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How do I test water pH?

21st July, 2014 0

If you are taking steps to improve your health and well-being, it is satisfying to see concrete improvements in health markers that are visible and measurable. Improving your body’s hydration at a cellular level is something that can be measured instantly and easily when you test water pH of your tap water comparing it to your zazen water.

When you test water pH this can indicate its acidity or alkalinity, which is measured on a scale of 1- 14, with 1 being extremely acidic and 14 being highly alkaline. Ideally for optimum health and hydration, we believe that the water should be between 7.4pH (the same level as your blood) and 8.5pH.

When measuring the pH level of water, it is important not to use the strips commonly used to measure the pH level in urine or saliva. These provide incorrect readings and are not useful for measuring water pH.  The best options include:

  • pH water specific paper strips
  • pool pH kit
  • pH test field kits
  • electronic probe pH testers.
Electronic Water Testing Probes are Pinpoint Accurate

Electronic testing probes, regularly calibrated for pinpoint accuracy, are the most accurate system for measuring water alkalinity or acidity. Unfortunately, with the improved accuracy comes a more expensive price tag and so this technology is not always accessible at home. Since our business is water, we have invested in these testing systems to use in-house, as well as government water testing laboratories. For you at home, pH water test strips and pool pH kits are adequate, albeit much less precise.

Lo Ion pH strips can be misleading

If you are testing your zazen water to compare with your tap water, which we recommend for both interest and testimony of the great benefits of the zazen system, the following feedback is useful.

A number of customers using the Lo Ion paper strip for the pH test reported that the zazen water result was acidic.  The reason for this anomaly is that the user determines the results visually. The user must interpret the colour change on the testing paper. This would normally be fine except that the specific and ideal range that we are looking for is in a difficult colour range on the testing paper.

Remember, water alkalinity is ideal between 7.4pH and 8.5pH. If you were looking for low or high acidity or alkalinity, it is visually much clearer. Low acidic is below 6, which is the light green to yellow range. High alkaline is above 9, which is the dark blue to emerald green range. But when looking at pH between 6.8  and 8.5 range, the colour variance is more subtle and much more difficult to interpret. We have found that this has been the cause for this repeated misreading on the Lo Ion testing strips.

If a customer experiences something similar, we send 2 test bottles and ask for samples of the tap water they are using and a zazen Water system sample. We utilise the electronic water pH testing probe in-house to get an accurate and reliable reading and the results are returned. What we have found is that the “acidic” water reading made by the customer is generally wrong when tested using the electronic probe. On average the customer interpretation is out by 0.8pH – 1.5pH (lower than it actually is).

If you are experiencing difficulty measuring the pH level of your water, just contact us and we’re happy to measure and report our findings back to you!

Click here to read about the zazen Water pH Test Kit

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Vanessa Drummond, Co-Founder zazen
by Vanessa Drummond, Co-Founder zazen

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