Test your salivary and urinary pH levels at home with these convenient test strips.
pH is a measure of balance between positively and negatively charged ions in body fluids such as urine, blood, and saliva. A pH number below 7 indicates the body fluid to be on the acidic side. A pH number above 7 indicates an alkaline environment. 7.0 is considered neutral. Your body’s pH is considered to be an important indicator of overall health. A body that is not pH balanced is almost impossible to keep healthy, no matter what your lifestyle.
Tests show that most people are a bit acid in their pH, meaning lower than 7.0, but if your pH is too acid, the body begins to borrow minerals from bones and organs to neutralize the over acid state and remove those acids from the body. This would obviously affect overall health negatively if your minerals were being pulled back out to alkalize your fluids.
A recent study conducted at the University of California-San Francisco on 9,704 post-menopausal women showed that those who have higher acidity levels (also called chronic acidosis) from a diet rich in animal foods are at greater risk for lower bone density levels than those who have “normal” pH levels. The researchers who carried out this study hypothesized that many of the hip fractures prevalent among older women correlated to higher acidity from a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. The body apparently borrows calcium from the bones in order to balance pH, and this calcium borrowing may result in a decrease in bone density. – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan. 2001, Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 118–122.
Excess alkalinity is also possible, and just as much of a concern, but more rare than an over acid condition, considering the typical American diet.
The test strips can be used to test urine and saliva pH. Saliva pH indicate the activity of your digestive enzymes which come from the liver and stomach. This pH should stay between 6.4-6.8 for optimal digestion. Urinary pH indicates how well your body is assimilating minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc. These minerals are acid buffers and the body uses them to moderate acid levels. When acid increases, the body becomes less likely to be able to excrete it all. Therefore, it will displace minerals in bones, teeth, etc. Urinary pH should be between 6.0-6.4 in the morning and 6.4-7.0 in the evening.
The case of 100 test strips comes with a chart to measure against for the pH and also with the norms and suggestions for altering pH.