She isn’t referring to lemons being alkaline as is. Alkalizing Foods. One in particular is the notion that lemon juice somehow becomes alkaline once in the body, and that this is why lemons are considered ‘alkaline’. Lemon juice in its natural state is acidic with a pH of about 2, but once metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7. But, it’s better not to view this as science, even if they claim it is. There is more acid in lemons than oranges. If you know anything about fruit acids, lemon juice is high in citric acid. Are Lemons Alkaline or Acidic? Is there any scientific evidence on how an acidic substance can evolve into an alkaline? May 2013 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. Potassium Bicarbonate Reduces Urinary Nitrogen Excretion in Postmenopausal Women, J. Çlin. Also notice “the air […] is recycled from direclty outside your window”. All rights Reserved. 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). Pop! January 2013 I think my favorite part was this: When your body is in the air, at a seriously high altitude, your body under goes some serious pressure. These changes were compared with those evoked by a regular meal (R.M. It’s we who need to reexamine our assumptions and it’s the FB who is blazing new directions in chemistry here. If she doesn’t care about how things work, then it’s presumably irrelevant to what she’s doing (which would, probably, not be helping people). Do you think Jenny McCarthy would get the time of day if she looked like Golda Meir? @12 “Big Lemon” sounds like a bad guy in a Disney movie; love it. October 2012 March 2012. January 2014 Other acids are present, so are many different bioflavonoids. Timestamps 0:00 Is lemon juice acid or alkaline? And people can’t argue with that.” Fruits and vegetables, many of which are acidic in their natural state, undergo a dramatic change during metabolism – acids are neutralized and alkaline elements become the dominant presence. Read this 5 myths about lemon water you need to know :-MYTH 1: IT CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT Some claim that because lemons contain pectin, the same satiating fiber found in apples, its juice will fill you up and in turn, aid weight loss. 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. I want to weep. February 2015 In the name of so many new age fads, people are shunning science and common sense. And usually I don’t bother explaining my grandma what acidity and alcalinity really mean. Obviously, y’all are stooges of Big Pharma. Lemon juice will certainly be neutralised during the digestive process but there is no mechanism by which it could possibly “become alkaline”. December 2012 [Editor’s Note: Although lemons are acidic, some alternative-medicine supporters believe that once metabolized, they have an alkaline effect on the body.] Its elements are not falsifiable claims and factual statements. 87 662 Or that lemons are actually acidic, a fact known to many fifth graders? I was planning to start drinking lemon water again. 0:14 What is citric acid? How about we get this straight and explain 10 advantages of consistently bringing lemon juice with warm water (note: NOT equivalent to lemonade!) https://luysii.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/the-dietary-guidelines-have-been-changed-who-to-believe/, http://www.freezepage.com/1415667665TBMRBWICKU, http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/clinical_pharmacology/pharmacokinetics/drug_excretion.html, http://jezebel.com/autism-busting-paleo-book-for-babies-pulled-because-it-1692592094, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Erwin Schrodinger has written a small book called ‘What is Life?’ which has influenced great many biologists (Schrodinger was a chemist/physicist). Stomach acid has to be neutralised somehow, so there is a set amount of alkaline produced in the bile. I am learning from Ann Louise Gittleman about health and weight loss. July 2013 This is a non-issue. I agree, we are all 100% dependent on chemicals. There is no scientific evident that lemon/lime juice mixed in alkaline water provides health benefits. “The gods themselves struggle in vain against stupidity”, There are times when I wish serial acts of stupidity constituted a criminal offense…. 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. “Unfortunately, our water is contaminated with everything from chlorine to fluoride.” Slowed metabolism can result due to dehydration and fixing that can boost metabolism. 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. Please take note that those metals are trapped inside the lemon in an acidic environment as chemical salts. To pump a greater amount of oxygen in costs money in terms of fuel and the airlines know this! Supposedly, metabolites that are acidic “stress” the body (don’t ask me) and alkaline urine is good (ibid). Flushes Toxins : Drinking water is important to help the body naturally eliminate cellular waste (a process that it does naturally), but claims that lemon water has a special ability to flush “toxins” without defining what they … […] “I eat organic because I want to avoid soil sludge, which is from sewers and gutters.” Basically it would involve ejecting her into space without a space suit. 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. I’ve heard that many places and on many nutrition web sites. We are through FB! November 2012 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. Deficiency in potassium may cause high blood pressure, among other. 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. August 2014 And our kidneys play a role in that homeostasis as well, as far as I know. The alkaline from the lemon would start ‘helping’ neutralize the acid buffers over a looong time. She’s getting skewered pretty bad in the comments, which is nice to see. So my interpretation is that their “alkaline and acidic foods” are classified according to a mysterious ratio between potassium and sugars. The question I always ask clients who have been taken in by this myth is, “Which body compartment do you think you should alkalize?” (Or would be, if there weren’t so many people who believe her.) Delivering a 50:50 oxygen:nitrogen mix to breath on a plane would be both an unnecessary expense and wildly dangerous; read up on the Apollo 1 accident. And it’s possible that you can’t believe what lies underneath her rhetoric, either – given what she says, how do you know what she means by anything at all, other than to part you from your money? The 120-min-cumulative values confirmed these findings and disclosed that O.-L.J. She is not so dumb as to not realize that people love an underdog who takes on seemingly evil Big Bad Ag and Pharma. This is why highly acidic lemon juice is actually known as a potent alkaline-forming food. 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". 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. Nice post you got here. But no. According to her research, improved bile function is the first step to weight loss. March 2013 Also, they seem to have turned off comments? 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. 6. This alkaline food myth has gotten huge recently, using online marketing and buzzwords you can get people believing in anything. The same goes for lemons, limes, grapefruits and tomatoes – but the other way around. Stay tuned to my twitter and facebook feeds for the latest posts. By the way, I wanted to share your post on Google +, but you have no button for it. @9,10- At some level I wonder if people like her are intentionally making errors that are obvious to trained scientists. Sounds sciencey, no ? But there’s only a trace amount of that fiber (if any) still present in the juice by the time you squeeze it into your water. And even bad press is good for the bank account. It is essential to maintain a balanced pH level in our bodies to prevent disease. Glad to see Orin Hatch’s daughter is still working at Whole Foods. There are three claims of the acid-alkaline hypothesis. But that people listen to this nonsense makes me genuinely sad. This comment is even a waste of time. You can keep adding an acid to a buffered solution, and the pH will not change or hardly change at all. I would like to send the Food Babe to a chemical-free “spa” that will remove all the chemicals from her body. The nitrogen may affect the times and dosages of medications, make you feel bloated and cause your ankles and joints swell.” My point is that people think that acid lemon juice somehow makes everything alkaline, where that is patently untrue. If you believe what lies underneath her rhetoric, why should the need to cover it in half-truths, stupidity, or lies give you any security in your beliefs? The buffers will slowly start to be ‘unsaturated’ and the blood will return to optimal pH. 82 254. or some large corporation (big business!) Lemon juice stimulates enzymes and bicarbonate production that alkalizes the lower digestive tract - NOT the blood. Let's go through what foods can and can not do. July 2012 eventhough they are released as cations, there is no way that they can become hydroxides, at least they only form chlorides salt. They added: I can't reply to your second post Alan. May 2014 Please consider adding a Share button for Google +, and even Pinterest. Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is beneath 7). That means you are breathing everything that the airplanes gives off and is flying through. March 2014 secretin injection and amylase response greater than that evoked by this hormone. Therefore, the whole Food Babe problem will correct itself in only a few weeks…. I know I’m supposed to assume stupidity before evil, but it’s kind of hard here. Or that someone who sets themselves up as a beacon of good sense and sound nutritional advice and who still doesn’t know any of this might perhaps be just a bit out of their depth? 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. Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults, Am. The Lemon Alkaline Water Myth. The myth that we need to “alkalize” our bodies is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of human physiology. Fortunately, Big Lemon is out there to balance all your silly book learning! (90 min) ingestion. Does that mean that the acid is doing nothing? June 2013 @33: Please, tell us, at what point in human history did large numbers of people *not* shun science and common sense? Everything else is secondary. Both contain citric acid. First off your body’s digestive organs start to shrink, taxing your ability to digest large quantities of food. (hint: it’s brown, aromatic, and bears a striking resemblance to the crap she comes out with). August 2013 and an i.v. And this blog post gives her more publicity. One is that diet affects the pH of our blood. December 2014 But it is a sort of the other side of vulgarization. Metab. Food can influence our pH levels in the urine. So drink your limonoids! So, lemon is considered as highly alkaline food on the contrary to its nature. Myth 1: Lemon Water Can Help You Heal Faster When Sick. Instead of lukewarm water and lemon juice, I add ice cubes and 1/8 tsp of stevia powder to make sugar free lemonade. All content is Derek’s own, and he does not in any way speak for his employer. The sort of experiment I would like to see : urine pH in a plain sugar soda diet VS vegetables diet. I am sure the food babe didn’t write this article for scientists, and that indeed is the problem. The Answer is Yes! That was so constructive, #30, thank you ! Lemons are high in limonoids, known to reduce the signs of aging — they’re frequently used in natural skincare and cosmetics products to support clear, smooth and healthy skin. One of the reasons is that lemon juice contains alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium. May 2012 Health is something that interests people which leads to more productive and quality life. You won't feel significantly more full by drinking lemon water. Thanks, Derek. https://luysii.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/the-dietary-guidelines-have-been-changed-who-to-believe/, Don’t forget this one, from the same… Finally someone reporting that airlines are giving us adulterated oxygen, mixed with up to 50% NITROGEN! April 2014 February 2014 Once digested and metabolized, lemon juice produces alkaline byproducts, which make the urine more alkaline. Feel free to post comments and start a conversation. Unfortunately she goes back off the rails in the very next paragraph and talks about how people want to keep us dependent on chemicals. You’ve given my intro for tomorrow’s gen chem II class. Why no, there isn’t. “I want to know why companies aren’t coming up with chemical inventions that are improving our health. Dunno LOL, I especially love her comment about how she pledges to no longer consume any chemicals. It is true that our bodies tightly regulate our blood pH. J. Clin. As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health. You can take a look below and choose from the lists – just remember to keep acid-forming foods to a minimum. Thus, O.-L.J. That would avoid the destruction of experimental gmo fields by new age hairy activist that get away with it (at least in France). July 2014 It’s a hypothesis that its metabolites are alkaline. Her upcoming NYT best seller: Natural Foods “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, {sarcasm} I don’t work for pharma (big or otherwise). OK, let’s calm down now and think hard about this. (Lime, as in calcium hydroxide). 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 … Below are some myths about the health benefits of adding lemon in your water: Myth 1: The fiber in it assists in weight lose. February 2013 To be sure of duplicating the same response as that measured, maybe it could be a good idea to drink a mixture of juices, but I doubt there is no benefit from drinking either by themselves! The Food Babe is good looking. So who wants to start the kickstarter campaign for FB to get a degree in chemistry? However, there are no studies that have proven that lemon water eliminates waste at the cellular level. 33, 35 : your post made me think : this is not the intelligence going backwards. You had to go Bonzai on me and get your facts wrong yet again. Perhaps you meant to say, why do people think consuming citrus (lemons/limes) in your water, makes “your body alkaline”. Having a lemon in the water is not at all necessary; it is the water doing the trick. 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. 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. Think what the food babe groups are teaching to their kids! June 2014 It prevents cancer by alkalizing the body: Nope! November 2013 And that anyone talking about how disease is somehow related to a systemically out-of-whack body pH is almost certainly a fool or a con artist? April 2012 According to pioneering alkaline diet researcher, Robert Young: http://jezebel.com/autism-busting-paleo-book-for-babies-pulled-because-it-1692592094. Sigh. It seems that the body can identify citric acid and what it does is stimulate the body to counteract this extra acidity by inducing the production of more alkalines IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT. 40 623 November 2014 The truth doesn’t matter to her because she knows that even when she spouts nonsense, it just gets more people talking about her. The O.-L.J. In Germany we teach 5 year olds (not 5th graders) that lemon juice is acidic! evoked peak values, were observed earlier (60 min) than with a R.M. Vegetables will be “alkaline” and sodas will be “acidic” (pun intended). (I did it myself in a kindergarden, great fun with red cabbage juice…). Maybe it helps that in our language sour and acid are clearly related: I offered to help you with scientific facts but Nooooooo! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_1, #7 I know! We’re discussing acids & bases. Nutr. I drink it with every meal instead of just in the morning. For details see Do you think her fans are reading here to get information? Myth 4: alkaline foods Misinformation spread on social media suggests the virus can be cured by eating foods with a pH (level of acidity) that is higher than the virus’s pH. Instead, the claims must be simply *believed*, and the motivations are *rhetoric*. 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 … {/sarcasm}. Wait, you mean all of us who stuck metal strips in a lemon and measured electrical current actually invented alkaline batteries years go??? And everything that is “bad”, like artificial sweeteners, sugar, processed food, Monsanto, pharmaceuticals, dihydrogen monoxide etc is all supposedly “acidic”. Great post! 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. But it only requires a tiny amount to sweeten. It improves IQ: Whilst drinking water in the morning can help you feel focused; however, this is not a result of the lemon in the water. 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. The alkaline diet is also known as the acid-alkaline diet or alkaline ash diet. But it’s possible that FB got her alkaline lemons from an early, unjudgemental exposure to the bitter lemon trope. What they get correct is the “it’s complicated”. People confuse hydrogen and helium, despite the slight difference in reactivity. Doesn’t make her a non-idiot, of course. 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. http://www.freezepage.com/1415667665TBMRBWICKU, Wow. However, once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits. Alkaline Lemon Water can Reduce the Effects of Aging. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/clinical_pharmacology/pharmacokinetics/drug_excretion.html All Vegetables, especially when Green and Raw; All Fruits like Melon, Apple, Berries, Grapes, Lemon. MYTH: Lemon water will help speed up your weight loss efforts. Talk to a Dr. Berg Keto Consultant today and get the help you need on your journey. . If only they just gave you the pure stuff, the 100% pure oxygen you find in a forest at sea level, everyone would be much safer… January 2015 I don’t know about anyone else, but I start off my day with a big bowl of lye. Chris Kresser explains the acid/alkaline myth in-depth here. Things that Food Babe et al scoff at and do their best to undermine, as they would every single chemical invention. They go out of their way to make you ill An editorially independent blog from the publishers of Science Translational Medicine. Everyday, the movie Idiocracy is starting to look more and more like a documentary. As far as I know, bitter = alkaline. in the same vein: Science and rational thinking, have not only solved physical mysteries, but also the mental afflictions arising out of stupidity and superstition. Who do most trained scientists work for? induced purer pancreatic secretion response (flow, bicarbonate and enzyme output) than that triggered by the R.M., S.S. and A.P.B. December 2013 Except she is making falsifiable claims – they have either been shown false or haven’t been shown to be true (or, at minimum, she doesn’t know them to be true before she says them), but they are falsifiable. sauer and Saeure. These antioxidants are most effective when consumed, rather than applied topically to the skin. 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. Food Babe is not stupid. To my annoyance, many people say “I can’t eat lemons/limes/grapefruit — they too bitter!” Trying to correct them only gets me funny looks. September 2014 Everybody knows 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. 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. In any case, adjusting the pH of your urine can have profound effects on drug excretion. Remember Chricton was a recent MD when he wrote it. Does she really believe that airplane cabins are at higher pressures in the air than on the ground? 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. So it’s no surprise that she cherry-picks her sources or even manipulates and misrepresents them to suit her point of view. I fear that the Food Babe won’t be getting a good grade. It almost makes me think she’s trolling us all! 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. The idea that some foods – like meat – lower the pH in the body and lead to disease is a myth. She knows exactly what she is doing. .oh the hell with it, I can’t keep reading that crap. Hello friends and fellow health enthusiasts. When you try to explain something to students or laymen, one week after they have mixed up 99 percent of the message. Does Alkaline Water Taste Good? 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