I will try to keep this as simple as possible. My first encounter with the pH or potential of hydrogen was in grade 10 in a chemistry lesson.

What is the pH or potential of Hydrogen?

In simple words, the pH or potential of hydrogen tells the relative level of acidity or alkalinity in a substance. That substance can be a liquid or a solid.

pH Scale:

The pH value can vary on a scale from 1 to 14. Based on the pH level that we measure in several different ways, we will discuss this later in this post, it can be acidic when ranged below 7 or alkaline when ranged above 7. If the pH is at 7, it is said to be neutral.

pH scale
pH scale

A very important fact about the pH that you should know about is that like the Richter scale, a pH of 3 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 4 and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 5 and this is how you should look at it when comparing the different foods or substances on the pH spectrum.


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The pH and us:

Some very smart people believe that the key to staying healthy is to keep a balanced pH. Our body is made of 70% water. All our organs basically live in that water; hence, any change in our inner water pH will affect the performance of each of them. The human body is the most complex, yet perfect machine one can think of; if our organs start to fail by themselves, health practitioners should look for the root cause instead of trying to fix the symptoms like the conventional medicine currently does with all degenerative diseases. Drs have noticed that all cancer patients have a lower than normal pH; their body tends to be acidic. On the contrary, Dr. Otto Warburg, a German Physiologist, and medical doctor won the Nobel price in physiology in 1931 for proving that cancer cells cannot survive in alkaline environments, a fully oxygenated body for instance.

A pH in the right range will keep the organs in good working condition and our immune system will be able to heal us from most health issues.

pH scale Health State
pH scale Health State

Measuring the body pH

You must be wondering whether to believe me or not. Don’t believe me, just keep an open mind and research it for yourself; the best way to actually confirm all this is by giving it a try. What do you have to lose right? You can measure your current body pH level, then change your diet into 80% alkaline forming food and 20% acid forming food and check it again after a few weeks. Another option, that I personally recommend because that is what I do, is to change your diet, but also include high alkaline water in your diet. The alkaline water will help fight any other acidosis agents that you have no control over such as stress, pesticides, fertilizers, etc.

So how do you measure your pH?

Most people use pH strips and you can find them at your local drugstore or online.

The human body has two readily available secretions from which the pH can be measured: Urine and saliva.

When using urine, to get an accurate result, it is recommended to measure it at the same time in the morning with the first and second morning urine. The result will give a general idea of the overall body pH state. Write down the pH value for the first test. Do the same for the second test and then sum the two values and divide by two to get the average which will represent your urinary pH level. Your goal when adjusting your diet is to get your morning urinary pH between 6.5 and 7.5.

When using the saliva, expect the reading to be very close to your urinary pH. You can also use pH strips to test your saliva pH. Wait a couple of hours after any dring or meal then swallow your saliva a couple of times to make sure the measurement won’t get affected by your last meal, then put enough saliva in a container and place a strip in the saliva.

Repeat this process for thirty days at least to monitor the change. While in the process of switching your diet also test your pH variation between meals to see how your body react to meals, for instance between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. Ideally, between those meals, your pH should be between 7.2 and 7.4; however, if you measure it too close after a meal, do not be surprised to see values all the way above 8.2, which is good as it means your body minerals level is great.