You may find it helpful to read my article, Think Alkaline, as background material for this one. It explains the principles of balancing the body chemistry in terms of pH.
While you are changing your diet to promote greater consumption of alkalinizing foods, consider other ways you can improve the balance of your body chemistry.
Catch yourself: This is a very simple activity, but it’s one that’s easy to forget. You might be able to stop yourself from eating that bar of chocolate, but can you say, “Thinking about how angry I am at this person s is an acidic thought (or emotion)” and switch gears? It may take practice, but it’s a worthwhile exercise.
Physical Exercise: Although sweating is the best-known way to eliminate toxins from the body, you don’t have to sweat to get benefit from exercise. The best exercise is generally the exercise you like the best. Exercise that stretches the body and relaxes the mind can put you in a state of mental and emotional balance. Consider swimming, yoga, chi kung, or tai chi.
Flower and Other Essences: Dr. Bach was inspired to develop the remedies named after him because he believed that emotional imbalances caused physical illness. Bach
Flower Remedies address negative emotions. Mimulus and Aspen are for fear, Holly for anger, Willow for resentment, and Pine for guilt. While these are the best-known essences, many other essence families have been created, and I have found benefit from several of them, such as FES essences and Wild Earth Animal Essences.
Meditation: Quieting the mind and relaxing promotes an alkaline environment, in addition to its many other benefits.
Reiki and other Mind/Body Methods: Give peaceful, loving attention to your body and rest for your spirit. Reiki has the advantage of being a method you can perform on yourself. You can also consider the benefit of Swedish or Shiatsu massage, chiropractic, and other body treatments.
Creativity: We are all so much more creative than we think we are, and finding and practicing a creative activity that absorbs you can be a great source of mental and emotional balance. Expand the idea of creativity to include any activity that makes you glad to be alive.
Cultivate Appreciation: I believe that no medicine, natural or pharmaceutical, exists that has greater benefits than the simple, but often ignored, practice of appreciation. When negative emotions strike, shift gears by deliberately thinking about, and, if possible, writing down, five things you appreciate.
Another way to cultivate appreciation is to summon every positive emotion you can name: love, compassion, kindness, peace, etc. You won’t find better alkalizing agents anywhere.