By Yohanan Burket
The foods you eat and the liquids you drink determine whether you are overall acidic or alkaline. See my article The Importance of an Alkaline Diet for a description of why a slightly alkaline diet is best for optimal health. The best method to determine your pH (the measure of acidity/alkalinity) is by monitoring your urine. Saliva pH is unreliable for determining overall body pH.
The scale for measuring alkalinity is the pH scale. As you recall, pH runs from 0 (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremely alkaline). A neutral pH is 7. Your blood pH is regulated by your body to be within the range of 7.35 – 7.45. People who have cancer typically have a pH of 5.5 or less. The most healthy people have a pH corresponding to blood pH.
How to Best Monitor Your Alkalinity
This pH is measured on a urine sample taken in the morning before eating or drinking anything. The easiest way to monitor urine pH is to use a disposable plastic cup and a digital pH meter as shown above.
Out of the Box Remedies offers a digital pH meter for your convenience. The accuracy and convenience of the digital pH meter easily justifies the slight price increase over traditional pH strips over time. The digital pH meter comes with a calibration screw and some sample pH packets, and comes
in a convenient case.
The back of the digital pH meter is shown below along with descriptions.
I suggest that you keep a pH meter dedicated to taking urine samples, and use another pH meter for monitoring other liquids.
Using Traditional pH Strips
Traditional pH strips have the advantage of not requiring any cleaning after use. For monitoring urine pH, it is best to select pH strips that cover the range of 5.5 to 8.0. As you can see, the range of the pH strips is in increments of 0.2 pH—not as good as the digital pH meter that shows pH in 0.1 pH increments.
Other problems using these strips is the room lighting and how much time you wait before the color reaches equilibrium. Detecting the slight color differences between two adjacent levels is also difficult.
If you wanted to use the traditional pH strip shown to monitor the acidity of your coffee or soda, forget it. The acidity of each is well below 5.5!
What Do The Numbers Tell Me?
If you are in the urine pH range below 6.0, you probably have cancer! People with fungal issues such as candida are also in danger, as an acidic environment encourages the growth of fungus.
If your pH is below 6.9, you need to start eating more alkaline foods.
If your pH is in the range of 7.0 – 7.6, you’re in the healthy range. A perfect reading would be 7.4!
Above a pH level of 7.6 means that you are more vulnerable to calcification of soft tissue, which leads to atherosclerosis.
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