Acidic foods can have devastating affects on our bodies. For example – you have a coffee which makes the body react with alarm because coffee is a poison, and so adrenaline is released to burn off the poison and excrete it by the most appropriate means. If you injected the caffeine from an average Starbucks coffee straight into the blood stream you would die instantly, that’s how toxic it is. Because you have released adrenaline you feel more awake and alive temporarily, you feel good. You get the reward neurotransmitter dopamine and feel like you’ve done something good. The same thing happens to some extent when you eat a food that your body has an intolerance to, like gluten. Hence the creation of addictions to foods you’re allergic to or intolerant to. This is a good example of how, just because something feels good in the moment, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you in the long term.
The right shen tonic herbs such as the Serenity formula helps you move away from the short term thinking and the need for immediate energy. When someone is very acidic and stressed through diet and lifestyle, their world view becomes blinkered and narrow. It can also be focused and goal oriented so it’s useful to some extent during a busy day but when you get home you want to relax. Temptation to do the alkaloid thing to allow you to relax can become extreme at this point. If you give in and have a coffee or whatever, this alkalizes you temporarily by draining your jing. While we are under the influence of this, our alkalinity becomes extreme but when it wears off we return not just to the level of acidity we were at before but we are more acidic than before. This is how addiction is set up. It’s also how food intolerance is created, because we need more and more of the same substance to reach the alkaline state we are striving for.
The pH scale gives a measure of how acid or alkaline something is. It runs from 1 to 14, where 1 is highly acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is highly alkaline. Your body functions properly inside a very narrow pH range around 7.4. Being more alkaline than this isn’t so much a problem (unless it gets higher than about 9) but being acidic is certainly a problem, especially if it goes on for a long time. Acidity will cause all manner of health issues in the long term. People tend to be too acidic because often they don’t breathe properly, they eat processed foods, they use stimulants and drugs, they are bombarded with polluting chemicals and electro-magnetic pollution from mobile phones, wifi and electrical equipment and they are stuck in negative thought patterns. All of these things create excess acidity.
An easy way to indirectly measure your jing is to test your alkalinity. You can do this with a pH urine testing strip (available online). Use it to test your urine first thing in the morning. If the number is less than 7, then you’re acidic and you have work to do to improve your pH balance. If you are between 7 and 7.5 that means you’re good (with certain exceptions). Above 7.5 is often a ‘false positive’ ie a sign that you are actually extremely acidic. The reason for this is when acidity levels get very high, the body buffers that acidity by releasing alkaline minerals from storage, some of which then come out in the urine, giving the urine this very high alkaline reading. Usually the buffering alkalinity comes in the form of sodium bicarbonate made by the pancreas, though if the pancreas doesn’t produce enough then those minerals may be pulled from the teeth and bones, weakening them over time.
If you get a reading of 7.5 and you are healthy and you feel really good with plenty of energy then that reading is likely to be accurate. But if you get an alkaline reading even though you have low energy or pain or poor health of any kind, then it’s a false positive.
Getting your greens is also an important part of creating alkalinity. Green juices, green smoothies, green superfoods. Eating a mainly alkaline diet of vegetables and seaweeds (preferably raw) will help. You can also take alkaline salts such as sodium bicarbonate for a period of weeks or months, to help reset your pH.
A proper pH level is critical to feeling good and maintaining good health. This can be achieved by eliminating acidic foods and incorporating alkalizing green foods, vegetables, and Taoist Herbal Teas into your daily diet.
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.