How to check your body's pH levels is a concern that people often have in view of the increased awareness of the damaging effects of low pH levels. Maintaining proper pH levels, between 7.35 and 7.45, is critical for a healthy body. One way to find out what your pH levels are is by requesting a blood test from your doctor. Fortunately, you can also test your body’s pH levels at home.
1. Familiarize yourself with the pH test strips. Manufacturers design test strips to test saliva or urine specifically. Notice whether the label on the container contains a chart showing the various pH levels. Otherwise, you will likely find the chart inside the container.
For accurate results, test your saliva when you first get up in the morning, in the afternoon and before going to bed. Record the results in a journal for about three weeks. Review the results. Consistent readings below 6.8 are an indication that your system is too acidic.
The saliva’s pH typically rises to about 7.8 or higher after a meal. If the pH in your saliva remains low after eating, it’s an indication that your body does not possess enough alkaline reserves (alkalizing minerals such as calcium and magnesium). If that is your case, don't worry. There are various ways to improve pH levels in your body.
2. Test the pH in your saliva. Place the strip under your tongue for about a minute. Remove the strip from you mouth. The color of the strip should become either darker or lighter, depending on the level of acid in the saliva. While still moist, hold the strip against the chart. Match the color of the strip to the corresponding reading on the chart.
It’s a good idea to test the pH in your saliva multiple times during the day since it tends to fluctuate throughout the day.
3. Check the pH in your urine. Hold the strip under the urine flow. The color will change according to the level of acid in the urine. While still moist, match the color to the corresponding color on the chart.
An ideal urinary pH level ranges between 6.5 and 7. A pH level of 7 means that your urine is neither alkaline nor acidic. It’s neutral. A measurement below 6.5 means you have too much acid, while a reading of 8 or 9 is too alkaline.
Many factors can affect your urinary pH levels. Such factors include medications, amount and quality of water you drink, foods you eat, amount of toxins in your body and even pollutants you inhale, among others.
The pH level in your urine reflects how hard your kidneys are working to counteract the negative effects of too much acid. The lower the pH levels, the more acid present in your body. A low pH level is an indication that you need to make some lifestyle changes to bring your body back into balance.
Tips and Warnings:
- You can find pH test strips at most health food stores. You can also order them online. Expect to pay from $8 to about $10. Each container generally contains at least 100 strips.
- Consistent low pH readings could indicate serious health problems. Consult your health care provider.
- Many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium have an alkalizing effect. This means that your body will release such minerals into your blood to neutralize acid.
- You can also find out what your pH levels are through a blood test, which your doctor can order.
Checking your body's pH levels is important in order to maitain proper balance and achieve optimum health.
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