It stroke me suddenly, maybe she misquoted something she had heard and wish to say “lime water” instead?? or some large corporation (big business!) I don't know what is exactly causing the pancreatic secretion to become more alkaline, but I suspect it is the acid. Reading this is very helpful. Lemon contains a kind of fiber known as pectin, which assists in reducing calorie intake and appetite. However, there are no studies that have proven that lemon water eliminates waste at the cellular level. and an i.v. Perhaps I am very bad at explaining… Then you should not be surprised to see ads chanting the benefits of “quantum medicine” against “electromagnetic sensitivity”. Alkaline Lemon Water can Reduce the Effects of Aging. The Japanese government has been sponsoring (and underwriting) the study of alkaline water. June 2013 Thus, O.-L.J. Seriously, this isn’t very complicated. The idea that some foods – like meat – lower the pH in the body and lead to disease is a myth. The question I always ask clients who have been taken in by this myth is, “Which body compartment do you think you should alkalize?” [Editor’s Note: Although lemons are acidic, some alternative-medicine supporters believe that once metabolized, they have an alkaline effect on the body.] Please take note that those metals are trapped inside the lemon in an acidic environment as chemical salts. Make dumb mistakes, those people call you dumb, and you can sell your underdog story to the public about how the Establishment is just trying to hide the latest secret that They don’t want you to know. The myth that we need to “alkalize” our bodies is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of human physiology. October 2012 If the pH of lemon juice is 2, what's the pH of a solution of 10 ml of lemon juice in 250 ml of water? However, there is something that quite bugging me about the alkalinizing ability of lemon juice. “I want to know why companies aren’t coming up with chemical inventions that are improving our health. single injection of secretin (Boots, 1.0 U/kg). Also, they seem to have turned off comments? April 2012 You’ve given my intro for tomorrow’s gen chem II class. Thank you for this post! I offered to help you with scientific facts but Nooooooo! I personally prefer it as pellets, because then it’s crunchy like granola, minus the evil GMOed grains from big business. Metab. June 2014 It’s a hypothesis that its metabolites are alkaline. Alkaline water is produced by the process of electrolysis, whereby mineralized water is separated into two categories; one acidic and suitable for the destruction of micro-organisms and one alkaline, with proven applications in some plant and animal situations, but none significant for human use. The only thing that’s changed is that the Internet and other mass media have given them a wider platform to acquire new superstitions and spread their ignorance. evoked peak values, were observed earlier (60 min) than with a R.M. So my interpretation is that their “alkaline and acidic foods” are classified according to a mysterious ratio between potassium and sugars. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7595KZ, December 2015 You had to go Bonzai on me and get your facts wrong yet again. These antioxidants are most effective when consumed, rather than applied topically to the skin. There is no scientific evident that lemon/lime juice mixed in alkaline water provides health benefits. It’s religious superstition. eventhough they are released as cations, there is no way that they can become hydroxides, at least they only form chlorides salt. I would no mind keeping my science for sscientist. And the nitrogen can then react with the hydrogen in our body to form ammonia – a base which is ALKALINE. @12 “Big Lemon” sounds like a bad guy in a Disney movie; love it. But, lemon water is essentially filtered, and also heavily diluted, which leaves it with just traces of pectin. PRAL would list them as acidic, due to the ash residue, however, because of the low, low sugar content and high alkaline mineral content they are actually alkalising to the body once consumed. By Derek Lowe 24 March, 2015 Here, folks, is someone to explain to you that “lemon water is very alkaline” (a direct quote), and that cayenne pepper has been “proven to … Instead, the claims must be simply *believed*, and the motivations are *rhetoric*. The sort of experiment I would like to see : urine pH in a plain sugar soda diet VS vegetables diet. Instead of lukewarm water and lemon juice, I add ice cubes and 1/8 tsp of stevia powder to make sugar free lemonade. http://www.freezepage.com/1415667665TBMRBWICKU, Wow. Let us say that a person drinks alkaline water (9.5 pH) for a whole year but then due to certain reasons, the person goes back to drinking neutral pH water. I am learning from Ann Louise Gittleman about health and weight loss. I don’t know about anyone else, but I start off my day with a big bowl of lye. I didn’t test the response to that since said discussion ended up going to… elaborate enzyme theories followed by a rather testy debate over the validity of non-falsifiable theories. Nutr. Supposedly, metabolites that are acidic “stress” the body (don’t ask me) and alkaline urine is good (ibid). J. Clin. It is stupidity now, but soon will lead to evil. People confuse hydrogen and helium, despite the slight difference in reactivity. How about we get this straight and explain 10 advantages of consistently bringing lemon juice with warm water (note: NOT equivalent to lemonade!) In academia, we are constantly told by the administratives to participate in popularizing science. That sort of concept really takes sense in a lab, with definite observables (voltage on pH meter, paper color), and once you have a sound grasp of the structure of matter. Her upcoming NYT best seller: Natural Foods “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, {sarcasm} The Lemon Alkaline Water Myth. (90 min) ingestion. So it’s no surprise that she cherry-picks her sources or even manipulates and misrepresents them to suit her point of view. The same goes for lemons, limes, grapefruits and tomatoes – but the other way around. Does she really believe that airplane cabins are at higher pressures in the air than on the ground? She is not so dumb as to not realize that people love an underdog who takes on seemingly evil Big Bad Ag and Pharma. May 2014 Keeping your dosage of lemon juice per 1 cup water consistent, a simple indicator of whether your body is more acidic or alkaline is whether lemon juice in hot or warm water tastes sour or not. Science and rational thinking, have not only solved physical mysteries, but also the mental afflictions arising out of stupidity and superstition. Any correction of my assertions I will appreciate. So who wants to start the kickstarter campaign for FB to get a degree in chemistry? You can keep adding an acid to a buffered solution, and the pH will not change or hardly change at all. The acidification/alkalinization stuff is likely related to the known properties of some foods to change the pH of urine (ammonium chloride, Vitamin C), with the mental model being that the pH of what you’re peeing must be the same as your internal pH. March 2014 Back in the 1980s when I was a TA in Physiology Lab, I recommended my students read The Andromeda Strain: a best-selling novel whose plot turned on blood pH regulation. August 2013 How can you say it was the lemon juice that stimulates the exocrine pancreatic secretions? Everything else is secondary. November 2012 This reminds me of a recent discussion I had with someone who was a foodie much in the same vein as FB. That means you are breathing everything that the airplanes gives off and is flying through. The effect of the correction of metabolic acidosis on nitrogen and potassium balance of patients with chronic renal failure, Am. secretin injection and amylase response greater than that evoked by this hormone. AAAS is a partner of HINARI, AGORA, OARE, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, CrossRef and COUNTER. Our blood pH is quite constant, though acidosis and alcalosis do occur. We are through FB! Even though lemon juice is very acidic at a pH of 2, one reason why it has been thought to alter the pH of our blood is because when it is metabolized in the body it becomes alkaline. Is that why we don´t have a German food babe? Things that Food Babe et al scoff at and do their best to undermine, as they would every single chemical invention. Alkalizing Foods. Wait, you mean all of us who stuck metal strips in a lemon and measured electrical current actually invented alkaline batteries years go??? One is that diet affects the pH of our blood. Nutr. Basically, in pseudoscience quack land of Mercola, Food Babe etc, everything that is sterotyped “good”, such as kale, biodynamic mung beans, expensive supplement pills, activated almonds and all fresh fruit and vegetables, including citrus fruit, is “alkaline”. The alkaline diet is also known as the acid-alkaline diet or alkaline ash diet. I’d heard about FB’s whine that airplanes aren’t using 100% O2, but I’d never seen a copy of her complete rant. The toasty warnmness I feel when I pour my water (fortified with nutrients extracted from the wood pipes that protect it from ever seeing nasty dirt) on it tells me that it’s full of life giving energy that warms me from the inside out. I know I’m supposed to assume stupidity before evil, but it’s kind of hard here. People presumably feel out of control and blind in a world they don’t understand and wish to assert some control over pieces of their lives; I wish, though, that they would find better and more honest exponents and implementations of those wishes. Please pay attention to this. But the study was about OLJ, so I didn't understand why you were picking out only lemon juice, so that was my point. Please consider adding a Share button for Google +, and even Pinterest. The O.-L.J. There is evidence that eating a more alkaline diet may be beneficial: November 2013 Deficiency in potassium may cause high blood pressure, among other. Even if a lemon juice contains Magnesium, Calcium and sodium (the alkaline metals), how do they transform themselves into hydroxides (alkaline compounds) in the human body? So, it’s not completely stupid, just esoteric. You can keep the ring as well, it was fake anyway! .oh the hell with it, I can’t keep reading that crap. All content is Derek’s own, and he does not in any way speak for his employer. March 2012. Chris Kresser explains the acid/alkaline myth in-depth here. “The air you are breathing on an airplane is recycled from directly outside of your window. But that isn’t true for the rest of your body — which regulates its blood . Having a lemon in the water is not at all necessary; it is the water doing the trick. Why no, there isn’t. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_1, #7 I know! January 2013 @luysii #5: She was arguing that fluoridated water was bad for you since the fluorine (being a halogen and “stronger,” exact terminology) in the water would prevent you from uptaking iodine for your thyroid. . Its elements are not falsifiable claims and factual statements. What happens if I use lemon water for 3 weeks? That was so constructive, #30, thank you ! Is there any scientific evidence on how an acidic substance can evolve into an alkaline? So, outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. Vegetables will be “alkaline” and sodas will be “acidic” (pun intended). ingestion proved to be an unexpected powerful stimulus of exocrine pancreatic secretion. As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health. August 2014 Here, folks, is someone to explain to you that “lemon water is very alkaline” (a direct quote), and that cayenne pepper has been “proven to boost your metabolism”, and that “an acidic body promotes disease” and. I am commiting to 30 days of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning to see if that will help my bile. 6. But it only requires a tiny amount to sweeten. If you were interested in people’s health and well-being, you would probably try to find out how things work, how people live and what is in what they eat and why, and what those things do, so that you might best figure out how to change them. We all know that nitric acid – which is ACIDIC – can be metabolized into its constituent elements which include nitrogen. 33, 35 : your post made me think : this is not the intelligence going backwards. There are a few different versions of the acid-alkaline theory circulating the internet, but the basic claim is that the foods we eat leave behind an "ash" after they are metabolized, and this ash can be acid or alkaline (alkaline meaning more basic on the pH … Lemon juice stimulates enzymes and bicarbonate production that alkalizes the lower digestive tract - NOT the blood. Err, what exactly does she think organic farmers use as a source of nitrogen on their crops? You’d think that if science on its own is not enough, then reality checks like the recent death of the “Wellness Warrior” (an advocate of woo who succumbed to her otherwise treatable cancer, for those of you who don’t know) would be enough to nip this kind of idiocy in the bud. The trivial counterpoint to that is, by extension, iodized salt should be useless for delivery of iodine, since the chloride would be preferentially uptaken before the iodide. By the way, I wanted to share your post on Google +, but you have no button for it. ), the ingestion of a Sorbitol solution (S.S.), the intragastric infusion of an acidified peptone broth (A.P.B.) If you are immune to facts for long enough, it ought to be clear that you are not interested in the truth of what you say you are. Health is something that interests people which leads to more productive and quality life. Are Lemons Alkaline or Acidic? You can take a look below and choose from the lists – just remember to keep acid-forming foods to a minimum. As far as I know, bitter = alkaline. Does that mean that the acid is doing nothing? Who do most trained scientists work for? She may not intend them as such, but the concept of “private language”, I thought, bit the dust a long time ago. (I did it myself in a kindergarden, great fun with red cabbage juice…). FB you had your chance! I see this as the content of potassium in the food. (Or would be, if there weren’t so many people who believe her.) The basic idea of the acid-alkaline hypothesis is that if we eat acid-forming foods, we get sick, and if we eat alkaline-forming foods, we’ll be healthy and we’ll be protected against disease. MYTH: Lemon water will help speed up your weight loss efforts. Therefore, the whole Food Babe problem will correct itself in only a few weeks…. Also notice “the air […] is recycled from direclty outside your window”. I hate this. My goal is to post thought-provoking and informative articles so you can learn and apply the latest news from the world of natural health. If the sour taste is strong, your body is very acidic. Talk to a Dr. Berg Keto Consultant today and get the help you need on your journey. The fact that she says something she doesn’t mean to mean something else…I’m not sure why anyone would take that as some sort of comfort or support. In the book he says something along the line, “the train of evolution has come to its last station, and it will start going in a reverse direction.” He was talking about evolution of the intellect. Nice post you got here. Hello friends and fellow health enthusiasts. I want to weep. Potassium Bicarbonate Reduces Urinary Nitrogen Excretion in Postmenopausal Women, J. Çlin. Let's go through what foods can and can not do. There is more acid in lemons than oranges. The secretory effect elicited by the ingestion of 100 ml of orange-lemon juice (O.-L.J.) She is making a lot of money doing so and she has made it clear that truth is not going to get in the way of money making. Derek Lowe's commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. induced purer pancreatic secretion response (flow, bicarbonate and enzyme output) than that triggered by the R.M., S.S. and A.P.B. One of the reasons is that lemon juice contains alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium. But for Pinterest, have an image ( of lemon or lemon in water ) which once you pin it, will lead to your post. May 2012 According to her research, improved bile function is the first step to weight loss. Remember Chricton was a recent MD when he wrote it. First off your body’s digestive organs start to shrink, taxing your ability to digest large quantities of food. OK, let’s calm down now and think hard about this. The buffers will slowly start to be ‘unsaturated’ and the blood will return to optimal pH. However, our environment and the foods we eat often promote an acid pH outside of the bloodstream and cells. Feel free to post comments and start a conversation. This is a non-issue. January 2015 Vaccines. Potassium can be exchanged against hydrogen ions. Perhaps you meant to say, why do people think consuming citrus (lemons/limes) in your water, makes “your body alkaline”. She is telling people things she knows they want to hear. It’s hilarious! February 2015 Don’t Buy These Seven Alkaline Water Myths By Jack Barber Imagine if you could hook up a device to your faucet that would transform your tap water into your own private fountain of youth. And everything that is “bad”, like artificial sweeteners, sugar, processed food, Monsanto, pharmaceuticals, dihydrogen monoxide etc is all supposedly “acidic”. Doesn’t make her a non-idiot, of course. 40 623 In Germany we teach 5 year olds (not 5th graders) that lemon juice is acidic! I don’t care. http://jezebel.com/autism-busting-paleo-book-for-babies-pulled-because-it-1692592094. However, once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits. Abstract Stay tuned to my twitter and facebook feeds for the latest posts. It is irrelevant if the claims are factually false, as long as the rhetoric – appealing to emotion – is successful. I’ve heard that many places and on many nutrition web sites. April 2014 February 2013 I found the following statement very telling: “I started by researching food like I was a debater in high school.” When you are researching a topic for a high school debate, you don’t look for the truth but only for material that supports your side of the topic (or refutes your opponent’s side). I was recently having a discussion with someone about whether lemon water actually increases the pH of your body (by which I assume they mean the blood); their claim was that once Citric acid was metabolised it results in an increase in pH due to the "anionic properties of citric acid". December 2014 October 2013 The truth doesn’t matter to her because she knows that even when she spouts nonsense, it just gets more people talking about her. So let’s not throw out the baby with the (high-pH) bathwater here! I would like to send the Food Babe to a chemical-free “spa” that will remove all the chemicals from her body. Citric acid which is the acid in lemon juice can then reabsorb this nitrogen in an ion exchange electron tunneling reaction and itself turn ALKALINE. Although lemon water can provide a good portion of Vitamin C to your diet, the amount of Vitamin C you consume when drinking lemon water isn’t enough to help you heal faster from sickness. If it’s not sour at all and even tastes like lemonade to you (without the sugar), your body is in a healthier, more alkaline state. Simply portray yourself as the little guy (or gal) fighting for everyone’s health and against big moneyed interests, distort or ignore the facts and you are guaranteed to win, no matter how much quackery and disingenuity comes out of your mouth. Either some academic institution (ivory tower!) Everyday, the movie Idiocracy is starting to look more and more like a documentary. We’re discussing acids & bases. October 2014 Compression leads to all sorts of issues. Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is beneath 7). 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