When someone first learns of the benefits of alkaline or ionized water consumption, the first series of questions often asked is, “What happens to your stomach acid when you ingest alkaline water? Does it hurt your stomach? Does it nullify the alkalinity of the water?” Fortunately, our miraculous body does in fact respond in positive ways to eating our drinking alkaline foods or drinks.
The most direct answer to these questions is simple. Consuming alkaline water does not hurt your stomach nor does your stomach cancel the benefits of alkaline (often also referred to as ionized water).
Lets take a few moments to understand why this makes both medical and scientific sense. First let’s talk about how the stomach works. The inside of our stomachs can be an acidic environment and has an almost unending supply of additional acid resources available as needed directly via the stomach wall. The acid is used to kill bacteria and viruses that come with the food. According to Sang Wang, author of “Reverse Aging”, “The stomach pH value is maintained at around 4. When we eat food and drink water, especially alkaline water, the pH value inside the stomach goes up. When this happens, there is a feedback mechanism in our stomach to detect this and commands the stomach wall to secrete more hydrochloric acid into the stomach to bring the pH value back to 4.” So, with this feedback mechanism immediately neutralizing, drinking ionized water seems like a lost cause, right? Absolutely not!
The answer to our quandary comes in the way the stomach wall makes hydrochloric acid. According to popular misconception, our stomach is constantly acidic. This is just not true. If there was a pocket of acid anywhere in our body eventually it would burn a hole through the area. So, as Sang Wang explains, “The cells in our stomach wall must produce hydrochloric acid on an instantly, as-needed basis.” water alkalizer
The chemical elements that are used by the stomach cell to make hydrochloric acid are carbon dioxide, water, and sodium chloride. And all chemical equations, as we learn in basic chemistry as children, must always be balanced. Therefore, when the stomach produces hydrochloric acid, “The by-product of making hydrochloric acid is sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate. The HCl is released into the stomach and the by-product is released into the blood stream.
These bicarbonates are the alkaline buffers that neutralize excess acids in the blood; they dissolve solid acid wastes into liquid form. As they neutralize the solid acidic wastes, the excess sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate are converted by the body into carbon dioxide which is transported to the lungs and then discharged.”