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You can test your pH at home, anytime, and monitor your acid-alkaline balance with Test My pH, which is available coming soon [4th May 2016, join our newsletter for notification].
How often and when do I test my pH?
Ideally, test your pH at least 30 minutes after eating or before eating. Your acid and alkalinity levels fluctuate throughout the day depending on what you eat. Initially – for a week or two – you can do the test twice a day. For example, first thing in the morning (before food) and again in the afternoon, 30 minutes after eating. Then you can test once a day or when convenient.
What are the health benefits?
Your body’s acid-alkaline balance is important for good health, and being consistently slightly alkaline (by eating the right foods) can help to:
create clear, healthy skin
brighten your eyes
reduce allergies and sensitivities
promote bone health
boost energy levels & mental clarity
promote healthy weight-loss
prevent candida albicans
improve immune system health
boost digestion & gut health
reduce premature skin ageing
improve gout & heartburn symptoms
prevent bad breath
reduce body odour, & more
Do I have to avoid all acidic foods to be healthy?
No. The healthy foods that exert an acid-producing effect (such as quality protein and wholegrain carbohydrates) can be enjoyed in moderation. You are striving for acid-alkaline balance, not a total alkaline diet that could be nutritionally incomplete. If you are avoiding food groups such as dairy, supplementation is important to prevent deficiencies.
What causes excess acidity in the body?
high protein/low carb diets (ketosis)
diets high in animal products
processed foods & refined carbohydrates
stress & anxiety
drinking coffee and black tea daily
chemicals (cleaning products etc)
dehydration/not drinking enough water
drugs & many medications
constipation/poor bowel health
weight loss (releases acids)
excess weight gain
Why do I need to be more alkaline?
Life can be stressful and our modern Western diets – even if they seem healthy – can be high in acid or become acid-producing in the body. Stress can also cause acid-buildup. Over time, this can cause chronic, low-grade metabolic acidosis which can damage cells in your body, cause kidney damage and more.
High protein diets can also lead to metabolic acidosis and early signs of kidney damage (shown by a blood test from your doctor). So it’s important to monitor your pH if you are consuming a high protein (or low carb) diet, or any diet that restricts or modifies food intake.
What are the ideal urine and saliva pH readings?
Urine: aim for a reading between 6.75 and 7.25 (around neutral or slightly alkaline). If you have health problems associated with excess acids, such as eczema, skin problems, gout, arthritis, or salicylate- or chemical-sensitivity, aim for a urine pH of 7 to 7.5. If your reading is pH 8 or above, reduce the dosage of your alkalising supplements.
Saliva: aim for a reading between 7.0 to 7.5.
What is alkalisation?
Alkalisation is the practice of administering highly alkalising foods or supplements for a short period, such as during a detox. Alkalising programs have been used for centuries and doctors traditionally used alkalisation to treat a range of health problems, including gout, salicylate poisoning (aspirin overdose) and heartburn. If you are following an alkalising program, it’s important to monitor your pH so you can stay within the recommended range for optimal health.