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Water Extinguishes Stomach Acid 175x Faster Than Some Drugs

Water Extinguishes Stomach Acid 150x Faster Than Some Drugs

Could the water people swallow their acid reflux pills with be more therapeutic than the drugs themselves?

In 2008, a remarkable study took place comparing a glass of water to an antacid and "acid blocking" drugs, in their overall effect in increasing gastric pH (i.e. making it more alkaline) in healthy subjects.  

Published in the journal Digestive Diseases & Science,[1] researchers took 12 healthy subjects who were screened to be negative for Helicobacter pylori infection, and gave them a single oral dose of the following agents:

  • A glass of water (200 ml)
  • Antacid
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec/Losec)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Rabeprazole (AcipHex)

Gastric pH was recorded for six hours after drug intake.

The study found it took the following duration to increase gastric pH >4:

  • Water increased pH >4 in 10/12 subjects after 1 minute
  • Antacid increased pH >4 in 2 minutes
  • Rantidine increased pH >4 in 50 minutes
  • Omeprazole increased pH >4 in 171 minutes
  • Esomeprazole increased pH >4 in 151 minutes
  • Rabeprazole increased pH >4 in 175 minutes

The results were discussed in greater detail:

Gastric pH >4 lasted for 3 min after water and for 12 min after antacids; it remained >4 until the end of recording in: 4/12 subjects with ranitidine, 11/12 with rabeprazole, and all with omeprazole and esomeprazole.

While the duration of action was shortest for water, the authors noted at the outset of their study that the onset of action is of key importance in when it comes to treatment: 

Onset of action of antisecretory agents is of pivotal importance for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treated "on demand."

What would you rather do? Get instant relief with a glass of water, which has loads of side benefits to your health, or wait between 50 minutes to 175 minutes (close to 3 hours!) as the excess acid burns the lining of your stomach, using a chemical class of drugs which have the potential to cause the following unintended, adverse side effects:

  1. Clostridium Infections
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Pneumonia
  4. Vitamin C Deficiency
  5. Gastric Cancer
  6. Bone Fractures
  7. Magnesium Deficiency
  8. Myopathies
  9. Vitamin B12 Deficiency

[View the entire list of 30+ adverse effects on our Acid Blocker Research page.]

Of course, water will only "water down" a problem that is often a direct result of bad food combining, excessive portions, food-body incompatibilities, acute or chronic stress, undiagnosed overgrowth of pathogens, and environmental allergies, to name but a few known contributing factors. But, water can do no harm, whereas using chemicals to poison the proton pumps or histamine receptors on the parietal cells in the stomach into shutting down acid production has an obvious set of serious side effects that can and should be avoided, whenever possible.

Remember that before the symptoms of chronic heartburn were reified and concretized into the "disease" of acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) people took responsibility for and control over their condition by going back to the basics, e.g. diet, lifestyle, stress, etc.  

For additional research on natural, albeit palliative "acid reflux" solutions, contains a list of two dozen substances which have been researched to have potential therapeutic value.  Take a look by visiting our Acid Reflux research page.  Also, consider eliminating wheat, as it has a prominent dark side which may have profound bearing on chronic heartburn symptoms.

[1] A glass of water immediately increases gastric pH in healthy subjects. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Dec;53(12):3128-32. Epub 2008 May 13. PMID: 18473176


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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Stomach acid and water

It is no big surprise that water neutralise stomach acid. Most drinking water has a pH of 7. But drinking water when food is in the stomach has a detrimental effect on digestion. Stomach pH should be in the range of 1,5 - 3,0 and any increase in pH would reduce the effect and increase the probability of nutritional deficiency. Particular minerals and B12. To high gastric pH will increase, not reduce, the susceptibility of heart burn and development of gastric reflux syndrome (GERD)

Too little stomach acid is a common problem caused by a high carbohydrate diet devoid of vital nutrients. In addition stress will exacerbate the problem. In a world ruled by the pharmaceutical industry, the problem of hypochlorhydria, well recognised by doctors 60 years ago, is dismissed and the PPI and anti acids are the new solutions. The results are detrimental - and visible in the population.

This week I spoke to a profiled gastroenterologist in Norway and asked why the problem of hypchlorhydria is never addressed. His answer was simply – no money available for that research. Basically what he said is – we cannot afford to be concerned about the health of our patients, only about funding of our research. In addition, it is out of fashion. The basic research was done long time ago.

So take care of the precious acid in your stomach and don't drown it in water. Drink in between meals. It is a question about life and death.

Water - Different Waters...

It will be interesting to see additional research into the effect of different kinds of "water" - e.g. untreated well water vs. chlorinated water, RO water, etc. since these are known to show different pH baselines.

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