Can someone tell me how to do a ph test? I'm not sure where to find a kit perhaps? Also, what is the appropriate ph for saliva or urine? God bless all the smart people who take their health in their own hands.Thank you for a wonderful site, I never take allopathic medicine, but can spend alot of money in my cooky natural experiments. It's nice to know what really works for other people,makes my experiments much more affordable!
EC: Lots of information regarding the subject on our pH page!
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)
(Ottawa, On Canada)
I've been using peroxide since 2006 (one year before I found Earth Clinic). Up until this past January, I would take breaks from using 1 1/2 teaspoons with 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 1/3 litres of water. I'm using it to increase energy, and hopefully reduce long term mycoplasma. Since January, I've increased to almost 1 tablespoon of peroxide, and a rounded 1/2 teaspoon of borax. Although if I'm fatigued which is quite often, I don't feel much increased energy, but I've noticed my PH is much more consistent, between 7 and 7. 35. I'm just getting concerned if this dose is safe long term. (By the way, since Canada has restricted access to food grade peroxide March, 2009, the price for one gallon has increased from $8. 00 - bulk buy, to $75. 00! ! And that's if you can find a gallon. It's mostly available after registering with the government and buying a large drum. I am looking for Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) which I've recently discovered has been re-labelled as Water Purification Drops (WPD) here in Canada, so hopefully I'll be able to switch to this soon.
(New Albany, Indiana)
Yet again a bit of scientific information has led to so called scare intensity in populations.. I am a nutritionist and a biochemist dealing specifically in conductivity and acid/base balance.. I do agree that certain foods exhibit either a positive or negative balance on the body, esp. with regards to pH..what i have question marks about is the fact that the pH of our stomach and parts of our small intestines are acidic, and therefore need to be acidic in order to break down and absorb nutrients effectively..Also i would not recommend whatsoever self administration of compounds in order to maintain pH levels within a so-called "desirable" range, does any of your readers know of the deleterious effects of these compounds on the cells lining the throat, alimentary cannal, stomach etc..The pH of your stomach is about 2, so any of these compound's pH will be effected from the stomach on..The reason why the stomachs pH is 2 is in order to break down foods, making then suitable for absorption in the small intestine.
hi, I have been recommended lemon shot ie. juice of 2 lemons+equal amount of water for flushing off excessive acidity from the body and as a good neutraliser as lemon turns alkaline post digestion. After visiting your website I have found that you recommend ACV much more than Lemon. Kindly reply as which one is better option. what are the precautions to be taken when we use both of them. Thank you. regards. Ujwala
(Cape Town, South Africa)
Hi am confused about using lime or lemon with baking soda.. We get both here in Melbourne but which one is more beneficial. Please solve my confusion. Thank you earth clinic for such a wonderful site.
Lemons and Limes
I'm still confused. I have read the list of foods that are the most alkalizing and acidifying to the body. Both lemons and limes are listed as some of the most alkalizing fruits. Apparently there is some internal process that treats these citric acids as alkalizers. If this is true, is ascorbic acid, without the addition of any baking soda, an alkalizing supplement or an acidifying supplement?
Well, after recently recommending that someone should use pH test strips, I thought to check my own pH this morning. I was excited to see that it was about 6.5, which I believe was a great number for the morning, especially when I had had coffee. Then I realized that perhaps the pH was good because I had been drinking an alkalizing drink yesterday, and have been for days, since I discovered a new recipe. I thought I ought to share my recipe. This is really helping me to stay hydrated in the heat because it is so delicious that I drink a lot of it!
Lime Alkalizing Drink
- About 8 fresh basil leaves
- 1/4-1/2 cup of lime juice (I have bottles of organic lime juice that I am using for this. I don't measure, this is a range I think I am using.)
- 1/2 gallon of water
- 15 drops of Stevia
- Put basil leaves in the bottom of a glass jar. Pour lime juice over leaves. Use the end of a wooden spoon to bruise the basil leaves in the juice. Add water. Add Stevia. Refrigerate. Drink as desired.
Fresh basil is my second favorite thing about summer. (Fresh tomatoes are my first.)
Basil is easy to grow and can be easily grown in a container on a porch or maybe even in a sunny window.
~Mama to Many~
I have GERD and have had to learn to keep my system more alkaline. I drink 2 t. ACV with 1 t. Honey three times a day (30 Minutes before meals). I also take two mineral capsules each day and 2 potassium capsules per day. My ph stays 6.5 to 7.0 all the time (both saliva and urine). My question is, why don't we hear more about minerals for balancing ph? They are wonderful for your body as we get older. Many of us don't need to put sodium in our bodies because of high blood pressure and other issues. Also we don't need to put too much calcium. Minerals are wonderful. The really good ones are in capsules, not hard compressed pills. M______J______ makes wonderful minerals and you can get them at most health food stores. I'd love to have your input on the wonderful world of minerals. The B____gg folks certainly recommend them to go along with the ACV.
I'm taking 2000 mgs of MSM and my PH level has gone from 6.5 to 7.5. I was taking baking soda but that's a hassle trying to take it in between meals. I just realized this today bc I was actually taking the MSM for my terrible arthritis, so now I hope it helps resolve my pain.
I just bought a pH/ORP combo meter. The ORP piece of the combo meter is factory calibarated. In taking a few urine readings, most of those readings (8 in total) were positive which ranged from 2 to 200 with only 2 readings that were negative (-15 and -19). This didn't make too much sense as for the most part I am feeling well with the exception of some brain fog issues. I started to panic a bit thinking I was a walking cancer time bomb waiting to explode... To further research, I called the vendor and asked them about negative ORP readings and their response was that the platinum probe needs to be oxidized by dipping and storing the meter in distilled vinegar solution for about 3 days initially. However, I was just reading one of Ted from Bangkok's responses to Hasan in the "ph_questions" section where he mentioned that we want to ensure that the ORP meter is cleaned and stored in a KCL solution to "prevent" oxidation. Now, I am very confused.... Has anyone run into an issue like this? What is everyone doing to ensure their ORP meters are indeed providing accurate readings (positive or negative)?
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
I did some urinary PH testings of my parents and sister and myself. The readings varied (PH 5.1, ORP -2) (PH 6.3, ORP -70) (PH 7.0, ORP -89) (PH 7.3, ORP -75). The objective I understand, is to be able to raise the negative ORP levels -150 and up on the negative scale. For an individual that could mean raising their PH level to 7.5 to achieve that, the other 7.0 might do the trick, but the objective is the higher negative ORP readings and not so much PH. I read on other websites that PH levels between 6.5 and 8.0 are ok neutral. This may give a range for each individual to work with to obtain higher negative ORP readings. Is this a good way to start? When I started this venture 2 months ago, my 3 week PH reading average was 5.8, ORP 50, the next 3 weeks was PH 6.4, ORP -50, this current 3 week stretch in progress is sitting at PH 6.9, ORP -75. It may take another month with a PH of 7.5 to possibly achieve -150 ORP. The relationship of PH and ORP appears proportional to each individual.
Question for Ted about parasites, mold, and candida
I have some questions about the body's ph. If you keep the urine ph between 6.5 and 7.0, can parasites, candida, and mold live in that? Or do we need to do something else for those things. I have GERD and am keeping my body more alkaline by drinking the ACV and baking soda, and minerals. Will that take care of the hpylorie, candida, mold, and parasites if I have those also?
Something to Think About, Regarding pH -
pH is all about water. Your pH is the pH of the water in your body.
Regardless of whether "your" pH is too acidic or too alkaline, the *reason* it's "too" something is because of "too much" of what's IN it. It's CONCENTRATED and it's concentrated because you're DEHYDRATED. Which, most people are, but the point is that the BEST buffer and the way the body FIXES itself is with WATER. Plain old water. Not tea, not juice - WATER. Which is what creates the profound time difference between starving to death and dying of dehydration. The body needs a constant, steady supply of plain WATER. There's no way around that.
Regardless of which system is handling which problem. it's handling it with WATER.
Too acidic, too alkaline, it doesn't matter. It's ALL just dirty water. In a properly hydrated system, it's created by normal "housecleaning" but the body knows when it's housecleaning and "dumping" dirty water and refilling with clean water is all part of the process so it's temporary. UNLESS you're DEHYDRATED. In which case, it's chronic and ALL of the housekeeping your body is trying to perform is an attempt to clean things up and keep you alive is being done with DIRTY WATER. It has no CHOICE when you're dehydrated. It MUST use dirty water 24/7, when you're dehydrated. It can stretch things out by rationing and even by sacrificing less vital organs by taking them off the housekeeping schedule - but not forever. Systems will be breaking down the whole time.
THAT'S emergency mode and most people are operating from that state of dehydration and dirty water. Water you wouldn't even want to TOUCH, let alone wash in or drink. Filthy, dirty water.
SOO, set the timer on your phone to go off every 2 hours during waking hours and drink 10 good gulps of water when it goes off. 10 gulps. That's it. Easy peasy. That's about 8 ounces. Every two hours for 16 hours a day. That's 8 cups of water. Even if you THINK you drink plenty of water, which, for some reason, people convince themselves they do when they don't - do it for a week. And that's PLAIN water. No baking soda, no mineral powders no herbs - just plain water.
Trying to heal or feed an organ or subsystem that the body is deliberately sacrificing to keep you alive is pointless and using chemicals in an attempt to force it to abandon those efforts and do what the puny brain wants it to do is dangerous.
Your body knows what to do but it needs water to do it and clean PLAIN water to do it correctly and effectively. Every bodily function requires water. CLEAN water. NOT water full of the stuff you're trying to use to fix the effects of not drinking enough water.
Once you start a regular regiment of drinking it, you'll start recognizing the body's signals that it needs more. Signals that are probably mistaken for hunger or other cravings.
I just re-read most of the sites articles on alkalinizing your body. It appears that many people do not have a feel for the value of the term, pH. To show that my chemical engineering degree from 50 years ago was not in vain.....pH is the negative logarithm of the concentration of the Hydrogen ions. A pH of 7 is neutral, below is acid and above is alkaline. However, it is not linear ...... a pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than 7 and a pH of 5 is 20 times more acidic than 7. So you can see why you should be alarmed if your pH is in the 5's. You are not just a little acidic....... you a whole lot, and need to get on Ted's alkalizing program. I only know what I read as far as where your pH should be, but I hope this gives folks a feel for what the numbers really mean. One poster said that a pH of 6.4 is very acid. No it's not....... it is slightly acid. This in intended to give non technical people a better feel for what the pH numbers really mean.
We do not use a pH meter. We use individual pH strips and they are pretty accurate. The roll pH paper is almost worthless. It is not very accurate and you are doing Kentucky windage to rely on this measurement. I agree with most on this site that getting your body alkaline is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
(In The Valley, Ca)
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)
What kind of pH strips do you use/where do you purchase these, for testing acidity/alkalinity? Also, is your urine what you test? If it is urine that is tested, should you test it first thing in the morning, or when during the day? Thanks