The Side Effects of Drinking Alkaline Water

what are the side effects of drinking alkaline water

What will you feel like when you drink alkaline water?

From my personal experience, my body needed some time to adjust when I first tried drinking alkaline water on a regular basis. I remember I would drink a large glass before bed and my stomach would gurgle and I’d feel very lethargic. Then after a few days, my system became accustomed to it, and I began to notice the following:

Relief from acid reflux

I’ve suffered from acid reflux for years. It became so uncomfortable, I went to see a doctor. I had an endoscopy and she discovered I had a hiatal hernia and an ulcer. I took PPI’s to allow the ulcer to heal, but the hernia still allowed stomach enzymes and acid into my oesophageus so I had to continue the medication.

Now that I drink alkaline water between meals, my GERD has all but disappeared, and only acts up when I’ve overindulged in trigger foods like coffee, wine, and fatty meats. I’ve stopped the daily medication and only take over the counter antacids for the occasional times I veer off my alkaline diet.

Cleaner mouth

Since drinking alkaline water, I notice my mouth feels cleaner throughout the day. My gums are pink, my teeth feel smooth, and my breath is fresher.

Clearer eyes

My eyes used to sometimes look dull or bloodshot when I was tired, but now that I drink alkaline water the sclera (the white part) is always clear, bright white.

Better sleep

I’m not sure what the reason this for is, but I sleep deeper and better since I began drinking alkaline water.

Faster fitness recovery

I’ve always maintained a rather demanding workout routine. I would suffer regular soreness and stiffness whenever I overdid it. Now that I drink alkaline water, I don’t feel the lactic acid build-up and DOMS the next day like I used to.

Reduced PMS symptoms

I noticed greatly reduced bloating, moodiness, and pain. This was a pleasant surprise!

Weight loss

I lost over five pounds since I began drinking alkaline water, and I haven’t changed my diet at all. In fact, I’ve been indulging in some acidic foods like wine, chocolate, and bread. I’m not sure how it happened. I think some of it was water weight, because when I first began drinking alkaline water I would urinate a lot. Now I’m maintaining an average five pounds less without any extra effort!


These were my personal experiences and I am thrilled with the results. No wonder movie stars and celebrities drink alkaline water for health and beauty.

Alkaline water will affect everyone differently, but I highly recommend trying it to see what it can do for you.


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Could Your Reflux Be a Sign of Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer Public Health England

Being a sufferer of GORD, I was alarmed at this article by The Functional Gut Clinic, which announced a health campaign by Public Health England urging sufferers of chronic heartburn to see their doctor.

England has the “highest rate of oesophageal cancer in the EU,” with as many as 28 deaths from oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer every day.

Many fatal cases can be avoided by early detection, but in PHE’s survey, only 1 out of 2 people said they would seek medical attention if they had heartburn for 3 weeks or more.

The article sites that in the UK, a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables along with drinking and smoking are to blame. Obesity is also a risk factor.

PHE’s Be Clear on Cancer campaign warns that the following symptoms could be a sign of a more serious problem.

  • Indigestion on and off for three weeks or more
  • Feeling food sticking in your throat when you swallow
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason
  • Trapped wind and frequent burping
  • Feeling full very quickly when eating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or discomfort in top of stomach

These symptoms are very common and easy to dismiss, so it’s important to pay attention to their length and severity. Visit your doctor if you have any concern.

Another condition I became aware of, known as LPR, affects many without the obvious symptoms. This is why it’s referred to as the silent reflux. Learn more about LPR here.


If you’ve gone to your doctor and checked out okay, these are my tips to keep the heartburn at bay.

Do’s and Don’ts of indigestion.


  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains
  • Drink water (but not too much with meals)
  • Get adequate rest
  • Exercise regularly
  • Control stress
  • Chew your food thoroughly


  • Consume large amounts of coffee, tea, soda, or alcohol
  • Skip meals
  • Eat processed foods
  • Become dehydrated
  • Be sedentary
  • Lie down after eating


Find out more at The Functional Gut Clinic, London and Public Health England.

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