Chronic metabolic acidosis is described as a metabolic inability of the body to regulate acidity. Here is a simple test that you can do at home can indicate whether or not you should talk to your doctor about acidosis. You should discuss the results of this test with your doctor. Your doctor is the ONLY person whose medical advice you should trust!
Home Test for Metabolic Acidosis
According to Dr. Russell Jaffe, a simple test for metabolic acidosis is to check the pH of your urine first thing in the morning. Dr. Jaffe says measuring the pH of the first morning urination is a “surprisingly good” measure of your metabolic acidosis risk. Dr. Jaffe states that the ability of the body to excrete excess acids is dependent on several factors including toxin load, the body’s ability to make energy, neutralize toxins, and excrete those toxins. One of the symptoms of metabolic acidosis that you can check for is low urine pH.
Urine pH Range
Urine pH can be checked using specialized Hydrion test strips. A value of 7 is a neutral pH; Dr. Jaffe states that the first urine of the morning should fall in a range of 6.5 – 7.5. A neutral or slightly acidic urine pH (less than 7) suggests that the body is slightly alkaline and that acids in the body have been effectively discharged into the urine during sleep. According to Dr. Jaffe, “cell cytoplasm, or ‘cell juice’, functions best in a narrow, slightly alkaline range”.
If your morning urine pH is low, a pH range of 5.0 – 5.5, then your body may not be discharging acids effectively. You should check several mornings in a row to see if the low reading is consistent. If it is, you should talk to your doctor about metabolic syndrome and metabolic acidosis.
What to do with the Results
This home test does not replace a doctor’s medical opinion; the test is only intended to serve as an indication that you may have acidosis. To assess your own level of metabolic pH, you should consider testing yourself a few times, perhaps over the course of a week or two see if your urine pH varies. You should talk to your doctor about the results. Should you find that your urine pH is consistently very low, you should definitely consider consulting your doctor.
An alkaline diet is rich in foods with an alkaline pH balance. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are metabolically alkaline producers because of their inherent alkaline mineral content. Alkaline mineral water is also considered to be a part of the alkaline diet. Studies have shown that waterborne minerals are 30% better absorbed from water than from food.
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Jaffe, Russell. “The Alkaline Way: Integrative Management of Autoimmune Conditions.” Health Studies Collegium. Health Studies Collegium. Web. 8 Jul 2013. <http://www.healthstudiescollegium.org/docf/JaffeAlkWayTLDP_1110Edit.pdf>.