Discover how alkalising your urine can help fight UTI's, Cystitis and urinary tract infections.
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The information below is for those trying to adjust the pH of their urine. Ajusting your pH closer to a neutral level can help when fighting a UTI / cystitis or urinary tract infection is present and has other health benefits. Using Urine Test Strips is a great way to keep track of your urine pH level and to check for signs of infection. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 acidic and numbers above 7 alkaline. A pH of 7 is considered neutral.
Diet has been proven to have an effect on urine pH but there is still much debate on the specific effects of different foods. It can be very confusing, as there is a lot of conflicting information available, but here at Sweet Cures we recommend avoiding alcohol, caffeinated drinks, orange and cranberry juices and red meat as a good place to start.
Below is a more extensive (but by no means exhaustive) list of foods and drinks and their likely effects on urine pH. This information is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods. The effect of some foods may differ for some people – it depends to an extent on the enzymes that your particular set of gut bacteria produce – so it’s worth testing your urine pH a few times over a couple of days if you suspect that a food is having a different effect on you.
Please also remember that it is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Do not undertake any drastic dietary changes without first consulting your doctor.
ALKALIZING VEGETABLES: Alfalfa, Aubergine, Barley Grass, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard Greens, Cucumber, Daikon, Dandelion, Fermented Vegetables, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nori, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radishes, Sea Vegetables, Spinach, Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Wakame, Watercress, Wheat Grass.
ALKALIZING FRUITS: Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana (high glycemic), Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Dates, Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Lemon, Lime, Muskmelons, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Raisins, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tangerine, Tomato, Umeboshi Plums, Watermelon.
Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an, acidifying effect on the body, except for oranges, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system
ALKALIZING PROTEIN: Almonds, Chestnuts, Millet, Tempeh (fermented), Tofu (fermented), Sunflower Seeds, Whey Protein Powder
ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS: All Herbs, Chilli Pepper, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Miso, Mustard, Sea Salt, Tamari
ALKALIZING OTHER: Apple Cider Vinegar, Bee Pollen, Fresh Fruit Juice (except Orange, Cranberry & Nectarine), Green Juices, Lecithin Granules, Molasses (Blackstrap), Probiotic Cultures, Veggie Juices.
ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES: Black Beans, Chick Peas, Corn, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Olives, Pinto Beans, Red Beans, Soy Beans, White Beans, Winter Squash
ACIDIFYING FRUITS: Cranberries, Oranges
ACIDIFYING GRAINS & GRAIN PRODUCTS: Amaranth, Barley, Bran, wheat, Bran, oat, Corn, Cornstarch, Hemp Seed Flour, Kamut (Khorasan Oats), Oats (rolled), Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rice (all), Rice Cakes, Rye, Spelt, Wheat, Wheat Germ, Wheat Flour, White Pasta
ACIDIFYING DAIRY: Butter, Cheese, Milk
ACIDIFYING NUTS & NUT PRODUCTS: Cashews, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Tahini, Walnuts
ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN: Bacon, Beef, Corned Beef, Eggs, Fish, Lamb, Offal, Pork, Rabbit, Sausage, Shellfish, Turkey, Veal, Venison
ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS: Avocado Oil, Butter, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Flax Oil, Lard, Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil
ACIDIFYING DRINKS: All Alcohol, Almond Milk, Cocoa, Coffee, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice, Rice Milk, Soft Drinks, Soy Milk
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