ACID AND ALKALINE
Your urine pH is a measurement of its acidity – 7 is neutral, a lower number is acidic and a higher number is alkaline. Normal urinary pH value is considered to be between 4.5 and 8. Your urine pH measurement also reflects your metabolic activity (i.e. the way your body uses nutrients, which is influenced by your physical characteristics along with lifestyle). It is important to correct your urine pH and to control it within safe limits, in order to prevent recurrence of kidney stones.
A pH that is too high or too low is often related to a higher risk of suffering from certain diseases, such as:
- Renal lithiasis (kidney stones)
- Urine infections
- Painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis
- Overactive bladder
- Calcification of urinary stents
If you've had a previous urinary system disorder, variations in your urine pH may cause severe health problems.
The symptoms of these illnesses vary, and can include:
- Pain in your kidney or bladder area
- Changes in the colour of your urine
- Urgency when you need to urinate
- Frequent need to urinate
These symptoms can directly and seriously affect your quality of life as well as your health. If you feel any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.