At work each week as a dietitian, I often hear news about new products or foods, such as lye, for example. We live in an age where nutrition and joker game health information is more accessible than ever before. But it also seems that there is more doubt. You may already know that water has health benefits, but did you know that there are better beverages on the market as well? Miraculous water that is lye
But what is lye?
For beginners, let's talk about pH better than pH is the hydrogen ion concentration indicator, which numbers from 0-14, with pH 7 being neutral. But if below 7 will have an acidic condition and above 7 will have an alkaline state. Water generally contains solids suspended in water. (Inorganic salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium), which affect its pH.The more solids suspended in water, the more likely the water is alkaline.
“Adding” the alkaline state of the body can it be done?
There was no such thing as a "body pH" in the first place, but a range of pH levels, from high acidity to moderate alkalinity, can be found in different organs, parts of the body, or even in cells. For example, gastric juice and vaginal discharge are highly acidic because they degrade proteins and limit the growth of microorganisms, respectively. At the same time our blood has a pH of 7.35-7.45. If the number is too low, there is a risk of unconsciousness due to low blood sugar. Have heart failure Have multiple systems of organ failure And have an increased chance of dying However, we do not need to drink lye to interfere with various systems in the body, as the kidneys are originally responsible for regulating the acidity level in the bloodstream. It is said that certain symptoms can cause a sharp rise in acidity in the bloodstream, such as sepsis, misuse of laxatives. Diabetes that does not control blood sugar levels Muscle injury, renal failure, massive blood loss. And respiratory failure And drinking lye can not reduce the acidity in the bloodstream.
So what happens if we drink lye?
The pH of gastric juice is very low, ranging from 1.5-3.5 and is very acidic that it can dissolve difficult food. So when we drink lye, it mixes with the highly acidic stomach water and neutralizes it. Finally, it is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in urine.
And what are the research results on lye?
The most common claim about lye is that it will help alleviate the symptoms of GERD. Add moisture A 2012 study showed that water with a pH of 8.8 neutralized pepsin, an enzyme that destroys the esophagus in GERD patients. While another study found that lye can treat GERD, a 2017 study found a link between the testing methods. (Lye and Mediterranean diet) with reduced symptoms. When it comes to hydration, the evidence is limited. Researchers found that people who drank lye had lower systolic blood pressure, indicating that they were more hydrated. However, there is no clear difference between lye and drinking water. And finally, research on cancer Drinking lye for cancer treatment has not been researched or proven.