the unhealthy ones are acidic. So to prove their theory why don’t they try eating zero vegetables or fruit for a few months and only eat sugar, wheat, chocolate, fried foods, takeaways, bread, pasta etc. and be sure to let me know how that works out for them 🙂

          R

  12. Denise Bird-Newell Reply

    Glad that I use all these. I use Dr Young’s green powder but will try the others. The only other supplement I take is Vit D oil capsules as this was recommended for my condition. Is this required with the others though Ross?

    • ross Reply

      If you’re in the UK (or a very rainy Thailand 🙂 then I do recommend a Vit D. I super recommend really, in an ideal world, having vit D tested every 12 months or so and adjusting vit d from there – but a baseline of 1-2,000 IU per day is never a bad idea.

      R

      • Denise Bird-Newell Reply

        Great thank you Ross. I take 2000 iu per day so supplements are good. Of course these were recommended by you a long time ago now and I retained all the good rituals. Just food slipped for a while when I was travelling with Work a lot but I have always been a healthy eater in the main. Now absolutely love the way I feel eating vegan with no wheat, gluten or sugar. Lots more energy 😁

        • ross Reply

          Superb Denise 🙂

  13. Karyn Reply

    Hi Ross
    Great info!
    I’m spending a lot on my welleco Elle McPherson super elix (greens) and protein shake. Is it as good as they say or do I have expensive urine??
    Love to hear your thoughts??
    X Karyn

    • ross Reply

      Hey Karyn

      I am not a big fan at all of her product. I haven’t tried it personally so I can’t talk to the taste of it, but ingredient-wise there are a ton of things I’m not happy about:

      1) it contains a lot of fruit – totally unnecessary
      2) it contains more mushroom than I’m comfortable with. Medicinal mushroom has it’s place, but it is still acid-forming fungi so I don’t like to see a lot of it in any one product
      3) barely any of the ingredients are organic
      4) I am not a fan of FOS
      5) It contains xylitol as a sweetener. Xylitol is highly refined and not yet proven safe for human consumption. It’s a great toothpaste though.
      6) It contains a lot of fillers, that are just not needed such as psyllium husk. Husk in this quantity is practically useless, but it bulks out the product volume nicely and is cheap to manufacture.

      Personally, I’d switch.

      Ross

  14. Sandi Reply

    As I attempt to change my diet…eating greens etc. I begin to feel nauseous and bloated. Andddd I drop off the wagon
    What can I do?

    • ross Reply

      Are you consuming a lot of fats when you change your diet.

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