How to Monitor your body pH

Monitoring Urine pH for Good Health

One of the most crucial aspects of the human metabolism has to do with the balance of acid versus alkaline throughout our system,” states Professor Jurgen Vormann, a world authority in alkaline research. (1)

Overnight, while we rest, the kidneys are filtering the blood, and using alkaline minerals and bicarbonates to buffer (neutralize) acidic wastes. This helps keep the body’s fluids properly pH balanced.

The first-morning pH reading will determine whether the body was able to do this efficiently. It represents the pH reading for the previous 24 hours and is an indication of whether the body has adequate alkaline minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Testing regularly in the morning can help to keep your daily wellness program on track and will also help uncover potential health challenges long before signs or symptoms appear.

How to Monitor your body’s pH – with pH Paper 

The following test is an easy way to measure your body’s state of pH balance. Using the first-morning urination, moisten a 1/2 inch strip of pH paper with a drop of urine, or place the edge of the strip into the urine stream very briefly.

Immediately match the colour on the moistened strip to the colour on the pH colour guide provided in the dispenser (see image), noting the corresponding pH value. An ideal pH reading would register between 6.4 and 7.4.

Test the first-morning urine as many days per week as possible.

If the pH reading is consistently below 6.4, this indicates your system is most likely in a state of low-grade acidosis and low is alkaline minerals.

Note: For this first-morning reading to be most accurate, the test requires a minimum of 6 hours of overnight rest without urination. (2)  If you do not usually sleep for 6 hours without rising to urinate, try modifying your routine and do the test whenever you are close to the 6-hour window.
Alternatively, collect the night-time urine in a bottle and add to the first-morning urine, then test the accumulated urine upon rising.

Initially (until you have consistent positive results for a period of at least 2 weeks) use only the first-morning pH urine test.

The urine pH reading reflects the pH of the blood (the most important body fluid to be pH balanced).

Though the urine test will provide the most accurate results, you could perform a proper saliva test.

First thing in the morning, rinse your mouth with clean water, then generate some fresh saliva (think of eating a tart lemon) then deposit a small amount of the saliva into a container. Place the edge of the strip of pH paper into the droplet of saliva, compare it with the pH chart.

Please note:  pH paper (also known as Hydrion or litmus paper) is impregnated with mixtures of chemical indicator dyes. Do not put pH paper in your mouth.

A roll of pH paper (with a pH range 5.5 – 8.0) can be purchased from a Health Food Retailer or online retailer – cost $10-14/roll. Each roll provides 100 or more tests.


RoseMarie’s References:

  1. Vormann, J., Ochsenham, P., The Alkaline Solution: Surviving the Modern Western Diet, madhouseMEDIA, 2016, pg. 5.
  2. How to test body pH balance: A pathway to alkaline stability. June 23, 2015