WHY IS "pH" IMPORTANT?
Your saliva pH is a reflection of two different bodily systems, your sympathetic system, or your parasympathetic system and your saliva pH reflects digestive enzymes and your urinary pH indicates your mineral and electrolyte balance. Depending on your alkalinity state, your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems can be balanced or out of balance if one of the systems is dominant. If one of the systems is dominent your alkalinity is compromised. When your saliva is 6.5 to 7.5 throughout the day, your body is in the healthy alkaline function range. When your saliva pH is below 6.5, this is an indication that your buffering functions are overwhelmed and acids are not being adequately eliminated through the urine.
Test your saliva two hours after you have eaten your meal. The process is to first allow your mouth to fill with saliva then swallow. Then swallow two more times, then put your saliva onto the paper. A healthy pH of 7.4 will make the paper blue. A pH of 6.5 or lower indicates a calcium deficiency. A saliva pH of 4.5 and the paper is bright yellow, may indicate potential for cancer.
Testing the urine pH when you arise in the morning is the optimal time for testing because it indicates the elements that are cleansed from the blood during your period of refreshment, that your body is eliminating acids, assimilating minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, and an indication of how the body has dealt with the foods eaten on the previous day, also oxygen levels. The minerals of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium function is to "buffer", which means they maintain and assist your body to balance against too much acid and even too much alkalinity. The acids that cannot be buffered are eliminated in the urine, unless the body acid load is just too much, your body will create fat to store the unbuffered or unprocessed acids as just one of the ways your body protects you. In the United States it is common to have your urinary pH below normal due to mineral and electrolyte depletion.
If your urine test indicates a pH of 4.5 to 5.8, your body has been neutralizing inorganic acids...Your urine pH reflects your alkaline reserves. An easy way to check your morning urine pH is to use litmus paper by passing it through your urine stream. An alkaline urine will turn the litmus paper green. If the litmus paper is in the yellow zone, it is certainly time to do more to help your body move to an alkaline state. The healthy range is 6.0 to 6.5 for morning urine pH, and 6.5 to 7.0 for the evening urine pH. A urine pH below 6.5 is an indication that the buffering function is overwhelmed and needs assistance.
Urine pH is also a value of the efforts of your kidneys, adrenals and lungs and gonads by the use of the buffering elements and hormones.
Your saliva pH reflects digestive enzymes and your urinary pH indicates your mineral and electrolyte balance. In the United States it is common to have your urinary pH below normal due to mineral and electrolyte depletion.
What does pH mean?
Potential of hydrogen = pH, measures your acidic or alkalinity. The scale ranges from 0 to 14. A neutral pH is 7. The lower the number the higher your acidity. Numbers above 7 indicate an alkaline state. The acid state indicates positive ions and a lack of oxygen, whereas an alkaline state indicate negative ions and adequate oxygen.
Being made up of one electron and one proton, Hydrogen is the simplest of elements,. It is also an essential macro nutrient. Hydrogen is the basis for the building blocks of all life forms on Earth. When the environment is alkaline it means that hydrogen is removed, when the environment is acid it means that hydrogen is added.
Each level of pH has a 10-fold range difference between each number. It is expressed in a logarithm of the number of the concentration divided into one - Log 1/H+. An example is a 7pH is 10 times greater in alkalinity than a pH of 6. A pH of 5 would be 100 times greater in acidity than a pH of 7.
When you are too acid the body will rob your organs and bones of the vital minerals of potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium to maintain the body's pH and also to remove acidic waste.