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How to Test Your Body's ph Level

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN


One of the fundamental components of my book Eating for Energy is the importance of proper pH balance within the body. In other words, our body’s ability to maintain an appropriate acid-alkaline balance for optimal health, fat loss, and greater energy.

But how do you know what your body’s pH level currently is? How do you know if you’re too acidic? Well, most likely you are, whether you like it or not – simply based on our crazy diet and hectic lifestyle.

Nonetheless, here are some simple methods for helping you quantify whether your body is too acidic or whether is has just the pH balance. Remember, your blood (the most important tissue) requires a slightly alkaline pH between 7.35 – 7.45.

Saliva Testing

Saliva testing gives a general range of the saliva’s pH and should be used only as a rough guide. Over time, it can provide a broad picture of your overall state of acid-alkaline balance.

Saliva testing is easy and inexpensive. Simply but some pH paper (litmus paper), which comes in a small roll and is available at most health food or drug stores. It usually costs between $10 and $15.

Simply tear off a 1-2 inch strip of the litmus paper and place it under your tongue in some saliva. Try not to let it touch your tongue, lips, or gums. Immediately check the strip’s color against the color scale on the back of the roll.

The best time to test your saliva is first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Also, by keeping a log over time, you can get a pretty good idea of your body’s general acid-alkaline state.

If your pH routinely tests acidic then you’re body is most likely consistently acidic, which means that your body may be dumping alkaline minerals from your muscles, bones, and vital organs to compensate and buffer the excess acid.

Ideally, your saliva pH should be between 7.0 and 7.4 as it is naturally slightly more acidic than the blood.

Urine Testing

Urine testing also uses pH paper. It is more accurate than saliva testing but should still be used as a general guideline of your body’s overall acid-alkaline status. To test your urine, place a 2-inch strip of litmus paper in your urine stream or collect some of your urine in a paper cup and dip one side of the paper strip into it.

As with saliva testing, you should test your urine first thing in the morning. Keep a log of your results over time for best accuracy of your body’s pH state. Similarly to the saliva, your urine should be slightly more acidic than the blood. Ideally, your urine’s pH should be around 6.8.

These are 2 of the most convenient and common pH testing methods. For best accuracy you can have a look at your living blood through a process called “Live Cell Microscopy”.

If you find that your blood is too acidic then you’ll most likely also have any number of symptoms including fatigue, lethargy, being overweight, frequent colds or illness, and many more!

To combat the negative effects of an acidic body you need to alkalize your body – obviously! This can be done through a number of methods including eating more green vegetables and juices, deep breathing, exercising, and drinking lemon water.


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Nutrition Expert, Yuri Elkaim and his groundbreaking raw food book, Eating for Energy, have helped thousands of people in over 80 countries regain control of their health and weight. Watch his new You Tube Video and discover a delicious GREEN smoothie recipe that will alkalize your body while keeping you energized and nourished. For more on his revolutionary healthy eating book visit






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