Testing your pH

It can be tricky to measure your body’s acid-base balance. Different fluids in your body have different pH levels.

  • Saliva pH can vary from 5.5 to 7.5
  • Gastric juices, high in hydrochloric acid have a pH of 2.5
  • Urine pH can fluctuate from 5-8 over the course of the day
  • Arterial blood pH vary from 7.34-7.45

What is The Best Test?

The best pH test for low-level acidosis is a specific sample of urine because the kidneys are responsible for handling metabolic acids.  It is best to use only the first morning urine to resolve the problem created by hour-to-hour variations in urine pH. The pH readings should be taken  only after at least six hours of rest without urination. That way, the kidneys will have done their night’s work of buffering the acids and the urine will not show the temporary effects of a meal or specific food.

You will need pH test paper that has small enough gradients that measure pH from 5.5 to 8 and twelve gradients in between 5.5, 5.8, 6.0, 6.2 etc. If you cannot find Hydrion paper in your local market, you can find it online at pH ion balance test strips.

This You Tube shows you how.

Ideally you want your first morning urine to have a pH between 6.5 to 7.5. The move from one pH unit to another shows a tenfold change in pH. So a pH of 7.5 is ten times more alkaline than a pH of 6.5

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