Two tests in the medical field that can indicate your pH status.
In my last post I introduced to you several testing methods that can help indicate your acid-alkaline status and any obvious imbalances based on your current diet, level of stress or exposure to medications or chemicals. I hope you were able to take my self test quiz to check on your current health and wellness based on your tendency towards being more alkaline or acidic by nature.
Today we will discuss two more tests we do in the medical field that can indicate your pH status.
Laboratory Tests to Assess Acid-Alkaline Balance
In addition to the self-administered pH tests, there are several laboratory tests your doctor can order that will provide an indirect indication of your own acid-alkaline balance. These include hair mineral analyses and bone density studies.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Traditionally, hair mineral analysis has been used primarily to assess exposure to toxic minerals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. For example, the technique was employed in 1961 to analyze a sample of Napoleon's hair, which was found to contain at least 100 times the usual level of arsenic considered normal, suggesting that arsenic poisoning led to his death.
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Advantage to analyzing hair rather than blood
Today, hair analysis is a diagnostic method used by many complementary physicians. A small sample of the newest hair growth is taken from the first inch to inch and one-half of hair starting at the scalp. This sample is then sent to a commercial lab to assess its mineral content.
While mineral levels in the blood may not be representative of the amount stored in the tissues, the hair is extremely sensitive to changes in mineral reserves in the body.
Another advantage to analyzing hair rather than blood is that while the blood only contains very small amounts of minerals, making measurement more difficult, the hair contains ten to fifty times higher amounts of minerals than either blood or urine. As hair grows, minerals become part of the evolving hair protein. Several dozen trace minerals have been found in hair, including aluminum, arsenic, bromine, calcium, chlorine, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, phosphorus, lead, sulfur, uranium, and zinc.
Bone density scan test
Bone density scans test for osteoporosis. How porous the bones are directly reflects the decline in the reservoir of alkalinizing minerals contained within the bone to buffer excessive acids. The technology involved is similar to conventional X-rays but far more sophisticated and capable of detecting very small changes in bone density.
Monitoring bone density as you age
There are two different types of scans, single photon absorptiometry and dual-photon absorptiometry (DPA), plus an upgraded version of DPA, dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Each technique assesses different bones within the body. Single-photon absorptiometry is used to measure the density of the wrist and heel, whereas DPA and DEXA are used to assess the density of the spine and hip.
Monitoring bone density is especially important for woman as they age, as the risk of osteoporosis increases dramatically after menopause. Older men are also at greater risk of developing this condition than younger men.
However, men lose bone mass much more slowly than women due to the
protective benefits of testosterone.
Over acidity affects health in a wide variety of ways, from digestive problems, infectious diseases, and arthritis to such diseases as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cancer. Fortunately, each condition can be treated to some extent by correcting the acid-alkaline balance of the body through a combination of dietary changes and the use of alkalinizing agents.
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