Alkaline/Acid - A Delicate Balance
from Jana Mitcham
September 15, 2003
The body is a very delicate machine. It runs best when it is in a state of homeostasis or balance. One area of balance that is key and critical is the pH Balance or what we refer to as the Alkaline/Acid balance. This is a delicate balance -- some systems are a little acid, some a little alkaline and the slightest variation (even 1/100th) can cause us concern. To see the proper way to test your pH balance and potential, refer to the testing procedures that are now attached to the website descriptions of your Vitacorp products that assist this delicate balance: Coral Calcium+ and Vita Enhanced Water.
The Saliva pH Test
Would you like a simple test that can help you participate in planning for your good health? Of course you would. That is what tracking your personal pH can do for you.
Testing your pH levels is not about diagnosing or treating disease. It is about keeping track of how well your body is handling your particular diet and lifestyle. The test is to tell you whether your body is alkaline and creating the environment for good health or whether it is acid and creating an environment that usually leads to poor health. The Acid/Alkaline scale runs from 0-14. 0-6.9 would register as acid, 7 would be neutral and above 7 would be alkaline. There is a desirable alkaline range. With saliva and for our purposes of good health, that range may be a slightly acid 6.8 on the first test, to an alkaline level of 8 or even 8.5 on the 2nd test.
What do You Test With?
You want to use a pH paper designed specifically to indicate pH values. Check your pharmacy or health food store for a narrow range pH paper that measures about 5.5 to 8 or 8.5. There are generally two types of paper: those that are not graduated and just turn one color to indicate acid and one color to indicate alkaline (this is not the type that you want) and those that are treated to measure pH in about two tenths increments and show this with a range of color from yellow to blue (this is the type that you want).
How Do You Test?
You want to “control” the elements of the test. Random tests are subject to all sorts of stimuli and can be inaccurate and misleading. For example, to prepare for a saliva test, don’t eat, drink, chew gum, or put anything else in your mouth except water for at least two hours prior to testing. Now you are ready for the first test.
Some people only do one test. If you do this, it will give you an indication of whether your saliva is acid or alkaline. To do this, start with a clean mouth. Fill your mouth with saliva, swallow and repeat this procedure. This will help ensure that your saliva is clean. Next, put some saliva onto the pH paper. It is best not to touch the paper to your tongue. Some experts suggest that you let the saliva drop onto a glass or plastic surface and then test. This is especially beneficial if you have been sick.
THE RESULTS: You should get 1 of 3 colors: yellow, green or blue. Yellow would be very acid, green-yellow would be about 6.5 or lower, blue is about 7.1 and dark blue is about 7.5. You would hope to achieve a range of 7.1 to 7.5 (if you are testing first thing in the morning, you might get a 6.8 and as you get closer to eating and the saliva flows, this should move up to about 7.1.) Record this number.
The purpose of doing a second test is to indicate whether or not your body has the alkaline reserves that it needs to address the acidity of your diet and other environmental factors. This is very important to know. Do this test after eating a meal or sucking on a lemon or Chewable Vitamin C. Place the Vitamin C tablet in your mouth and suck on it until the entire mouth is coated, spit it out, swallow four times; then check the pH of your saliva as you did in Test 1. Compare the color and write down the number. If you are doing the comparison after eating a meal, wait for 15 minutes after eating; then test your pH level. Now compare your results to your first test.
THE RESULTS: The alkaline levels of your saliva should be greater after chewing the vitamin C or eating a meal, therefore, the pH level should rise. This means that if you were blue, you should be a darker blue OR if you were yellow you should be green, etc. If the pH level does not rise within the pH ranges, then your alkaline mineral reserves are low. With this test, the object is for the pH to rise, no matter what the first number was. If it changes to a higher number/color, that is good. Of course, some goods are better than others and we would hope that your change was blue to dark blue or, at least green to blue.
Whether you choose to do one or two tests is up to you. We would encourage you to do two for the best indication of how your body is adjusting to your daily lifestyle and just what you might expect to see on your “Good” or “Bad” Health Horizon.
If You Are Acid
You need to address mineral reserves with Vita Enhanced Water and Coral Calcium Plus. You want to include more of the alkalizing foods in your diet. And, you want to start as soon as possible. It can take 90 days or more to begin restoring your alkalinity. So, don’t test everyday! And, realize that as your body begins to adjust, it could briefly get more acid. The important thing is to start on the road to good health and stay there.
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