pH Discrepancies

There is conflicting information on the correlation of measuring the pH values of saliva, urine and the pH value of blood.

The only certainty is that urine pH and dietary acid-base load are related. The value in measuring urine pH (or saliva pH) is to determine a pattern and establish the long-term pH trends. If your urine pH is consistently acidic, your blood pH will reflect that. And likewise if your urine pH is consistently alkaline, your blood pH will reflect that. It is somewhat analogous process by which diabetics measure their blood glucose levels several times a day. A lab is still needed to measure the hbA1C blood glucose levels to indicate the "real" level of blood glucose level in the body. hbA1C measures the blood glucose level on a longer time frame (90 days).

There are a number of alt-med sites that promote alkaline water, ionic water, "green" supplements to increase your urine pH, or make your urine more alkaline. These claims have been de-bunked and reported on quite a few websites.

What we are talking about is measuring your urine pH as an indicator of your dietary acid-load. There is no doubt the body has complex processes for balancing your blood pH levels. The three main organs involved in this process are the lungs, liver and pancreas. The lungs expel carbon dioxide (CO2) as the main regulator of high acid levels. The liver produces a small amount of bicarbonate that gets secreted into your stomach to balance the pH of gastric acids. The pancreas produces a larger amount of bicarbonate (compared to the liver) that gets secreted to your intestines.

If your pancreas is compromised by pancreatitis, the bicarbonate produced by the pancreas is also compromised. Your pancreas is either not producing any bicarbonate or producing less bicarbonate than required. If your pancreas has been removed by pancreatectomy, you are not producing any bicarbonate required by your body. And if your pancreas is compromised, your liver is likely stressed (I know mine is and lab tests prove that).

It is this lack of bicarbonate from a compromised pancreas that I focused on. My pancreas falls into the latter category where it is nearly 100% destroyed – meaning that it is not producing any bicarbonate (if any, it is in trace amounts).

My urinary pH level, on laboratory test results, was recorded as 5.5. I purchased pH test strips that confirmed this: 5.5.

Here is where the discrepancies come in. There are a number of articles I have read recently that claim there is no possible way to affect your body/blood pH levels by altering your urine pH levels. I have proven those statements to be pure hogwash.

One of the quickest ways to increase your urine pH level is to consume some sodium bicarbonate. I have pointed out everywhere on this site that I am not a doctor, nor involved in the medical community (I am also not a scientist) – so, I cannot make any claims to understand how or why this works. But, it did work. In four days of testing, I was able to consistently get my urine pH levels to between 6.8 and 7.4 pH. That is a considerable increase from 5.5 when you consider that a 0.1 increase is halving the acidity. That means that my urine pH levels at 7.4 is nearly 20X less than measured and documented on the lab reports.

And, what effect did this have? Almost immediately:

  • all pain gone
  • all bloating gone
  • all aches gone
  • all headaches gone
  • bathroom regularity
  • improved sleep patterns
  • improved digestion
  • feeling "normal"

... and I have maintained this for much much longer than the initial four day test.

This simply cannot be from the placebo effect. If it were, I would expect that the improvements would have gradually been displaced over the weeks I have been self-treating with sodium bicarbonate. Certainly, the diet I have followed since starting this has been extreme. Just about every meal and snack have contained triggers for pancreatic pain.

What is unknown to me at this point is how this can help others whose pancreas is still functional. I am keen on finding individuals in various stages of pancreatic pain to test this. Anyone wanting to volunteer to try this should be aware they need three things: 1) low to normal blood pressure; 2) a way to measure their pH and blood pressure; and, 3) pancreating pain. Someone with high blood pressure should not try this – sodium bicarbonate is a salt and salt raises blood pressure.

Are there other methods of increasing urine pH? Yes there are. One method as effective as sodium bicarbonate is potassium bicarbonate or potassium citrate. Both forms of potassium are reported to be equally effective. Potassium does not increase blood pressure.

The reason I chose sodium bicarbonate is that I can measure the results and know the effects of the sodium bicarbonate. With potassium, I have no way of measuring the potassium levels in my body.

Of course, using sodium bicarbonate or potassium (bicarbonate or citrate) to increase your urine pH levels is a temporary measure. Ultimately you want to modify your diet to lower the amount of acid foods you eat in favor of more alkaline food.

By way of advice on diet, the target is "balance" your diet. You do not want to eliminate any foods from your diet. Our bodies need all the help they can get to heal, and that means getting all of the spare parts from foods that we need for the process of rebuilding our bodies and staying healthy. Eliminating entire classes of foods can also eliminate entire classes of essential nutrients.

Resources:
Hindawi, International Journal of Inflammation, acidosis and inflammation
Acidosis and chronic renal failure
Journal of Leukocyte Biology, effects of acidosis and immune system
Journal of Biological Chemistry, danger of acidosis and immunity
Kidney International, prevalence of acidosis and inflammation

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