Has anyone tested their PH??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by krissy888, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. krissy888

    krissy888 New Member

    I have been testing my PH with the urine PH strips and my levels are always acidic. I have fibro. My husband tested his and his are normal (his green mine are yellow) They say the yellow is the dangerous zone where you are prone to illness and diseases.

    My fibro is probably causing this. Does this mean I will always be acidic since I have fibro. What can be done about it? Anyone else know anything about this? Any info. would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much, Kristy
  2. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    If urine pH is to be useful, it is necessary to use pH information in comparison with other diagnostic information.

    ...Morning urine is always has a higher acidity.

    Here are important points to remember about urinary pH:

    An accurate measurement of urinary pH can be done only on a freshly voided specimen.

    If urine must be kept for any length of time before analysis, it should be refrigerated.

    During sleep, decreased pulmonary ventilation causes respiratory acidosis. As a result, a first waking urine specimen is usually highly acidic. So take it later in the day for a more accurate reading.

    Bacteria causing a urinary tract infection or bacterial contamination will produce alkaline urine.

    A diet rich in citrus fruits, most vegetables, and legumes will keep the urine alkaline.

    A diet high in meat and cranberry juice will keep the urine acidic.

    Urine pH is an important screening test for the diagnosis of renal disease, respiratory disease, and certain metabolic disorders.

    Urine pH is used to classify urine as either a dilute acid or base solution.

    7 is the point of neutrality on the pH scale. The lower the pH, the greater the acidity of a solution; the higher the pH, the greater the alkalinity.

    The glomerular filtrate of blood is usually acidified by the kidneys from a pH of approximately 7.4 to a pH of about 6 in the urine.

    Depending on the person's acid-base status, the pH of urine may range from 4.5 to 8.

    The kidneys maintain normal acid-base balance primarily through the re-absorption of sodium and the tubular secretion of hydrogen and ammonium ions.

    Urine becomes increasingly acidic as the amount of sodium and excess acid retained by the body increases.

    Alkaline urine, usually containing bicarbonate-carbonic acid buffer, is normally excreted when there is an excess of base or alkali in the body.

    Secretion of an acid or alkaline urine by the kidneys is one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body pH.

    A highly acidic urine pH occurs in:

    Uncontrolled diabetes
    Starvation and dehydration
    Respiratory diseases in which carbon dioxide retention occurs and acidosis develops

    A highly alkaline urine occurs in:

    Urinary tract obstruction
    Pyloric obstruction
    Salicylate intoxication
    Renal tubular acidosis
    Chronic renal failure

    Respiratory diseases that involve hyperventilation (blowing off carbon dioxide and the development of alkalosis)

    In people who are not vegetarians, the pH of urine tends to be acidic.

    A diet rich in citrus fruits, legumes, and vegetables raises the pH and produces urine that is more alkaline.

    Most of the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections make the urine more alkaline because the bacteria split urea into ammonia and other alkaline waste products.

    The urine pH varies in different types of acidosis and alkalosis.

    Control of pH is important in the management of several diseases, including bacteriuria, renal calculi, and drug therapy.

    The formation of renal stones is related to the urine pH. Patients being treated for renal calculi are frequently given diets or medications to change the pH of the urine so that kidney stones will not form.

    Calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, and magnesium phosphate stones develop in alkaline urine; when this occurs, the urine is kept acidic.

    Uric acid, cystine, and calcium oxalate stones precipitate in acidic urine; in this situation, the urine should be kept alkaline or less acidic than normal.

    Drugs such as streptomycin, neomycin, and kanamycin are effective in treating urinary tract infections if the urine is alkaline. During treatment with sulfa drugs, alkaline urine helps prevent formation of sulfonamide crystals.

    Hope this helps a little,

    Karen :)

    [This Message was Edited on 07/10/2006]
  3. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Green drinks area big help in making the body more alkaline. The web site genuine health has tons of information, including a diet chart and information on how to test urine and saliva and when.

  4. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    I was educated by an IC board and now have an antacid program to use when needed.

    But once you know how to get yourself alkaline, you should only flare when you've created more acid.

    Best to stay on top of it, as it can lead to other health issues.


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