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Can an Overly Alkaline Diet Contribute to Gerd or Lpr?

Posted by Gary (Waynesboro, VA) on 11/19/2006

Is it possible that too alkaline a diet and drinking a lot of ionized alkaline Ph (9.0 to 9.5) water could in any way contribute to developing GERD or LPR? Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Any time the body's acid or alkaline is out of balance whichever way the body will need to either expel excess acid or excess alkaline needed to maintain equilibrium.

If digestion is improper and not enough stomach acid, the food will remain too long and acid reflux can occur, or if the blood is too acid, then helicobacter pylori occurs or a pathogen sets in which can trigger an acid reflux .Insufficient bicarbonate will not allow the intestines to neutralized the food eaten thus causing intestinal problems, but on the other hand too much alkalinity will not allow the food to digest either and may cause a GERD or LPR.

Which ever case, the ideal pH to consume is closest to the pH of your blood, which can be between 7 to 7.5. Moderation is best, but whatever the case the body needs a sufficient amounts of bicarbonates necessary to maintain equilibrium. A water without bicarbonates are a big problem, but so is adding too much acid forming foods or too much alkaline forming foods.

In practice the most problem is usually from eating too much acid forming food. The best way to settle an argument whether drinking alkaline water is best for you is whether your own body's pH urine is between 6.5 to 7.35 or not. That is really the settling point, but yet the body still needs a sufficient bicarbonates. This can be tested by looking at variations of urinary pH throughout the day. If it varies in a narrow area of optimum values, then it is possible that the body does have sufficient bicarbonates.