Alkalife Bicarb-Balance - 60 Tablet(s)
Alkalife Bicarb-Balance is a mineral dietary supplement of bicarbonates in a convenient tablet form designed for slow release in the intestine. AlkaLife Bicarb-Balance helps increase bicarbonates in the bloodstream and reduce accumulated acid waste.
- Bypasses stomach acids
- Helps neutralize lactic acid buildup
- Designed for slow release in the intestine
The Science of Alkalife
One question often asked about alkaline water is, "What happens to the alkaline water once it reaches the stomach, which is highly acidic?" People who have some knowledge of the human body, including medical doctors, ask this question. Let's answer that question once and for all to erase any doubts about the health benefits of alkaline water.
In order to digest food and kill the kinds of bacteria and viruses that come with the food, the inside of our stomach is acidic. The stomach pH value is maintained at around 4. When we eat food and drink water, especially alkaline water, the pH value inside the stomach goes up. When this happens, there is a feedback mechanism in our stomach to detect this and commands the stomach wall to secrete more hydrochloric acid into the stomach to bring the pH value back to 4. So the stomach becomes acidic again. When we drink more alkaline water, more hydrochloric acid is secreted to maintain the stomach pH value. It seems like a losing battle.
However, when you understand how the stomach wall makes hydrochloric acid, your concerns will disappear. There is no hydrochloric acid pouch in our body. If there were, it would burn a hole in our body. The cells in our stomach wall must produce it on an instantly-as-needed basis. The ingredients in the stomach cell that make hydrochloric acid (HCl) are carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O), and sodium chloride (NaCl) or potassium chloride (KCl).
NaCl + H2O + CO2 = HCl + NaHCO3, or
KCl + H2O + CO2 = HCl + KHCO3
As we can see, the byproduct of making hydrochloric acid is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) or potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3), which goes into the blood stream. These bicarbonates are the alkaline buffers that neutralize excess acids in the blood; they dissolve solid acid wastes into liquid form. As they neutralize the solid acidic wastes, extra carbon dioxide is released, which is discharged through the lungs. As our body gets old, these alkaline buffers get low; this phenomenon is called acidosis. This is a natural occurrence as our body accumulates more acidic waste products. There is, therefore, a relationship between the aging process and the accumulation of acids.
By looking at the pH value of the stomach alone, it seems that alkaline water never reaches the body. But when you look at the whole body, there is a net gain of alkalinity as we drink alkaline water. Our body cells are slightly alkaline. In order for them to produce acid, they must also produce alkaline, and vice versa; just as a water ionizer cannot produce alkaline water without producing acid water, since tap water is almost neutral.
When the stomach pH value gets higher than 4, the stomach knows what to do to lower it. However, if the pH value goes below 4, for any reason, the stomach doesn't know what to do. That's why we take Alka-Seltzer, which is alkaline, to relieve acidic stomach gas pain. In this case, hydrochloric acid is not produced by the stomach wall, therefore, no alkaline buffer is being added to the blood stream. Here's another example of a body organ that produces acid in order to produce alkaline. After the food in the stomach is digested, it must come out to the small intestine. The food at this point is so acidic that it will damage the intestine wall. In order to avoid this problem, the pancreas makes alkaline juice (known as pancreatic juice). This juice is sodium bicarbonate, and is mixed with the acidic food coming out of the stomach. From the above formulae, in order to produce bicarbonates, the pancreas must make hydrochloric acid, which goes into our blood stream.
We experience sleepiness after a big meal (not during the meal or while the food is being digested in the stomach), when the digested food is coming out of the stomach; that's the time when hydrochloric acid goes into our blood. Hydrochloric acid is the main ingredient in antihistamines that causes drowsiness. Alkaline or acid produced by the body must have an equal and opposite acid or alkaline produced by the body; therefore, there is no net gain. However, alkaline supplied from outside the body, like drinking alkaline water, results in a net gain of alkalinity in our body.
Alkalife Questions & AnswersWhat is the difference between Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal?
Bicarb-Balance is a table consisting of 75% potassium bicarbonate and 25% sodium bicarbonate in a enteric coated time release form. e-Cal is a tablet consisting of impurity-free calcium carbonate, which when entering the bloodstream, converts to calcium bicarbonate to replenish bicarbonates to the bloodstream for acid neutralization.Can I take Alkalife and Bicarb-Balance or e-Cal at the same time?
All three products are excellent mineral supplements, and you can do and either/or scenario, take two, or even all three simulataneously. In these cases, you can take the recommended dosage of Alkalife along with one of the tablet supplements or a half dosage of Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal, one in the morning and the other in the evening. There is no need to worry about an excess of alkalinity, as the body will balance itself and discharge any excess alkaline minerals through urine and perspiration. As we age, the content of bicarbonates diminishes, so this would not be considered an overdose.Why take e-Cal versus Bicarb-Balance?
Kidney patients have to watch their potassium intake, so e-Cal is an excellent choice as it is calcium based. e-Cal is a safe and beneficial form of calcium in the blood. Not only does it provide bicarbonate to neutralize acid as it enter the bloodstream, but it also delivers active calcium back to the body. e-Cal is a win-win tablet because it delivers both calcium and bicarbonate to the bloodstream, two valuable elements we lose as we age.If I'm already taking a calcium supplement, do I stop taking it when I start taking e-Cal?
e-Cal is primarily an alkline booster, replenishing bicarbonates to the blood stream. It also provides impurity-free calcium to the body, so it is a calcium supplement as well, but it is best to continue taking you calcium supplement, taking it down to about half the dosage and adding e-Cal simultaneously to your supplemental diet. 2 tablets of e-Cal contain 180 mg. of calcium.I was told that calcium ust be accompanied by Vitamin D for the body to absorb it. Does e-Cal have Vitamin D?
In normal calcium supplements, it is true that Vitamin D is necessary in order for the body to absorb the calcium. In the case fo e-Cal, the calcium is enteric coated and enter into the blood stream directly, therefore ti is not necessary to add Vitamin D for absorption. Because of the fact that e-Cal puts the calcium directly into the bloods stream, Alkalife has taken special care to put their calcium through a special purification process as natural calcium carbonate contains impurities.Among the three main Alkalife products (Alkalife drops, Bicarb-Balance, and e-Cal) which are better for which conditions?
All three are excellent for replenishing bicarbonates to the bloodstream to neutralize acid. For those who cannot swallow tablets, they recommend Alkalife. Both Alkalife and Bicarb-Balance are excellent for conditions such as kidney stones and gall stones because the potassium and sodium dissolve the stones more readily. For osteoporosis and for people on kidney dialysis, e-Cal is ideal. For those who have achlorhydria or hypochlorhydria, a condition where their stomachs do not produce sufficient hydrochloric acid for digestion, it is best to take either Bicarb-Balance or e-Cal as their stomachs will not produce sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid to produce, as a result, a sufficient amount of bicarbonates. The tablets will supply the necessary bicarbonates directly to the bloodstream.Are Alkalife products FDA approved?
None of their three alkaline boosters are food or medicine, therefore, FDA does not approve nor disapprove of them. However, FDA want to know if they are toxic when consumed as directed. Alkaline water made by Alkalife, Bicarb-Balance, and e-Cal, are tested to be non-toxic according to tests conducted by an FDA approved independent testing lab, following FDA approved test procedures.What if I have osteoporosis and stones together?
The ideal combination would be to take both e-Cal and Bicarb-Balance. Take one in the morning immediately after breakfast and the other 10-12 hours later after another meal.What about osteroporosis alone?
Any of the three products or a combination will work fine.Will your products help cataracts?
Cataracts are acid salts building in your eyes. As we get old, or as we stress our eyes, phosphoric acid or uric acid builds up in our eyes. Since these acids are poisonous, the body supplies calcium to neutralize the poisonous acids and they become acid salts such as phosphate, or urate. These acid salts are not soluble and form opaque build-ups, called cataracts. Bicarbonates supplied by either AlkaLife or Bicarb-Balance' should dissolve acid salt in time. Alkaline water made by a water ionizer or coral-calcium is based upon calcium based alkaline water. Calcium cannot kick out calcium. Alkaline water made with AlkaLife and Bicarb-Balance tablets are based upon potassium and sodium, which are stronger alkaline minerals than calcium, and they can kick out calcium from the acid salt. A water softener uses this principle to kick out calcium from hard water using sodium salt. Kidney stones dissolve better by AlkaLife made alkaline water and Bicarb-Balance tablets. When potassium or sodium kicks out calcium, potassium or sodium combines with phosphoric acid or uric acid. Fortunately, potassium or sodium compounds are very soluble, not like calcium, and they can be discharged easily into the blood stream. It would take time, but with patience, you should see improvements. How long it would take depends upon how long and how much build-up there is. If the cataracts are in an earlier stage of development it may take less time. The best thing to do is to make the body alkaline so that it doesn't even develop acid salts. Prevention is much better than treatment.How soon would I feel the effect(s) of drinking alkaline water or taking the alkaline booster tablets?
It depends on the individual and the kind of symptoms you have. Many customers experience relief of gout pain, acid reflux, morning sickness, kidney stones, fibromyalgia, high altitude sickness, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. Some people feel the effects immediately (such as morning sickness and high altitude sickness). Some symptoms, such as high blood pressure, gout, high cholesterol, may take several weeks or even months. If you don't feel any symptoms, you may not notice any effect. However, rest assured that the bicarbonates, by way of AlkaLife, Bicarb-Balance or e-Cal are neutralizing acidic wastes accumulated somewhere in your body.What about antacids, such as Tums, instead of Alkalife, Bicarb-Balance, or e-Cal?
Antacids are a temporary relief of excess stomach acid only, not for continued consumption to neutralize excess accumulated acidic wastes throughout our body. Drinking water with Alkalife and/or taking Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal are lifestyle changes, it's a daily preventative practice over time to maintain good health. With all the ingredients in antacids, it is not recommended for long-term use.What are the difference between Alkalife, Bicarb-Balance, and e-Cal?
All three products add life-sustaining alkaline buffer, bicarbonate, to the bloodstream. Medical science has discovered that we lose bicarbonate in the blood as we age, especially after the age of 45. AlkaLife puts bicarbonates into the bloodstream indirectly through the action of the stomach. When you drink high pH alkaline water made by AlkaLife, the stomach pH rises too high for the stomach, and it induces the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid and put it into the stomach. At the same time, the stomach also produces bicarbonate and puts it in the bloodstream. If the stomach is overly acidic, drinking alkaline water may not raise the stomach pH high enough, and therefore, the production of hydrochloric acid may be small, and consequently, the bicarbonate production will be minimal as well. Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal do not dissolve in the stomach, they dissolve slowly in the intestine and the bicarbonate goes directly into the bloodstream from the intestine. They do not depend upon the condition of the stomach and are much more convenient than drinking 5 glasses of water a day. You can take Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal and drink alkaline water made by AlkaLife. Even taking all three will not over-alkalize you but will help you get rid of acid faster. If you take more than needed, your body will dump the excess alkalinity and your urine will become alkaline.Can Bicarb-Balance and e-Cal tablets be broken in half for easier swallowing?
Absolutely not. Do not break the tablets for easier swallowing because it will break the enteric coating. For those who cannot swallow tabelts, Alkalife is a better recommendation.About Alkalife
Two decades ago, scientist, inventor and Reverse Aging author Sang Whang developed Alkalife?, the first pH water booster for the human body after researching health issues related to high levels of acid in the body. Today, Alkalife continues to be the leading brand of alkaline enhancers and remains the top choice of wellness experts and health enthusiasts around the world. ?
Before founding Alkalife, Mr. Whang battled a number of health ailments, including high blood pressure, that forced him to take medication daily. One day a friend gave him a water ionizer and suggested he make drinking alkaline water a part of his daily routine. After only 30 days, Sang Wang discovered his high pressure had significantly lowered to the point where he no longer needed medication. Unsatisfied with merely accepting this phenomenon without an explanation, he began conducting experiments in an effort to fully understand the health benefits of alkaline water. In addition, due to the fact that water ionizers are bulky and expensive devices, he set out to create an easy and economical alternative. As a result, Alkalife was introduced as the first alkaline water booster drops. And though there are imitators, Alkalife remains the original and most effective, as well as the only pH booster awarded a U.S. patent.