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Many years ago, I consulted with an amazing man  Dr P.C Dowling, who was an Osteopath, Homeopath and Natro-path. He gave many many notes, however this one always pops up.

To restore and maintain healthy blood, and tissue fluid, it is essential to consume predominately Alkaline forming foods. Most of what we eat should be uncooked.

Alkaline or base forming foods

– listed from the most alkaline forming to the least.

Green leafy Vegetables

Lettuce, spinach, cabbage, chard, celery, watercress, turnip leaves, beetroot leaves, nettles and sprouts


Sprouted grains and seeds : Sunflower, alfalfa.

Root vegetables : carrots, beetroot, sweet potato, potato, yams, radish and parsnips.


Ripe fruits : apples, pears, grape, gooseberries, apricots, peaches, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew.

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Sun-dried fruits :  apples, apricots, prunes, mangoes, bananas, peaches, pears. N.B. they MUST be un-sulfured. Sulfured fruit becomes acid forming.

Tropical fruits : Pawpaw, mangoes, avocado pear, bananas, breadfruit, figs, oranges, grapefruit (if ripe), lemons, pineapple (if ripe), dates.

Nuts: Almonds, coconut.

Sprouted beans if eaten raw, otherwise listed under “Acid” : chickpeas, lentils, cow-peas, aduki beans, mung beans.

Acid forming foods

– listed from the least acid forming to the most.

Nuts : pecans, walnuts, pistachio, pine kernels, macadamias, hazel nuts, chestnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts (These are man’s most valuable concentrated protein foods, but must be eaten sparingly.)

Legumes : peanuts, dried beans, soy beans, chick-peas, lentils.

Seeds : sunflower kernels, sesame seed, linseed.

Grains :wheat, barley, oats, millet, rye, sorghum, maize, pasta.

(Grains are best eaten after soaking and sprouting)


The following do not constitute natural foods for man but are listed here because they are still commonly eaten. They are especially acid forming : red meats, poultry, game birds, fish, shellfish, snails, insects, snakes, lizards, frogs, fungi.

Refined sugar and all products containing it, including treacle, brown, Barbados etc. Puddings, sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, cola drinks, ice cream.

Dairy products : Cream, cows milk, yogurt.


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