How Alkaline Water Works to Extend Life
Alkaline Water and acids in the stomach.
We all know that we get old and sick due to excessive accumulation of acid in our body, and that alkaline neutralizes acid, so drinking alkaline water makes sense. But do we know how alkaline water works in our body? Some doctors say that stomach acid kills the alkalinity, then drinking alkaline water is useless. How do you answer that? Have you ever thought of this? This is what happens in the stomach: The stomach maintains a pH around 4.0. It goes up according to the amount of alkaline water we drink. When we drink a high pH water, the stomach pH rises above 4.5, thus, the stomach will produce more hydrochloric acid and lowers the pH of the stomach below 4.0. The chemical formula for hydrochloric acid production is:
CO2 + H2O + NaCl = HCl + NaHCO3
Water, carbon dioxide and sodium chloride (table salt) produces hydrochloric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Hydrochloric acid is the stomach, and sodium bicarbonate goes into the bloodstream. [Note: An interesting fact is that the formula above looks simple, but no scientist in the laboratory can produce hydrochloric acid and sodium bicarbonate water, carbon dioxide and salt. Only living cells can do that. In the laboratory, the reverse is easy: adding hydrochloric acid to sodium bicarbonate will instantly produce water, carbon dioxide and salt.]
Baking soda is an alkaline buffer in the blood. In our blood, there are alkaline and acid buffers constantly monitoring the pH of the blood to maintain a constant 7.365. When the blood becomes too alkaline, the acid buffer works to lower the pH and when the blood becomes too acidic, the alkaline buffer works to raise the pH. Alkaline buffers are bicarbonate (HCO3-) mated with alkaline minerals. Examples are sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3), calcium bicarbonate (Ca (HCO3) 2) and magnesium bicarbonate (Mg (HCO3) 2). The acid buffer is mainly carbonic acid (H2CO3), and the combination of water and carbon dioxide. The carbohydrate completely burnt, becomes carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O), so there is no shortage of acid buffer. DISCOVERY OF DR. Lynda Frassetto
In 1996 Dr. Lynda Frassetto at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that as we age, starting around age 45, lose the alkaline buffer - bicarbonates - in our blood. By the age of 90, we lose 18% of bicarbonates in our blood.
Figure 2, Figure B deJournal of Gerontology: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 1996, Vol 51A. No. 1, B91-B99Por Dr. Lynda Frassetto at the University of California, San Francisco Dotted line added by Sang Whang
Insufficient amounts of bicarbonates in the blood reduces our ability to manage (neutralize and dump) the acid our body produces. This is the cause of aging. 45 is the average age when human beings begin to show symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and many other degenerative diseases. Since we can not manage the acid, acid wastes accumulate in the body; these wastes are listed as cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, urates, sulfates, phosphates, kidney stones, etc.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROPERTY OF ALKALINE WATER?
Alkaline water has many properties, including surface tension, water structure, molecular size, oxidation reduction potential, pH value, types of alkaline minerals used to maintain the pH value, etc.. With the exception of the pH value of water, using the correct types of alkaline mineral in the water is the only thing that helps the blood receive bicarbonates. In addition, all other properties change when the water reaches the stomach and interacts with the stomach acid. While the pH does change in the stomach, the change of pH value causes the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid to the stomach, and bicarbonates in the bloodstream.
The most important function of alkaline water is to increase bicarbonates in the blood because we lose bicarbonates as we age.
When we say that we alkalize our body, it does not necessarily mean increasing our saliva pH or urine pH, it means increasing the bicarbonates in the blood. However, the pH of the blood doesn't change. What changes is the ability of our blood to neutralize the acid in the body, it is enabled to work at a higher level.
In January / February 2003 publication of "American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal," Dr. Gospodinka R. Pradova, published the results of 10 years of study of industrial pollution in Bulgaria. The study compares two groups of people working in a plastics factory, a group working in a plant with chemical pollution, the other in an environment free of contamination at the offices of the same company. The conclusion shows that people who live or work in a polluted environment have less bicarbonates in the blood than people who work in a clean environment.
We live in a world that has changed from an agricultural environment to an industrial environment, which produces more pollution. Our stressful life styles also create more acid, which uses up more bicarbonates. Some foods are more acidic than others, especially high protein meats, soda, vitamin waters, sports drinks and alcohol. This all contributes to how we lose bicarbonates in the blood as we age.
The medical society considers the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood as an inevitable fact of aging. I argue that the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood is the cause of aging and disease, not the result of aging. If we replenish bicarbonates in the blood, we do not have to age!
This is the good news about alkaline water!
MAKING ALKALINE WATER
Since bicarbonates enter the bloodstream only when the stomach produces hydrochloric acid, it is important that we drink alkaline water with a pH value as high as possible. I recommend drinking alkaline water on an empty stomach.
On an empty stomach, the stomach pH value may be high but the amount (volume) of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is small and because of this, drinking a high pH of 9.5 to 10, you will raise the stomach pH. This, in turn, causes the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, allowing more bicarbonates to enter the bloodstream.
Another possibility is that alkaline water can enter the gut immediately, as there is no solid food in the stomach to digest. When this happens, the blood will absorb alkaline water into the bloodstream, since there is no solid food in the stomach to be digested. When this happens, the blood will absorb alkaline water into the bloodstream from the intestine. If alkaline water is introduced directly into the bloodstream from the intestine, the acid (carbonic acid, H2CO3) will interact with the alkaline water to lower the blood pH and the acid buffer will become the alkaline buffer.
Ca (OH) 2 + 2 (H2CO3) = Ca + + (HCO3-) 2 + 2 (H2O)
An increase of bicarbonates in the bloodstream prevents aging and degenerative disease attacks. Now you know the scientific mechanics of how alkaline water extends life.
ALKALINE WATER ONLY!
Many commercial varieties of water claim health benefits: energy-giving water, Pi water, snow melted water, special spring water, magnetically treated water, water with oxygen, etc. However, none of them adds bicarbonates to the blood except alkaline water with high pH. When we think of health, we think of diet and exercise. But no diet or exercise adds bicarbonates to the bloodstream.
Some people argue that we can ingest bicarbonates (baking soda). It would be like ingesting salt because our stomach acid will decompose in water (carbon dioxide and sodium salt); no bicarbonates will reach the bloodstream. And we all know what salt can do to human body. Only alkaline water can extend your life!