What's all the talk about PH?
Your pH - How Healthy are you?
What is the pH Scale?
pH stands for "potential hydrogen" and simply put; is the measurement of how acid or alkaline a substance is, but as far as your body is concerned, it can mean your "picture of health." By understanding how pH levels of your body fluids affect your health, you will be able to learn just how healthy you really are.
The pH scale covers a range of 0-14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything below 7.0 is more acid whilst anything above 7.0 is more alkali.
pH of the Saliva.
The pH of a healthy person’s saliva is in the slightly alkaline range between 7.2 to 7.5 but unlike the blood which must stay within a strict guideline, the saliva’s pH can vary. A person who is mineral deficient or sick will usually find their pH between 6.5 to 4.5, which is mildly to strongly acidic respectively.
When taking a saliva pH test with litmus paper it is best to wait two hours after eating as you can get an incorrect reading if you have consumed highly acid forming food or drink, like refined white flour products, coffee and carbonated drinks or highly alkaline forming food e.g fruit or vegetable juices(fresh juiced), raw foods, nuts etc...
How to Measure your PH
There are two body fluids that can be fairly conveniently tested to give an accurate indication of the pH of your intestinal environment. One is saliva and the other is urine.
To measure saliva, first swallow, then draw up new saliva. Do this three times and measure the third. Spit into a spoon, insert the paper in the saliva, shake off excess, and read immediately. (Measuring the initial saliva can be different from the third by several tenths of pH.) Read immediately. The manufacturer does not recommend placing the test paper in your mouth, even though it is not toxic. Note on a piece of paper that you can record on from day to day the number of the pH value. Do this at the very beginning of each day before you have put anything whatsoever in your mouth. This will be your "normal" saliva pH before being changed by things going into your mouth or the events of the day. Keep this record in a secure and convenient location so that you can record the values in successive days. This is the simplest, most bare-bones pH test routine. You just look at the one reading at the start of the day and compare it to the prior day's readings. If the change is towered a slightly alkaline reading 7.0 - 7.4, as the days progress, then you are on the right track. If there is no change or the readings are moving away from the proper range, then you are not doing enough correct actions to improve your health. These values, by the way, can be much affected by emotional and mental states of the individual. Take note if this seems to apply when you evaluate the pH values.
Note: The pHydrion test paper was designed for immediate reading. If you wait 30 seconds, the value will change due to evaporation.
Urine pH Testing
Save a small sample of your first morning urine. Take a 2 inch strip of pH paper and dip it into the urine sample. Observe if there are any color changes in the paper and compare the color of the paper to the color chart. Record the number on your pH log sheet that most closely matches the color and number on the pH reference color chart. 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 pH 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 5.8 to 6.8. If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 - 6.4 in the morning and 6.4 - 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range.
Your health really is your choice, and pH testing is a valuable tool to guide you to wellness.
The Exponential pH Scale.
One very important thing to remember is that the pH scale is exponential, which means that for every increase/decrease in one pH unit it is actually a tenfold increase/decrease in acidity levels. So the difference in acidity between a pH of 7.5 and 4.5 is not 3 times more acid but 1,000 times more acid!!
The more acidic our extra cellular fluids are the less oxygen there is in our cells because the acid pushes the oxygen out and as we know oxygen is essential to a healthy functioning human.
Researchers have found that the reason acid rain kills all life in lakes and streams is that in acidic conditions, all the oxygen is so tightly bound to hydrogen that it becomes bio-unavailable and is unable to be used.
Otto Warburg, who received a Nobel Prize in 1932 for his paper "Cause and prevention of Cancer", showed in his early work that cancer was associated with anaerobic conditions (the deficiency of oxygen), which not only lowers the pH of a cell but also allows microforms to thrive.
When we die all oxygen leaves our bodies and we quickly become extremely acid. These microforms are the first to attend our funeral as they are the organisms responsible for breaking us down into our simplest forms-microzymas. When we become unhealthily acid while still living these microforms will begin to break us down even while we are living, resulting in fermentation of our cells!
Mr. Warburg also showed that the production of mutation receptors, which leads to cancer, cannot occur when the pH of the cell is in a healthy calcium buffered range, which assures the breakdown of glucose into the four nucleotides, adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thiamin, the basic building blocks of DNA that promote healthy DNA synthesis.
When the pH of the cells is acidic, the glucose breaks down into lactic acid, thus creating even more acidity and starving the cell of the basic building materials it requires for DNA replication.
So we have heard what happens when we have acidic bodies and no oxygen in our cells, but what can we expect when we have healthy, mineral enriched, oxygenated bodies?
To begin with, more energy! Increased oxygen in the body gives you energy to do what you want rather than feeling lethargic.
A body that runs efficiently. When the body’s natural defence mechanism is running at optimum level it dramatically reduces the occurrence of allergy and disease.
pH is the measurement of the how acid or alkaline a substance is.
Alkaline = GOOD! Acid = BAD...
A pH of 7.2-7.5 is healthy. Anything below 6.5 is very mineral deficient and sickly.
Calcium plays a vital role in maintaining balanced pH levels of our blood, saliva, extra cellular fluids (fluids outside of cells) and intra cellular fluids (the fluid inside cells) by acting as a buffer.
A healthy body has enough calcium to go around, so the blood will not need to draw it from other sources in the body like the bones and saliva.
A healthy pH means that there is less acid in the fluid, thus allowing more oxygen to be present.
Sickness, disease and cancer cannot occur in cells that are oxygen filled.
In summary it is quite amazing how efficiently our body can function if it only has the correct nutrients and minerals!
What's all the talk about PH?