Using litmus paper can be a fun way to track your detox. Here are the basics:
Test your saliva first thing in the morning and every time you go to the bathroom. Your saliva pH indicated your alkaline reserves. I am not going to explain it all in this post because it involves New Biology, what I believe is a far more accurate view of how the body works, developed by Dr. Young, and it is too involved for this post. According to New Biology, however, we should have alkaline reserves in our gut, NOT ACID. So your saliva indicates this. When it tests below 7, take ½-1 teaspoon of baking soda in water.
Test your urine pH whenever you urinate. Your urine pH reflects your tissue pH. When it tests below 7, take another baking soda shot. Your tissues hold fluids and when your body fluids are alkaline, your urine pH is alkaline.
Both your saliva and urine pH can and will shift and change throughout the day with different activities, foods, thoughts, and drinks. As you alkalize and your blood strives to maintain it’s delicate pH of 7.365, your urine and saliva need to change so that your blood pH can stay the same. When you alkalize, flooding your body with alkaline fluid, it neutralizes and flushes the acids and toxins. As the acids get flushed out, your urine pH can drop. This is why you can see a huge dip in urine pH DURING a cleanse. And also why you can feel pretty poor at times on a cleanse. It does not feel good when all those acids are circulating through your system. You will also have waves of very high urine and saliva pH during a cleanse, even up to 9.5 or 10 – great! This shows you are doing a great job! Keep Going!
Here are some more recipes to keep you going strong for this month’s detox:
Cream of Broccoli
Fennel, Orange, Walnut Salad
Date and Fennel Jicama Salad
Lemon, Pine Nut Quinoa
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. Consult your doctor before making any health changes. The views expressed are meant for informational and entertainment purposes, not medical advice.