Why Should You Have to Suffer from Acid Reflux?
- Are you looking for an Acid Reflux Cure or treatment?
- Do you want to improve your Acid Reflux Symptoms?
- Would you like to combat Acid Reflux Naturally?
"ALKALINE WATER MAY BE THE SOLUTION YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!"
How Does Alkaline Water Work with Digestion?
Stomach acid plays an important role in breaking down the food we eat. This mix is passed on to the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the body. Without proper amounts of acid in the stomach, food will not be digest properly.
The big question now. "What happens when alkaline water passes through the stomach?"
The stomach maintains its pH at around 4. When you drink Alkaline Water it raises the pH slightly. As soon as it gets higher your stomach secretes more Hydrochloric Acid to bring it back down to 4.
Water simply passes through the stomach on its way to the intestines. If there is any residue left over from a previous meal, it will be washed into the intestines.
When you suffer from Acid Reflux your body has excess Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach and the water helps because it flushes excess acid from the stomach. The stomach does not release digestive acids when you drink water, because water is not a protein, carbohydrate or fat. The stomach will only secrete more Acid if the pH is higher than 4.
So if your stomach pH is lower than 4 due to excess stomach acid the water will help neutralize the acid which may help with Acid Reflux.
Another benefit of increasing Hydrochloric Acid production is the release of bicarbonates into the blood stream.
Water, carbon dioxide and sodium chloride (table salt) produce hydrochloric acid and sodium bicarbonate. The chemical formula of hydrochloric acid production is: H2O + CO2 + NaCl = HCl + NaHCO3
The hydrochloric acid is used in the stomach to digest food and the sodium bicarbonate is released into the bloodstream which is an alkaline buffer the body uses to neutralize excess acidity. As we get older our bodies start losing this alkaline buffer and the excess acidity is considered to be one of the causes of aging. The age of 45 is the average age when we start to show symptoms of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other degenerative diseases. These excess acid wastes may show up as cholesterol, gout and kidney stones.
The more hydrochloric acid you produce the more alkaline buffers are released into the blood stream. The benefit of hydrochloric acid produced by alkaline water vs. the acid produced by food is that the body does not have to use up the buffers to neutralize the acid wastes from the food you eat and from other body processes caused by their consumption.
Alkaline Water Meal Tip:
- Wait a half hour after drinking alkaline water before eating.
- Wait one to two hours after eating to allow your stomach to finish digesting your food.
- A glass of alkaline water an hour after meals may help wash the rest of your meal into the intestines.
Our Intestines are Alkaline!
While our stomach secretes acidic juices to work, our intestines need an alkaline environment (at a pH of 8.3) to absorb nutrients.
After the food in the stomach is digested, it must come out into the small intestine. The food at this point is so acidic that it will damage the intestine wall.
As such, when alkaline water passes through an empty stomach, it retains its alkalinity, which makes it easy for our intestines to absorb it.
Alkaline Water Health Tip:
As recommended by health professionals, drink alkaline water with a pH of 9 – 10 to match that pH range in the intestines.
So How can Alkaline Water Benefit Acid Reflux Sufferers?
Acid reflux occurs when food and acid from the stomach flows up the oesophagus (the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach). The symptoms can cause considerable discomfort. If left unattended over long-term exposure, stomach acids can contribute to deterioration of the oesophageal lining.
During acute symptoms, one can drink a few swallows of water to wash the acids down the oesophagus back into the stomach. But be careful not to drink too much water. Increasing the volume of content in the stomach may cause further reflux.
For chronic acid reflux, doctors will prescribe antacids but this often comes with side effects. As such, some doctors may recommend alkaline water to neutralize stomach acids and maintain a balance between acidity and alkalinity.
Below is a study (Potential Benefits of pH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease) by Jamie A. Koufman, MD; Nikki Johnston, PhD
Objectives: At the cellular level, tissue-bound pepsin is fundamental to the pathophysiologic mechanism of reflux disease, and although the thresholds for laryngeal damage in laryngopharyngeal reflux and for oesophageal damage in gastroesophageal reflux disease differ, both forms of damage are due to pepsin, which requires acid for its activation. In addition, human pepsin remains stable at pH 7.4 and may be reactivated by hydrogen ions from any source. Thus, most tap and bottled waters (typically pH 6.7 to 7.4) would not be expected to affect pepsin stability. The purposes of these in vitro studies were to investigate whether artesian well water containing natural bicarbonate (pH 8.8) might irreversibly denature (inactivate) human pepsin, and to establish its potential acid-buffering capacity.
Methods: Laboratory studies were performed to determine whether human pepsin was inactivated by pH 8.8 alkaline water. In addition, the buffering capacity of the alkaline water was measured and compared to that of the two most popular commercially available bottled waters.
Results: The pH 8.8 alkaline water irreversibly inactivated human pepsin (in vitro), and its hydrochloric acid–buffering capacity far exceeded that of the conventional-pH waters.
Conclusions: Unlike conventional drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly denatures pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. In addition, it has excellent acid-buffering capacity. Thus, the consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease.
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