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How Alkaline Water Eases Heartburn


How Alkaline Water Eases Heartburn

April 29, 2022

Stomach acid is essential for digestive function and ultimately survival, but it can play havoc on the body when it comes to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or what is commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn. 


There are many differing schools of thought on alkaline water, but before diving into just how alkaline water can ease this heartburn, we need to first understand the role that stomach acid plays and a basic understanding of how digestion begins to take place. 

The stomach is filled with an acid called Hydrochloric Acid (HCl), one of the strongest acids there is. With a pH between 1.5 and 2 it’s incredibly powerful, allowing it to break down the big and small food quantities you consume - think of those summer salads, roast dinners and chocolate puddings. It further plays a vital role in killing any unwanted bacteria or pathogens which make their way into the stomach from the nose and mouth. As the stomach acid begins to dissolve your food, it turns it into a soup-like product called chyme. This allows the surface area of the food you’ve eaten to increase, not only helping for the absorption of key nutrients later on, but also allowing for the digestive enzymes, one of which is pepsin, to release their secretions and work their magic, breaking down food.

POP QUIZ! 

What does the enzyme ‘pepsin’ break down? 
(continue reading to find out!)

Let’s now address heartburn, one of the most common illnesses in today’s world, with over 100,000 cases reported to GP surgeries each year. If you’re lucky enough to never have experienced heartburn, it’s the burning sensation you get in your chest, just behind the breastbone. It’s not pleasant and it’s not comfortable, and often in serious circumstances, can be the cause of much distress and lead to more life threatening illnesses such as stomach ulcers and cancer.  

The movement of stomach acid into the lower oesophagus is what creates heartburn.

This diagram shows the level of PH in the Stomach VS alkaline water.

Heartburn occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) isn’t working as well as it should. When we consume our food, the LES acts like a valve and opens up to let the food pass through into the stomach. Until food starts moving down the oesophagus (a process known as peristalsis), the LES normally stays tightly closed to prevent any backflow of stomach acid moving into this part of the digestive tract. But, as we get older, the digestive system begins to slow down and the LES isn’t as tight as it once was. The moving of stomach acid into the lower oesophagus is what creates heartburn. The oesophagus doesn’t have the same mucus membrane lining as the stomach and so isn’t designed to hold such strong acidic contents. It’s this interaction between the acidity and lining of the oesophagus that causes the burning pain and feeling of discomfort. 


Unlike conventional water, alkaline water can ease this irritation and inflammation. With a pH between 8-9, the alkaline properties work to neutralise the acid moving into the oesophagus by denaturing the pepsin enzymes rendering them permanently inactive. These powerful pepsin enzymes are considered to be the primary reason that the sensation of heartburn occurs. There are no proteins to break down in the oesophagus, so these enzymes begin to eat away at the oesophageal lining. By gradually transitioning to alkaline water, the inflammation and burning is eased, with the aim of no significant tissue damage further taking place. 

The effect of easing acid reflux has many benefits on the rest of the body as well. For example, those that suffer from GERD are more likely to have atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the heart, as well as heart palpitations and hypotension which is reduced blood flow. Not only does alkaline water lead the way to a more healthier lifestyle but it naturally works to ease discomfort without having to take prescribed medication or making regular doctors visits. 


Our founder Matt, experienced the benefits of alkaline water having changed his diet and lifestyle. If you have some more time, click here to meet our maker. 

Stomach acid is essential for digestive function and ultimately survival, but it can play havoc on the body when it comes to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or what is commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn. 


There are many differing schools of thought on alkaline water, but before diving into just how alkaline water can ease this heartburn, we need to first understand the role that stomach acid plays and a basic understanding of how digestion begins to take place. 

The stomach is filled with an acid called Hydrochloric Acid (HCl), one of the strongest acids there is. With a pH between 1.5 and 2 it’s incredibly powerful, allowing it to break down the big and small food quantities you consume - think of those summer salads, roast dinners and chocolate puddings. It further plays a vital role in killing any unwanted bacteria or pathogens which make their way into the stomach from the nose and mouth. As the stomach acid begins to dissolve your food, it turns it into a soup-like product called chyme. This allows the surface area of the food you’ve eaten to increase, not only helping for the absorption of key nutrients later on, but also allowing for the digestive enzymes, one of which is pepsin, to release their secretions and work their magic, breaking down food.

POP QUIZ! 

What does the enzyme ‘pepsin’ break down? 
(continue reading to find out!)

Let’s now address heartburn, one of the most common illnesses in today’s world, with over 100,000 cases reported to GP surgeries each year. If you’re lucky enough to never have experienced heartburn, it’s the burning sensation you get in your chest, just behind the breastbone. It’s not pleasant and it’s not comfortable, and often in serious circumstances, can be the cause of much distress and lead to more life threatening illnesses such as stomach ulcers and cancer. 

The movement of stomach acid into the lower oesophagus is what creates heartburn.

This diagram shows the level of PH in the Stomach VS alkaline water.

Heartburn occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) isn’t working as well as it should. When we consume our food, the LES acts like a valve and opens up to let the food pass through into the stomach. Until food starts moving down the oesophagus (a process known as peristalsis), the LES normally stays tightly closed to prevent any backflow of stomach acid moving into this part of the digestive tract. But, as we get older, the digestive system begins to slow down and the LES isn’t as tight as it once was. The moving of stomach acid into the lower oesophagus is what creates heartburn. The oesophagus doesn’t have the same mucus membrane lining as the stomach and so isn’t designed to hold such strong acidic contents. It’s this interaction between the acidity and lining of the oesophagus that causes the burning pain and feeling of discomfort. 


Unlike conventional water, alkaline water can ease this irritation and inflammation. With a pH between 8-9, the alkaline properties work to neutralise the acid moving into the oesophagus by denaturing the pepsin enzymes rendering them permanently inactive. These powerful pepsin enzymes are considered to be the primary reason that the sensation of heartburn occurs. There are no proteins to break down in the oesophagus, so these enzymes begin to eat away at the oesophageal lining. By gradually transitioning to alkaline water, the inflammation and burning is eased, with the aim of no significant tissue damage further taking place. 

The effect of easing acid reflux has many benefits on the rest of the body as well. For example, those that suffer from GERD are more likely to have atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the heart, as well as heart palpitations and hypotension which is reduced blood flow. Not only does alkaline water lead the way to a more healthier lifestyle but it naturally works to ease discomfort without having to take prescribed medication or making regular doctors visits. 


Our founder Matt, experienced the benefits of alkaline water having changed his diet and lifestyle. If you have some more time, click here to meet our maker. 

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