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   Posted 12/12/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just looking at ph meters on line - is it normal for them to cost almost $400???? If so it's clear I won't be getting one.

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   Posted 12/13/2011 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Nah......... go to a garden centre or anywhere that does pond supplies. I'm in the UK and mine cost around £5.00 - it's a simple kit where you mix a solution. It doesn't measure very low or very high pH but it's fine for telling you if a food is in the safe range. You would need to make a solution of the food, if it's a solid food though. I discovered the tap water I was putting through a Brita filter was being made acid by the filter - came out at pH 5.0 !!
I think it would be fairly easy to make a solution, even for solid foods, so long as you have pH neutral water to add to it?

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   Posted 12/13/2011 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I bought mine at It is sold for making beer, costs about $40. People who wrote the reviews often used it for testing their pool.

The problem with testing dry foods is that many don't dissolve in water. Also, water itself is usually neutral (pH of 7), and that will bring the pH of the food toward neutral. So it is difficult to find pH values for many dry foods. Nuts and rice are not included on Koufman's pH list in her book. I eat a lot of brown rice, and it seems to neutralize many foods I eat that may be on the acidic side. I don't get heartburn, but my stomach is very sensitive, and I can tell when the meal I've eaten needs to be neutralized. Most evenings around 6:00 I have a glass of skim milk and a couple of graham crackers. That seems to settle my stomach nicely. But I still am very careful especially to keep fats quite low.

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   Posted 12/13/2011 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm starting the 8th day of this diet and I'm still having to clear my throat quite a bit - maybe not quite a much but too much not to be irritating. I did get some rooibos tea - I think the ph is higher on this and it's much better than chamomile.
I'll check out the meter w/Amazon - I'm not sure what the ph of my water is. MMM said his/her? is 5.0 - anyway - I rarely have heart burn so it's hard from to tell if I've eaten something that is bothering me. Occasionally I get that feeling of something rising into my lower throat and that's about the only symptom I have that I've messed up - but just about any food can do it - so I'm clueless as to what to cut out. I've been living off graham crackers for a snack since they are acceptable. But oh how I want a piece of chocolate lol. I think brown rice is supposed to be all right - it's acceptable in the induction period. I had that a couple nights ago w/broccoli and carrots mixed and 1/2 piece of plain baked salmon. I have to say I have lost almost 5 lbs since I started this. Pretty soon I'll be in a size 6 jeans if this keeps up. And I have to say - the boxed chicken broth w/mushrooms, celery, carrots, tofu, spinach and cabbage is delicious!!
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