Did you know that what you eat has a direct effect on your personality?
As I began to learn about a healthy lifestyle, one of the first things I learned about is acid/alkaline balance. In their book The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance, Susan Lark and James Richards tell us that in is normal, healthy state, the body is slightly alkaline. Our blood must maintain a specific level of alkalinity (7.35 to 7.45). If blood isn’t alkaline enough, it takes minerals from the bones and other body parts to maintain its alkalinity. When the rest of our body starts getting more acidic, we tend to be more prone to disease. Being acidic makes us get tired easier and affects our ability to think clearly. It also tends to make us more pessimistic.
There are many things that have an effect on our acid/ alkaline balance. The foods we eat, what we drink, our stress levels, our relationships, and our environment. Some of these factors are easier to control than others. I think the easiest thing to start is something I have talked about before – a quiet time just for you. The practice of prayer and gratitude has a huge impact on our stress levels, and our relationships.
The second easiest thing to help us become more alkaline is to control what we put into our bodies. We can stay away from sugary, acidic drinks and drink alkaline water. And we can eat more vegetables. There are many charts and books that list which foods are alkaline and which ones are acidic. One that I like is Alkalize or Die: Superior Health Through Proper Alkaline-Acid Balance, by Dr. Theodore A Baroody. In the future, I will probably talk more specifically about foods to help you become more alkaline. In the meantime, a general rule of thumb to start with is plant based foods are generally more alkaline than animal based foods. The ideal thing is to try for an 80/20 balance. If you try to eat 100% alkaline, you feel deprived, which counteracts the good you did by eating all the alkaline food. If you occasionally enjoy that steak, but enjoy a big fresh salad with it, and drink plenty of alkalized water with it, you’ll probably be okay.
So go make yourself a big, colorful salad for lunch and see if you don’t feel a bit more friendly.