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Why pH Balance

"The pH scale runs from 0 to 14.  It is known as a logarithmic scale, where the value between whole numbers represents an exponential (order of magnitude) increase.  A common example of a logarithmic scale is the Richter scale used to indicate the strength of earthquakes.  In the pH scale, a reading of 6 is 10 times more alkaline than a reading of 5.  That is 10 (6 - 5) or 101, referred to as 10 to the first power (10 x 1).  Likewise, a reading of 7 is 100 times more alkaline than a reading of 5.  The difference here is 10 (7 - 5) or 102, which is 10 to the 2nd power (10 x 10).  Conversely, a reading of 4 is 1/10th as alkaline as reading of 5.  Here, the value is 10 (4 - 5) or 10-1, which means 1 divided by 10 to the first power (1/101).  

Put simply; the difference between 5.4 and 5.0 (10(5.4 - 5.0) or 10.4) is approximately 2.5 in the logarithmic scale. In other words a couple of points make a big difference in the acid or alkaline potential. Which is why a highly acid food or beverage is so hard to neutralize and why one 8 ounce glass of cola takes 32 - 8 ounce glasses of water to rebalance body fluids.

If it's to be, it's up to me!

Testing urine and saliva first thing in the morning tells us how well our digestive system is able to handle what we have eaten the night before (metabolic). These numbers will not be consistent or match as long as we are eating acidic foods and are living an acidic lifestyle. This first reading of the day is the "true" state of your body functions the reading should be 6.8 to 7.2 in a balanced individual.

Testing the second urine of the day, before you eat, should give a reading of 6.8 to 7.2. Ideally, the first voiding eliminated all of the stored toxins and acid from the day before. If mineral reserves are adequate, your reading should be back in balance. However, if this does not occur, your next chance to balance body systems is with an alkalizing breakfast.

After breakfast, check saliva again. An alkalizing meal should give a reading of 7.2 or higher (reactive). At this point you are testing the pH of the foods eaten and how they react with your alkaline reserves. If after this meal the pH reading is below 7.2, this shows your body is struggling to balance body systems. If the morning readings have gone from 5.5 to 5.8 and only to 6.0 after breakfast, the body alkaline reserve may be deficient when compared to acid intake.

Use the pH and foods chart provided here, and check the food choices against the pH result. The body doesn't lie, nor does it know how to lie. Trust how you feel and choose wellness. If you like, use graph paper and "chart" your pH readings. It should look like a bell curve.

• Does the chart go up dramatically after meals?
• Is the baseline constant around 7.0?
• Where do you start out in the morning?
• How do you feel after meals?

KEY to Urine & Saliva pH Readings Chart

BLUE:  Ammonia Profile
GREEN:  Balanced Profile
RED:  Acid Profile

1.  Testing for day begins with the first void after 4 am.
2.  Upon rising test both urine and saliva.
3.  Before breakfast test urine a second time.
4.  Test saliva within 20 minutes after breakfast, saliva should be 7.4 or higher.
5.  Test both urine and saliva two hours after a meal, both should return to balance range of 6.8 to 7.2.
6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 after lunch.
7.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 after dinner.
8.  Check urine one last time before bed.

Use pH strips as a training tool for an alkaline lifestyle.
Follow the guidelines listed above for two weeks. Then test as needed once or twice a day.
It may take as long as three months to balance pH levels.
If you continue to eat acid forming foods and beverages, balancing pH levels will be more challenging.


In unbalanced individuals, pH readings will fluctuate wildly. Even in a balanced individual, saliva pH may go as high as 8.5 after an alkaline meal, then should return to a baseline reading of 6.8 to 7.2 within two to three hours. The pH levels of urine and saliva paints a picture of how the body may be struggling to correct acid foods and beverages coming into the system. When you think about it, it makes sense. If a cup of coffee with a pH of 4.6 is not neutralized, it could drop the blood pH of 7.4 (we could die if it drops as much as one point). The body must buffer the acid, but with what? If you are not consuming enough alkaline foods to compensate for the high acid coffee, the body will take buffers from its tissues (calcium from bones and teeth for example) to balance the blood. Over time, the constant stress on the body to correct this condition will cause you to run out of sufficient buffers. This may take decades, but eventually tissues will no longer be able to help the blood.

Your doctor may tell you that the only way to check the pH of the blood is with a fasting blood test. Your doctor is correct. The purpose of pH paper is to keep you informed as to the state of the toxic overload your body deals with every second of every day. Balance your body system and reduce stress from the inside out at the cellular level. We are all biochemically unique, however, we all possess the ability to control the toxic overload created with the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. That is the reason for checking urine and saliva pH levels.

Everyday we make choices - what do you choose?