What does a pH of 5.5 in urine mean?
A neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the number, the more basic (alkaline) it is. The lower the number, the more acidic your urine is. The average urine sample tests at about 6.0. If your urine sample is lower, this could indicate an environment conducive to kidney stones.
Those levels vary throughout your body. Your blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Your stomach is very acidic, with a pH of 3.5 or below, so it can break down food. And your urine changes, depending on what you eat -- that's how your body keeps the level in your blood steady.
- Best Alkaline Foods:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables promote alkalinity the most.
- All raw foods: Ideally try to consume a good portion of your produce raw.
- Plant proteins: Almonds, navy beans, lima beans and most other beans are good choices.
- Alkaline water: Alkaline water has a pH of 9 to 11.
- Just head to your local drugstore or online retailer and pick up a pack of pH test strips. You can test your pH levels often throughout the day, but try to do so at the same time each morning, as your body will be more acidic the earlier you measure. The goal is to get your morning urine pH between 6.5 and 7.5.
- Almonds are the only nut that are considered VERY alkaline. Peanuts on the other hand are highly acidic. Almond butter is the clear winner with more nutrients per serving, more of the healthy fats and less of the bad fats, it is alkaline rather than acidic and thus more expensive.
Updated: 17th October 2019