As we have begun our journey to nip the bladder cancer recurrences in the bud, it’s been an interesting pH learning experience since his surgery. Below are the levels he’s documented, each line representing a day. The first number always represent the first thing in the morning. Another one (or two) might represent afternoon, and another evening. They are all urine and with the use of a pH strip.
Most of these days, he was doing one tsp sodium bicarbonate, and if he needed a second tsp to keep his levels up, it was potassium bicarbonate.
6.25, 7.25, 7.00
6.75, 7.50, 7.50
7.50, 7.50, 7.50
6.50, 7.25, 7.50
6.00, 7.00, 7.50, 8.00
5.75, 7.25, 7.25
7.00, 7.50, 6.50, 7.25
7.00, 8.00, 7.50
7.25, 6.50, 7.50, 7.00
5.50, 7.25, 6.25
Turns out that it’s pretty normal to have a morning urine pH in the mid-to upper 6’s, but he also has several below 6.5.
In a pH balanced body, urine is slightly acid in the morning, (pH = 6.5 – 7.0) generally becoming more alkaline (pH = 7.5 – 8.0) by evening in healthy people primarily because no food or beverages are consumed while sleeping. Whereas, during the day the body buffers the pH of the food and beverages consumed by releasing electrolytes and the pH level goes up. This process allows the kidneys to begin the elimination process slowly.
Outside the range implies that cells are being burdened with caustic pH fluids within and without surroundings. Long term experience outside this range is unhealthy. However, the pH of urine can range from an extremely unhealthy low of 4.5 to a high if 8.5, which it tolerates a little easier, depending on the acid/base status of the extracellular fluids. A high pH value may indicate the body is over buffering to compensate for a physiological system that is too acidic.
There are mornings he’s waking up too acidic. And this mornings 5.50?? He ate PEANUTS at bedtime. VERY acidic and a mistake we learned from!
We also had his sodium and potassium tested:
SODIUM 139 (134 – 144)
POTASSIUM 4.7 (3.5 – 5.2)
And I was shocked at both! Expected his sodium to be higher, and didn’t expect the potassium to be that high. The higher potassium may be from the combination of the tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar he takes daily for his acid reflux (which takes it away), and the potassium bicarbonate. So a change he will make is to only use the sodium bicarbonate/baking soda to keep himself where it should be.
We’re hanging in there with great hope!