If you follow natural health trends, you may be hearing a lot about the importance of eating alkalinizing foods. These are foods that increase your pH (potential for hydrogen). On a scale of 1 to 14, 1 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is pure alkaline. Experts usually recommend a pH of 7.365.
In essence, this is important, because acidity reduces cell energy production, which slows down the repair of cells. It limits the ability to detoxify heavy metals and weakens the immune system. Many authorities, such as Dr. Robert Young, believe that acidic body chemistry can cause cancer.
You can find a lot of information about the right foods to eat to promote alkalinity, and I list some sources you can find here at Associated Content, but it takes more than appropriate food to change your pH. Dr. Young and other experts emphasize that negative emotions, such as anger, depression, resentment, and others, help to create an acidic pH.
I doubt that anyone needs to be told that anger, for example, is a highly acidic emotion, especially when it’s held in. Have you ever gotten a stomachache when you don’t express your anger? When anger is held in habitually, it becomes resentment, which has been described as the poison, intended for another, that makes you ill. It doesn’t get more literal than that.
Consider these examples:
Have you ever spoken of someone as having an acid tongue?
Are there situations in your life about which you feel bitter?
Does it ever feel as if certain problems are eating away at you?
How many times a day do you feel resentful?
Even if you have a generally happy life, you can be exposed to second-hand misery by watching too much news on TV or focusing on negative newspaper or online news articles. Remember the motto of the media: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Imagine drinking a cup of coffee and reading the headlines. It’s hard to say which causes greater acidity.
Although I don’t know that anyone has charted the correlation between happiness and good health and the avoidance of media news, consider doing an experiment by reducing the time you spend watching or reading the news. To make this more interesting, also consider deliberately searching for good news.
Finally, be careful about what you eat, but also consider the negative effects of worrying about every bite. If we pay as much attention to the thoughts and emotions we let circulate in our minds as to the food we put into our bodies, we can realize true health.