by Jennifer E. Jacobsen
The blood within our bodies must maintain a healthy pH of 7.34. pH ranges on a scale from 1 to 14. A pH that is less than 7 is considered an acidic pH. A pH that is greater than 7 is considered an alkaline pH. A pH of 7 is considered neutral. Human blood is slightly alkaline.
In order for us to maintain proper health, the blood pH should not change. If the blood pH deviates too far from its set pH of 7.34, the body falls prey to sickness, disease, and even death. So, why is this a big deal? Why are we concerned with pH? That is something ruled by the body, right? What do we have to do with it? We actually have a lot to do with it, for the foods we choose to eat and the ways we live our lives will change the pH of the blood for better or for worse.
As the blood is within our system, it is not feasible on a daily basis to test the pH of the blood. However, a good way to assess the pH of the blood is to test the pH of the urine and saliva with pH paper. pH paper is coated with chemicals that are meant to react with the urine and saliva. The paper is not meant for testing water or any other liquids. You can purchase pH paper from any health food store or online. I have found pHydrion test strips to be the best and most accurate pH paper. Just as in everything, not all pH papers are created equal.
The best time to test the pH is in the morning. I would suggest testing the urine over the saliva as saliva pH can change dramatically with anything you put into your mouth. The first morning urine is the best to test as it will be a good indicator of how acidic or alkaline the body is. During sleep, the body goes into an alkaline state and cleanses the body of excess toxicity and acidity. The first morning urine is where all this acid will be found, and it is thus a very good indicator of just how acidic or toxic your body is. Ideally, your first morning urine will not be acidic at all and will be around a 7.2 pH. If your first or even second morning urine samples are acidic, then you are in a state of latent tissue acidosis and your blood is fighting very hard to maintain its balance, if it is even able to at all.
When the pH of the blood drops, the body will do everything in its power to alkalize the blood to prevent you from dying. It will pull alkaline minerals from the bones, muscles, and bodily fluids and pull those minerals into the blood in order to bring the pH of the blood back up to a healthy range. In more dire cases, the body will produce ammonia in order to try to alkalize the blood. When this happens, the ammonia residue will enter into the urine, and your first morning urinary pH will be very high (sometimes in the 8, 9, or 10 pH range). This is not normal and indicates severe acidity in the body. The only time it is normal to have a very high urinary pH is if you have been flooding the body with alkalinity and forcing it into an alkaline state with high alkaline substances. There is never a problem with being too alkaline. The only time being too alkaline is a problem is when the body is creating ammonia in order to buffer acids in the blood and tissues, and even then it is not alkalinity that is a problem. The problem is with too much acidity.
So how does a person test their first morning pH with the paper? I suggest getting some small plastic or paper bathroom cups and using the cup to catch a small amount of urine when you urinate in the morning. Tear off a small piece of the pH paper and dip the end very quickly into the urine, and pull the paper out. Compare the color on the wet paper with the color chart on the back of the pH paper package. Generally dark green is around a neutral (7) pH while colors more towards yellow are acidic and more towards blue and purple are alkaline.
So what do you do with these numbers? What if your pH is very high? What if your pH is very low? If your pH is within a neutral, healthy, alkaline range of 7 – 7.2, then you have nothing to worry about. Continue doing what you are doing as whatever you are doing is working! If your urinary pH is too low or too high (and not too high from forcing alkalinity), then you need to start repairing the damage that you are doing to your own body. You need to alkalize the body by drinking high alkaline water every 30 minutes. Dr. Robert O. Young, author of the pH Miracle, suggests drinking a liter of water for every 40 lbs of body weight (and for every 30 lbs if you exercise a lot). Water is very important, especially high alkaline water, as it flushes acidity from the body. The higher the pH of the water, the more acidity the water will flush from the body. I suggest using pH drops from the pH Miracle Center. Another alternative is to add a couple pinches of baking soda (very alkaline) to each glass of water you drink. Make sure to stir the baking soda in very well. The baking soda will bring the pH of the water up to a good high alkaline pH of around a 9 or 10.
Next, you need to start eating high alkaline foods and reducing the amount of acidic foods in your diet. Ideally, a healthy diet should be 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. Acidic foods are your processed foods, grains, meats, and pasteurized dairy. Alkaline foods are your alkaline fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and raw dairy. In America, it is common to find a huge slab of meat and a small portion of vegetables on an average plate. In an alkaline diet, these portions should be reversed with the meat being the smaller side item portion and the vegetables being the larger 80% of the plate.
If you make some small changes and reversals in your portion sizes, drink more high alkaline water, and include exercise in your daily regimen, you should see your first morning urinary pH gradually begin to normalize and reach a 7.2 range. You will feel better. You will have more energy and will be less tired. You will have less aches and pains. More importantly, you will live a longer, happier, and healthier life.
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