Dr. Lynda Frassetto of University of California, San Francisco says, “Insufficient amount of bicarbonates in our blood reduces our capabilities to manage (neutralise and dump) the acid our body produces. This is the cause of ageing. The age of 45 is the average age when human beings start to show symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and many other adult degenerative diseases. And since we cannot manage the acid, we accumulate acidic wastes in our body. These wastes show up as cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, urate, sulfate, phosphate, kidney stones, etc.”
The most important function of alkaline water is to increase bicarbonates in the blood because we lose bicarbonates as we age. The change of pH value causes the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid that enters the stomach, and the bicarbonates enter the bloodstream. When we say that we alkalise our body, we do not necessarily mean increasing our saliva pH or urine pH; it means increasing the bicarbonates in our blood. The blood pH does not change, but the ability of our blood to neutralise acid in the body increases quite dramatically.
In the January/February 2003 issue of American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, Dr. Gospodinka R. Pradova published the result of a 10-year study of industrial pollution in Bulgaria. The study compares two groups of people in a plastic manufacturing plant: one group working in the plant with chemical pollution, the other in the non-polluted office environment of the same company. The conclusion shows that people living/working in a polluted environment have fewer amounts of bicarbonates in their blood than people working in a clean environment. Therefore, if you are a city dweller with a fair amount of air pollution you should take notice of your bicarbonate levels.
We live in a world that was changed from an agricultural environment to an industrial environment, which produces more pollution. Our stressful lifestyles create more acid, which causes us to use up more bicarbonate. The medical society considers the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood as an inevitable fact of ageing.
I and other doctors argue that the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood is a cause of ageing and diseases, not the result of ageing. As long as we can replenish bicarbonates in the blood, we do not have to age so fast. Sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate are the ultimate least expensive anti-ageing medicines there are.
Since bicarbonates enter the bloodstream only when the stomach produces hydrochloric acid, it is important that we drink as much mineral-rich alkaline water as possible. On an empty stomach, the stomach pH value may be high but the amount (volume) of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is small; therefore, drinking high pH (9.5 to 10) alkaline water will raise the stomach pH relatively high. That will cause the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, allowing more bicarbonates to enter the bloodstream.
Drinking Mineralised Magnesium Alkaline/Bicarbonate Water
Ethan Evers says, “Magnesium (Mg) in drinking water has a higher impact than that in food, because it occurs it has hydrated ions which are absorbed very efficiently (only about half of Mg from food is absorbed). Also, food cooked in Mg-rich water loses its Mg during cooking. A study from Taiwan showed high levels of Mg in drinking water were linked to reduced risk of several cancers, including ovarian cancer (43% risk reduction of ovarian cancer mortality).”
Magnesium researchers have long maintained that magnesium’s roles (including calcium regulation) can only be fully utilized when the body is adequately hydrated. The importance of water in the body cannot be understated for adjusting pH balance, carrying toxic elements out of the body, and for full utilization of minerals in ATP energy production.
With insufficient cellular hydration, there is only a limited amount of magnesium mineral uptake and utilization achievable, which is not enough to quench the body’s needs unless more water is taken in. Moreover, when dehydration continues, more cortisone and histamine are released exacerbating inflammatory response, and therefore more free calcium.
Like water, we need magnesium every day. There is an eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when magnesium is present in water, life and health are enhanced. The easiest way to combat acidity is to eat high alkaline foods like raw fruits and vegetables. But since our body is about 80% water, consuming alkaline water is another great way to achieve an ideal pH balance in the body.
- Increases absorption of nutrients
- Increases elimination of toxins and wastes
- Acts as a scavenger of free radicals
- Reduces inflammation
- Raises alkalinity
- Helpful with skin conditions
- Increases CO2 and bicarbonate concentrations in the blood
- Increases oxygen carrying capacity and delivery
Drinking high alkaline magnesium/bicarbonate water increases digestion and nutrient absorption, increasing energy levels, as well as cellular detoxification. Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following 22 conditions; the introduction of magnesium, either by a high-magnesium diet, with lots of greens, or magnesium supplementation, can help alleviate these conditions (and this is a short list):
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Blood clots
- Bowel disease
- Diabetes, Syndrome X and Metabolic Syndrome
- Heart disease
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Nerve problems
- Ortho dental problems
- Obstetrics and Gynecology—premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), infertility, premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy, lessens the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
In my books, you will find detailed instructions on how to prepare your water, as well as how to eat to combat acidity and the signs of ageing.