The Amazing Healing Benefits of an Alkaline Diet

By Tracy Flaherty

Apr 27

I have always believed in maintaining a proper Ph balance in the body. I have talked about it for years with my clients and workshop attendee’s.

Alkaline Diet to Fight Acidity and Have Good HealthHowever, when my husband Sean was diagnosed with an aggressive form of psoriatic arthritis, I really started to pay attention to the healing benefits of an alkaline diet.

Excess acids may be produced in the body for various reasons. Eating foods high in fat, protein, sugar and processed foods will produce excess acid in the body. When this occurs, the body links these excess acids with alkaline minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium to help excrete them. Over time, the body becomes depleted of these needed minerals and excess acid remains in the cells. When the body is exposed to foreign elements by way of infection, pollution and improper digestion, it puts a burden on the immune system. As a consequence, chemical messengers of distress are released such as cortisol, adrenalin and insulin. The physiological response to these messengers increases the total acidity in the body.

Why Is Acidic Harmful?

With an excess acid load, the body does not work very well. The efficiency of energy produced in the body is reduced, there is a loss of resilience and repair mechanisms, and the immune system becomes more susceptible to illness, inflammation, pain and fatigue.

I have seen how alkalinity can repair and improve your health in my own life. When my husband was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, he was in pain and his joints were swollen. We changed the way he was eating to a one hundred percent alkaline diet, raw and vegan. Within a few short weeks, he went from being in pain everyday to a pain free life. I have seen this work with all inflammation in the body including acid reflux, joint inflammation, and irritable bowel just to name a few. I usually give my clients an 80/20 rule. So, 80 percent of the food they consume is alkaline and 20 percent is acidic.

Alkaline Diet to Fight Acidity and Have Good Health: Using LemonA great way to start your day and set up an alkaline state in the body is by drinking a glass of lemon water. I have a short list below of some alkaline foods as well as acidic. For the full lists and more information I would highly recommend “The Ultimate Ph Solution” by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

Alkaline Forming Foods(consume between 60-80 %) 

  • Nuts and legume: Pumpkin and sesame seeds, almond, Lentils
  • Grains: Gluten free Oats, Wild rice, Quinoa
  • Fruit: Raspberry, Melons, Pear, Apple, Cherry, Apricot, Strawberry, Banana, Peach, Papaya, Lime, Lemon, Pineapple and Grapefruit
  • Vegetable: Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Yams, Brussels sprouts, Beets, Celery, Squashes, Lettuces, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cucumber, Peppers and Sprouts
  • Condiments: Apple cider vinegar, Sea salt, spices, Soy sauce, Braggs, Sesame, Olive, Flax and Hemp oils, Garlic

Acid Forming Foods Include(consume 20-40%)

  • Animal Protein: Beef, Fish, and Poultry
  • Vegetable Protein: Walnuts, Peanuts, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Chickpeas, Soybeans, Navy beans, Tofu
  • Grains: Wheat, Brown rice, Millet, Kasha, Buckwheat, Corn, Rye
  • Dairy: Butter, Cows milk, Cheese, Eggs
  • Fruit: Dried fruit, Coconut, Cranberry, Figs, Dates
  • Vegetables: Zucchini, Carrots, and Eggplant
  • Condiments: Canola oil, Balsamic vinegar
  • Sweeteners: Sugar, Honey, Maple syrup, carob
  • Beverages: Beer, Black tea, Alcohol, Coffee

Tracy FlahertyTracy Flaherty – Board Certified Integrative Health and Lifestyle Coach

She was trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Teachers College at Columbia University. She offers a personalized approach to wellness, weight loss and lifestyle. She is the founder of Be Well Nourished where she guides and supports her clients on their journey to wellness with a mind body, spirit connection. She is currently working on a healthy, plant based cookbook and is passionate about cooking and creating healthy recipes. She sees clients one on one in person or via phone or Skype. She also runs workshops and women’s wellness groups. If you have any questions or like to know to work with Tracy, you can visit her website or email You can also follow her on Facebook @bewellnourishedcoachingwithtracyflaherty or and instagram @bewellnourished