It is great to see that Dr. Young has provided an intelligent response to the self-serving nonsense published by Dr. Mercola in regards to alkaline water. Dr. Young has written about the function of the stomach and the important role that an alkaline diet or drinking alkaline water plays. Unlike Dr. Mercola, I believe that Dr. Young actually writes his own material. Dr. Young has a research staff who provides him with research and background material, but the man actually writes his own articles.
I have a difference of opinion than Dr. Young on a couple of the things that he talks about. He mentions that you should drink 1 liter of water each day for each 50 pounds that you weigh. That is a lot of water for a person that weighs 200 pounds. I don’t think you need to drink that much water, but it certainly won’t hurt to drink that much. He also recommends drinking water with a pH of at least 9.5 while I wouldn’t drink water any stronger that 9.5. In fact, if you are advanced in years or if you have health issues, my experience in talking to many others would be that you should drink water be in the pH range of 8.0 to 9.0, especially in the early stages of being on the water. It is really important for everyone to start slowly to avoid headaches, or flu like symptoms, or even diarrhea. Other than those differences… go Doc!
If you have been questioning the benefit of using a water ionizer because of the fluff published by the likes of Dr. Mercola or Stephen Lower, please read the article below “written by Dr. Robert Young”.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Last week Dr. Joseph Mercola made several statements concerning the negative affects of drinking alkaline water.
According to Dr. Mercola drinking alkaline water is of no value because it will be minimized by the hydrochloric acid of the stomach.
That’s exactly the point Mercola! You want to minimize the hydrochloric acid residues in the stomach!!!!
Of course what Mercola does not explain is the biochemistry of the digestive system and especially the stomach. The facts are that for every molecule of hydrochloric acid produced in the stomach an equal amount of sodium bicarbonate is produced by the cover cells. The equation is as follows: NaCl + H20 + CO2 = NaHCO3 + HCL.
The stomach pulls sodium, chloride, water and carbon dioxide to make sodium bicarbonate, an alkalizing compound with the waste product of hydrochloric acid.
The stomach will always produce sodium bicarbonate to alkalize the food we eat or the liquids we drink to prepare the food and drink for biological transformation into stem cells in the crypts of the small intestine. The more acidic the food or drink the more sodium bicarbonate will be produced to buffer the acids of the food or drink. This of course leaves you with a belly full of acid which leads to all sorts of stomach disorders including the acidifying of the blood and then tissues.
The stomach does not need to produce any sodium bicarbonate when we are eating or drinking alkalizing foods or alkaline drinks, including electron rich alkaline water.
The key here to remember is this: the stomach is NOT an organ of digestion but an organ of contribution and its main contribution is to alkalize the food and drink we ingest.
You want to drink electron rich alkaline water to neutralize or buffer the hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
The stomach is NOT an organ of digestion but an organ designed to alkalize the acids from food and metabolism.
Bottom-line the best thing you can do to support the stomach is to drink electron rich alkaline water with a pH of at least 9.5 or better. You will be preventing serious stomach disorders and preparing the food and drink for its ideal pH in the small intestine at 8.4 for biological transformation into stems cells in the crypts of the small intestine.
My best advise is to drink at least 1 liter of 9.5 pH alkaline electron rich water for every 50 pounds of weight. You will be hydrating, alkalizing and energizing your body. There is nothing more important than drinking alkaline electron rich water