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pH Balance (Measure of Acidity/Alkalinity)

Importance of pH balance
pH is a reflection of our body’s acidity and alkalinity.  It is also associated with cellular health and connexin function. Scientifically, pH is the acid-base balance of a solution; it represents the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution. An acid is a substance that produces hydrogen ions (H+) when dissolved in water (acidifies).  A base is a substance that produces hydroxyl ions (OH-) when dissolved in water (alkalinizes). The amount of acid or base in a solution is reported on the pH scale. Learn more about pH at ConnexinCollege course #103.

Measuring urine pH
Urine pH indicates how acidifying your diet is, letting you know that you may restore your body’s pH balance with minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc) and a more alkalizing diet. If the urine pH is constantly measured as acidic over long periods of time (months), it is indicative that the body is chronically producing large amounts of acid (most likely from acid-generating foods).  If your urine pH is constantly measured as alkaline over time, this is an indicator that your diet is overall net-alkalinizing and your body is not likely to be acidic.

There is a difference between urine pH and blood pH, blood pH varies very little, while urine pH varies greatly. When the body is chronically producing large amounts of acid, it forces the blood to buffer itself (in order to maintain a blood pH of 7.4) by removing calcium from the bone to neutralize the acid. Over time, this depletes your bones of calcium and causes diseases such as osteoporosis and conditions including kidney stones (which are just collections of calcium).  Chronic Acidosis can also affect your metabolism, weight and athletic performance.

When should I measure my pH?
Typically one should check urine pH 3-4 hours after a meal. At first, try to measure your pH everyday and even several times per day to understand how your meals affect your pH. Urine pH varies due to diet, hydration and metabolic factors and can change throughout the day. You can quickly learn what foods are acid-generating and which foods are alkalinizing (see ConnexinCuisine) and combined with the proper minerals and vitamins, you can easily learn how to regulate your pH.

How to check pH balance (Urine pH)?
All you need are good quality urine pH test strips Take a test strip and pass the colored end through your urine stream. Match the three colors to the chart on the box.  The number next to the closest 3-color match is your pH.
 
What do the numbers on the pH scale mean?
4.5 – 5.5 Acid-generating diet
6.0 – 6.5 Moderately acid-generating diet
7.0 - Neutral
7.0 – 7.5 Preferred, Slightly alkalinizing diet
8.0+ - Alkaline

What does my pH level mean?
The average American consumes an acidifying diet and on average has a urine pH of 5.5, whereas it is generally preferable to be at 7.0-7.5, an alkaline environment that enhances connexin molecule function. When your urine pH is below 7.0 (acidic), you remove minerals from your bones and organs.  As you age, this may lead to diseases, such as osteoporosis.

It is important to note that pH is measured on a log scale, which means that each one-point change in pH is actually a ten-fold change in acidity or alkalinity. For example the difference in acidity between a pH of 5.0 and 7.0 is not 2 but actually 100 times (10 x 10).

Natural Way to Balance pH
Improving pH is one element of The Molecular Fitness Lifestyle.  With MineralConnexin™ and MultiConnexin™ supplements, regular exercise and eating an alkalinizing diet (ph balance diet), you may see improved results in your health and performance.

Related Topic:

Urine pH vs Blood pH
pH Balance Diet