Note: Diagnostic pH Test Strips cannot be used to test the pH of water. To test the pH of water a pH Reagent is needed.
You get your cholesterol tested. You get your blood pressure tested. Now you can test your pH - easily, accurately, and within the comfort of your own home!
Just like your cholesterol and blood pressure, your pH says a lot about the state of your health. It tells you how acidic or alkaline your tissues and fluids are - and that affects all aspects of your well-being.
How? All kinds of ways. If you are overly acidic, you may feel low energy, find it difficult to lose weight, experience poor digestion, suffer from aches and pains, and even fall victim to more serious disorders. In fact, since acidly is naturally corrosive and inflammatory, it irritates the organs it comes in contact with. That is why, too much acid can contribute to the demineralisation of your bones, teeth, and joints, and have a negative impact on your urinary and gastrointestinal tracts.
Plus, an acidic environment makes the perfect breeding ground for microforms, which can further compromise your health.
The pH scale goes from 0-14, where 0 is very acidic (think battery acid) and 14 is very alkaline (think lye water).
In general, the pH of the human body should be slightly alkaline - about 7.4. A pH reading in the Optimal Zone tells you that your insides are happy, while a pH reading in the Danger Zone may mean you’re putting yourself at risk for serious disorders. Even a slight pH imbalance can make you feel tired, cause you to gain weight, give you trouble digesting food, and create aches and pains in your body.
Most parts of the body have a pH range they can tolerate. The skin can vary from 4.5 to 7.0, for example. Stomach acid ranges from 1.0 to 3.0. And pancreatic secretions go from 8.0 to 8.3. But the blood is not so flexible. It has a very narrow pH range: 7.365 to 7.45. If the pH of your blood goes outside that range even just a little, wham, the functioning of your organs is compromised. If the pH of your blood strays too far from that acceptable range for too long, your body will go into shock, then potentially go into coma, then maybe death.
That kind of severe metabolic acidosis is rare; however, mild acidosis is now thought to be strikingly common affecting at least half of the population.
pH doesn’t work like regular numbers do, where 6.0 is ‘one point less’ than 7.0. It works logarithmically, just like the Richter scale for earthquakes.
That means for each point you drop away from the ideal of 7.0, you’re actually experiencing a 10-fold decrease in your pH! For example, someone with a pH of 6.0 is ten times more acidic than someone with a pH of 7.0. Someone with a pH of 5.0 is 100 times more acidic than someone with a pH of 7.0. Fortunately, AlkaWay Diagnostic pH Test Strips provide an easy, accurate, and affordable way to find out exactly where you stand.
How do you measure what’s going on inside of your body? By analysing what it’s secreting: urine and saliva.
Thanks to the kidneys, the body is constantly trying to get rid of excess acids through the urine, which can range in pH anywhere from 4.5 to 8.5. The pH of your urine is a good reflection of the pH of your internal environment. If your urine tests high in acids (below 6.75), then you know your body is high in acids too (Not good!). If your urine tests low in acids (above 6.75), then your storage of alkaline minerals are doing a good job of buffering the acids in your body (Awesome!).
Another way to find out the overall pH balance (or imbalance) of your body is to test the pH of your saliva. Saliva pH can range anywhere from 5.5 to 7.5 or more. If you have enough alkaline minerals, your saliva test should register a nice 7.0 to 7.5. But if your mineral reserves are too low, the acids will overwhelm your system, and you’ll test under 7.0.
Some people even test as low as 4.5 - 5.75, which is not where you want your pH to be. In fact, if your pH tests that low, we recommend you take immediate action to correct this acidity. Remember, because the pH scale works like the Richter scale - i.e. logarithmically - a pH of 5.0 is 100 times too acidic!
If you care enough about your body to test your pH, then please, do it the right way. Litmus paper (you know, the kind that comes in a roll) won’t give you a truly accurate pH reading because it bleeds when it gets wet, which makes it quite a challenge to determine the colour. Better alternatives exist, but they’re not separated into small 0.25 unit increments, which leave you guessing as to what your actual pH reading is.
This is what Dr Ted Baroody, author of Alkalize or Die has to say about Diagnostic pH Test Strips: “I get hundreds of calls for pH testing materials. pH testing is very complex. There are individual pH testing substances for everything, but they are very expensive. This particular strip is reasonably priced too. I have looked a long time and through many companies to find these quality pH strips. My experience with litmus pH paper strips has not been good. I do not recommend them.”
1. They are made and calibrated specifically to test urine or saliva.
2. Because the reagent (the stuff that changes colour) is affixed to a plastic strip, there’s no paper, no bleeding, and no mess. In fact, AlkaWay Diagnostic pH Test Strips are the only test strips on the market that can pass through a urine stream without having the reagent bleed, making them exceptionally easy to read.
3. They have a single pad indicator that uses one square combining two different pH reagents. The first reagent is more sensitive to higher pH ranges (6.75 - 9.0) and the second reagent is more sensitive to lower pH ranges (4.5 - 7.25). This combination gives you an ideal reading of your pH level.
1. These statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or the Therapeutic Goods Authority.
2. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult a physician or medical practitioner before taking any dietary supplement, especially if pregnant or nursing.
To perform a urine test with the Alkaway test strips, The test strips use a pH-sensitive, colour-coded test strip to reveal your body pH balance status. Do NOT place tests strips in your mouth.
To perform a urine test:
- Start with the first urine in the morning before eating or drinking,
- After a steady stream has started, wet the test strips 3 color pads for 1-2 seconds,
- Gently shake off any excess fluid on the test strip and wait 15 seconds,
- Compare/match the color of your test strip with the color chart provided on the bottle label,
- The number that corresponds to the color matched pads is the pH reading.
The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording your pH for a few weeks – first thing in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime (This will show your body pH trend).
Urine pH test: The pH of the urine indicates how the body is working to maintain the proper pH of the blood. The urine reveals the alkaline building (anabolic) and acid tearing down (catabolic) cycles. The pH of urine indicates the efforts of the body via the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads to regulate body pH balance through the buffer salts and hormones. Urine can provide a fairly accurate picture of body chemistry because the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation and provide values based on what the body is eliminating. Urine pH can vary from around 4.5 to 9.0 for its extremes, but the ideal range is 6.5 to 7.0+. Urinary pH tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening. The pH of the urine can vary widely. The pH of urine is also affected by the biochemicals that the body is eliminating. These include biochemicals such as excess minerals, vitamins, and products of metabolism and also include drugs and toxins being eliminated by the body.
The pH of the urine is not as affected by digestive enzymes as salivary pH. However, the pH of the urine can be affected by:
- The food you eat
- Preservatives you eat
- How much water you drink
- Pollutants you breathe
-- Stress you encounter
- How much rest you get
- The number of pathogens in your system
- All the biochemical activities going on in your body.
To perform this simple test use the Alkaway test strips, a plastic spoon and some fresh saliva. The test strips use a pH-sensitive, color-coded test strip to reveal your body pH balance status. For the saliva test. DO NOT place tests strips in your mouth!
- Be sure not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes prior to the test
- Swallow a couple of times to clear the mouth and stimulate new saliva,then discharge some saliva into a plastic spoon
- Dip the test strip pad into the saliva in the spoon for 1 – 2 seconds
- It is NOT recommended to touch the pH test strip pads to your tongue due to the chemicals in pads
- Remove the test strip from the saliva in the spoon and wait for 15 seconds
- Compare/match the color of your test strip with the color chart provided on the bottle label
- The number that corresponds to the color matched pads is the pH reading.
The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording your pH for a few weeks - first thing in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime (This will show your body pH trend). While generally more acidic than blood, salivary pH mirrors the blood (if not around meals) and is also a fairly good indicator of health. It tells us what the body retains.
Saliva pH test: Optimal pH for saliva is above 7.2 to 8.4. A reading consistently lower than 6.8 is indicative of possible insufficient alkaline reserves. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 or higher. Unless this occurs, the body has alkaline mineral deficiencies (mainly Calcium and Magnesium) and will not assimilate food very well. To deviate from ideal salivary pH for an extended time invites illness. If your saliva stays between 6.8 and 7.2+ pH all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If the early morning salivary pH remains above 6.8, people usually see many of their problems disappearing.
The ideal urine and saliva pH pattern is 7.2 on awakening, 6.8 to 7.2 before eating and 7.2 to 8.5 following any alkaline meal or drink. Your saliva should be slightly alkaline to begin the pre-digestive process. Testing your saliva and Urine pH can give you an early indication and warning that your body is or becoming acidic. In general, if your body’s alkaline pH level is constantly below 7.0, your body is acidic and maybe lacking the necessary mineral buffers to handle any acids in its system.
Monitoring your saliva and urine pH puts the responsibility of caring for your health back into your hands. You should monitor your saliva and urine each day for at least 12 weeks or until you establish your balanced pH at 7.2. Once you have established a balanced saliva and urine pH at 7.2 you can reduce the number of tests to once a day or 2 to 3 times a week.
The pH of the urine varies throughout the day but is generally more acid than that of saliva. The saliva is a filtrate of the blood secreted in the mouth designed to enhance digestion. Saliva pH is generally higher than urine, as excess acids are excreted in the urine.
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