Ionized Water and Stomach Acid

by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

A question commonly asked about Ionized Water is how can the alkalinity of Ionized Water survive stomach acid.  Digestive enzymes and stomach acid, hydrochloric acid (HCL), are produced by the body as we chew our food.  Once we stop eating, the HCL dissipates in the stomach and no more should be produced until the next time we eat.  Many people are under the mistaken notion that the pH of the human stomach is always at a pH of 2.5 – 3.0.  In fact, when we are not eating the pH of the stomach should be around pH 4.0 – 5.0.  Temporarily changing the pH of the stomach to pH 6.0 or higher is not harmful to the body.

If we assume that drinking ionized water will raise the pH of the stomach higher than it should be or that Ionized Water will be neutralized by our stomach acid, then we must also assume that many alkaline foods that we eat will do the same thing.  A lot of fruit tends to have a high pH, therefore it is not uncommon for the stomach to have alkaline foods introduced into it.  What is important to consider is the overall effect of foods and other substances that we put into the body.  If our diet is mainly comprised of acid foods such as fried foods, meat, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, etc. our body will turn acidic over time.  On the other hand, if we put primarily alkaline substances in our body then our body will become more alkaline.  All disease thrives in an acid environment in the body and does not thrive in a neutral pH close to 7.0.

The most accurate urine pH reading may be measured first thing in the morning, however, body pH on any given day can be high or low for any number of reasons.  For an accurate profile of body pH it is best taken each morning for several days, weeks and then months to get a moving average.  Depending on how alkaline your diet is, consistently drinking a sufficient amount of Ionized Water each day will cause the pH of the body to become more alkaline and closer to neutral where it belongs.


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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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