Drinking Alkaline Water for Acid Reflux & Heartburn
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a common condition that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the tube which connects the mouth and the stomach (oesophagus). This happens when the ring of muscle called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), whose job it is to keep the contents of the stomach from rising back up, is weakened or damaged.
The acidic contents of the stomach which flow back into the oesophagus can cause irritation to the cells lining the oesophagus, causing discomfort in the form of acid indigestion or heartburn.
How to manage Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux and its more serious form, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are generally treated with over-the-counter medication such as antacids. These medications are usually made of sodium bicarbonate, magnesium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, or other substances that can neutralise or counteract the stomach acid.
Various home remedies have also been recommended to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux, including avoiding acidic food, sitting up for extended periods after eating, and drinking alkaline water.
How does Alkaline Water help Acid Reflux?
Alkaline water has become a popular home remedy to combat acid reflux and help manage its symptoms. The high pH of alkaline water neutralises stomach acid in much the same way as antacids.
A 2012 study showed that pH 8.8 alkaline water could denature pepsin, the chief digestive enzyme in the stomach. The alkaline water also acted as an effective acid-base buffer for the neutralisation of the hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
By minimising and controlling the symptoms of acid reflux with small dietary changes, you can avoid oesophageal damage. As with all remedies and recommendations, it’s best to contact your GP or gastroenterologist to integrate them with a long-term treatment plan.
PH8 Natural Alkaline Water
In recent times we've been sent testimonials from PH8 Natural Alkaline Water customers who no longer experience reflux symptoms or heartburn after drinking the water.