Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Accurate pH Reading
- Acidic Urine
- Alkaline Urine
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Baking Soda and Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium Hydroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Borax
- Baking Soda, Citric Acid
- Baking Soda, Sea Salt
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Intensity in Populations
- Lemons and Limes
- Orp Readings
- Parasites, Mold, Candida
- pH Health
- pH Tester Tools
- Plastic Vs Paper pH Testing Strips
- Reader Feedback
- Reader Theories
- Remedies Needed
- Saliva pH
- Sodium Bicarbonate Tablets
- Ted's Remedies
- Where to Find pH Tester Strips
07/02/2012: Carol from Bezier, South Of France: "Dear Ted or EC, I have sent Ted 2 emails over the last 4 months with this question but I guess he has just been too busy to reply.... I understand. I am however very desperate for some help regarding my PH. I first noticed my PH was very low when I tested for the first time about 2 years ago and have been trying to normalise it ever since, but to no avail. I dont really eat any processed foods, not much meat, and not too much sugar as I have diet controlled Diabetes. I only Drink water (plenty) or Kefir water.
My health is suffering I have no energy, fatigue, stress, anxiety, muscle weakness, brain fog etc. I have been taking Ted's alkalising formulas at least twice daily for around 18 months: 1/4 tsp bs - 1/2 Lemon, tried it with ACV, Citric acid 2-3 x day. Have tried 1/8 tsp Potass bicarb with citric acid sometimes with bs, 1/8 tsp bs -1/8 tsp sod carbonate - 10 drops 3% h202. It doesn't matter what I take, my Saliva PH is always 6.0 but my urine PH is around 8.0 unless I forget to take the formula then it is around 5-6.0 Please, help as I have searched and searched all the posts and the internet for answers, but to no avail. Would it help for me to buy a Alkaline water machine? I am using a big berky water filter and the water is a PH of 6.0 I have recently purchased a distiller as I was lead to believe that you could only take the h202 therapy using distilled water, because of the mineral content in normal water. I have read one of your posts that you say, its not good to drink distilled water with h202 beacause it is acid? Am I better off using my normal filtered water?... I am so confused!
I sincerely hope you can help answer my questions Many thanks & blessings. Carol."Replies
07/02/2012: Cat180 from Sacramento, California replies: "Hi..... Dr. Bernardo indicates all cancer dies when the internal pH is 7.4. The saliva to me is not indicative of what the internal body is doing like when you test your urine. There are so many variables in your mouth. If your urine is 8, you are too alkaline. Keep it around 7 to 7.4. A body too alkaline will overwork your kidneys. Keep testing your urine and forget the saliva test. Use the saliva for free radical tests, etc. Thanks! Cat180"
07/03/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Carol, it seems as if you cannot correct the symptoms (PH imbalance) without curing the cause. Almost all cases of any kind of toxicity or infestation/infections have a positive (acidic) energy configuration and thus drain the negative (alkaline) causing imbalance. So you need to begin detoxing and purifying the body. At the last stage of your detox, consume humic or fulvic acid and ionic trace minerals which should normalize the Ph problem."
07/04/2012: Carol from Bezier, Langudoc Rousillon, France replies: "Many thanks to those who have taken the time to respond to my post.
I am still very confused because I have read and seen Teds comments on how the saliva PH is the most important reading and not the urine?
I have been detoxing slowly over the last 12 months, or so I thought. Using coffee enemas, edta, sodium thiosulphate, Magnesium chloride, methylene blue, 6 gms chlorella, 18 gms Spirulina -day, DMSO, VCO. ACV, Lugols iodine, various supplements and vitamins, no coffee, no alcohol, hardly any processed foods. I eat the budwig protocol diet of flax and cottage cheese every other day for breakfast.
Everyday I take some form of alkaliser and yesterday I tried again the carbicarb remedy of 1/2 tsp Potass bicarb - 1/2 tsp sod bicarb - 1/8 tsp sod carbonate, 1/4 tsp citric acid and again this morning with h202 and still no change in saliva ph but urine had gone back up to around 8 (it is difficult to be more precise with the paper as it only reads whole figures.
I am convinced that a lot of my very poor health is down to my many amalgham fillings, root canals and implants! I would love to be able to afford to have them removed, through the Dr Hal huggins protocol... What a brilliant man!
Just so tired, so confused, cant seem to find the right info, dont know who to turn to, just losing the will to live! I would appreciate any further comments or suggestions you might have. Thank you in advance.
Peace, love & blessings to everyone. X"
07/23/2012: Jong from Santa Clara, California replies: "Have you tried Earthing or grounding your body? It's so simple to do & I have gotten a tremendous help in many ways (esp. Energy & diabetes). I'd say this is 1st thing you should try, you won't regret it! If you do, try grounding directly, no 100K ohm resistance they supply with grounding cable if you can."
07/10/2011: Natalie from Grandrapids, Mi : "Very acidic. Losing hair, dry skin, puffy eye lids, bv, pasty mouth, achy joints, please help me I'm only 28! I have four kids.. I dont want to die =("Replies
07/10/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Natalie,
Have a glass of lemon juice every day or take 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a 8oz glass of water twice per day. You can add raw honey if you like for taste.
Start taking wheatgrass powder or fresh wheatgrass juice. Also spirulina and chlorella tablets are excellent for alkalising the body.
Brush your teeth with Baking Soda (bicarb soda).
Stop eating processed foods.
Hope this helps."
06/12/2011: Lsyliu from Liverpool, Uk: "Hi There, i have a question. I've had this mild UTI for the last four months, and was given antibiotics despite testing negative for bacteria. The general antibiotics didnt seem to help, although one of them did but I can't take it anymore as im now allergic. I also now have thrush from the antibiotics. There is no pain, only bladder spasms, discomfort and urgency. Cranberry tablets did help alleviate the symptoms completely in the early days but now I find I need to take a lot more to get the same affect. I tried mannose, urva ursi, goldenseal, multivitamins, vit c and a, probiotics all to no avail.
Then in the second month I got back pain, fever and extreme tiredness. I went to the hospital and they said the uti had spread to my kidneys and gave me more of the general antibiotics. I'm now on the allopathic thrush treatment as well as narrow spectrum antibiotics which help to alleviate the symptoms a little, but not clear it completely. I did try taking sodium citrate but this didnt seem to help much, and potassium citrate made everything burn down there.
I feel tired all the time and im coming out in coldsores, have constant migraines and tummy problems. I feel like everything is unbalanced. I'm either not interested in my partner or everything is ultra sensitive. I've been reading about the wonderful cures for these things but is I'm not sure if I have a yeast problem, a bacteria infection, IC or all of the above I'm not sure which direction to go in or what ph to aim for. As I say the potassium citrate made everything sore so I can only imagine the alkalinity encouraged the yeast? Would love some direction...
09/18/2011: M from Muk, Wa, Us replies: "I still have my fingers crossed that I don't wear this one out as I can't take antibiotics or the popular home remedies. I read a long time ago about cherry juice in an article that was created even longer ago. It is pure cherry juice. Mine is organic that you buy in regular grocery stores. It is in large juice bottles like any other juice on the shelf. I drink about 2 to 3 inches in a regular drinking glass in the morning and again at night. When I started I did about a half glass because I was desperate. Sorry this is all guess work. That is how I started as I didn't have any measurements either. I do remember now that for the very first taste I tried just a teaspoon and no more until the next day in case the results didn't turn out well.
Hope it works for you too."
03/27/2011: Viewedit from Mumbai, Maharastra, India: "Hi,
Fantastic feed backs in this website has prompted me to ask you a solution to problems of High cholestrol and High Uric acid. I am undergoing medicines for past 2 years, there has been little improvments, But what I am looking for is full recovery and life without medicines. Moreover I live a busy lifestyle I forget to take my medicines sometimes.
I had taken the test for cholestrol, Uric acid and blood sugar on 29th JUN 2010, I have posted it below. I know these results would be more or less the same if I do the test today, bec I havent changed my lifestyle of drinking alchol atleast 3 times a week (atleast 210 Ml of whole grain Indian whisky), I got a gout attack in 2009 thats when all the test were done and I discovered about cholestrol and uric acid. I dont get any gout attack now, but slight pain does occur if I drink excessively. The swelling on my right toe is still there but very marginal swelling. I do eat meat if cooked at home once a week and fishes at least twice a week at home. I have oat bran in the morning at least thrice a week. I Drink 2 litres of water everyday. I do eat fried food sometimes when really hungry at work. I want to detox my system and start off new.
I male, 37 years old.
As of now I have cholestrol level of :
Result Normal values
Triglycerides : 339. 6 30- 150 MG/DL
Cholestrol total : 326. 1 130 - 200 MG/DL
HDL direct : 51 35 - 80 MG/DL
VLDL : 67. 92 6. 0 - 30. 0 MG/DL
LDL : 171 50 to 130 MG/DL
Cho/HDL ratio : 6. 39 UP TO 4.5
LDL/HDL ratio : 3. 35 LESS then 3.5
Uric Acid test : 9 Normal values 2. 50 - 07. 20 MG/DL
03/27/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi I really implore you to watch a youtube video by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride entitled: Cholesterol & Health. She prescribes to the idea that Cholesterol is actually needed by the brain. You can form your own opinion but I would be interested to hear what you say about it."
02/27/2011: Deotta from Sandia, Texas, Usa: "This has been going on for a few years now. It gets better; it gets worse; it does not go away. One doctor commented that it is a shame that I am so acidic but then offered nothing as far as cure. Other doctors are aware but I have no help with them either. At times I am extremely uncomfortable with the burning and it definitely affects my lifestyle. Other diagnosed problems which are probably related: Severe lactose intolerance, irritable bowl syndrome, intercystial cystitis. I also have UTI problems much too often. Other than these chronic problems I am a healthy woman and I am thankful for that. But, you know? The doctors really don't want to talk with you when you are chronic. I am working on diet changes but I have not seen any improvement so far. Oh, and I have checked my acid levels in salvia and urine - the levels seem to be within normal ranges. I could really use some help here!"Replies
02/28/2011: Coco from Teaneck, Nj replies: "This for DEOTTA!!! If your urine and salive test are in normal range, based on what your MD believe you are acidic?It doesn't make any sence. I recommend you to meet a reputable naturopath and talk seriously about your issues before you mentaly will go hypochondriac---it will do nothing good to your mental and fysical being."
04/01/2010: Sherri from Cicero, In, Usa: "Acidotic Tissues
I recently had my blood, urine, and saliva tested and was found that I have alkaline blood and urine but my saliva was acidic. The doctor is saying that my tissues are acidic even though the other (blood and urine) are alkaline. What do I do to alkalyze my tissues? He has me taking a B-Complex vitamin every hour and buffered vitamin C twice a day along with a very restrictive diet that is low in protein (after he has told me to eat more protein to stabalize my blood sugar). Does anyone have any suggestions? The test was called a Bio 101 test and is more involved but too technical to go into it here."Replies
04/03/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Sherri...If just your tissue cells are acidic, then this would seem to indicate a Calcium/Sodium/Potassium imbalance within your cells. This electrolyte balance is regulated mainly by Magnesium.
Therefore, perhaps your problem is mainly caused by low magnesium, and can be solved by taking daily Magnesium supplements to achieve the proper intracellular electrolyte balance and a more alkaline pH. Magnesium is an electrolytic regulator which regulates the Calcium/Sodium/Potassium balance between your blood and tissue cells. At the moment, you appear to have too much calcium or too little potassium inside your tissue cells, causing too much intracellular acidity.
The best magnesium supplements to take are Mag Chloride, Mag Citrate or Mag gluconate.
The easiest, fastest and safest way to take magnesium is either in a bath(2-3 times a week) using 3 cups of either Magnesium Chloride crystals or Epsom Salts(Mag Sulphate) and let your body just absorb the magnesium through the skin transdermally(stay in the hot bath for at least 1/2 hour). Or, as I do, put 3 tablespoons of Mag Chloride or Epsom Salts crystals into an 8 oz garden sprayer and just spray it all over your body for absorbtion. You could even just spray the painful tissue or bone areas, letting it dry in situ, and you should get a beneficial result. I use these methods.
Magnesium should definitely help your tissue acidity problem and you might also be pleasantly surprised at whatever else it clears up -- since magnesium is involved in over 300 major enzyme processes in your body and is a very important mineral.
Another remedy which might help you(assuming you are low on potassium) is Ted's Lime/Lemon and other remedies found here:
This should help to balance any cellular sodium/potassium issues.
01/15/2012: Annu from Kolkata, India: "Hi.... My saliva ph is 8 throughout the day. Can anybody could explain it and tell me how to bring it to 7.
04/15/2013: Marie from Anonymous, Pa: "I just starting taking sodium bicarbinate tablets instead of drinking baking soda with water to raise my ph levels within normal ranges. The bottle states that they can be diluted in water and then you can drink the solution or you can just swallow the pills with water. If I do not dilute the solution, will it be as effective. Also, can I take this indefinitely as long as I am monitoring my PH levels? Should I be taking them for a couple days on and then off?"
07/28/2010: Tantrictemple from Ny, NY: "Ted dear, at the top of the pH page, you wrote: "The usual dosage for me is 1/2 teaspoon (of potassium bicarbonate), 1/2-1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, now if my pH is very acid, I add 1/8 teaspoon (of potassium carbonate). " You wrote potassium carbonate twice for this recipe, for the second one did you mean to write "citric acid"? Thanks buddy!"
07/02/2008: Keith from Vancouver, Canada: "re: effect of alkalized system. I am not trying to convert anyone, but in my view one of the greatest healers of this century was Edgar Cayce. He never seemed to be wrong in his diagnosis, and he said that if a person could keep their system alkalized, that illness would disappear. So this is certainly in sync with what is suggested here.
05/23/2008: Anil from Jersey City, NJ: "Dear Earthclinic, I wanted to point out a possible inconsistency in Ted's PH balancing recommendation. In his post at the following URL http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/pH.html, he states that "The ideal urinary pH and salivary pH has to be BOTH 6.4 pH." However, in many other posts, he refers to ideal urniary and salivary PH as being closer to or above 7.
If it is indeed an inconsistency, it would be beneficial to fix it b/c it did create a lot of confusion for me. A PH of 6.4 would stand to be still rather acidic.
Thank you very much. You have a most wonderful website. I am trying a bunch of remedies from your website to fix a number of health problems for myself, and when successful, I intend to post a detailed note on your website.
EC: Thanks so much for pointing that out. We have just forwarded your post to Ted and will let you know when we hear back!
03/23/2009: Eileen from St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK replies: "Hi there, Re post of 05/23/2008 from Anil of Jersey City when he pointed out the inconsisyency of Ted's PH Balancing Recommendation i.e PH of 6.4 (as opposed to circa 7). You said you would get back to TED on Anil's behalf to confirm. What was the outcome as no reply was posted. Many many thanks. You have a wonderful website.
EC: We'll ask him again... thanks for the reminder!
01/07/2010: Bltw from Cincinnati, Oh, Usa replies: "Re post of 05/23/2008 from Anil of Jersey City when he pointed out the inconsistency of Ted's PH Balancing Recommendation i.e PH of 6.4 (as opposed to circa 7). You said you would get back to TED on Anil's behalf to confirm.
Still no answer.
EC: We emailed Ted several times about this, but he never responded.
01/08/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "As for the inconsistency of pH.... This appears to be a minimum urinary pH of 6.5, ideally 7. The salivary pH is ideally 7.3, but minimum is 7. For simplicity sake, both urinary pH and salivary pH should generally be 7. As for both urinary and salivery pH of 6.4, is a misprint. It's likely to be 7."
05/07/2010: Royce from Milburn, Usa replies: "I have noticed a few of these inconsistant things as well, u must understand Ted answers so many questions so fast its impossible for him to be perfect all the time, I can assure you the man is a Genius, I been using this baking soda lime thing for three years and i feel like Tarzan lol. your ph is going to jump up and down all day anyway Teds just trying to keep us all in the ball park,and save as many lives as he can, and I can assure u he saved my dads allready, if u can do just half what ted tells you you will add years to you life.every morning take the juice from 1 whole lime approx 3 tablespoons stir in 1/2 measuring teaspoon baking soda till it stops fizzing filler up with water and chug it on an empty stomache, and wait 45 five minutes before eating, then eat a lot of apples, watermelon, and canaloupe when you can, and put a little lime or lemmon squeezed in all your water, and cut way back on any sugar, you do that and your problems are over brother."
12/12/2011: Dee from Louisiana replies: "I was always told that alkalizing things like lemon juice and baking soda for instance should never be used during or around meal times because they cancel out the stomach acid and stomach acid is what digests the food. PLEASE help. I was born with kidney issue and am often acidic but not sure how long after I eat to use baking soda, which works very well for me."
06/16/2014: Carmel from England replies: "Have studied everything here for hours, fascinating. Am trying to improve my health, had stomach ulcers and sinus problems now seem to be having silent acid reflux with ear aches etc and bad headaches. Taking cinetidine which helped but now does not seem to be helping. It seems that we should all be making sure about our pH levels. Can you swap lime juice for lemon juice (easier to get and cheaper)? Is there any mileage to getting one of those water filters that improves the pH level of water or those drops that increase the pH level of water please anyone? Any observations and thoughts very welcome. Thanks."
08/13/2006: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Modern medicine, especially human medicine does not attempt to get people to control their pH to be alkaline. This can be significant, not just in our own health, but this can also be observed in the foods we eat. For example, an excerpt from Science Daily:
"...the Japanese were selecting not by color, but by what color indicated: pH, a measure of acidity or alkalinity. Darker pork has a slightly higher pH than lighter pork. A higher pH means there's less acid -- acid that damages muscle proteins and causes meat to be pale and watery."
Now just imagine what happens to your body if you don't care what happens to your pH or do not take the effort to take baking soda and citric acid to alkalize your body. Your muscles, maybe even your heart becomes damaged muscle protein and your entire body ages much more quicker. If your heart muscle breaks down, one can imagine the possibility of heart disease. Perhaps muscle aches and pains are a part of the destructive process of our muscle protein breaking down due to acid pH. pH nutrition therefore is important.
Even the pork industry now recognizes the advantages of producing pigs with alkaline pH to get them more healthier. It therefore makes sense that to prevent our body's own protein from breaking down that the alkaline pH just doesn't only cover the pork we eat, but our own health and our pets too."
03/05/2005: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "Bowel movements is a poor measurement of optimal health while the body's pH balance is more important. A blood pH if varies only very tiny and a change in blood pH of 0.5 will mean certain death. Kidney is lot a shock absorber excreting or excess pH, etc.
If the urinary pH is more than 8.0 the bowel movements increases to diarrhea and poor digestion ensues. If the your body's pH is below 5 that is dangerous and means constipation and infection.
While the body's bowel movement are somewhat related to pH, diets varies. Ayurveda has not yet discovered the importance of maintaining optimal pH because pH meters were not used by ancient Indians. So if you want a diet, one size fits all, monitor your pH and vary your diets accordingly.
In England during ancient times, there was a man (a farmer) who lived to be over 200 years old. The king invited him to a party and after a long party he died from rich foods and alcohol. The surgeon, upon inquiry did an autopsy to find out he lived so long. As it turns out he had a very healthy intestinal tract from consumption of high fiber diets necessary for healthy intestinal flora. In fact it is so healthy than those he had seen. And my guess is his body's pH must be well within optimal range, before he ate rich foods which seriously detracts his pH balance and died.
Since we humans don't agree as to what constitutes a healthy diet, we can certain agree to maintaining the right pH, the right amount of water and we can certainly agree that high fiber diets are good for you. Bowel movements is very much related to pH, bacteria from food sources, nitrate toxicity, and optimal dietary intake more than anything else. I cannot say how many bowel movement is good for you. I am certain about once you pass your age of maturity, that calcium is not good for you, taking vitamin C daily is good for you. I have this to say about vitamin C: dogs don't get white hair as they age, because their livers produce vitamin C. About two years ago my head was full of white and gray hair, and my barber discovered that. Within three months, I took 5 grams of vitamin C every day.
I went to see the barber again. He was absolutely surprised that my white hairs were gone. Vitamin C increases nitric oxide which is responsible for getting our natural hair color, and also increase copper utilization, which gives the color its natural hair back. I am not the only case. My sister got white hair last year. I gave her vitamin C. It worked. There are many other cases where this has worked, but they took colloidal copper. They also furnish the photographic evidence as proof. GO here for links:
What I am sure about is we don't eat enough complex carbohydrates enough, eat too much meat, and not enough fishes. We should stay away from supermarket vegetable oils. The usual rules applies, but one added rules is to eating eat low energy high bulk food: which means less calories and fuller stomach. The foods we eat today are energy dense, nutrition scarced foods. Fiber is good for you so don't count your bowels, but count your pH and count your bacteria."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "For nearly 25 years, I have been controlling by body's pH level, mostly intuitively. And it helped me survive colds, flu, etc., because of this. Therefore, I recently decided to get myself a small electronic pH meter. This will measure both my salivary pH and urinary pH.
These units are quite revealing about your health. The ideal urinary pH and salivary pH has to be BOTH 6.4 pH. Why this is so important is that this is the best pH in which your body will absorb minerals.
Also, whenever salivary/urinary pH are off, this means that your body is either too acidic or too alkaline. For example, recently I had a bad pain in my leg. After testing my urinary pH, it was acidic while the other was 6.8. It means the body is trying to get rid of excess acidity.
So therefore I decided to supplement myself with 1-2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and some potassium bicarbonate. Magnesium bicarbonate is what your body needs for intracellularly (inside the cells) but they are harder to make because I would need magnesium carbonate and mix it with soda water.
A simpler way is to use magnesium chloride. On the other hand if the urinary pH is highly alkaline and the salivary pH is acidic it means there is a likelihood of cancer, or fungus infection.
This is a dangerous situation which reveals your body desperately needs anionic minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, sodium. Calcium is a tricky issue, but you need in smaller amount. Also it reveals the need to alkalinize and reduce protein intake. Salivary pH signifies digestive enzymes while urinary pH singifies mineral and electrolyte balance.
There are some other examples. I also bought a urinary conductivity meter, which measures in the unit of microsiemens, as a unit of conductivity.
If you were to do urinary conductivity, it will also reveal, if it is too conductive - which is a problem for me - means I do not drink enough water.
If the urinary conductivity on the other hand is below normal, which is quite common for people in the United States, it means mineral depletion or electrolyte depletion, which is common amongst atheletes.
Usually the average urine conductivity is between 4200-4900 microsiements. My urinary conductitvity recently went over the roof at 9500 microsiements which reveals that my kidney is could fail from unnecessary work since I don't drink that much water, especially during the evening hours.
There is a superstition that I will disprove based on my experiments with urinary conductivity. It is a commonly held belief that you should not drink water when you are eating food since you will dilute the digestive juices.
Based on my test, my urinary conductivity went over the roof (over 9000 microsiemens) if I did, which means that if you do not drink while eating food, you could destroy your kidneys since the urinary concentration electrolyte is far too great than nature intended and the kidney must work far too hard.
The reason is simple: most foods we eat are already too high in sodium as it is. Therefore the problems does not lie with digestive juices, the problems lies with you killing your kidneys! Also, my salivary pH went acid (less than pH of 5) if and when I try not to drink water while I was eating.
Based on these tests, it seems the most important lesson is to use urinary conductivity to measure the ideal amount of water you should drink. While your pH is used to determine whether your body is properly absorbing the required mineral or not from the foods we eat. It seems to me that pH seems to go off before I get sick. So these meters can really be a prevention as well.
Another lesson I learned from these pH meters is my body is most acidic between 2.00 am to 3.00 am. This is the time when your body has maximum toxic load. It is also the time when your body needs to alkalize. This is why I take some baking soda if my pH suddenly become acid during the night and the necessity to drink more water than necessary during the night.
This is probably the reason why most people die between 2-3 am. when they sleep - the body's toxic load is at maximum and people don't drink enough water before they are sleeping (too lazy to go to bathroom) or alkalize their blood before they sleep. Acidic pH also reveals you are eating too much meats, porks or snacks. These meters will tell you therefore what to eat.
And remember: the most healthy water to drink is dechlorinated water. Based on a research by Dr. Price, all chickens raised in dechlorinated water are free from heart problems and growth of chickens are well developed. While chickens on chlorinated water have heart problems and stunted growth. My bean sprouts normally grows about 1/2 inch using ordinary water. When I added a dechlorinator, it grew during the same period about 6 inches. Also, our body absorbs a lot of chlorine while taking a bath, you need to add a dechlorinator there as well or else your body will absorb chlorine.
I got a little known meter called Index for pH meter, conductivity meter, and Oxidation Reduction Potential meter. If I have any money left, I will try to get a Refractometer which measures sugar levels between 1-10. In Bangkok, I think the have 1-100, which is less precise, but it is better than nothing.
I got my meters from a chemical supply company or a chemical equipment retailer, which sells it to me. Most of these devices are used in the field of agriculture, but it can equally and much more worthy if it is used for monitoring your own optimum health.
Let me summarize some of the devices here.
In my personal opinion, I think conductivity, is most important since it monitors the level of urine conductivity. This is important on two counts. One if the conductivity is too high, you don't drink enough water. Second, if conductivity is too low, you have a mineral imbalance, or electrolyte depleted. Your body is not properly hydrated and you are destroying your kidney from overwork if the conductivity is too high.
The second most important meter is the pH meter, which monitors of course your salivary (digestive system) pH and urinary (mineral balance) pH. By keeping your pH ideally at 6.4 (the allowable range is pH 6.1-6.8). At this range all major mineral (potassium, magnesium, calcium, molybdenum, etc.) are most readily absorbed by the body. If your pH is acidic, you will suffer from colds, bacterial infection, fungus, etc. If your body is way too alkaline, your body's digestive is not working properly or the foods are poorly digested. Any values above or below optimum will indicate mineral and electrolyte imbalance.
The third meter I have as yet to discover its important role. It is a popular meter in the alternative health field, which measures whether your body is reducing or oxidizing. What I DO KNOW is that your body's ORP should be lower than that of water. There is an optimum ORP for saliva at 180-220 millivolts and urine of 30-45 millivolts.
What this means is that if your urinary ORP measurements is over 50, it means you are aging rapidly. It means that you are electron deficient. It means that your body anionic/cationic ratios is badly imbalanced. You need to take anionic mineral supplements, or microwater, such as magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc.
You need to drink dechlorinated, defluoridated water. However, if your ORP is below the optimum range, it might mean that you are taking too much anionic foods, which is rare.
The exception is me, I am overdoing it because of the fear of cationic foods, medicines etc. 90% of our processed foods and medicines are cationic and not very health promoting.
In general, I would conclude that ORP looks at how fast you are aging or degrading if it is over the ORP optimum range. One valuable information of ORP has to do with ORP that is way over the optimum, when your body is oxidizing it also means that you might have heavy metal toxicity.
This means there is a lot of free metal radicals accumulating in your body and you may need EDTA therapy to remove the heavy metal out of the body. Long length of time of high ORP may mean heart attack. Oral EDTA might help. The product I use is disodium EDTA. Of course, chlorinated and fluoridate water causes high ORP readings also and you may have to remove this from your food supply.
The fourth meter, not attached here, is the Refractometer or Brix, which checks your sugar level. The optimum urinary Brix is about 1.5. If it is over 1.5 and your friend has a seizure it means you have a high intake of sugar and you must cut down on sugars as a cure for diabetic seizures. Very helpful device if you lack energy, have candida, chronic fatigue, or diabetic. It measures your energy level. Of course, since I haven't purchase this device yet, I will not tell you the details here.
As you can guess it is pretty straight forward device. It is a device which will help tell you when, what, and how much you should eat and drink. It tells you what is causing your health problems from what kinds of foods your body is not accepting. It will also tell you whether all those supplements you are taking is any good. It will also tell you what food is good for you and what foods are bad for you. It will tell you are getting sick before you are sick. In other words, it tells you a lot.
Because of my recent experiments with bean sprouts, I find it necessary to ALWAYS add hydrogen peroxide to the water I drink. Besides, that it is also necessary that I add dechlorinator (only from Sodium thiosulfate please!) and fluoride inhibitor (sodium tetraborate - borax or sodium perborate). A possible fluoride remove is magnesium oxide (but you must leave it in water for 48 hours) which is too long for me.
Now all these information is not all inclusive. If your urine has an ammonia smell, it means your body needs potassium bicarbonate supplements. Most diets are potassium deficient. There is also a possibility you are hydrochloric acid deficient.
Another that I have not shown concerns your urinary nitrate. If your urine has high nitrates of 3 ppm or above, it means you either been eating nitrate rich foods such as bologna, hotdogs, etc. or that your body's is having bacteria infection from nitrate producing bacteria from insufficient Hydrocholoric acid. Magnesium chloride or hydrochloric acid supplements might help restore this deficiency. Of course you need to buy them from the garden shop to tests these yourself.
Somebody has recently inquired me about other meters. Well one another meter might be helpful is ammonia meters. Of course, if your body has high ammonia, supplementation of potassium bicarbonate will help. BUT there is a possibility that your body is also accumulating excess free medical radicals in your heart such as free metal iron as well as other heavy metal toxicity. In this case ORP meter will go way over the optimum confirming the possibility that you might need to take EDTA and magnesium supplements. (Magnesium Chloride helps detoxify the liver somewhat).
This is just a summary of my understanding. Of course I cannot give you any references material since I live in a third world country and books from U.S. are prohibitively expensive here. Therefore, I decided to make my own interpretation, understanding, and observations"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "For the past 2 weeks of experimentation with myself and all the different indicators, I can conclude the following:
As mentioned previously, conductivity is most important and pH comes second. Too conductive means you are taking too little water and lack of conductivity means you lack electrolyte balance and you need to add more to the diet.
I will explain more about controlling pH in this email:
I found that the best way to control pH at optimal range is to use potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate. These are two very practical ways to get your acid pH urine/saliva up to the optimum. Our diets are usually acid. Acids burn out our cells and causes accelerated aging. Bicarbonate are slightly alkaline and provides the body with the bicarbonate diet needed by the body. The best time to take it is whenever your pH is most acidic, which is during the night. It is best used when pH is around 5.6-5.9 (urinary). However if the pH is below that then somewhat more stronger akalinity is needed. In which case, I turn to potassium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate mixture. So if you take these, then both your salivary and urinary pH optimum should aligned close to each other. The usual dosage for me is 1/2 teaspoon (of potassium bicarbonate), 1/2-1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, now if my pH is very acid, I add 1/8 teaspoon of potassium carbonate).
The reason I don't mention about magnesium bicarbonate is the difficulty of making them for most people who are reading this. The method consists of using one tablespoon of magnesium carbonate to be dissolved in a closed soda water. (You use one of those 1.5 to 2 liter bottles of Coke or Pepsi). Once the cloudy solution is cleared you are done. If it remains cloudy you may need to add more soda water. Magnesium is very important, but I take it from magnesium chloride instead. In rare instances of those who are alkaline (which means pH goes over 7), then it means your digestion is not working. In this case you need to make your body more acidic. The best way, at least for me is to take vitamin C, or sodium acetate (which is vinegar and baking soday mixed together), which is slightly acidic. On the other hand, you can just take vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
The mentioned way of stabilizing your pH is a quick fix, however in the long run, the best way is to eat more alkali forming foods if you are acidic, and acid forming food if you are alkali.
The easy way to remember what foods are acid forming or alkali forming is simple: acid forming foods are protein foods (chickens, pork, meat, beef, eggs and starches) and alkali forming are vegi foods (nuts, vegetables, and fruits).
The reason why we get cancer, virus, etc. usually has very much to do with eating too much acid forming foods. When we eat acid forming foods we also get high nitrates, ammonia wastes, etc.) It is very hard on our body. On the flip side, if we eat too much alkali forming food we get groggy, tired and weak. Moderation is best.
For those people who measure pH you will find that you will constantly (almost everyday) have to alkalize our body because we have obviously very bad diet, even for health conscious people like me!
For those people who measure conductivity, you will find you have take water a lot more often (especially in the night) in case you are already taking supplements. For most people I would imagine that their conductivity will be low, in which case they will have to take mineral supplements or perhaps fulvic acid as well as electrolytes.
It is a bitter learning experience, as these meters will reveal, we don't take care of our bodies as well as we take care of our shiny cars, or the clothes we wear"
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04/28/2011: Monette from Santa Rosa Beach, FL replies: "Ted, I have been concerned about my health since using the orp meter. Each morning I have been testing my urine, its been consistantly around 6. 3 to 6. 9 and -135 mv. Can you please tell me what I can do to get into the normal range? Im 42 years old and thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle until I read your post about optimal ranges (which seemed to be all positive numbers)"
04/28/2011: Monette from Santa Rosa Beach, Fl replies: "I sent a post regarding measuring my urine Ph by orp meter. I forgot to mention to you that I was exposed to extreme levels of volital substances and detoxing by oral detox suplements and powders. I am getting really concerned and do not know what to do with the negative readings in my urine, on my orp meter. Can you Please shed some light on this?"
09/16/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, USA: "Where do I get a PH test at? a pharmacy or a health food store? Pardon my ignorance."
EC: We've seen them sold at certain pharmacies and also health food stores like Whole Foods. Otherwise, check google: http://www.google.com/products?q=ph+test+strips&hl=en&aq=1&oq=Ph+Tes