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{Here is my quick take on this. Dive straight into the topic. Stop beating around the bush. See my intro}

So, you have purchased a cool ph. test strip kit and you can’t wait to put it into effective use… but wait. You just realized that you do not know the beginning, middle or end of how to use the damn things.

Relax.

It is actually easy to use a ph. test kit to monitor your body’s ph. level.

The first thing that you will need to understand is how to interpret the readings…

It is effortlessly easy and inexpensive to measure your body’s ph. All you need to do is purchase pH test strips. There are very many outlets including health stores and online shops from where you can purchase these strips. The cost of the strips ranges from $8 to $12.

 

Why should you test your body’s pH levels?

There are a number of reasons why you should regularly test your body’s pH levels. The main reason however is so that you’re able to keep record of your body’s health. The average pH level of a healthy person should be around 7.35 (slightly alkaline).

A pH of below 7 shows acidity in the body and is a clear indication of poor and ill health. With such a pH, you could be experiencing symptoms like mood swings (particularly common in ladies), pains & aches, low body energy, poor sleep or a sharp increase in body weight. If your pH is five or lower (four, three, two or one) then you could be probably very sick or about to experience serious symptoms. To reverse an acidic state in the body, you need to eat foods that are more alkaline. These foods will help in shifting your body pH towards 7.35.

 

How to test your body’s pH

The first thing that you should do when you want to test your body’s pH using pH test strips is ensure that you buy high quality strips that are accurate in measuring pH levels in the body. These test strips also called litmus papers are manufactured uniquely such that they make it easy for people to estimate the degree of acidity or basicity in their body fluids such as urine. The next thing you should do after acquiring these strips is prepare for the test.

 

How to prepare for pH tests

This is achieved by preparing your test strips. If you have purchased the yellow paper tape, you should break a 2-3 inch piece of the strip. On the other hand, if you are going to use a plastic strip test there’s no preparation needed, as these strips are usually ready to use.

You should dip the strips in your urine (about 5cm3) and record the pH value, the date and time of the test. You should maintain clear records of your body’s pH value by taking these tests for at least 2 weeks. You will note that if you are healthy, there are times your pH will be around 7.4 and other times 6.9 (especially after eating).

Results

If the average of your body’s pH results falls below 6.5, then this is an indication that there are not enough alkaline reserves in your body and your body cannot be able to buffer acids. Acidic pH values show that the body is lacking in minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. To offset this imbalance, you should   increase your intake of alkaline foods such as green leafy vegetables (raw) and lower the consumption of foods with high animal proteins.