My Blood Test pH Results
I recently received my blood test results and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that pH results were also included. I was able to get the results from last years test and was able to compare the pH levels to this year's results.
First of all, blood test pH should be between 7.35 and 7.45. Many take the average and say blood pH should be 7.4.
pH stands for "potential hydrogen" and is the ability of molecules to attract hydrogen ions. 7.0 is neutral on the pH scale. Blood becomes more acidic as you move from 7.0 to 0, and more alkaline as you move from 7.0 to 14. I have read some articles that I feel have been a bit extreme in claiming that blood pH dropping to 6.8 means death. If that were true I wouldn't be writing this article now.
The results from my blood test taken last year before I started on a vegan diet showed that my pH was 6.0. This year's pH result was a pH at 6.5. Yeah my pH had gone up, but I did think it would be much higher, closer to 7.4. Before I get into why I think the results weren't higher I will like to rebute articles I have read that state that nothing we ingest will change the alkalinity of the blood, because all foods that leave the stomach are acidic because of the highly acidic acid in the stomach.
I am adding a copy of my ph results. A person who made a comment below thinks my results ar impossible. I didn’t think there would be a reason to doubt my results so I am adding it so he can see it.
Well my pH went up and the thing I changed was that I went on a highly alkalizing vegan diet. So I say, yes alkaline foods raised my pH. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, alkaline grains, and ionized alkaline water raised my blood pH level.
Now back to my results. I was glad my pH level went up, but I was surprised it was still acidic, and not near 7.4. So right after I read my results I tested my saliva and urine with the pH strips I have, and they tested slightly acidic, between 6.5 and 6.8. Now I have been testing my pH levels up until about a week and a half before I had my blood-work checked and my saliva and urine were both alkaline, around 7.4. The only thing I was doing different in that week and a half was eat tons of pistachios, and not that i think about it I was eating less almonds because the pistachios were taking there place. Bad move on my part. The pistachios weren't on my nutritional guide, and sigh, for good reason. Pistachios are slightly acidic forming. Information I found say they are between 6.5 and 7.0, and I would say closer to 6.5. So I was adding an acidic food and reducing and alkaline food. I didn't think the pistachios would make that much of a difference. Maybe they wouldn't have if i wasn't eating a bag of pistachios a day. I have always had a thing for pistachios.
So I have been off my "crack" pistachios for about a week, and I have cranked my water ionizer back up to produce a higher alkaline water. I had turned it down to a low setting after I took my blood test because I didn't want to over alkalize my body. Yesterday I took a pH reading of my urine and it was close to 7.0, so it is on the rise. I didn't get to check my saliva pH though. I will continue to stay away from the pistachios, and in a month I am going back in to get another blood test done. Hopefully my pH will be around 7.4
The thing that amazes me is how quickly the urine pH has changed, which I think should be inline with my blood pH. I wonder if it will get to the point where my blood alkaline level will stabilize and will hold it's pH level longer even when more acidic foods are introduced, or will it always be easily influenced by the acidic foods introduced into my body? I will check my pH levels closely for the next few days, looking for it to get to 7.4 again. In the meantime I should be able to videotape my boxing workout tomorrow to show my cousin the this vegan "ain't" scrawny and malnourished. Some people still have that misconception and need examples that it isn't true.
Tags: acid, acidosis, alkalize, blood, pH