Will drinking a higher pH water as produced by an Alkalizing Water Purifier actually help boost the pH levels in your body?
What happens when ionized water gets in contact with your stomach acids? Are your stomach acids reduced or does the ionized water become acidic?
Yes, alkaline water has been shown to increase body pH levels. However, it is not well tolerated by everyone. Some people have stomach discomfort and others just don't like the taste.
When it hits your stomach it will help your stomach produce more acid. Some find this confusing as to how it would affect your body pH. Let me explain what happens.
Your stomach doesn't have a pouch of hydrochloric acid (HCL) sitting in it. If it did, it would burn a hole right through your stomach. Instead, we have special cells that secrete HCL on an as needed basis.
So say you drink a glass of alkaline water. The water would make your stomach too alkaline, so those special cells secrete HCL to bring your stomach's pH back down to normal (about 4.0). So where is the benefit?
I need to use a little bit of chemistry to explain - so please stay with me. :)
In order for those special stomach cells to produce HCL, they mix carbon dioxide, water, and potassium chloride or sodium chloride. The byproduct of making HCL is potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate. Bicarbonates are highly alkaline byproducts that influence our body's pH levels. How?
They go directly into the bloodstream. Once there they neutralize excess acids in the blood causing extra carbon dioxide to be released. That carbon dioxide is then taken to the lungs and is released from the body (see lung functions). When the blood is cleaned of its extra acidic load, tissue cells then release their acids into the bloodstream and even more acids are removed.
Hopefully this makes sense. If not, let me know and I'll find another way to explain it.
I prefer alkaline supplements and alkaline forming foods to the water, but that's just me.
Wishing you the best of health,
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