How to Measure Blood Acidity

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The pH of your blood is important to keeping your body in balance, a state also known as homeostasis. Many serious diseases are linked to a low blood pH, or to blood that is too acidic. When you find out how acidic your blood is, you can make dietary changes to help bring your body back to its optimal condition. It is very easy to perform the test to check your blood pH; you just need a few minutes and a few simple supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Lancets
  • pH test strips with comparison chart
  • Prick the tip of your finger with a lancet or finger pricker. Squeeze the flesh around the prick to draw out some blood.

  • Dip the end of your pH test strip into the blood. Wait a few minutes for the test strip to register a reading.

  • Compare the resulting color on your test strip to the color chart that came with it. The average pH of healthy blood is 7.365, so your test strip should come back looking similar to the color in the 7 to 7.5 range. If it does not match that range, you can determine how acidic or alkaline your blood is by finding the color on the chart that best matches your test strip.

  • Follow your blood test by testing your urine or saliva as well. Although these methods are not quite as accurate, they should give you a similar reading to confirm your blood test results.

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