Alkaline Water

It’s good to drink more water; apart from the fact that it’s better to stay hydrated for alertness, reduction in stress and to avoid kidney stones, there is evidence that it has measurable health benefits.

But alkaline water seems to have particular benefits. Faucet and bottled waters generally have a pH of 7; below this it’s more acidic, and above more alkaline. Artesian well water has a pH of over 8, and in some cases 9.5.

A 2011 study demonstrated that adults drinking about a quart of alkalinized water a day dropped their bad cholesterol by up to15% and helped their blood sugars.

For reflux sufferers, in a  small study in 2012 alkaline water with pH of 8.8 was shown to inactivate pepsin (the enzyme associated with the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach), thus neutralising reflux, and acting as an effective acid buffer.

“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.”

Users seem to benefit, according to reviews:”Drinking a cup or so of this high alkaline water a couple hours after a meal really helps with the acid reflux.”

Alkaline water systems are sold in various guises, including bottled water, filter jugs, sticks and drops which are added to tap water. Here is a selection of the most highly rated:

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