How does one monitor the pH?
To test your pH, follow these simple steps:
- Start with a Integrative Health First AM pH test kit. The kit contains a 15-day supply test strips. Only pH tests strips with a test range of 5.5 to 8.
- First thing in the morning, just before your first urination, open the pH strip envelope and tear off 1 strip.
- Wet the test strip with urine. As the tape is moistened with urine it will change color. The color relates to the urine’s acid or alkaline state and ranges from yellow to dark blue.
Match the color of your test strip with the color chart in the envelope. Use the pH Tracking Chart to record the number that corresponds to the color of your urine‐moistened tape.
Record your urine pH daily or periodically based on your needs as recommended by your physician.
Note: For best results, a 6‐hour to 8‐hour period of rest prior to pH testing is needed.
How do I know if I am acidic or alkaline?
Any number below 7.0 means that your urine is on the acid side. The lower the number, the more acid the condition. Ideally, your first morning urine pH should be 6.5 ‐7.5. When your first morning urine is neutral or just slightly acidic, this indicates that your overall cellular pH is appropriately alkaline. The cells of your body function best in an alkaline state.
What if my urine pH is below 6.5?
If your readings fall below 6.5, then you should begin changes aimed at alkalinizing your diet. In the beginning, because of the acid‐forming tendency of the standard American diet, you may well have low pH readings. Occasionally, you may find a 7.5 to 8.0 reading; this is acceptable. If your pH readings are consistently greater than 7.5, this occurrence represents a “false alkalinity” and indicates a catabolic state involving tissue breakdown.