"When you are testing your PH of your urine, you are testing the PH of your tissues."
This is an interesting link to a website called ‘PH Miracle Living’ where Dr. Young explains the way sugars and fruit sugars affect the body. He explains that when these sugars are consumed instead of turning the saliva acidic, it turns it to alkaline because of the bodies buffering system through the salivary gland which naturally releases sodium bicarbonate. Now, interestingly enough, if these sugars are consumed and the bodies PH level does not turn to alkaline, it is a clear indication that the alkaline reserves of the body are deficient.
Testing with Litmus Paper
My flatmate and I decided to perform a simple PH urine test to see what this is like. Neither of us have any issues with getting our health checks and both of us are actively involved in our personal health and fitness so our expectations of this test were quite simple.
Neither of us found any problem in performing the test - this was, as we had expected, quite straight forward. It was the reading of the results afterwards which both of us found quite confusing.
Litmus paper is not very accurate, especially since the brand of litmus paper we had purchased had a very basic PH scale to compare our strips to and we were left guessing half of the time, whereabouts our strip would fit onto the scale.
Also when the litmus paper seems to come into contact with too much liquid the colour seems to run. This means certain areas of the litmus paper become much darker than others, which left us unsure which part to go by.
Finally, even though we are both quite young and healthy people, some of our PH strips seemed to be VERY out of the healthy range. It scared us a little so we decided to check the accuracy of the litmus paper by testing a lemon with it. Online I found that the juice of this lemon should be between 2 and 2.5 but when we tested it, it showed a PH level higher than 3.
Overall we found the test highly confusing.
Reading of your PH levels through Saliva can be difficult because this is always changing. The food and drinks you consume instantly affect your saliva and brushing your teeth does too. Therefore anywhere between the PH level of 5.6 and 7.9 is considered normal.
Reading of your PH levels through Urine can also be tricky. Although it takes a little longer, your personal diet still greatly affects the PH levels or your urine. Also, your kidneys can get rid of extra toxins through your urine causing it to show up more acidic and the time of day also changes your PH levels. In the morning a healthy PH balance ranges between 6.5 to 7, whereas at night this is 7.5 to 8. So basically the PH levels from 6.5 to 8 are considered healthy here.
Now reading your PH levels through Blood seems to give a much more accurate result. The body will naturally buffer the PH of your blood to try and maintain this at a healthy state at all times since this is much more sensitive, and therefore does not tend to change as often. A healthy PH of the blood is between 7.36 and 7.41 on the PH scale, making it much easier to see when someone is out of balance.
This website explains that although testing your PH through Saliva is one of the easiest methods, it is not always accurate, due to bacteria etc. which can change the PH levels. Also checking your PH through Urine is not a very clear indication because the kidneys can dump excess acid in this.
To solve this? There are certain times during the day which are better for testing your PH then others, - just before meals for example. Also repeating the PH test several times and taking an average can give you a better indication.
Might be useful to make one of these and see how it works!
This website looks closely at the relationship between cancer and the bodies PH level. It has a close look at cellular activities and the way acids affect the healthy system.