How to Perform the Saliva pH Test
To perform this simple test, ph test strips, a plastic spoon and some fresh saliva. The test strips use a pH-sensitive, color coded test strip to reveal your body pH balance status. For the saliva test. DO NOT place tests strips in your mouth;
- Be sure not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes prior to the test,
- Swallow a couple of times to clear the mouth and stimulate new saliva,
- Then discharge some saliva into a plastic spoon,
- Dip the test strip pad into the saliva in the spoon for 1 – 2 seconds,
- It is recommended NOT to touch the pH test strip pads to your tongue due to the chemicals in pads,
- Remove the test strip from the saliva in the spoon and wait for 15 seconds,
- Compare/match the color of your test strip with the color chart provided on the bottle label,
- The number that corresponds to the color matched pads is the pH reading.
The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording your pH for a few weeks – first thing in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime (This will show your body pH trend). While generally more acidic than blood, salivary pH mirrors the blood (if not around meals) and is also a fairly good indicator of health. It tells us what the body retains.
Saliva pH test: Optimal pH for saliva is above 7.2 to 8.4. A reading consistently lower than 6.8 is indicative of possible insufficient alkaline reserves. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 or higher. Unless this occurs, the body has alkaline mineral deficiencies (mainly Calcium and Magnesium) and will not assimilate food very well. To deviate from ideal salivary pH for an extended time invites illness. If your saliva stays between 6.8 and 7.2+ pH all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If the early morning salivary pH remains above 6.8, people usually see many of their problems disappearing.