The internal environment of your body is maintained at a pH between 6.5 – 7.5, which is alkaline. For necessary cell reactions and functions to occur, our body must maintain this appropriate pH.
Here is information from Dr. Russell Jaffe on understanding how to test your first morning urine pH level. To test your urine pH level, click here.
The pH level of urine after six hours of rest reflects pH throughout the body. Levels below 6.5 indicate metabolic acidosis. Low pH also suggests mineral deficits, because minerals are pulled from bone and body fluid during metabolic acidosis to buffer and reduce acids and maintain pH within a health range.
Acid-alkaline balance is important. Tiny changes in pH have profound implications for cell metabolism. Life exists poised exquisitely just above the neutral point of 7.0. Levels of pH above 7.5 can indicate catabolic illness in which amino acids are used as energy sources.
Any unusual variation in urinary pH is usually reflected in the first morning urine. This calls for changes in diet and/or nutritional supplements to restore acid-alkaline balance. Simply checking the pH level each day provides ongoing monitoring to see whether pH has been corrected. (Click here for 1st AM Urine pH test protocol) This is an important aspect of biochemistry – so if there is an abnormality, that has to be monitored regularly.
Healthy values are urine pH in the 6.5-7.5 range.
Testing your pH level is just one of eight predictive biomarkers for lifetime health.
These eight tests measure the significant causes of suffering and early death. When compared to healthy goal values, results of these eight independent, primary, predictive tests are effective forecasters of individual health risk or resilience. You can function years, or even decades, younger than your birth age just by bringing (or keeping) each of these biomarkers at their predictive (healthy) goal value.
- hsHbA1c (high sensitivity hemoglobin, sugar/insulin) – blood spot, self collected
- hsCRP (high sensitivity C reactive protein) – blood spot, self collected
- Homocysteine – blood sample, collected at designated lab
- LRA by ELISA/ACT (delayed hypersensitivities) Basic panel – blood sample, to be collected by phlebotomist
- pH level – urine, self collected
- Vitamin D – blood spot, self collected
- Omega 3 Index by OmegaQuant – blood spot, self collected
- DNA Oxidative Stress (8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine 8-OHdG) – urine sample, self collected (this is the test that Dr. Russell Jaffe refers to in his presentations as the 8 Oxoguanine)
Below is an interview of Dr. Jaffe discussing these eight predictive biomarkers for lifetime health: