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. That would avoid the destruction of experimental gmo fields by new age hairy activist that get away with it (at least in France). Does Alkaline Water Taste Good? 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. February 2015 Sigh. Nice post you got here. or some large corporation (big business!) single injection of secretin (Boots, 1.0 U/kg). http://jezebel.com/autism-busting-paleo-book-for-babies-pulled-because-it-1692592094. The sort of experiment I would like to see : urine pH in a plain sugar soda diet VS vegetables diet. I am learning from Ann Louise Gittleman about health and weight loss. Is there any scientific evidence on how an acidic substance can evolve into an alkaline? #9 Mike: Agreed. Its elements are not falsifiable claims and factual statements. 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. J. Clin. I don’t work for pharma (big or otherwise). Also notice “the air […] is recycled from direclty outside your window”. Christ. I was planning to start drinking lemon water again. I’ve heard that many places and on many nutrition web sites. You can take a look below and choose from the lists – just remember to keep acid-forming foods to a minimum. By the way, I wanted to share your post on Google +, but you have no button for it. All Vegetables, especially when Green and Raw; All Fruits like Melon, Apple, Berries, Grapes, Lemon. 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. And the nitrogen can then react with the hydrogen in our body to form ammonia – a base which is ALKALINE. Stay tuned to my twitter and facebook feeds for the latest posts. 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… Chris Kresser explains the acid/alkaline myth in-depth here. 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. Myth 1: Lemon Water Can Help You Heal Faster When Sick. July 2014 Find out. January 2015 However, there is something that quite bugging me about the alkalinizing ability of lemon juice. Wait, you mean all of us who stuck metal strips in a lemon and measured electrical current actually invented alkaline batteries years go??? January 2014 The 120-min-cumulative values confirmed these findings and disclosed that O.-L.J. (hint: it’s brown, aromatic, and bears a striking resemblance to the crap she comes out with). The O.-L.J. 0:14 What is citric acid? According to pioneering alkaline diet researcher, Robert Young: And even bad press is good for the bank account. You’ve given my intro for tomorrow’s gen chem II class. We all know that nitric acid – which is ACIDIC – can be metabolized into its constituent elements which include nitrogen. 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. The scariest part of all of this is that my debating opponent also homeschooled her children, and I’m scared as to what science curriculum would be acceptable that would avoid the scientific method, basic biology, or understanding periodic table trends well enough to give better descriptions of reactivity than “stronger.”. 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. Everything else is secondary. July 2012 If you know anything about fruit acids, lemon juice is high in citric acid. As far as I know, bitter = alkaline. That was so constructive, #30, thank you ! Doesn’t make her a non-idiot, of course. Please consider adding a Share button for Google +, and even Pinterest. 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. Really hard. Lemons Reduce Inflammation. 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. The buffers will slowly start to be ‘unsaturated’ and the blood will return to optimal pH. Thank you for this post. Dunno LOL, I especially love her comment about how she pledges to no longer consume any chemicals. April 2012 Lemon contains a kind of fiber known as pectin, which assists in reducing calorie intake and appetite. Err, what exactly does she think organic farmers use as a source of nitrogen on their crops? Why no, there isn’t. One of the reasons is that lemon juice contains alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium. It is irrelevant if the claims are factually false, as long as the rhetoric – appealing to emotion – is successful. 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 … If it was just lemon, then why didn't they just use lemon and not the OLJ. But it only requires a tiny amount to sweeten. She knows exactly what she is doing. Alkaline Lemon Water can Reduce the Effects of Aging. I would like to send the Food Babe to a chemical-free “spa” that will remove all the chemicals from her body. Having a lemon in the water is not at all necessary; it is the water doing the trick. ingestion proved to be an unexpected powerful stimulus of exocrine pancreatic secretion. Yes, lemon, though acidic, produces alkaline metabolites in your body and so has a negative potential renal acid load (PRAL); but lemon juice’s PRAL of -2.5 isn’t especially low among fruits. Instead of lukewarm water and lemon juice, I add ice cubes and 1/8 tsp of stevia powder to make sugar free lemonade. August 2014 However, once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits. 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 … In Germany we teach 5 year olds (not 5th graders) that lemon juice is acidic! December 2014 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. November 2014 Anyway I was just wondered. Nutr. February 2014 This is why highly acidic lemon juice is actually known as a potent alkaline-forming food. AAAS is a partner of HINARI, AGORA, OARE, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, CrossRef and COUNTER. The Lemon Alkaline Water Myth. Lemon water does not, unlike the myth, improve metabolism. Nutr. Abstract Obviously, y’all are stooges of Big Pharma. And this blog post gives her more publicity. 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. 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! 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. Is that why we don´t have a German food babe? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../www.ncbi.../pubmed/3221108. 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. Basically it would involve ejecting her into space without a space suit. Thus, O.-L.J. Great post! Both contain citric acid. Do you think Jenny McCarthy would get the time of day if she looked like Golda Meir? Who do most trained scientists work for? Hello friends and fellow health enthusiasts. I see this as the content of potassium in the food. MYTH: Lemon water will help speed up your weight loss efforts. So my interpretation is that their “alkaline and acidic foods” are classified according to a mysterious ratio between potassium and sugars. The O.-L.J. and an i.v. The Food Babe is good looking. 82 254. I can't reply to your second post Alan. Talk to a Dr. Berg Keto Consultant today and get the help you need on your journey. Does she really believe that airplane cabins are at higher pressures in the air than on the ground? Everyday, the movie Idiocracy is starting to look more and more like a documentary. 33, 35 : your post made me think : this is not the intelligence going backwards. August 2013 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. September 2012 The OLJ is lemon juice plus orange juice. 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. Derek Lowe's commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. That’s great news, it’s only one row of the periodic table then, no heavy metals in anyone’s water. Thankyou! You can keep adding an acid to a buffered solution, and the pH will not change or hardly change at all. Maybe it helps that in our language sour and acid are clearly related: So drink your limonoids! Pop! January 2013 You are traveling in a pressurized cabin, and when your body is pressurized, it gets really compressed! August 2012 It’s religious superstition. Endocrin. Things that Food Babe et al scoff at and do their best to undermine, as they would every single chemical invention. […] Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults, Am. 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. I hate this. “I eat organic because I want to avoid soil sludge, which is from sewers and gutters.” Either some academic institution (ivory tower!) Lemon juice will certainly be neutralised during the digestive process but there is no mechanism by which it could possibly “become alkaline”. OTOH the paragraph where she talks about what she eats at each meal isn’t bad advice, just not really obtainable for a lot of people who don’t make megabucks off their blog. Once digested and metabolized, lemon juice produces alkaline byproducts, which make the urine more alkaline. Potassium can be exchanged against hydrogen ions. If the sour taste is strong, your body is very acidic. Is lemon juice acid or alkaline? First off your body’s digestive organs start to shrink, taxing your ability to digest large quantities of food. Supposedly, metabolites that are acidic “stress” the body (don’t ask me) and alkaline urine is good (ibid). I don’t know about anyone else, but I start off my day with a big bowl of lye. 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 … July 2013 Slowed metabolism can result due to dehydration and fixing that can boost metabolism. The air that is pumped in isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%. June 2014 It’s we who need to reexamine our assumptions and it’s the FB who is blazing new directions in chemistry here. 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? Just think about it – Airplanes thrive in places we don’t. And people can’t argue with that.” My point is that people think that acid lemon juice somehow makes everything alkaline, where that is patently untrue. 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. ), the ingestion of a Sorbitol solution (S.S.), the intragastric infusion of an acidified peptone broth (A.P.B.) We’re discussing acids & bases. Other acids are present, so are many different bioflavonoids. 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? One is that diet affects the pH of our blood. In academia, we are constantly told by the administratives to participate in popularizing science. People confuse hydrogen and helium, despite the slight difference in reactivity. Unfortunately she goes back off the rails in the very next paragraph and talks about how people want to keep us dependent on chemicals. (90 min) ingestion. Let's go through what foods can and can not do. Do you think her fans are reading here to get information? Think what the food babe groups are teaching to their kids! Remember Chricton was a recent MD when he wrote it. 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. eventhough they are released as cations, there is no way that they can become hydroxides, at least they only form chlorides salt. Also, they seem to have turned off comments? 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. In any case, adjusting the pH of your urine can have profound effects on drug excretion. Alkalizing Foods. That means you are breathing everything that the airplanes gives off and is flying through. 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. I offered to help you with scientific facts but Nooooooo! 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. 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. FB you had your chance! Stomach acid has to be neutralised somehow, so there is a set amount of alkaline produced in the bile. It is stupidity now, but soon will lead to evil. But that isn’t true for the rest of your body — which regulates its blood . 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). However, there are no studies that have proven that lemon water eliminates waste at the cellular level. March 2014 Compression leads to all sorts of issues. Fortunately, we have sound science (such as the dietary guidelines) to rely upon (or do we?). It prevents cancer by alkalizing the body: Nope! There is no scientific evident that lemon/lime juice mixed in alkaline water provides health benefits. 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. There’s indeed a sucker born every minute for her brand of charlatanry. What happens if I use lemon water for 3 weeks? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7595KZ, December 2015 Thanks, Derek. How can you say it was the lemon juice that stimulates the exocrine pancreatic secretions? In the name of so many new age fads, people are shunning science and common sense. Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is beneath 7). elicits a rate of secretion and bicarbonate output closely similar to that of an i.v. It’s the Food Babe, of course, profiled in New York magazine, and it’s the usual geyser of nonsense. When you try to explain something to students or laymen, one week after they have mixed up 99 percent of the message. There is evidence that eating a more alkaline diet may be beneficial: April 2014 But that people listen to this nonsense makes me genuinely sad. It’s very commonly advised to opt for a balance of 80% alkaline-forming food and 20% acidic-forming food. 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? Our blood pH is quite constant, though acidosis and alcalosis do occur. “The gods themselves struggle in vain against stupidity”, There are times when I wish serial acts of stupidity constituted a criminal offense…. We are through FB! @luysii #5: Erwin Schrodinger has written a small book called ‘What is Life?’ which has influenced great many biologists (Schrodinger was a chemist/physicist). But no. 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. February 2013 Oncology drugs. What they get correct is the “it’s complicated”. The nitrogen may affect the times and dosages of medications, make you feel bloated and cause your ankles and joints swell.” For details see So, outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. Deficiency in potassium may cause high blood pressure, among other. Although studies have shown that lemon juice may make the pH of our urine more alkaline , this does not have an effect on the pH of our blood. Sounds sciencey, no ? I am commiting to 30 days of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning to see if that will help my bile. was studied on pure pancreatic juice obtained from a catheter placed in the human Wirsung duct at surgery. But for Pinterest, have an image ( of lemon or lemon in water ) which once you pin it, will lead to your post. @12 “Big Lemon” sounds like a bad guy in a Disney movie; love it. 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. 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? May 2013 You can keep the ring as well, it was fake anyway! Lemon juice stimulates enzymes and bicarbonate production that alkalizes the lower digestive tract - NOT the blood. This is a non-issue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_1, #7 I know! I fear that the Food Babe won’t be getting a good grade. These changes were compared with those evoked by a regular meal (R.M. Please pay attention to this. According to her research, improved bile function is the first step to weight loss. {/sarcasm}. 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. November 2013 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. I would no mind keeping my science for sscientist. Fortunately, Big Lemon is out there to balance all your silly book learning! It is essential to maintain a balanced pH level in our bodies to prevent disease. She may not intend them as such, but the concept of “private language”, I thought, bit the dust a long time ago. 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. evoked peak values, were observed earlier (60 min) than with a R.M. There is more acid in lemons than oranges. It’s a hypothesis that its metabolites are alkaline. This alkaline food myth has gotten huge recently, using online marketing and buzzwords you can get people believing in anything. 6. October 2013 The Answer is Yes! © 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Please take note that those metals are trapped inside the lemon in an acidic environment as chemical salts. Is there any use in pointing out that the body regulates its own acidity and alkalinity very tightly? Does that mean that the acid is doing nothing? The truth doesn’t matter to her because she knows that even when she spouts nonsense, it just gets more people talking about her. 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. Myths around drinking lemon water. Think of titrations with buffers. And usually I don’t bother explaining my grandma what acidity and alcalinity really mean. The secretory effect elicited by the ingestion of 100 ml of orange-lemon juice (O.-L.J.) “The air you are breathing on an airplane is recycled from directly outside of your window. June 2012 . I agree, we are all 100% dependent on chemicals. Timestamps 0:00 Is lemon juice acid or alkaline? .oh the hell with it, I can’t keep reading that crap. 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? “Unfortunately, our water is contaminated with everything from chlorine to fluoride.” It detoxifies the body: Drinking plenty of water helps eliminate waste from our bodies (aka pee and poop). I know I’m supposed to assume stupidity before evil, but it’s kind of hard here. She’s getting skewered pretty bad in the comments, which is nice to see. You had to go Bonzai on me and get your facts wrong yet again. Health is something that interests people which leads to more productive and quality life. March 2012. Vaccines. 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. Sigh. But, it’s better not to view this as science, even if they claim it is. The alkaline from the lemon would start ‘helping’ neutralize the acid buffers over a looong time. At the macroscopic level, all air is recycled I guess…. Raisins, notably, have a PRAL of -21. 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. Because anyone who would do such a thing is clearly an evil person who eats bowls of industrial waste for breakfast, whose liver remains unstimulated, and whose lemon water won’t make him alkaline no matter how many gallons he downs. 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. in the same vein: Potassium Bicarbonate Reduces Urinary Nitrogen Excretion in Postmenopausal Women, J. Çlin. Are Lemons Alkaline or Acidic? As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health. Everybody knows this. So it’s no surprise that she cherry-picks her sources or even manipulates and misrepresents them to suit her point of view. And our kidneys play a role in that homeostasis as well, as far as I know. October 2014 It is known that lemon/lime are acidic in pH but contain minerals that react with your body to make urine less acidic. 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. It almost makes me think she’s trolling us all! 87 662 May 2014 April 2013 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. Her upcoming NYT best seller: Natural Foods “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, {sarcasm} Thank you for this post! Nevertheless, after being metabolized, lemon will become alkaline. 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”. So, it’s not completely stupid, just esoteric. They go out of their way to make you ill @9,10- At some level I wonder if people like her are intentionally making errors that are obvious to trained scientists. Science and rational thinking, have not only solved physical mysteries, but also the mental afflictions arising out of stupidity and superstition. But it’s possible that FB got her alkaline lemons from an early, unjudgemental exposure to the bitter lemon trope. 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. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/clinical_pharmacology/pharmacokinetics/drug_excretion.html (Lime, as in calcium hydroxide). To pump a greater amount of oxygen in costs money in terms of fuel and the airlines know this! Any correction of my assertions I will appreciate. So who wants to start the kickstarter campaign for FB to get a degree in chemistry? Vegetables will be “alkaline” and sodas will be “acidic” (pun intended). But it is a sort of the other side of vulgarization. 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? (I did it myself in a kindergarden, great fun with red cabbage juice…). Some stevia products can have a bad aftertaste, but this product I use is indistinguishable to me to sugar. It stroke me suddenly, maybe she misquoted something she had heard and wish to say “lime water” instead?? But soaked in chemicals as I am, I must somehow find the motivation to carry on. Effect elicited by the ingestion of 100 ml of orange-lemon juice ( O.-L.J. as... The R.M., S.S. and A.P.B. when Sick is evidence that eating a more alkaline really!... 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