QFA Guidelines

Qfa,or Quantative fluid Analysis involves the monitoring of your saliva and urine for pH, redox and resistivity. These parameters may provide valuable information about your body's cells and the interstitial environment called the Biological Terrain that nourishes those cells. For proper test results to be obtained, it is imperative that the following guidelines be followed very carefully:

Fast for 12-14 hours prior to your test. Complete your dinner the evening prior to the test no later than 8:00 PM.
IMPORTANT: Food and drink MUST be taken up to this time, in order to prevent the body from moving into starvation mode. The fast must be no longer than 14 hours or the test results may be inaccurate.

Avoid scheduling your BTA test within 24 hours of airplane travel.

After dinner, brush your teeth and refrain from eating or drinking anything until after your test. This includes chewing gum, throat lozenges and candy. IMPORTANT: Once the fast has begun, there should be nothing in, on or around the mouth until after test results have been obtained.

Take any prescribed medications as directed with only a small amount of water.

Refrain from using any toothpaste, mouthwashes or mouth rinses both at bedtime and the morning of your test. Also avoid the use of any lipstick or makeup around your mouth and lips. Such substances can change the chemistry of the mouth and your saliva.

If you wear dentures or orthodontic appliances, refrain from wearing these during the 12-hour fasting period until after your saliva specimen has been obtained. Denture adhesives, plastics and metals can change the chemistry of the saliva.

Refrain from sexual activity during your fasting period. This can cause false elevated readings in your urine values.

On the morning of your test, obtain a sample of your first-morning urine. Try to obtain a mid-stream specimen (urinate a small amount first, then obtain the remaining urine in your specimen cup). If you did not receive your specimen container, thoroughly wash a glass jar & lid with hot water. Avoid the use of harsh soap or bleach as these can create residues that can alter your urine results. Urine can be collected at 4:00 AM or later.

When you arrive for your test, bring your urine container. A small, saliva specimen cup will be provided. Expectorate approximately 2 teaspoons of saliva into the cup. Be certain not to bring up post-nasal drip.

Feel free to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, dentures, makeup and piece of fruit for after your test.