- pH Testing
- Healthy pH aids energy, metabolism, inflammation, bone health, mood
What does pH stand for and how is it measured?
The term "pH" stands for "potential of hydrogen" and measures hydrogen high in concentration of a solution. It is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH level indicates the bodys acid/alkaline balance and tells the health of an individual.
The scale runs from Zero to 14. Zero is totally acidic and 14 is totally alkaline. The middle of the scale, at 7, is neutral. Quality water has a pH of 7.
An ideal range for body pH should be 6.2 to 7.4, typically fluctuating as follows:
- 6.2 to 7.0 at 7:00am
- 6.6 to 7.2 at 3:00pm
- 7.0 to 7.4 at 9:00pm
To get an accurate measure of your state of health, it is recommended that pH levels be recorded three times a day -morning, afternoon and night- for 30 days. Any measurement of saliva or urine is acceptable, as long as you perform your pH test at approximately same time of each day.
If your pH level ranges between 4.5 and 5.5. In initial stages of acidosis, energy may still be excellent. However, over time, the body will go into "burn-out" mode as the aging process accelerates.
What causes excess acid in the body?
It could be:
- Eating too many proteins, grains or dairy products
- Strenuous exercise
- Excess stress
Excess acid is excreted in urine, and is a signal that the body chemistry is not in balance. The acid level in the body may be a factor in determining an individuals health.
How do you measure pH?
1. Tear off a small piece of pH paper from the roll, about 2.5cm (1 inch).
2. Place the pH paper in contact with a sample of your saliva or urine.<BR>3. Once the saliva/urine makes contact with the pH paper, immediately compare the papers colour to the colour code provided on the pH dispenser.