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Study found drinking alkaline water can prevent symptoms of acid reflux disease
Medical scientists at the Voice Institute of New York discovered that drinking higher pH alkaline water inactivates pepsin in the stomach, offering relief from symptoms of acidic reflux. At the cellular level, pepsin is the root cause of reflux disease, and in the human stomach, the introduction of acid from acidic foods or liquids will activate pepsin. It is the enzyme released by cells in the stomach wall that degrades food proteins into peptides, enabling digestion. Because pepsin remains stable at pH 7.4, researchers hypothesized that consuming higher-pH alkaline water could inactivate it in the stomach, thus preventing the onset of reflux disease symptoms.
In the research laboratory, these scientists concluded, “Unlike normal drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly denatures pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. Additionally, the higher-pH water has good acid-buffering capacity. Thus, the consumption of alkaline water may offer therapeutic health benefits for people suffering from acid reflux disease.”
Drinkers of higher-pH alkaline ionized water from Bawell water ionizers have reported that they felt relief after drinking water from the machines. There are many causes of acid reflux disease, but the most common are “the consumption of acidic foods and liquids such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolate, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, coffee or tea, etc.," according to WebMD.