Do you know your pH level? Are you pH balanced? A simple test strip that you can get at Amazon makes it easy.

You've probably heard "pH" mentioned occasionally in commercials for feminine products, but when was the last time you actually checked your own pH levels?

The pH scale measures how alkaline or acidic something is. In short, when your body is too acidic that’s bad, when it’s more alkaline that’s a good thing. Your pH should ideally be slightly above 7.0 (pH balanced). When your body is highly acidic it may be more vulnerable to diseases and medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more about that here.

So how do you test your pH level? You might be surprised at just how easy it is. I went on Amazon and purchased this Hydrion pH tester (pictured to the left). It is a roll of test strip paper that you can use to determine the pH of your bodily fluids. I use them to test my saliva. You can also test it on other fluids like vaginal secretions, urine, fluid in your nose, etc. However keep in mind that some fluids will naturally have a different pH than others -- for instance, the normal vaginal pH is 3.8-4.5.

Just tear off a strip and lick it. It immediately starts changing colors. There's a color chart on the tape roll that shows your pH level, ranging from 0 to 13. If your color is medium to dark green or closer to dark blue you're in good territory. If it's closer to orange or red that means you are highly acidic and need a serious diet overhaul. Of course, this is just a rule of thumb test and a doctor could provide a more thorough test.

On this particular test my pH result was yellow-green, which means I could use an alkaline boost at the moment. (See a picture of a second test I took later on below.)

A quick way to do an alkaline boost is to drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda. I also like to add a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar -- even though these seem to be acidic drinks they help boost your alkalinity. They are called alkaline-yielding drinks. Another long-term way to keep your alkalinity high is to simply eat more alkaline foods and less acidic foods on a daily basis.

Foods that make you more acidic:
- soda
- coffee
- tomato sauce
- alcohol and beer
- beef and fat
- fried foods
- butter

Foods that make you more alkaline (good stuff):
- greens and most vegetables like broccoli
- garlic
- soy
- distilled water
- lemon juice
- teas

Click here for a full chart listing all acidic and alkaline foods.  The first chart is alkaline and the second is acidic. Click the printable link at the top, print it out and keep it hanging on your refrigerator for reference. Also, refer to this page for tips about having an alkaline diet.

Here is a test I took some time after the first one -- this time it is blue green.

This is considered a normal alkaline reading, a little higher than neutral, which is good.

Food is your medicine. Is it better to invest in good foods now or to pay for prescriptions and treatments later? You are in 100% control of what you put into your body.

* Consult your doctor before starting any new diet plan or health related regime. Every body is different.