Drinking alkaline water has been shown to help promote a healthy digestive system by reducing harmful oxidation in the gut to promote beneficial probiotics. Alkaline water’s main digestive benefit may be from its antioxidant potential. The antioxidant potential of alkaline ionized water was shown to have the potential to stimulate the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut, and to reduce the growth of harmful microbes.
Alkaline water promotes growth of beneficial probiotic microflora in the gut.
Clinical testing in Japan showed that people with digestive upset found gradual relief of their symptoms in about 2 - 4 weeks after starting to drink alkaline water. That testing led to the Japanese Ministry of Health certifying water ionizers as medical devices for the treatment of digestive upset. So if you have poor digestive health, and want to try alkaline water, you should look for results in about 2 - 4 weeks.
Make sure to drink antioxidant alkaline water Most bottled alkaline water doesn’t have antioxidant potential. Your best bet is to use a water ionizer and make it yourself. The antioxidant potential of alkaline water doesn’t keep, so it’s best to drink it within hours from the time it is generated from the ionizer. The benefit to probiotic microbes in the gut from alkaline water comes from its antioxidant potential, so you must make sure you’re drinking antioxidant alkaline water.
In the intestines probiotic microbes are known as strict anaerobes because they hate oxygen, they prefer an oxygen-free environment. These beneficial microbes are destroyed by oxidation. On the other hand the harmful microbes in the gut are strict aerobes, they thrive in an oxygen-rich gut. Better digestive health begins with creating an antioxidant environment in the gut which favors beneficial probiotics.
Alkaline water has a “sparing effect” on antioxidant enzymes in the body, which can help provide essential enzymes that probiotic microbes need to survive. Probiotic microbes need two important antioxidant enzymes to survive in the gut: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and Catalase. Both of these are enzymes that your body produces naturally.
A Russian study published in 2004 demonstrated how the antioxidant potential of alkaline water stimulates beneficial microbes in the gut. The theory was tested on human subjects. The study subjects drank .6 liters per day of alkaline ionized water. People who had poor digestive health saw increased levels of two probiotics:
The test subjects also saw reduced levels of harmful microflora. Based on these results, researchers concluded that drinking alkaline ionized water stimulates the growth of probiotics, and can reduce the growth of harmful microflora. Healthy test subjects maintained the levels of probiotics they had in their digestive tract before drinking alkaline ionized water.
Control subjects in the study drank plain water that had not been ionized. They saw no change in levels of microflora in their gut.
Conclusion: Drinking alkaline ionized water improves levels of probiotics in the gut, plain water doesn’t.
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This is an excerpt from the full article which includes refrences to quoted research and studies, which you can read here - Why Alkaline Water is Important for Digestive Health