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A quick Investigation into the health benefits of high pH Water

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 9:22 pm 2016 January 15

Higher pH water is supposed to be good for you. Makers can quote this conculsion from the National Institutes of Health:

  • “CONCLUSIONS:
  • Unlike conventional drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly denatures pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. In addition, it has good acid-buffering capacity. Thus, the consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease.”

But would drinking high pH water be any different than dissolving tums in distilled water? The Watertechonline.com link below argues against the wqa.org position against high pH water, saying it is basically a waste of money and potentially harmful:

OUR CONCLUSIONS

It is important to point out The PubMed.gov conclusions were based on tests done In vitro, meaning high pH water in a test tube with human pepsin, not in a human body. the watertechonline.com information points this out fairly clearly. Pub Med endorses the practice of consuming high pH water because it may alleviate symptoms of reflux. Barring any unforeseen conspiracy, the take-away seems to be that high pH water may have some value, and would be worth a try only if you have acid stomach or reflux problems.

If you’re one who think changing the pH levels of your intake might help, you might study the nih.gov link listed below. With careful consideration this abstract from the The National Insitutes of Health one might create their own high pH water. They seem to endorse adding bicarbonate directly to the diet. That would seem a tad less expensive than purchasing water that cost between $4 to 30 per gallon, but there is always something to be said for convenience and sanitation control.

Source Material

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22844861

pH paranoia: Understanding alkaline water claims

https://www.wqa.org/About (the author of the above link is associated with this organization)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/

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