What is the pH Scale?

If you had asked me how I measured on the pH scale before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I would have had to tell you I haven't a clue as to what you are talking about. I vaguely remembered that pH may have had something to do with high school chemistry.   Needless to say I had no idea how important the scale would be later in my life.

Today, I have learned to use this simple procedure to tell if my body is healthy or if I am falling into the sickness mode. Knowing your pH is the most important measure you will use to stay healthy!

Most Americans are Acid

Meat products can cause an acid condition in the body.

This acid condition is caused by the foods that we eat and the excessive stress levels that the modern living creates. Diseases flourish in an acid environment. The human body is designed to be slightly alkaline instead of acid, although the body is acid by function (breathing, digestion, dealing with acid foods and drink).

Some areas of the body have different pH values but the blood is the major indicator that tells the overall wellness of our bodies. We have 30 plus feet of digestive system that allows for a slow passage of food to extract nutrients that the body survives on.

Plant based foods are very alkaline.

Plant based foods, which are mostly alkaline foods, are the principal ingredients that keep us healthy and work well in this slow moving human digestive system.

Excessive consumption of animal products create an acid condition that may ultimately cause chronic diseases.

Carnivores, such as lions and tigers, have a short digestive tract that is highly acidic to rapidly break down the flesh of it's prey and expel the waste quickly. We are different!


Measuring Your Body's Acidity/Alkalinity by the pH Scale

Most of the world's cultures eat very minimal amounts of animal products and do not have the incidence of chronic diseases that Western Civilization does. As we have reviewed in "The China Study"when you consume more than 5% of your daily calorie intake in animal protein...chronic diseases start to creep in.

In the USA, our over all consumption of acid forming foods is heading us down the road to sickness and disease. Measuring your body's acidity/alkalinity by using the pH scale will give you a quick picture of your health, and assist you in making the right choices to achieve excellent health.

What Does pH Stand For?

The pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity of a liquid by determining the concentration of dissolved Hydrogen ions. A low pH has a high concentration of Hydrogen ions while a high pH has a low concentration of ions.

  • The pH scale is very simple...it is 0 - 14, with 0 - 7 being the acid side and 7 - 14 the alkaline or base scale.
  • Pure water is said to be neutral at 7.0 on the scale. As the numbers increase or decrease from the neutral position of 7.0, the intensity of each segment multiplies by a factor of 10.
  • You can now forget about all these fancy numbers and just remember that 0 - 7 is acid and 7 - 14 is base or alkaline.
The pH scale is very simple...it is 0 - 14, with 0 - 7 being the acid side and 7 - 14 the alkaline or base scale.The pH scale is very simple... 0 - 7 is acid and 7 - 14 is base or alkaline.

Measuring the pH

The simple pH test kit, that you can use at home whenever you want, will include a pH chart indicating how acid or alkaline your body is. This is an easy and practical way to test yourself. 

Measuring the urine is a better indicator of pH than checking the saliva. The urine pH should be slightly acid at 6.8 to 7.0. The best time to test the urine with the pH paper is first thing when you rise in the morning. This gives you a good indication of your body pH after you have slept the night without consuming food, and it is the best method to measure without blood testing.

You may want to test the saliva after meals just to see any trend. This will give you an idea of what effect the meal has made on your body pH...but remember that the urine testing is the best overall.

More about pH...

  • pH Balance in the Body - Diseases flourish in an acid environment. The human body is designed to be slightly alkaline.
  • pH of Food - to maintain a balanced pH in your blood and tissues, you should eat 70 - 80 percent alkaline foods and not more than 20 - 30- percent acid foods daily. 
  • The pH Paper - The pH paper is the simplest and most inexpensive way to see if you are on the right track to excellent health.
  • Alkaline Foods - are the key to good health!