What is pH?
pH is a measure of the acid level in your system
If your system is acidic, this is an indication that you are out of balance,
minerals are needed, and it is time to adjust your diet
(you may feel lethargic, irritable, angry, fatigued)
If your system is highly alkaline, your body’s minerals are exhausted
and your body may be using anything it can to try to buffer an
increased acid load
Instructions for Testing Urine pH
Check during the first urination of the day, after 5 hours of
As you urinate, allow the urine to “touch” the strip of testing paper.
Check and record your reading.
The “ideal’ urine pH reading for a vegetarian/vegan is between 6.4 –
7.0. For a flesh/meat eater, the “ideal” is between 6.2 – 6.8.
The “ideal” saliva pH, measured first thing in the morning, is 7.0. If you
measure 6.2 or higher you are within the “normal” range.
The ideal saliva reading during the day is 7.0 before eating and as high
as 8.5 after eating.
Any increase in saliva pH after eating is an indicator of adequate
reserves. If there is no change, or a decrease, this indicates a very
acid system with inadequate reserves.
A healthy body usually has a large alkaline reserve that is used when too many acid-forming foods are eaten. When and if these reserves become depleted, health can be seriously compromised. Most authorities would recommend a food plan based on 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods to maintain balance. In the case of serious illness the alkaline percentage may need to be higher.
Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Common Foods
Generally speaking, most vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids.
Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods have an acid-forming effect on your body fluids.
Your health is best served by a good mix of nutrient-dense, alkaline and acid-forming foods; ideally, you want to eat more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods to have the net acid and alkaline-forming effects of your diet match the slightly alkaline pH of your blood.
“Foods” Rich in Alkaline Minerals
(from Eating For Beauty by David Wolf)
* Chlorophyll (i.e. green plants)
* Green smoothies
* Spring water at the source
* Deep Breathing
* Medicinal Herbs
“Foods” Rich in Acidic Minerals
* Tap Water
* Shallow breathing
* Drugs, chemicals, or toxins
This is just a broad sampling of the items we may choose to “feed” ourselves with.
If you are stressed, angry, eating mainly grains, flour products, animal foods, and washing these foods down with coffee, soda, and milk, you will almost certainly improve your health by replacing some of your thoughts, emotions, food and beverage choices with positive energy and fresh vegetables and fruits.