The urinalysis is one of the simplest diagnostic tools we can use when assessing your progress on your SHAPE journey. I know it seems meaningless sometimes, but truly it can give us so much information.
I’d like to highlight pH today. It is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Typically, patients on SHAPE tend toward being acidic. Food/beverages play a major role in the body’s acid-base balance, but STRESS is also a major factor. Stress, by itself can push the body into acidity. A few things can happen when this is so, namely:
1. Minerals are shifted from their normal function and utilized to neutralize the acid. Minerals are natures pain killers, muscle relaxers and tranquilizers. You will experience more pain, more muscle problems and be less tranquil. Sleep is often times affected.
2. Edema is increased. The body, in its infinite wisdom, will say, ‘I can’t have this much acid, and I can’t get rid of it, therefore, I will simply dilute it’. The body basically increases the size of the ‘container’. Thus, the ability to lose weight is compromised. The result becomes edema. After taking a walk, you will find it difficult to make a fist, find it hard to remove your rings and the impression from your socks is left in your ankle when you remove your socks.
If your urine pH is under 6.0, I will likely recommend some trace minerals, in the form of drops you can simply add to your water.