Measuring your pH value
To stay healthy, the body uses a wide range of regulating systems. One of these is the acid-alkaline system, which is essential to good health. An acid-alkaline imbalance (acidification) can be measured (approximately) relatively easily in urine using pH test strips.
The first measurement is used as the zero measurement. You can then monitor the progress of your acidity level by taking a new measurement every two weeks.
Decide on a test day and drink only water after 8 pm the evening before the test. Measure the acidity of your urine three times on the test day. Use your morning urine, which is the first urine after 6 in the morning.
Immerse the pH test strip in your morning urine for one second. It is important to do the measurement as quickly as possible because the acidity level of the urine can be influenced by the reaction with carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air. Now compare the colours on the test strip with the colour chart on the box to determine your pH value.
To obtain a realistic idea of your acidity level, a minimum of three test days in a row is necessary. We recommend starting the test day by measuring your morning urine and then measuring again in the afternoon and early evening.
By recording the pH values measured, you can calculate your average daily values by adding up the three measurements and dividing this by three. After the three test days, you add up the three average daily values and divide this total by three. The result is the average pH value for the three consecutive test days.
Note that the pH value of morning urine is often the most acidic because the body processes more acid waste at night.
The result of the average pH value for the three consecutive test days can be interpreted as follows:
- Average pH value between 6.5 and 7.0 = No significant acidification
- Average pH value between 5.5 and 6.5 = Moderate acidification
- Average pH value between 4.5 and 5.5 = High degree of acidification