You can easily determine your body's pH balance level at home by testing your saliva or urine with pH test strips, according to Dr. Sara Gottfried. You can purchase these strips online, or you may find them at your local drugstore.
Levels of pH range from 0 to 14, with a factor from 0 to 7 being acidic and a factor from 7 to 14 being basic, according to Dr. Gottfried. Test your urine in the morning, and aim for a pH level from 6.5 to 7.5. Normal urine pH levels range from 4.6 to 8.0, according to MedlinePlus. The food you eat and stress can affect your body's pH level.
Acidic, or low, pH levels have been linked to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to Dr. Gottfried. Alkaline, or high, pH levels are linked to lower risks of hypertension and stroke, improvements in memory and cognition and reduced pain. Because of the proven health benefits of maintaining a healthy pH level, many people eat more alkaline foods to assist in raising their bodies' pH levels. Eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables and reducing your intake of bread, alcohol, caffeine and artificial sweeteners are easy ways to alkalize your diet and raise your pH level.