Nutrition Tips for Living Well

What patients most like about TCM is the individuality. This extends to dietary considerations. There are no “one size fits all” herbal regiments or diets in TCM. All treatments are tailored to the individual’s needs, and individual needs can differ widely.

To improve your diet, here’s a simple tip: An imbalanced diet high in acidic-producing foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods puts “stress” on our body’s regulating systems. Pressure to maintain pH neutrality. The extra buffering required depletes the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Now your body invites chronic and degenerative disease. Minerals are borrowed from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body suffers severe and prolonged damage–a condition that may go undetected for years.

Alkaline Foods are Yin

Alkalizing Veggies

  • Alfalfa
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chard Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Sweet Potatoes

Alkalizing Fruits

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Cantaloupe
  • Coconut, fresh
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Lemon, Lime
  • Peach
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Alkalizing Proteins

  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Millet
  • Tempeh, fermented
  • Tofu
  • Whey Powder

Alkalizing Sweeteners

  • Coconut Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw Honey
  • Sorghum Syrup

Alkalizing Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Chili Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Miso
  • Mustard
  • Sea Salt
  • Tamari
  • Turmeric

Alkalizing Minerals

  • Cesium: pH 14
  • Potassium: pH 14
  • Sodium: pH 14
  • Calcium: pH 12
  • Magnesium: pH 9
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Acid Foods are Yang

Acidic Veggies

  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Olives
  • Winter Squash

Acidic Fruits

  • Blueberries
  • Canned/Glazed Fruits
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Plums
  • Prunes

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Acidic Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Bran ~ wheat/oat
  • Corn/Cornstarch
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (all)
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Wheat
  • Wheat Germ
  • Pastas
  • Bread
  • Cracker
  • Flour

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Acidic Beans

  • Black Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Green Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • Soy Milk
  • White Beans
  • Rice Milk
  • Almond Milk

Acidic Foodstuffs ~ Limit these

  • DAIRY
    butter cheese ice cream
  • NUTS & BUTTERS
    cashews tahini legumes
  • ANIMAL PROTEIN
    bacon beef fish shrimp
  • FATS & OILS
    canola corn flax olive
  • ALCOHOLS
    beer spirits hard liquor wine
  • SUGARS
    carob refined corn syrup
  • OTHERS
    coffee cocoa soft drinks
  • DRUGS & CHEMICALS
    meds pesticides tobacco