Urinary Health: the importance of urine pH

When researchers at Washington University in St Louis analysed the urine of healthy people and urine of those who had repeated UTIs they found clear differences: the pH of the Urine -how acidic or alkaline the urine is- was shown to be very important for urinary health.

When scientists placed E. coli into the urine of healthy individuals, the bacterial growth was slow, while the acidic urine encourages bacterial growth common among UTI sufferers.

pH is a universal measurement used in many applications: biology, healthcare, agriculture and chemical production.

pH values run on a scale from  1-14 

Acidic values are between 1-7 are referred as low pH

Alkaline value are between 7-14, are referred as high pH

Neutral pH values are around 7.

Acidic Urine (low pH) promotes bacterial multiplication and inflammation.

Alkaline urine (high pH) create a beneficial environment in the urinary tract.

Our diet can influence the urine’s pH, and ultimately our urinary health.

Yes to: all vegetables and leafy greens, milk and yogurt (unsweetened) herbs, green tea, nuts, fermented vegetables, mushrooms, tofu and whey protein.

No to: grains, alcohol, smoking, fizzy drinks, sweets, processed foods, meat, and high protein foods.