How to Test Your pH (The Alkaline Test)

by Ross Bridgeford

How to Test Your pH: Are You Alkaline?

energise ph test stripsWhen you’re first starting on the alkaline diet there are two pieces of information that are absolutely critical to your success:

  1. Where you are NOW
  2. Whether what you’re doing is working

The easiest, most convenient and affordable way of tracking your progress with the alkaline diet is to do a simple, at-home test of your pH using your saliva and urine.

Doing a regular (I recommend daily for at least a month) pH test is absolutely fantastic because it allows you to REALLY take control of your health, track your progress and you can visibly see, on a daily basis how your food choices affect your body.

It is HIGHLY motivating!


How To Do the pH Test At Home

I first wrote a quick little pH testing guide about this back in 2005 and I have found myself constantly referencing it over the years. But since I wrote that (a whopping great EIGHT years ago now!) I have developed a much more foolproof, accurate and effective way of testing your pH.

Getting this information is a LOT easier than most people think, can be done at home on a daily basis and costs just pennies (or cents!).

But if you get it wrong…

An Inaccurate Test Is Worse Than…

Getting the wrong, or misleading, information is worse than no information at all. If you’re trying to get alkaline and are making mistakes, but your tests are inaccurately showing you’re getting more alkaline – then you’ll keep on making those mistakes forever. Or worse, you’ll step it up a notch to further increase your pH and be going even faster in the wrong direction.

People get this test wrong all of the time.

They buy their pH strips, and think it’s as simple as peeing on it. While it is simple, it’s not that simple.

Just today I spoke to a client who was rinsing their mouth with water before testing.

Sounds good, right? Nope.

This would at best give him his salivary gland’s instant reaction to the tap water, and at worst (and most likely) he simply got a read of the tap water.

The Definitive Guide to Testing Your pH

NOTE: you can get all of the below info in a 2-page Quick Start Guide by CLICKING HERE

This is why I have created this guide. If you want to get right into the nuts and bolts of it, you can download the cheat sheet right here, right now.

How to Test Your pH

Testing your saliva and urine pH is a great, cheap and easy way to measure your progress – but it has to be done right!

Random testing throughout the day will only give you a measure of what you just ate or drank – it won’t tell you how you’re doing.

To get an accurate test, follow these steps for my Ultimate Guide to pH Testing!

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3 Steps to Testing Your pH

Step One: The Sunrise Saliva Test

As soon as you wake up, before anything else, test your pH of your saliva. Note the pH (colour and number on your pH strip) and write it down.

Important: do this before you put anything else in your mouth! Don’t clean your teeth, drink, eat or anything else.

Step Two: The Upon-Rising-Urine Test

Now it’s time to test your urine and it’s important this is your first pee of the day. This is the measure of your body’s hard overnight work.

Again, note the colour and number on the pH strip and write it down.

Step Three: The Post-Hydration Test

Next you want to test your 2nd urine of the day. Do this before eating any food if possible. This will give you a different measure to the first urine. Note the colour and number.

Step Four: Repeat this Daily for 30 Days

pH testing with strips/sticks does not give any meaningful result in isolation, as a one-off test. To get true, measurable and meaningful results you need to track changes over time.

Commit to testing every day or every other day for 30+ days and track your movements over time. Remember, getting and staying healthy is something for the long-term, not a quick fix!

How to Interpret Your Results

Step One Result: The saliva tells us how effective your body is at dealing with the acidic foods you may have eaten the day and night before, and the overall ability of the body to respond to your lifestyle. It shows us how well the salivary glands (as well as the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder and liver are performing in dealing with excess acidity from diet.

GOAL pH: you want this pH to be at least 7.0 and ideally above pH 7.2

Step Two Result: The first urine of the day is the pee that has been stored in your bladder overnight and is a track record of the stored alkaline buffers you have that have been working while you sleep to neutralise the acids you’ve consumed and that your body has created overnight through bodily functions (such as metabolism).

GOAL pH: Your first urine should be at or above pH 7.0

If you are below pH 7.0 then you are low in alkaline buffers and need to follow some of the steps below.

If you are at pH 7.2 or above then you are doing great – you have the alkaline buffers needed to neutralise any acidity in your diet and lifestyle.

Step Three Result: now that the first urine has washed through the stored, overnight urine that contained the results of your overnight acidity/buffering, your second urine should show an improvement on the first.

If it doesn’t you’re definitely needing to follow the steps below!

GOAL pH: Your second urine should definitely be higher than pH 7.2

If the pH is lower than 7.2 then you are in overly acidic. This is what Robert Young (pH Miracle) refers to as “a state of latent tissue acidosis”. It means you are deficient in alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium (the four minerals that all alkaline foods have in abundance).

This can also suggest your diet is too high in protein, especially animal proteins, which lead to an increase in acids including nitric, sufuric, phosphoric and uric acid.

How to Increase Your pH

If the pH of your saliva is consistently below 7.2 and the pH of the urine is consistently below pH 7.0 then you need to take steps to change this as soon as possible.

Steps to Increase Alkalinity:

  • Step One: Go Green – try to consume at least five serves of green foods each day. Salads and green vegetables are highly alkaline and full of alkaline minerals. Try the alkaline green juice and smoothie recipes here.
  • Step Two: Super Hydrate – aim to drink at least 3-4 litres of filtered, alkaline water daily. This will do so much for your energy and skin and will massively support your body in getting rid of excess acidity. You can get my Definitive Guide to Alkaline Water here
  • Step Three: Get Oiled Up – omega 3 oils are so critical, yet most of us are chronically deficient. Having sufficient omega 3 in your diet will buffer acids, promote cell health and alkalise your body quickly and for the long term. Here’s some more info on getting the right oils.
  • Step Four: Re-Mineralise – the body needs alkaline minerals to buffer acids. While you will get lots of these from the alkaline foods you eat, it is smart to supplement with calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium bicarbonate. These four alkaline minerals are incredibly effective in buffering acids and maintaining the alkaline design of the body.Click here to see a heap of scientific research that shows the importance of alkaline minerals to our bodies.

A great starting place is my Beginner’s Guide to the Alkaline Diet you can access by signing up right below this post.

REMEMBER: Testing the pH level of your saliva or urine is only going to give you a general trend. Unfortunately, there is no way of determining the EXACT pH level of the blood without undergoing a live blood analysis. However, they can give a good indication – so test, test, test and take the average and then follow this trend over time noticing the difference any changes in your diet can make.

I sincerely hope that this is helpful – please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

[note: you can get all of the below info in a 2-page Quick Start Guide by CLICKING HERE]

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Russ January 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

PH of blood is always between 7.35 and 7.45


VR November 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Hi Ross
Very informative site. I just started on an alkaline diet (best possible) last week because of acidity issues and also suffering from chronic fatigue and pain. I measured my Saliva and Urine PH levels before starting the diet and several times in the last week and my Saliva PH level is always at 8.0. Is that a result of my body already being too alkaline or my body effectively able to fight the acidity. My urine PH has been always been acidic (~ 6.0). I am confused if i should continue the alkakine diet . Please advice.


Teresa October 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Hi Ross,
My urine ph levels are within normal range in the morning. However, after my 3rd pee, I become very acidic (testing around 5.5). What could be causing this?

Thanks, Teresa


john July 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I have a lancing device. Can I use this to get a drop of blood and test my blood?

What would I use to test the blood?




Georgina February 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thanks for sharing I truly appreciate it


Energise Ross February 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

No worries Georgina. Hope you start seeing some good results from your ph testing :)


Jenny February 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for this. However, I can’t see anywhere to click to download the cheat sheet….am I missing something?


Energise Ross February 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

Hey Jenny – not sure why – try again now


Eric July 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I was wondering if apple cider vinegar had the same effect on the body as lemon juice?


Ross Bridgeford July 16, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi – as it is fermented, ACV is acid forming I’m afraid.


blanch July 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

What about the dangers of becoming too Alkaline?


Ann June 2, 2013 at 4:44 am

Hi Ross,
Does taking multivitamins have any effect on oh?


Ann June 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

ph……spell check :)


Petra April 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Dear Ross,
Thanks a lot for your advices!
Love, Petra


Che April 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

hello.. is pure honey alkaline or acidic? I’m confused. please help me


cheryl April 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

hi, is it true that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body?


Ross Bridgeford April 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

Hi Cheryl

I wont’ say definitively that this is or isn’t the case, but this was the research that Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for. His research did show this.



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