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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.

You can’t be cured over night

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.  

Out Of Range pH can induce unwanted body changes

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 acidic 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.  

Test often

Because your pH changes throughout the day it is important to test it several times during the day, maybe once a week or so.

When to test your Urine

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.

Test Before a Meal or 2 hrs After

Remember to test either before eating a meal or 2 hours after a meal for most accurate results.

Also Test Your Saliva

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.

Average Results and Chart Them

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.  

I personally use PHion Balance Diagnostic pH Test 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…
Our bodies have a number of systems which all have their own specifically preferred pH.

Expect Changes

Overall, the body’s internal chemical environment normally changes from a weak acid to a weak base within a 24-hour period. 

More Acidic In The Morning

The body is usually more acid in the morning and most base at night. These physiological changes occur on a curve during this period.

Morning Should Be Slightly Less than 7.0

The slightly acid time period early morning: pH < 7.0 is perfect for the activity of the nerves, hormones and neurotransmitters.  In this pH, the stored acidic wastes are dissolved into liquid form and then excreted from the body as wastes.

Blood pH

The bloodstream is the most sensitive system of the entire body, far more sensitive than any other.

Maintain A Slightly Alkaline pH 

Arterial and venous blood must maintain a slightly alkaline pH: arterial blood pH = 7.41 and venous blood pH = 7.36.

Acidosis And Alkalosis

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

Connective Tissue pH

A normal pH in this area 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.

Ideal 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.

Urine pH Range

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.

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

Don’t Make The Body Overwork

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.

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

pH Food Chart

My blog has roughly 1500 readers per week.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  Apparently I hit a good subject with the pH thing.  GOOD!  Seems that I’m a little behind in finding out about this important health topic.  I started to creep up on the subject, but many of you want more information NOW.

My niece sent me the following food pH chart that I think is fantastic.  I’m going to post this chart today to jump start you that are chomping at the bit for more information.  I’ll let you know now to monitor your pH tomorrow.  If you have seen other charts you might find a conflict or two.  I’m looking into that. – jughandle

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Acid in foods and how your body metabolizes them are very different things.  Lemons are one of the best foods we can eat and everyone knows how acidic they are.  Some foods that start out alkaline become very acidic when cooked.  Carrots are a good example of that.  Meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves an acidic residue in the body because of how hard it is to digest.

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.