One of the biggest myths circulating around the internet about alkaline water is the myth of stomach acidification. According to skeptics (none of whom are medical doctors) stomach acid would neutralize the pH of any water you drink. Research proves they are wrong because the stomach does not produce acid when you drink water.
What causes the stomach to produce acid?
Food causes the stomach to produce acid. The stomach begins producing gastric acid as soon as you see or smell food. Once you chew your food and swallow, proteins, starches, sugars, and fats will all stimulate the stomach to produce acid. Proteins are primarily responsible for stomach acid production, starches, sugars and fats stimulate acid production to a lesser degree.
The production of acid by the stomach is an energy intensive process. That is why you feel drowsy after a big meal. Your body uses up all of its energy on acid production!
Alkaline Water does NOT cause the stomach to produce acid
The body does not need to break water down like it does food. When you drink alkaline water on an empty stomach, it passes right through the stomach and enters the intestines, where it is absorbed. Clinical testing of stomach pH after drinking alkaline water reveals that stomach pH is raised by a pH of .5 – 1, and remained elevated for about a half hour. Clinical trials of alkaline water in Japan led to it being certified by the Japanese Ministry of Health as a treatment for digestive problems.
Despite what critics claim, doctors in Japan now prescribe alkaline water for relief of minor digestive upset – and the Japanese people are a lot healthier than Americans!
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Has the FDA evaluated alkaline water’s effect on the stomach?
Not yet. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.