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.
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.
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.
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.
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
pH = 1 to 7.40
pH = 7.41
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.
pH < 6.0
pH = 6.5 TO 8.0
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?
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