Last month I wrote about the L-Ascorbate Cleanse as an at home test of how much oxidative stress is in your body. I hope you have done this test and are on your way to reaching a higher level of health and wellbeing.
This month I’m writing about another at home test which will give you critical information that is also predictive of your level of oxidative stress. This test is super easy and should be done 365 days of the year if possible.
Did you know that your ﬁrst morning urine pH is a true marker of the acid/alkaline state of your body?
According to Dr. Russell Jaﬀe, MD, PhD, Fellow of the American College of Pathology and Immunology with 20 years experience at the NIH, your ﬁrst morning urine pH is a non-invasive assessment of cellular metabolic acid/alkaline status. Because the urine has been equilibrating with the cells of the bladder and kidney for over 6 hours during the night, it is a direct reﬂection of the cellular metabolic state.
Dr. Jaﬀe states that a ﬁrst morning urine pH below 6.8 suggests that the cells are in a state pf metabolic acidosis. In this state, the body is struggling to maintain homeostasis and energy production through mitochondrial function.
The critical factor here is that there are not enough minerals to balance the natural organic acids of metabolism. In a desperate attempt to maintain homeostasis, the body steals these minerals from the bones and other organs to maintain the blood pH as close to 7 as possible.
So, does this mean that we can reduce our risk of osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases by taking a lot of minerals?
Why would you be low in minerals? One reason could be low stomach acid. Dr. Jonathan Wright, author of the book, Why Stomach Acid is Good for You, notes that many people over the age of 40 have this condition, especially if they take antacids regularly. Without adequate stomach acid, digestion cannot occur so minerals are not absorbed from the foods or supplements ingested. Furthermore, the standard American diet (SAD) is pretty devoid of minerals.
In summary, testing your ﬁrst morning urine is an excellent assessment on if you have enough minerals in your body. Knowing your level of mineralization is critical so you can correct the deﬁcit and feel better while reducing your rate of aging.
If this article makes sense to you and you are interested in slowing your rate of aging, start testing your ﬁrst morning urine pH. You may purchase the pH strips at Integrative Medicine of Idaho and learn more about choosing the path of longevity. Call IMI at 208- 426-0052 and schedule an appointment.