Alkaline water? Some common sense prevails

The Alkaline Myth and Hype  Watch on youtube

Here is a really balanced discussion on   whether we need to take alkaline water “to balance our PH”.  So much of what we believe is here say and not backed up with good research.  I found this myself when in college.  I wanted to do a research article on how “alkalizing” the body by making the internal environment less acidic would assist in healing, only to find that there was very little evidence in the scientific literature to support the assumption.  Truth is that certain parts of the body must be very acidic to protect itself from pathogens,  and one main organ is the stomach.  In order to break down our food we need to produce a lot of Hydrochloric acid to start the digestive process.  Taking alkalized drinks/tablets will interfere with this, leaving the body more vulnerable to pathogens and causing our food to ferment rather than digest.  This in turn will lead to reflux.

The common thought is that reflux is a problem of too much acid.  The opposite is more often the case.   The lack of acid prevents good digestion, causing the food to remain too long in the stomach, fermenting and causing gas.  This opens up the valve and sends acidic gas into the esophagus, which in turn burns the lining of the tube.  Very painful.

We encourage those suffering from reflux to drink a little lemon juice and water or apple cider vinegar and water 5 minutes before their main meal to stimulate the production of more stomach acid.  This gets the food moving, prevents fermentation and reduces reflux.

Of course we recommend that we need to take in a lot of healthy colored vegetables to be healthy, but these foods do much more than “regulate our ph”.  The nutrients, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients contained therein provide amazing benefits to protect the body from disease and cancer.  They do this through incredible complex chemical reactions that most of us can’t get our heads around.  So let’s feed and nourish our bodies well, and leave it to our intelligent body to sort out our acid/alkaline balance via our kidneys, lungs, cell walls, osmosis etc.

Take the time to view the video to learn more.  Let’s use common sense rather than heresay, and continue to learn.

 

The Alkaline Myth and Hype

About Julie

Nutritionist working in the Brisbane area Queensland Australia.
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