pH Testing

Alkalinity vs Acidity

The body’s acid-alkaline balance is vital for overall health. Although the stomach needs to be highly acidic to be able to break down foods, the rest of the body functions best when in a slightly alkaline state.

The body has protective mechanisms in place to maintain the correct pH. One of these methods is to draw calcium out of the bones and into the blood stream. Calcium is an alkalising mineral, and alkalises the blood back to where it needs to be in an acidic situation, however this may leave the bones susceptible to excessive calcium loss and osteoporosis.

What is pH important for?

pH impacts almost every area of health!

Acidic pH may play a role in:

  • Loss of calcium from bones and osteoporosis.
  • Difficulty losing weight.
  • Insulin resistance, hypoglycaemia and blood sugar issues.
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Poor electrolyte balance and poor heart function.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Poor oxygenation levels.
  • Premature Aging.
  • Fatigue and lack of energy.
  • Poor detoxification ability.
  • Poor digestive function.
  • Poor immunity.

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More About pH Testing

Many facets of modern life may contribute to systemic acidity.

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • White bread
  • White pasta
  • Takeaways
  • Black Tea
  • Meat
  • Soft drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

How is pH tested?

pH testing may be organised via a standard blood test, or with a simple take-home pH test kit.

Blood testing measures your anion gap, which is the calculated difference between primary measured cations (sodium Na+ & potassium K+) and primary measured anions (chloride Cl- &  bicarbonate HCO3-) in serum. The anion gap is literally a marker of blood acidity/alkalinity, with an elevated anion gap indicating a level of metabolic acidosis, an unhealthy state for the human body. Anion gap is an excellent blood test to add to any standard health check or for those seeking weight loss, mood health, cardiovascular health, healthy aging or energy assistance.

The at-home test kit involves testing saliva and urine several times throughout the day for several days, and recording your pH on a form. Saliva pH may indicate your immediate alkaline mineral reserve, whilst urine pH may display a more systemic pH of your body.

What is the cost involved?

Anion gap testing through via blood test is usually $25-$30 depending on the laboratory utilised. The at-home pH test kit costs $24.95 and includes analysis of your results when you bring your form with you to your next consultation.

What can we do about an acidic pH?

Thankfully, even if your pH test does show acidity, it can be a simple process to restore you to a healthy alkaline state. There are diet and lifestyle options, although generally due to our busy modern world a strongly alkalising super foods supplement is most beneficial. Patients generally report a rapid improvement in energy levels and well being, easier weight loss, and a remarkable feeling of glowing with good health as they return to a healthy pH. Would you like to ‘glow’ with good health from the inside out? Let’s test your pH and get you back to a healthy alkaline balance.

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