The Importance of pH Balance in Maintaining Health
" Thus the saliva pH parallels the extra cellular fluid ... pH strip test using saliva
represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium
deficiency syndrome ... The saliva pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is
in the 7.5 to 7.1 slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 which is weakly acidic
to 4.5 which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly
deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults
are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging
and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5,
especially when terminal." The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and
Youth, Carl J. Reich, M.D., Gilliland Printing Inc., Arkansas City, Kansas, 1996
pH Balance - What is the Healthy pH Range?
The pH scale ranges from 0 (the highest acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). A solution
with a pH of 7 is neutral. At pH 7, water contains equal amounts of H+ and OH- ions.
Substances with a pH of less than 7 are acidic because they contain a higher concentration
of H+ ions. Substances with a pH higher than 7 are alkaline because they contain
a higher concentration of OH-. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic,
which means that each step is ten times the previous.In other words, a pH of 5
is 10 times more acid than 6, 100 times more acid than 7 and 1,000 times more acid
than 8. In this light, you can see how a slight change in your pH value can have
a great impact on your internal environment and, ultimately, your health.
When healthy, the blood pH is 7.365, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.4, and the saliva
pH is 7.4. This ideal blood pH measurement means it is more alkaline than acid.
It has been determined that an alkaline body is more conducive to health and well-being
than an acidic one. An undesirable pH can lead to a variety of negative health effects.
A body that tends toward acidity heightens the risk for infections from bacteria,
yeast, parasites, and viruses and cancer. All of these seek out and thrive in a low
oxygen acid environment.
Not only are people more susceptible to infections such as colds and the flu but
also degenerative diseases are promoted if body pH is consistently acid.
There is a strong correlation between the pH of the body’s internal environment and
that of the urine and saliva: urine and saliva become acidic when the body’s internal
environment becomes acidic. You can discover the pH of these fluids by using pH Strips.
These pH test strips are made specifically to test saliva and urine, and are the
most accurate and economical test strips on the market.
Testing Saliva pH
For the saliva test: - 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 (it is recommended NOT to
touch the pH paper to your tongue due to the chemicals in the paper.
Take one pH test strip, place into saliva and compare the color of the immersed
pH strip with the color chart provided on the pH test strip box. The lower the pH
value below 7.0, the greater the degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording
pH for a few weeks - first thing in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime (This will
show the 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 what the body retains. Optimal pH for saliva is above 7 pH. 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 the 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.
Testing Urine pH
For best test results, test the second urination in the morning. Urine pH will become
more alkaline as the day progresses. Test frequently during the day, and determine
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.
Are You Getting Enough Alkaline Foods in Your Diet?
'health depends on an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes,
avocados and green vegetables...striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating
the body's acid/alkaline chemistry through simple changes in diet can result in weight
loss, increased stamina and strength,a stronger immune system and a greater sense
of well being.'
How did we become so out of balance?
After years of societal changes, as a race, we are now facing more dietary based
health challenges than ever before. It is no coincidence that the rapidly growing
numbers of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes correlate almost exactly with
the rise in consumption of acid forming foods such as sugars, saturated fats, and
white breads. At the same time our consumption of fresh vegetables and essential
fatty acids has decreased dramatically, making way for convenience and a generation
hooked on sugary treats.
Everybody is different - but most people should aim to eat 75- 80% alkaline foods
and a maximum of 20-25% acid forming foods.
This is not as difficult or as technical as it sounds. When we talk about eating
alkaline foods or starting an alkaline diet we are referring to consuming those foods
and drink which have an alkaline effect on the body. This effect is based upon the
ash residue that remains after our foods are consumed. Some foods leave an acid ash,
whereas others leave an alkaline ash. Conveniently for us, our bodies have been designed
to categorize which foods leave which kind of ash into neat and easy to remember