This is a condition when the body chemistry becomes overly acidic. The PH values of saliva may go down to 6.0 and below. This can be easily tested by using a litmus paper. Test your saliva on an empty stomach preferably on waking up. You can also test saliva one hour after meals. All you have to do is just spit into a bowl and dip the pH strip in it. Check the colour of the paper after one minute. If it corresponds to values of 7.0 to 7.3 it is considered healthy. A reading of 4.5 to 6.0 indicates acidosis and this state is likely to promote disease conditions in the body.
In addition to the litmus test, there are certain frank symptoms that reflect acidosis. Body ache, headache, strong acid perspiration, foul smelling stools, hard stools, alternating with diarrhoea, sunken eyes, water retention, insomnia are some of such symptoms. If your teeth get sensitive to sour food or if you get small bumps on the roof of your mouth, if you suffer from bad breath, or experience difficulty in swallowing, it’s time to take a look at your diet. Moreover, it’s time to approach a health expert who will evaluate your current health status, understand your health goal/need, and customize a nutritional plan that best suits you.