Medicine and alkaline water do not mix, or at least you shouldn’t mix them. Alkaline water from a water ionizer is absorbed faster and easier than plain water. which is beneficial for your health. But many medicines aren’t designed to be rapidly absorbed, so they shouldn’t be taken with alkaline water. The only exception is antacids, since they are intended to reduce acidity, it’s always ok to take antacids with alkaline water. Below are the main reasons you should not take medicine with alkaline water.
1. Medicines in the stomach
Medicines, like many foods, have to be broken down in the stomach by stomach acid. Alkaline water raises the stomach’s pH, which can interfere with the stomach’s digestive juices. Research from Japan shows that alkaline water raises the pH of the stomach by a pH of .5 – 1. That may not sound like a lot, but it is. The pH scale is logarithmic, so an increase of .5 -1 pH is a 5 to 10 times increase in alkalinity!
Time release medications are designed to be absorbed by the body gradually, at a fixed rate. Because alkaline water is absorbed faster than plain water, it could override the time release mechanism of many medications and cause them to be absorbed too fast.
3. Effects of alkaline water and medicines hasn’t been studied
The effect of taking medication with alkaline water hasn’t been studied. Drug companies spend years studying the effects of medications with foods, but none have tested the effects of medication with alkaline water. This is perhaps the most important reason you shouldn’t take alkaline water with medicines. Medication is designed to be taken with plain water, and you should always take medication as it’s intended to be taken.
Very Important : When to stop drinking alkaline water before taking your medication
Just like with meals, you should stop drinking alkaline water an hour before you take your medication. This will give your stomach time to reach the correct acidic pH for digestion. Wait at least one hour after taking medication before drinking alkaline water. Use the purified water setting on your water ionizer to make filtered, plain water for taking medications with.