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How Do I Test My PH Level?

Updated April 17, 2017

"pH" refers to "potential of hydrogen" and measures acidity/alkalinity on a logarithmic scale of zero to 14. A pH of seven indicates a neutral solution, whereas lower numbers indicate acidity and higher numbers indicate alkalinity. Natural health specialists believe that an unbalanced pH level in the human body can cause health issues. To test your pH level, you can purchase a kit and follow a simple procedure for measuring the acidity/alkalinity of your body's tissues and fluids.

Purchase diagnostic pH test strips. Make sure to purchase strips intended for use in measuring body fluids, specifically urine and saliva. Do not purchase another form of pH test strips, such as test strips intended to measure the alkalinity of pool or aquarium water. Locate and purchase your pH test strips online through a retailer or an independent natural health store.

Read and follow the test kit's instructions carefully. Pay close attention to instructions for obtaining a sample of the fluid you intend to test, usually urine or saliva. You may need to make sure that the sample size is large enough to dip the pH strip into the liquid you plan to test.

Expose the pH strip to the liquid by wetting the strip with the fluid or dipping the strip into the liquid. If you dip the strip into the fluid, hold it in place for several seconds. Remove it from the liquid and compare it to the reference chart that accompanied your test kit to determine the acidity or alkalinity of your urine or saliva.

Test your pH level at least two days per week and several times during the day to measure your pH balance over time. Test your urine or saliva up to one hour before a meal or up to two hours after a meal, as recommended by NaturalHealthSchool.com. According to NaturalHealthSchool.com, saliva and urine pH levels that fall between 6.5 and 7.5 during the day indicate a healthy pH.

Tip

A pH test commonly yields a low pH level, indicating an overabundance of acidity in the body's saliva or urine. Doctors and natural health specialists sometimes recommend diet changes, vitamins or supplements to address the imbalance.

Warning

Consult your doctor before beginning any type of program or plan designed to treat a pH imbalance.

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Lynn Mathews is a freelance writer with a background in journalism and marketing. She holds a bachelor's degree in English/journalism and has been writing for more than 10 years. Most recently, her writing has appeared on eHow.