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Urine pH and Kidney Disease
In this video, Santa Barbara Nutrients President and UCSB Professor Thomas Weimbs, PhD, discusses how to measure urinary pH, why it’s important for individuals with kidney disease to monitor their urinary pH, and the effects of diet on urinary pH. Santa Barbara Nutrients also announces its sponsorship at the Metabolic Health Summit.
Urinary pH is important to monitor for those who have kidney disease. The urine pH can vary considerably depending on the kind of foods we eat and depending on certain health conditions. A perfectly neutral pH (neither acidic nor alkaline) has a value of 7. Most people in industrialized societies have acidic urine pH (for example, around pH 5 which is 100x more acidic than pH 7) due to the high consumption of acidifying foods such as grains and animal protein (meats, dairy, eggs). Furthermore, many health conditions can affect the urine pH. For example, individuals with chronic kidney disease frequently have acidic urine pH. If the urine pH is too acidic or too alkaline, there is a higher risk that microscopic crystals can form that can damage kidneys and can also lead to kidney stones. For example, acidic urine pH increases the risk of forming crystals and stones composed of calcium oxalate, uric acid, or cystine. A urine pH value near neutral (around pH 6-7.5) is ideal for most people unless they have been told by their healthcare practitioner that their urine pH should have a different value.
Thomas Weimbs, PhD discusses:
– Why it is important for individuals with kidney disease to monitor the pH of their urine
– The relationship between urinary pH and kidney stones
– What the ideal pH range of urine samples is and why
– How to measure urine pH – How often one should measure urine pH
– The best time to measure urine pH
– What low and high urinary pH means
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Metabolic Health Summit https://metabolichealthsummit.com/
Please ALWAYS consult your doctor before changing your diet or taking supplements or medication. The posts and discussions in this video do not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your own health care professional regarding any changes you would like to make to your own health care plan.
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