Checking the body’s alkalinity or acidity

    If you ask most people what their pH level is most likely they won’t know the answer to this question, and a few might not know what you’re talking about. But knowing your pH level is critically important and may give you some insights into why you are chronically tired, have weight issues, joint pain and other health issues. The big advantage to pH testing is its very inexpensive, easily done at home, and has the benefit of immediate results.

pH Basics

    The term pH stands for the potential of hydrogen. pH measures the amount of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. The higher the amounts of ions present the higher the acidity level. The fewer the ions that are present, the more alkaline the solution is. So pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity on a scale of zero to fourteen. Zero represents the most acidic end of the scale and fourteen represents the highest alkaline end of the scale. Seven is the neutral mid-range point.

While it’s not a failsafe system, it does give you an indication of what’s going on in your body.

    Morning urine contains more particulars because it’s collecting more bladders for a long time. Wait until you have urinated for two times before capturing your urine for testing.
For accurate sample, consider the mid duration of your urine flow for testing. Don’t take the beginning and end of a urine flow because it contains various levels of particulars.

The first method

    Split off an inch strip from the litmus paper and suppress one end of that in the urine sample. Hold the paper with the sample for 5 to 7 seconds for accurate result.

    Remove the litmus paper from the sample and check the color indicator to compare the pH level. The color of the paper may vary from yellow to dark blue which means the pH ranges from 4.5 to 9.0. If it indicates bluish green, it means it’s 7 to 7.2; which mean your body is alkaline.

    As these products don’t give 100% result, it’s recommended to test for two times during a day; one in morning and one in evening.

The second method

    Urine pH levels : You want to test the SECOND pee of the day. Your first urine will be overly acidic as it dumps the wastes from the night before. When you’re ready, simply tear off a small piece of litmus paper and put in urine stream for a few seconds. Or, you can pee into a small cup and dip the paper into your urine that way.
    Look at the color of your paper immediately and compare with the color chart on your litmus paper. You want to aim for urine pH levles of 6.0-6.5. While many alkalizing diets and websites will claim you want 7.0-7.5, I don’t think this is ideal based on science and my research. If you test later in the day and your urine is more like 6.5-7.0, that’s fine as we tend to become more alkaline as the day goes on.
    First off, our kidneys are supposed to eliminate acids so we want our urine to be on the acidic job. If the urine is too alkaline, it can mean that the kidneys aren’t working properly or there’s something off metabolically. Be aware that certain supplements like vitamin D, calcium and magnesium can throw  off your pH balance a bit in some instances. If you want to know your “true” pH, go a few days without supplements and then re-test.

    Saliva pH levels 

    This measures the enzyme reserves in your body and the function of digestive organs like stomach, pancreas and liver. You want to test first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth or even take a drink of water. The ideal range is 6.5-7.0.

    This shows you have a nice reserve of minerals but also shows that you’re digesting food well. If you’re over 7.0, your digestive system may be a bit sluggish and you can have issues with gas, constipation, and fungus/mold.