How to test your pH using pH Test Strips
Why do a pH test?
Simple really – it's a quick and easy way to see how alkaline or acid your body is. Many believe that the more acid the body is, the weaker it will perform. Robert Young* lists fatigue, allergies, overweight & mood disorders as some of the most common problems of overacidity.
Making adjustments in your diet can have a really positive and alkalising effect on your body's pH. One of the biggest changes can be achieved by ensuring that you drink 2-3 litres of alkaline water every day. The pH of water can easily by increased by using pH drops. Eating lots of fresh Greens and Alkalising foods can also make a real difference to your pH (download our free Alkaline Food Chart), Green Drinks and liquid Chlorophyll are one of the easiest and most convenient ways to achieve this (Green Drinks are especially suitable for busy people who do not have time to make a fresh juice every day).
When to test your pH
It is recommended that you test your body's pH at different times of the day. First of all to get a more accurate average reading and also because the pH can naturally vary throughout the day. By keeping a track record, you can monitor your progress. Testing the pH of urine is more reliable than the pH of saliva as it is more stable.
How to test your saliva
It is best practice to either test 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating or drinking anything. Try to fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow. This helps remove any acidic bacteria that might be lurking. Do not try to wash your mouth out with anything else as this will simply record the alkalinity of the water/liquid you have just used. Put some saliva on a spoon and then put the pH test strip into it, remove and then wait 15 seconds (or the time indicated on the pack instructions). Match the colour reading against the indicator chart in the pH test strips' packaging.
How to test your urine
Let some urine flow before testing as this will give more of an average reading.
It is also a good idea to test 2-3 times in a day in order to get an average reading as the pH varies throughout the day. The first urine of the day for instance is generally more acid than latter ones, some authors recommend not using the first urine of the day at all**. The body will engage in different processes to remove acid wastes from the body throughout the day (depending on activity and diet). Place the pH test strip in the urine stream, remove then wait 15 seconds (or the time indicated on the pack instructions). Match the colour reading against the indicator chart in the pH test strips packaging.
How to read the test results
Our pH test strips have a dual pad, which means there are two indicators on the pH test strips to increase the accuracy of the reading. Match both pads against the colour chart on the packaging to read your result.
Why can there be fluctuations in the readings?
There can be a difference between your urine and saliva readings as a) your mouth is more likely to contain acidic bacteria throughout the day (if you brush your teeth it will show a very high alkaline reading due to the toothpaste so there is not much of a way around this) and b) because your urine is more of a reflection of the processes the body is undertaking to remove acid from the body - both of these are therefore subject to fluctuations.
It is therefore recommended to take the average of several readings over a day and a week to gain a bigger picture of your progress rather than concentrating on each reading in isolation.
What do the readings mean?
The reading of the pH strip will give you an indication of how acid or alkaline you are. A reading of anywhere between 6.75 - 7.0+ is excellent for saliva as the saliva tends to be slightly more acidic. For the urine, a slightly higher pH level of 7+ is great, but remember that due to the kidney’s processing of toxins, the first urine can be more acidic.
pH of Urine**:
7.5 - slightly alkaline - good acid-alkaline balance but ensure there is no protein deficiency
7 or 7.5 - neutral & normal pH - this should be your goal
6 or 6.5 - slightly acid - adjustments to diet are recommended
5 or 4.5 - very acidic - methods like the alkaline diet to remove acids from the body are strongly recommended
A person on a typical western diet would be more likely to have a saliva pH average of about 5.5-6.0. This may not seem too much lower, however it is important to remember that the pH scale is logarithmic – meaning each step is ten times the previous i.e. 4.5 is 10 times more acidic than 5.5 which is 100 times more acidic than 6.5 and so on.
By regularly using pH test strips, you are going to be recording an average reading. By testing your pH on a daily basis is a fantastic way to see how you are doing and what effect any change in diet has on your body.
An analysis of the regular food we are eating determines the proportion of acidifying and alkalising foods. A good alkaline diet should consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods - don't forget to count drinks too!
Follow our free Guide to Acid and Alkaline Foods to help you improve or maintain the pH of your body.
Want to Test Your pH?
If you are looking to find really good test strips – we would recommend our pH test strips as they are very sensitive and provide a very accurate reading.
Buy pH Test Strips here from us at The AlkaStore.com
*Robert O. Young & Shelley Redford Young, The pH Miracle
**Christopher Vasey, The Acid-Alkaline Diet
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