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More then just one pH-value

More than just a pH value 

To maintain our health, our body uses many control systems, of which the acid-base system is a very important one. 

Factors that influence our acid-base system include diet, stress, medication intake, intense physical exertion and various environmental factors. 

Too high acidity in the body can impair its function. It is important to know that our body does not have a single optimal pH value. Every organ, tissue and also every body fluid has its own optimal and healthy value.  

For the smooth and healthy functioning of our body, it is important to keep the acid-base balance in balance. Measuring your pH can help you and show you what to do. 

Alka® pH test strips have been developed for simple and uncomplicated measurement of liquids. This allows you to easily measure the pH of your urine.  

Measuring your pH 

The pH of our urine is an important indicator of the state of our health. Measuring the urine pH value using indicator gauges provides an easy way to determine the current metabolic situation and the situation of the acid-base balance of our body. 

The pH scale ranges from 0–14, with pH 7 being neutral. Values that are less than 7 are called acidic pH values, but values above 7 are alkaline. 

The pH value of our urine varies between 5.0 and 7.5 during the day and depends, among other things, on the meals. The morning urine is usually in the acidic range, as the body excretes more acidic waste materials at night. After a meal, healthy people experience a alkaline flood to initiate digestion. A one-time measurement would therefore not provide a correct picture.  
On the first measurement, you set the initial value. After that, track the change in your degree of acidification by repeating the measurement every two weeks. 

Get optimal measurement results 

Set a test day and drink only water the night before after 8pm. Then measure the acidity 3 times on this test day. You start by measuring your morning urine, i.e. the first urine from 6 o'clock. 

It is ideal to measure the morning urine directly in the morning, then to carry out the 2nd measurement at about 1 pm and to make the 3rd measurement in the evening at about 8 pm.  

Measurement via urine 

Dip a pH test strip into your morning urine for a second. It is important to take the measurement as soon as possible, as the acidity of the urine can be affected by the reaction with carbon dioxide (C2) from the air. After that, compare the colors on the strip with the color chart on the package to determine the pH. 

We recommend that you start the test day with the measurement of the morning urine and then carry out another measurement at noon and in the early evening. 

If you note the measured pH values, then  the average daily value can be easily calculated by adding the 3 measurements and dividing them by 3.  

Note that measuring morning urine is usually the most acidic, as the body produces a lot of acidic waste at night. 

 You can interpret the result of the average pH of the test as follows: 

  • Average pH between 6.5 and 7.0 = no significant acidification 
  • Average pH between 5.5 and 6.5 = moderate hyperacidity 
  • Average pH between 4.5 and 5.5 = severe acidification