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July 12, 2004

Eat Right for Your pH


Testing Your Acid/Alkaline Levels

pH Strips

Baking Soda

pH Strips

You can buy pH Hydrion test paper at your local

pharmacy and use it to test the acidity of your saliva or urine.

When the test paper is dipped into the liquid, it turns a color

along a chart ranging from yellow (acid) to dark blue (alkaline).

Taking a baseline of your pH levels before you

begin any changes in your diet or lifestyle, and then tracking it

throughout the next several months, will help you see if the changes

are working.

To assess your saliva pH, take a sample one hour

before or after a meal, twice a day at the same time, for seven

days. Then divide the total by 14 to get an average. The normal

pH of saliva is 6.0 to 7.5, necessary to begin digestion of starches

in your mouth.

To assess your urine, sample the first urine you

void in the morning. Low pH urine reflects that your body is throwing

off a lot of acid to help maintain the body’s normal pH. However,

testing the pH is not the most helpful indicator. Better guides

are your answers to the alkaline-acid quiz and what types of food

(acidic vs. alkaline) you handle best and promote the greatest sense

of well-being.

Baking Soda

At least two hours before or after a meal, take

¼ to ½ teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

dissolved in water. If you’re overly acidic, this should make you

feel better, or, at the very least, not any worse.

If you’re a high-alkaline producer, however, you may begin to feel

anxious or hyper, or even experience some digestive problems.

Measuring Acidity and Alkalinity

The acidity and alkalinity of all substances are expressed

in terms of pH, which measures the concentration of hydrogen

ions. Anything above 7.00 is an alkaline substance;

anything below is acidic.

Pure water has a pH close to neutral, or 7.00. Even seemingly

small shifts in the pH value of a substance can reflect significant

changes in its acidity or alkalinity.

To learn the pH of your favorite foods, click here.

Read More on pH Balance:

Getting Started

Tending Toward Acidity or a High-Alkaline


Quiz: Are you Overly Acidic or

a High Alkaline Producer?

Foods to Avoid

Keep it SIMPLE pH Balancing Tip

— Baking Soda

Nutritional Therapies

Alkaline Power Food Plan

Cornerstones of Alkaline Food


Substitutions for Acidic Foods

Typical Alkalinizing Meals

Complementary Therapies

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