What is pH?

pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and is a value that indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. The measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in a liquid determines the pH value. Every liquid has a pH value, which falls on a scale between 0 and 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH value less than 7 is acidic and values greater than 7 are alkaline. The pH value of your “internal environment” – the pH of the fluids inside and outside of your cells – affects your health. Acids can build up in your system causing your body’s pH to be out of balance. When this occurs, you body will restore its optimal pH by depleting certain minerals, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, from organs and bones.

Test Your Own pH

You can test your own pH levels by using paper that is specifically designed to indicate pH values. The paper you’ll use registers pH values, essentially in two-tenths increments, from moderately strong acid of pH 5.5 to mildly alkaline pH of 8.0. The thin strip of pH paper changes color when it comes in contact with moist or wet acid or alkaline substances. A color guide come with the pH paper dispenser. This guide shows the colors the paper can register. The numerical value is shown above each color.

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