I have a question. Do you know anything about drinking alkaline water to kill pepsin (or pepcin)? I have a persistent cough that I think is silent reflux/GERD and some online research has suggested drinking alkaline water among other things to rebalance the body from a too highly acidic state. I researched how to get alkaline water and one suggestion was to use distilled water to put alkaline drops in. Then another hit on google said that distilled water affects the minerals in the body in a negative way. Please share what you know if you don't mind. I'm getting opinions from several people to try and figure out what is best. I have noticed a slight reduction in the frequency of my cough since I've tried putting the drops in the distilled water. I put the drops in tap water too, just for kicks. I've also noticed I feel sick (detox). Good times:)
It does sound as though you have an acidic condition in your body at present, if you're experiencing acid reflux. That could also occur from eating acidic foods, as well, such as sugars and artificial sweeteners, and/or to a lesser extent, meats. Alkalizing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potasium, will help balance the acidity to balance your pH to near 7.2, which is where it should be.
When water is distilled, it is separated from the minerals, whether they are acidic of alkaline minerals.
There is debate regarding drinking alkaline water - as they stomach needs to be highly acidic to digest proteins. Vegetables are digested in the intestines, so the alkalinity of them is released into the body after passing the stomach.
If people ingest calcium tablets for reducing acid reflux, (ie: Tums, etc.), they are neutralizing the acidity of the stomach. In reaction, the body produces more acid in the stomach, acerbating the situation.
I suggest trying calcium supplements that will digest beyond the stomach, powder in capsule form (not hard pill form). Also, reduce the amount of sugars and meats you eat, and avoid artificial sweeteners (use stevia, xylitol, and/or a little bit of honey or agave).
See how your body reacts after two weeks of this program.