The Body In Equanimity

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The 12 pH values are analogous, in function, to the 12 different temperaments, represented by the 12 Sun signs. It is so calculated to determine that pH group of foods most favourable to your mind-body performance. Keeping in mind, however, that how the nervous system develops determines a person’s physiological characteristics, personality and behavioural patterns, as well as the disposition to disease. (Click here to view Master 12 pH Food Chart)

What is this inseparable bond between food and personality?

Formal force, which is negative, represents those whose nature has a predisposition to the parasympathetic nervous system. Static force represents those with a predisposition to the enteric nervous system (gut). Dynamic force, which is positive, represents those whose nature has a predisposition to the sympathetic nervous system.

Mental force


Nervous force


Sun Signs They Vaguely Represent

Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Gemini
Aquarius, Virgo, Cancer, and Leo
Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn

The Antagonistic Yet Complementary Nerve Branches

Generally the sympathetic branch (dynamic or yang force) accelerates organs functions while the parasympathetic (formal or yin force) acts as a decelerator. Though both nerve branches appear as antagonistic opposites, each function is the continuity of the other. Although it is the sympathetic nerve branch that always takes the lead, it is the receptive parasympathetic branch that powers it. It is how large molecules get reduced into smaller parts and then used up in respiration.

The sympathetic branch responds particularly during emergencies or sudden environmental changes, evoking the primal "fight or flight" reaction – the built-in mechanism that readies the body to act in fearful and stressful situations. The reaction increases oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide expulsion. Stressful experiences such as rage, pain, excessive exercise, extreme cold, drugs, and asphyxia (oxygen deprivation) — combined with the wrong choice of foods for one’s nourishment and a predisposition toward the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system — can cause the diaphragm and other respiratory muscles to become locked in an "exhalation mode". While in this mode, the increased need for oxygen causes and the exaggerated expulsion of carbon dioxide in the extracellular fluid. This causes a continuous release of the acid neurotransmitter known as  acetylcholine, which causes the blood to become alkaline, and over an extended period of time, pushes the body toward the state of hyperventilation.

When this occurs, one becomes dominated by the sympathetic branch of the nervous system — sympathetic dominance. Fortunately, however, after relaying a nerve impulse, the enzyme cholinesterase rapidly destroys the acetylcholine released during the transmission of the nerve so that subsequent impulses do not pass. If the action of acetylcholine is blocked, it causes muscular paralysis.

It is the opposite for parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, the thinking and feeling nerve branch. The inability to expel adequate amounts of carbon dioxide, combined with parasympathetic dominance, cause the diaphragm and other respiratory muscles get locked in the “inhalation mode”. The excessive accumulation of CO2 causes the blood to become too acid, pushing the body to the state of respiratory acidosis or hypoventilation. When this takes place, it is a clear indication that one is dominated by the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system — parasympathetic dominance. Over-stimulation of the nerve centre in this manner eventually leads to decreased heart contractions and low blood pressure, which generally speed the digestive process.

Whereas the activity of the sympathetic nervous system stimulates increased secretion of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), followed by increased activity of the adrenal cortex, the opposite is the case with parasympathetic dominance. Reduced adrenocorticotropic hormone activity of the pituitary gives rise to sexual indifference, low libido, psychologically-based impotence; bladder tenesmus; in females — anemia, dysmenorrhea, mental instability with a sedentary lifestyle; decreased thyroid activity — overall, hypotensive, weak and exhausted individuals.

It must be noted, however, that irrespective of whether one is a sympathetic and parasympathetic body types, many people who are parasympathetic types overuse their sympathetic nervous system. This is more a mental or lifestyle tendency than anything else.

Sympathetic Dominance
(blood swings to the alkaline tide)

  • Hyperventilation: relaxed bronchial muscles; dry mucus membranes of nose, throat, bronchi, eyes and/or ears; decreased saliva; uncontrollable movement of hands, feet and mouth; corpopedal spasms (cramping), numbness and tingling of extremities; dizziness; and/or altered consciousness (light-headedness)

  • Circulatory Disorders: increased heart rate and contractions (with decreased pulse); tachycardia with palpitations; high blood pressure; arteriosclerosis; arthritic deposits causing bone deformations; reduced kidney output; and/or cold hands and feet

  • Glandular/Organic Disorders: exhausted adrenals; relaxed bronchial muscles; increased thyroid activity; diabetes keto-acidosis; decreased prostatic activity; relaxed gall bladder function; dilated pupils; and/or contracted anal sphincter

  • Anxiety Syndromes: tension without cause; irritable or angry responses to sudden stimulus or frustration; irrationality; fear of any social activities; indecisiveness associated with suspicious- ness; inattention and failure to recall (leading to memory loss); difficulty falling asleep; nightmares; despondency & pessimism; fatigue; appetite impairment; faintness; and/or bouts similar to vertigo (altered consciousness)

  • Intestinal Distress: constipation (decreased peristalsis and gastrointestinal mobility); chronic indigestion (usually worse after eating); flatulence; halitosis; nausea; decreased urination; and/or hemorrhoids

  • Calcium level too high

    Symptoms heightened during rest

Parasympathetic Dominance
(blood swings to the acid tide)

  • Hypoventilation: wheezing or whistling sound (asthmatic); allergies; frequent coughing with violent episodes; contracted bronchial muscles; wet mucus membranes of nose, throat, bronchi, eyes and/or ears; and/or excess saliva

  • Circulatory Disorders: decreased heart rate and contractions (with increased pulse); low blood pressure; and/or warm hands and feet

  • Neurological Disorders: neurasthesia (depressed anxiety and melancholia); hepatic coma, e.g., tremors altered EEG with learning disabilities; panic attacks; sluggishness (even after enough sleep); Parkinson’s, muscle weakness or spasticity (increased stiffness or tightness of muscles); muscular paralysis (if acetylcholine destruction is blocked during nerve transmission); tumours of muscles (common in the uterus); fatigue; headaches; sensitivity to pain and noise; confusion (esp. when it comes to decision making; and/or blurred vision

  • Glandular/Organic Disorders: increased prostatic secretions; tendency to inflammations and swellings, sensitive skin; acute arthritic attacks; decreased thyroid activity (leading to obesity); inhibited gall bladder function; constricted pupils; and/or relaxed anal sphincter

  • Intestinal Distress: rapid digestion (increased peristalsis and gastrointestinal mobility); diarrhea; gastritis, and/or increased urination

  • Phosphorus level too high

    Symptoms heightened during activity

How To Counter Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Dominance

The chemical process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients is typically active with the task of forming acid combinations. In this, humans are acid-producing beings. Subsequently, from the breast to the grave, preserving life is a continual struggle in the human body between balancing acids and alkalis.

Acid-alkaline equilibrium is the regulatory system that maintains the body this efficiently. We rarely give much thought to this process unless there is a pH imbalance. When the body recognizes that the pH is not normal, it tries to compensate or to correct the pH. For instance, where there is too much alkalinity in the cells, the surrounding tissues will adjust by becoming acidic.

The autonomic nervous system is what controls the body’s chemical reactions. Each gland is stimulated primarily by one of the autonomic nervous system’s two branches: the sympathetic or parasympathetic. They are constituted and arranged that the action of one excites the other to activity. Likewise, the diet should also be opposite in character to one’s prevailing temperament to keep the mind and body in equanimity as illustrated above.

To counter sympathetic dominance requires the removal environmental stimulus and/or the reduction of factors stimulating those areas of the body. The sufferer may need to engage more in mental activities that require using the rational mind more, and correct the diet to buffer the alkalinity of the body fluids.

You retard the sympathetic nervous system by enhancing the activity of the parasympathetic branch, by including in the diet high choline foods such as eggs, shrimp, sardines, grass-fed beef, barley, sesame seeds, flax seeds, barley, and particularly hawthorn berries (Crataegus). Magnesium-rich foods have the beneficial effect in reducing sympathetic dominance.

If the dominance tends toward the parasympathetic (thinking and feeling) nerve branch, for so predisposed — the rational type showing little or no emotion — the very rigid type emerges. Reducing intellectual activity with artistic pursuits, regular Nature trips and vacations and, buffering excess acidity in the body fluid are measures that counter parasympathetic dominance. The simultaneous increase of stimulation activating the sympathetic nervous system helps retard this parasympathetic dominance. Unsaturated fatty acid has been clinically proven to reverse parasympathetic dominance.