pH Strips are usually used to measure the pH level of your urine and saliva. The ideal urine and saliva pH pattern is 7.2 on awakening, 6.8 to 7.2 before eating and 7.2 to 8.5 following any alkaline meal or drink.
Why saliva and urine pH is important
The pH of your saliva and urine both serves as indicators if something is wrong with your body. Unconsciously, our body is working non-stop trying to get rid of excess acids. If not managed properly, acids build-up and steal minerals intended for the other parts of our body. Another contributing factor to higher acids on your body is unhealthy lifestyle.
By measuring the pH of your saliva, it lets you know the level of your mineral reserves available to your mouth. Too much acid on your mouth may cause problems with your taste buds and your oral health.
The pH of your urine also plays an important role. Like the pH of your saliva, it also measures how acidic your body is. pH tests are also usually requested by doctors to confirm concerns relating to your kidney. If the kidney is too acidic, it has a higher chance of forming kidney stones. Some treatments may also affect the result of your pH test - make sure to consult your pHysician if your pH levels are out of the normal range and make sure to inform them about any medications that you are taking.
Other pH levels on the body
In general, you don’t want low pH level results on any part of your body. To consider your body to be alkaline, you need your pH level on the normal range. There are different “normal” pH levels on each part of your body - skin should be at 4-6.5, intestine should be at 8.4. Today, our focus is on urine, saliva and blood.
As mentioned earlier, urine and saliva pH should be between 7.2 to 7.4 (without contributing factors like food or drinks. Blood pH should be at a constant pH of 7.365 and it should never change. A drop or increase in your blood pH even by a tenth of a point may result to severe illness or worse, death. Maintaining your blood pH is ALWAYS important.
A familiar help - Sodium Bicarbonate
Your saliva should be within normal range to start pre-digestive process (chewing of food). When the pH in our saliva is alkaline, it produces sodium bicarbonate which helps neutralize extra acids on your entire mouth. In case your saliva pH level is low, use a toothpaste with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) - not only will it help fight your extra acids, it will also help whiten your teeth. You can also use baking soda mouthwash - mix together one cup of warm water, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt then rinse with plain water.
How to do pH testing at home
Although there is no convenient way of testing your blood’s pH level as you still need to go to the lab to get your blood drawn and tested, there are accessible pH test kits available for your urine and saliva. Invigorated Water offers pH PERFECT REAGENT LIQUID and also pH PERFECT 4.5-9 pH TEST STRIPS
. It is important to note, that the reagent liquid is good for measuring all areas, but the test strips are only for testing urine and saliva, and in so doing, monitor your own health situation.
To test saliva, wait 2 hours after eating, then simply dip the strip tip in saliva. Wait 15 seconds for results. You may also try testing immediately when you wake up in the morning.
To test urine, test the 1st & 2nd urine of the day, by placing the strip tip in the urine stream, then wait 15 seconds for results. EASY!
The first urine will eliminate all the acids and toxins built up in your body overnight, and should as mentioned read between pH 6.8-7.2.
The second urine should show a spike in pH level and reach pH 7.2-7.4. This will show your body has the necessary amounts of alkalizing elements to counteract any acid attacks throughout the day. If you pH remains the same or is lower, your body needs help to balance the acidity.
While most pH test strips measure in 1 or .5 increments, pH PERFECT Test Strips measures in tiny .25 increments from pH 4.5 to pH 9 – offering you the most suitable range for testing human urine & saliva.