How to Test Your pH at Home
Why would you even want to test your pH at home?
Well, your body’s pH is very important for healthy cell growth. You will fight pathogens like Candida, viruses, bad bacteria, and parasites much more easily with a pH between 6.8-7.2. It will also help you to avoid cancer!
I went over some tips on how to raise the body’s pH in last week’s article, Alkaline vs. Acid in the Body and Gut. You might want to read that really quickly to get the whole story.
The blood will retain a pH of 7.25-7.45 at all times to keep you alive. If your body is alkaline, this is easy. If your body is acidic, your body will steal minerals from your bones to regulate the blood pH. This commonly leads to things like osteoporosis. This also takes a lot of energy and can make you very tired and encourage illness, weight gain, cancer, and gingivitis. Candida and parasites thrive in a body that is overly acidic.
How to Test Your pH at Home
So now, as promised, I’m going to explain how to test your pH at home!
Test Saliva pH
We’re testing your saliva first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake, before eating or drinking anything and before brushing your teeth, with all of whatever has washed up in there while you were sleeping. Eeeew. I know. But it’s important that it doesn’t mix with food or drink because that would alter your saliva’s pH and not be a true measure of your body’s pH.
Print out the tracking sheet above. That’s where you’re going to track your results for the next 6 days. Our body’s pH can vary widely, especially in a body with Candida, so it’s important to track over a period of at least 6 days to get the whole picture.
Simply purchase pH test strips from your local health food store or online. Then to test your saliva, simply rip off a couple inches of the pH test strip and rest the end of it under your tongue for 2-3 seconds, just long enough to get it wet with saliva, and then match the color to the guide on the test strip roll.
Lower pH numbers indicate a more acidic level, and higher numbers indicate a more alkaline level. Record your results on your pH test tracking sheet. Optimal saliva pH is between 6.8 and 7.2.
Test Urine pH
1st Morning Urine:
You’re going to test your urine pH twice each morning, also for 6 days in a row.
The first time will be after you’ve slept at least 4 hours- so probably the first time you wake up at night to pee or, if you’re lucky enough to sleep 8 hours in a row, that’s when you’ll test your first morning urine.
Just pee on the end of the pH strip and wait for the color to change, then record your results.
This first pH reading should be more acidic than the second one.
While we sleep, the body should be doing some massive clean-up work removing acid from the joints. You then eliminate it through urine. This should show up in the first urine pH test.
Remember, lower numbers (yellow) indicate more acid and higher numbers (green) indicate more alkaline.
2nd Morning Urine
Try to test your 2nd morning urine before eating if you can. The result should be higher than the 1st morning urine, as it will be collected after you’ve eliminated your acid load from the day before (which was the 1st morning urine).
The acids should be gone by the 2nd time you pee, and the pH here indicates what your body chemistry is like during the day.
Ideally, this reading will be between 6.8 and 7.2.
Keep your results and re-test your pH every 4-6 weeks to track your progress.
Keep me posted on how you do! I’m totally interested!
On a similar note… We’re doing a fun 5-Day challenge in my Facebook group starting Monday, May 27, that will help with raising your body’s pH! It’s the Anti-Candida 5-Day Food Is Medicine Challenge!
You’re going to get 5 days’ worth of delicious Anti-Candida recipes that will help raise your pH and show you how much fun it can be to express your creativity while eating the Anti-Candida diet.
And we’re going to meet live in the Facebook group every day of the challenge for extra training and support. It’s going to be a wild, fun ride!
Please join us!