pH Test Strips

By: Elna Botes van Schalkwyk

The pH of your tissues and body fluids affects the state of your health or inner cleanliness or filth. The closer the pH is to 7.35 - 7.45, the higher you’re level of health and well being and your ability to resist states of disease and the onset of symptomologies.

For optimal health: Body temperature needs to be 98.6° F. Blood pressure needs to be 110/70 mmHg. Blood pH needs to be 7.365. And to make it all work urine and saliva pH needs to be 6.8 - 7.2. You probably own a thermometer and you get your blood pressure checked. But do you know your pH? If not — you should. See the connection between green and how you feel.

Tests show that most people are a bit acid in their pH, meaning lower than 7.0, but if your pH is too acid, the body begins to borrow minerals from bones and organs to neutralize the overacid state and remove those acids from the body. This would obviously affect overall health negatively if your minerals were being pulled back out to alkalize your fluids.

pH Test Strips
Learn how the SCIENCE of pH can help you:
S: Stop heartburn
C: Control blood sugar
I: Increase vitamin & mineral absorption
E: Easily manage weight
N: Naturally stop bone loss
C: Clear brain fog
E: Experience feeling better then you have in years

Litmus paper is a very good choice for being used as pH test strips: VÄXA's pH Test Strips have been the choice of many health care professionals and health stores for years for one simple reason, they provide accurate results. VÄXA's pH test strips are individual strips, rather than a roll, eliminating wasted litmus paper and making it easy to test your pH. Also, every box of our litmus paper / pH test strips come with two color matched pH scale charts so you can easily and accurately determine your body pH. VÄXA's Litmus Paper / pH test strips accurately test from 5.0 to 9.0.

Kathy Smith-Wilson recommends Nature’s Sunshine’s pH strips – another excellent and healthy choice! The test strips can be used to test urine and saliva pH. Saliva pH indicate the activity of your digestive enzymes which come from the liver and stomach. This pH should stay between 6.4-6.8 for optimal digestion. Urinary pH indicates how well your body is assimilating minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc. These minerals are acid buffers and the body uses them to moderate acid levels. When acid increases, the body becomes less likely to be able to excrete it all. Therefore, it will displace minerals in bones, teeth, etc. Urinary pH should be between 6.0-6.4 in the morning and 6.4-7.0 in the evening. A case of 100 test strips comes with a chart to measure against for the pH and also with the norms and suggestions for altering pH.

Follow these important rules when making your own home-made pH-strips:
- Use only distilled water when preparing the pH paper test strips.
- Use only acid-free "art" paper. There are a number of good inexpensive brands available.
- Obtain an earthenware plate or dish. Fill with the chosen concoction that has been prepared using distilled water.
- Immerse the paper into the dish carefully. Ensure that you wet the paper uniformly.
- Allow to dry. It must dry in a place that has no acidic, ammonia or other vapors that might affect the paper and its ability to work.
- Store paper that has been made in bottles, jars or cases.
- Select the concoction of choice from the following suggestions: Dahlia, Elderberry, Blue of Red Litmus Paper, Rose Petals, Rhubarb, Turmeric and Red Cabbage.

Recipe for the red cabbage strips:
You’ll need: Red Cabbage, Filter Paper or Coffee Filters, Blender - optional.

  • Cut a red cabbage (or purple) into pieces such that it will fit into a blender. Chop the cabbage, adding the minimum amount of water needed to blend it (because you want the juice as concentrated as possible). If you don't have a blender, then use a vegetable grater or chop your cabbage using a knife.
  • Soak the cabbage in a small volume of boiling water or else heat the cabbage using another method. You'll see the liquid boil or else steam rising from the cabbage
  • Allow the cabbage to cool (about 10 minutes).
  • Filter the liquid from the cabbage through a filter paper or coffee filter. It should be deeply colored.
  • Soak a filter paper or coffee filter in this liquid. Allow it to dry. Cut the dry colored paper into test strips.
  • Use a dropper or toothpick to apply a little liquid to a test strip. The color range for acids and bases will depend on the particular plant. If you like, you can construct a chart of pH and colors using liquids with a known pH so that you can then test unknowns. Examples of acids include hydrochloric acid (HCl), vinegar, and lemon juice. Examples of bases include sodium or potassium hydroxide (NaOH or KOH) and baking soda solution. Alkalies change the paper to green; acids to red.
  • Another way to use your pH paper is as a color-change paper. You can draw on pH paper using a toothpick or cotton swab that has been dipped in an acid or base.
  • Red cabbage contains a pigment molecule called flavin (an anthocyanin). This water-soluble pigment is also found in apple skin, plums, poppies, cornflowers, and grapes. Very acidic solutions will turn anthocyanin a red color. Neutral solutions result in a purplish color. Basic solutions appear in greenish-yellow. Therefore, it is possible to determine the pH of a solution based on the color it turns the anthocyanin pigments in red cabbage juice.

Red Cabbage pH Indicator Colors:
pH     2      4        6        8      10              12
Color Red Purple Violet Blue Blue-Green Greenish Yellow