What Is An Alkaline Diet?

We could say that everybody in the world knows about the vegetarian and the vegan diet, but not everyone is familiar with Alkaline food. So what is an alkaline diet, and what is the Dr. Sebi food list?

The basis of this diet is that alkaline are all foods with a nonacid PH.

Obviously, it is not so easy to know if a food is an acid or alkaline just by the look of it, that’s why we need to rely on some of the known literature to get some guidance unless we’re ready to test ourselves on every single food available in nature.

Dr. Sebi: Alkaline Diet Pioneer

The alkaline diet is a type of plant-based diet, with the additional requirement that all foods be fresh and in their original form. It also places an emphasis on lots of herbs and other healthy habits.

It can be helpful for many who are experimenting with different lifestyles to help alleviate the symptoms of idiopathic illnesses. These are illnesses with an unknown cause or origin. It has helped many with aches and pain, GI issues, chronic fatigue, and many more.

Alfredo Bowman, better known as Dr. Sebi, is one of the pioneers of the alkaline vegan diet. He spent most of his life researching alkaline original foods that can improve overall human health. He promoted a plant-based diet that also rejects any man-made foods or hybrids and encourages the consumption of local flora.

Dr. Sebi’s theory is based on the fact that illnesses and diseases can only survive and grow in an acid environment. This is why eating Alkaline is important to keep the body healthy and can also help in curing the body. Alkaline food would create an internal environment where the disease won’t be able to survive.

According to Sebi, it will minimize illness caused by mucus build-up and will create an alkaline environment within the body where illnesses and diseases won’t be able to survive and spread. 

Alkaline Diet

The first few days can be difficult. Eating alkaline is an adjustment for your digestive system and for you, as your kitchen practices and grocery list will change. But after that, consumers begin to form healthier eating habits. 

The main issue you may run into is how to combine the foods on the list to create a balanced, filling and tasty meal. No pre-made meal is allowed in this diet, which entails having to do quite a lot of cooking, but it will only take a couple of weeks before you’ll be able to organize yourself properly and the benefits you will get from it will be absolutely rewarding.

When you first look at alkaline food lists, and learn that pre-made and processed foods are discouraged, it can be a daunting task. Having to empty out cupboards and the fridge, not really knowing what to replace meals with, can be quite a shocking change of lifestyle in the beginning. 

But after a week or so everything seemed already a lot easier and it is actually quite rewarding being able to prepare tasty dishes with all the new ingredients. 

Those with digestive issues should see an improvement fairly quickly, as your GI tract reacts to the new natural ingredients. Other chronic symptoms with unknown origins often are relieved as well. For example, many of those on an alkaline diet get rid of gastritis and back problems within just a few weeks from when I started my new diet.

Dr. Sebi Food List

Dr. Sebi Alkaline’s food list can look very short and limiting when you’ll first look at it, but slowly you’ll experiment out so many different combinations that you won’t miss your old eating habits.

Grains like amaranth, quinoa, rye, or Kamut will play a large role in this diet. They will be the base of most of your meals, both used in their original grain form and as flour in the preparation of cakes, biscuits, and bread. 

They will replace processed grains like wheat, rice, and corn. While these are tolerated by many vegans, some may want to experiment with removing them from their diet when facing chronic issues.

To improve the cleansing and healing of the body it is recommended to implement traditional healing herbs and teas in your diets, such as burdock root, dandelion, and sarsaparilla. 

Moreover, you should drink plenty of water. Dr. Sebi recommends drinking at least a gallon of water per day, as it removes waste from the body while assisting in the absorption of nutrients and cushioning joints and organs. 

The below alkaline food list has been put together by Dr. Sebi throughout years of research to benefit the body, reduce and cure illnesses and improve human health in all its aspects.

I would say that, according to the country you live in, you could add to the list a few more non-hybrid plants that grow in your area, or at least that’s what I do. Many places have herbs, vegetables, and fruits that are grown wild and known mostly in folk traditions. These local foods can replace those on this list that may not be found worldwide.

Alkaline Vegetables

  • Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chayote (Chocho, Mexican Squash)
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Green Banana
  • Izote – cactus flower/cactus leaf
  • Lettuce (all the varieties except iceberg lettuce)
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Poke Salad – greens
  • Purslane
  • Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori/Sea moss) 
  • Squash – except pumpkin 
  • Tomato – cherry & plum only
  • Tomatillo 
  • Turnip greens 
  • Watercress 
  • Zucchini 

Alkaline Fruits

  • Apples 
  • Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana) 
  • Berries – all varieties – no cranberries 
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes -Seeded
  • Lime (key limes preferred with seeds)
  • Mango
  • Melons – Seeded
  • Orange
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit
  • Prunes
  • Raisins – Seeded
  • Soft Jelly Coconut
  • Soursop
  • Tamarind

Alkaline Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Fonio
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Teff
  • Wild Rice

Alkaline Nuts and Seeds

  • Hemp seeds
  • Raw sesame seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil nuts

Alkaline Oils

  • Coconut oil (do not cook)
  • Olive oil (do not cook)
  • Avocado oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Sesame seed oil

Alkaline Herbs and Spices

  • Basil
  • Cayenne
  • Cloves
  • Dill
  • Habanero
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Pure sea salt
  • Sage
  • Thyme

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