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How to Test Your pH

Snake Oil

When talking about pH my biggest concern in discussing this topic is to be taken seriously.  When a health method isn’t totally embraced by the traditional health community, it seems as though the snake oil salesmen display an inordinate number of cure-all methods and substances you can take to cure everything from gout to cancer.

As with most things you should stay toward the middle of the road.  Don’t believe anyone who says they can cure you over night.  Most of our problems took a long, long time to develop and will take almost as long to fix.  There are no silver bullets, just rational science.

Why Test Your pH?

pH is an indicator that our body chemistry is either good or bad.  If your pH is out of range for a long period of time, changes in our blood, organs and skin will take place to compensate for an acidic condition.  These changes aren’t good and can be dealt with before real damage is done.  An acidic pH level is an indicator that something is out of balance.  Make corrections.  Don’t ignore the “engine warning” light.

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Now to Test Your pH

My Urologist is trying to bring my very acid urine pH from a 5.0 to some where close to 7.0.  He has me on 45 mg of  Potassium Citrate three times a day.  Because your pH changes throughout the day it is important to test it several times during the day, maybe once a week or so.

Urine – Test your second pee of the day by placing the test strip in the urine stream for a few seconds.  You test the second pee (before coffee) because the first pee from storing it overnight will be more acidic.  The kidney’s job is to remove acid from the system.  Wait 10-15 seconds or what ever your brand of test strips recommends and compare the color to the chart provided in the test kit.  Write down this number and time and do it again 2 – 3 more times during the day.  Remember to test either before eating a meal or 2 hours after a meal for most accurate results.

Saliva – First thing in the morning, either flush your mouth with your own saliva and spit or rinse with water and wait 30 mins before testing.  Wet the strip with your saliva and check against the chart as with your urine.  Write the number and time down.  As with the urine, test 2-3 more times during the day.

You can average the numbers then chart them over time to see what difference changes in your diet can make.

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The Chart

Remember that the pH chart with your kit is like an earthquake chart, it is logarithmic which means each step, ie; 4.5 to 5.5 is ten times the previous.

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Which Strips?

You can find test strips in most pharmacies and health food stores or you can find them on line.  On my blog page there is a tab for “Company Store” which houses links to products I use and recommend on a daily basis.  I research these products to find the lowest prices and I don’t profit from you purchasing from my page.

I personally use PHion Balance Diagnostic pH Test Strips.  They are available through my store for 90 strips.

Please let me know if you can find them less expensively, I will pass it along.

What Results Should we Expect?

What’s normal pH…
There are a number of body systems which all have their own specifically preferred pH. Overall, the body’s internal chemical environment normally changes from a weak acid to a weak base within a 24-hour period, usually more acid at dawn and most base at sunset. These physiolical changes occur on a sine curve during this period. The slightly acid time period early morning: pH < 7.0 is optimal for the activity of the nerves, hormones and neurotransmitters such as adrenaline. thyroxine, histamine, acetylcholine and other biogenic amines. In this pH, the acidic connective tissue substances (stored acidic wastes) are dissolved by the hyaluronidase into liquid form and thereafter excreted from the body as wastes.


Blood pH:

The bloodstream is the most critically buffered system of the entire body, far more sensitive than any other. Arterial and venous blood must maintain a slightly alkaline pH: arterial blood pH = 7.41 and venous blood pH = 7.36. Because the normal pH of arterial blood is 7.41, a person is considered to have acidosis when the pH of blood falls below this value and to have alkalosis when the pH rises above 7.41.

Figure 3. Range of Arterial pH Values

 

ACIDOSIS
pH = 1 to 7.40
NEUTRAL
pH = 7.41
ALKALOSIS
pH = 7.42 to 14.0

 

 

 

Interstitial fluids and connective tissue pH:

A normal pH in these areas is 7.34 and 7.40, a slightly more acid profile, because body cells dump as much free hydrogen (H+) as possible, buffering the blood as much as possible. However, pH in these areas can dangerously drop to concentrations of pH = 5.0.

 

Urine pH values:

In a pH balanced body. urine is slightly acid in the morning, (pH = 6.5 – 7.0) generally becoming more alkaline (pH = 7.5 – 8.0) by evening in healthy people primarily because no food or beverages are consumed while sleeping. Whereas, during the day the body buffers the pH of the food and beverages consumed by releasing electrolytes and the pH level goes up. This process allows the kidneys to begin the elimination process slowly.

Outside the range implies that cells are being burdened with caustic pH fluids within and without surroundings. Long term experience outside this range is unhealthy. However, the pH of urine can range from an extremely unhealthy low of 4.5 to a high if 8.5, which it tolerates a little easier, depending on the acid/base status of the extracellular fluids. A high pH value may indicate the body is over buffering to compensate for a physiological system that is too acidic.

 

 Range of Urine pH Values.

 

UNHEALTHY
pH < 6.0
NEUTRAL
pH = 6.5 TO 8.0
UNHEALTHY
pH > 8.5

 

 

 

Generally, when urine pH is 6.0 and below for extended periods of time, it is an indication that the body’s fluids elsewhere are too acid, and it is working overtime to rid itself of an acid medium. Thus, when urine pH is normal, then the blood pH is normal, but when the urine pH is overly acid, the body releases too many electrolytes to keep the pH level normal and maintain life. Easy to take urine buffer test strips are available to indirectly determine the safety of all body fluids, including blood.


Results may vary. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration and this product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease.

What to Do?

More later – jughandle

Let pH be your health gauge

This is part 2 of a multi-part post about our body’s pH

part 1 – Neutral pH is the sum of all things healthy

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The aquarium metaphor

Compare our body to an aquarium.  If you’ve ever set up an aquarium, you know how important it is to maintain a neutral pH in the water.  Over time the waste and decay in the tank from the natural processes of the fish make the water’s pH start to drift toward acid.  For a while the filter and oxygen tube will take care of the problem.  Soon the filter isn’t enough and you have to exchange part of the old water for new “fresh” water.  The oxygen is over taken by carbon dioxide.  If you plant the correct plants (which produce O2) and change the water and filter you can maintain a healthy aquarium.  If you don’t, the water will soon become very acidic and your fish will die.

Our body is very similar to the aquarium.  When we are young we tend to eat more vegetables and drink more water.  Our kidneys are healthy and they filter the waste from our body and bring our urine, saliva and blood back to a pH level of around 7.35 on the average.  As we grow older, like in the aquarium, the natural process of aging produces various types of acid in our system that can overwhelm our body’s filter.  The body is a very sophisticated organism and has many tricks to keep us healthy.

When the body can no longer effectively neutralize and eliminate the acids it will relocate and convert them to things that other organs and the blood might be able to deal with.  Acids are converted to cholesterol, calcium binds to uric acid and oxolic acid and are eliminated in the urine.  Our joints and bones become inflamed with acidic fluid.  If you aren’t drinking enough water, not just liquids, you are not flushing these toxins from your system.  The body then stores the acidic toxins in the fatty tissue, muscles, bones, organs, blood and skin on our body.  Our bodies become very acidic and acidosis can occur.

From Health Wealth and Happiness

by Dr. Gary Tunsky

7 Bodily Responses That Fight To Maintain pH

All metabolic processes, including immunity, depend on a delicately balanced pH, which harmonizes electromagnetic energies. The body constantly fights to maintain a blood pH at around 7.35 -7.45 much like our internal thermostat that tries to maintain a 98.6-degree body temperature. There are seven homeostatic adaptation responses that fight to maintain this pH balance.

1) Using high pH bodily fluids such as water as a solvent to neutralize acid residues.

2) Pulling bicarbonate from the pancreas into the blood (an alkalizing agent). Bicarbonate ions are generated into the blood cells from carbon dioxide and diffuse into the plasma.

3) Protein buffers of glutathione, methionine, cystine, taurine, just to name a few, act as buffers intra-cellularly to bind or neutralize acids during cellular disorganization.

4.) Electrolyte buffers of sodium, calcium and potassium work in the blood, lymph, and extra-cellular and in­tracellular fluids to bind acids, which are then removed through the urine.

5.) Pulling stored calcium and magnesium from skeletal bones and teeth to neutralize blood acids.

6.) Filtration and elimination of acidic residues through the skin, urinary tract and respiration.

7.) Pushing blood acid residues and accumulated toxins into outer extremities as a storage bin away from vital organs. The wrist, joints, fingers, toes and skin are the major target areas to keep the toxins from saturating internal vital organs like the heart and lungs.

When all seven-protection phases are over­whelmed, the end result is accumulated acid residues at the cellular level, which drown out oxygen. With this acidic, low oxygen terrain, the microzyma’s(small ferments) trigger morbid microbe infiltration of fungus, molds and parasites, cancer cells, etc., where they seek the diseased acid terrain as food. (Editor’s note: The term “microzyma” was created by Antoine Bechamp. These are small living components of cells and are described more fully later in this article ).

As these organisms feed, they produce waste just like you do. Their urine and feces are called mycotoxins, which are very poisonous to humans. Being acids themselves, mycotoxins greatly worsen the acidity caused by an acidic diet and toxic acid emotions. They are spilled into the blood as well as inside cells, where they cause free radical damage to the genetic material of the cell eventually causing cell death. The dead necrotic cells also spill out acid wastes. The blood poisoning results in more cell and tissue poisoning furthering the disturbance of the microzyma triggering morbid forms of yeast, molds and viruses, which disrupts body chemistry causing disease to the systems. So it’s a vicious cycle. One acid condition creates another Acidic diet coupled with toxic acid emotions creates an acid pH to the cells. This causes low oxygen levels(hypoxia), which is necessary for keeping back destructive anaerobic microbes and immuno-suppression is the result. Then medical doctors come in and treat the acid condition with another acid (pharmaceuticals).

All Disease Is Acid Related

In general, degenerative diseases are the result of acid waste build-up within weak cells and organs that are too weak to clean house. When we are born, we have the highest alkaline mineral concentration, establishing the highest pH. That is why most degenerative diseases do not occur when you are young. They occur usually after 40 years of age.

The underlying causes of cancer, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, kidney disease, asthma, allergies, psoriasis and other skin disorders, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, obesity, tooth and gum diseases, osteoporosis, morning sickness, eye diseases, etc., are the accumulation of acids in tissues and cells, poor blood and lymph circulation, and poor cell activity due to toxic acidic residues accumulating around the cell membrane which prevent nutritional elements from entering the cell.

And the name of the particular disease depends upon the location of the deposits of this acidic, toxic, pustulant soup. If the accumulating deposits are in the joints it’s called arthritis. If the poisonous waste matter accumulates in the pancreas and saturates the beta cells that synthesize insulin it’s called diabetes. If the toxic sludge is dumped in the lungs it’s called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s the same disease. Wherever your weakest link in the chain of organs is, that’s where your genetic disposition for disease will be.

If the overload is too great for the blood, excess acid is dumped into the tissues and cells for storage. Then the lymphatic system and immune system must neutralize what it can and attempt to discard the toxic waste. If the lymphatic system is overloaded generally due to a lack of exercise, acid deposits will suffocate the cells and damage DNA. If the lymphatic system is pumping through exercise and circulation, they will pick up the acid wastes and neutralize them through the kidneys. Unfortunately, they must dump them right back into the blood stream. This will force the blood to attempt to gather more alkaline salts in order to compensate while stressing the liver and kidneys. This robs Peter to pay Paul.

Treat the Disease NOT the Symptom

Our medical community, in general, is taught to treat symptoms and not the underlying cause of the problem.  How is it that over 500,000 coronary bypass surgeries are performed each year with the number rising and the core problem is not being addressed until it is too late.

I’ve told you before that I’ve had 6 operations in the last 2 years to remove kidney stones.  Nothing, until recently, has been done to find the cause and therefore the cure.

Disease is caused by the acidic condition of the patient’s cellular environment.  Disease starts on the cellular level.  An acidic cellular environment is caused by a toxic diet, toxic environmental exposures and a toxic lifestyle.  Toxins aren’t just what you might consider the normal stuff like alcohol, tobacco, etc.  Toxins are acid forming substances, such as proteins, refined sugars, starches and more.  We need a balance.

 

If you think I’m wrong – please speak up and tell me why.  I’ll tell you what to do about this problem in later posts. – jughandle

Neutral pH is the sum of all things Healthy

Neutral pH

I’ve been exploring the healthy life style for several years now.  Until now I’ve mostly learned what NOT to do.  You know, the same things that religion teaches.  Don’t do these 10 things and have faith.  Unfortunately I was raised to question authority and find the answers myself.  That one lesson makes my life much more difficult, but also more interesting.

Don’t eat too much protein, don’t drink too much alcohol, don’t eat too much starchy food, drink lots of water, etc. etc.  but WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

During the last 2 years I have had 6 operations to remove kidney stones from my 1 good kidney.  I’m not enjoying this procedure which requires cameras and tubes being forced into tiny orifices of my body leaving behind pain and damage.  I will do almost anything to stop the process.  I’ve been tested, probed, questioned, stuck and drained.   I’ve changed my diet 4 times.  I drink more water than an aquarium fish.  Still, doctors can’t tell me why or what to do, just a lot of “try this, try that, have you done that.”  Not good enough!

I have drilled down to what I believe is the lowest common denominator for our health. Neutral pH.  Simple as that.

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What the Heck are you saying Jug?

What? You may ask.  Good, at least you are asking questions.  To explain Neutral pH, or pH at all, with out boring you I’ll keep it simple.  pH, or Potential Hydrogen,  is a logarithmic measure of hydrogen ion concentration.  The pH scale measures how acidic or basic (alkaline) a substance is and ranges from 0 to 14.  With 7 being neutral and 0 very acidic.  Most life on this planet lives in the middle around 7.  Of course, even with in our own body pH can and does vary from a low of 1.5 to a high of 8.5.  All of that is part of the process of digestion and healing.

Short and Sweet

I’m going to stop right here.  I truly believe that this is the most important thing I’ve ever posted and I want to keep your attention.  Remember this for next time.  Protein foods metabolize as acidic in our bodies and our body can only heal itself in an alkaline environment.  Our kidney(s) eliminate acidic waste from our body, trying to reach a neutral pH. Acid in = acid out.