Food can influence our pH levels in the urine. Food Babe is not stupid. Nice post you got here. This comment is even a waste of time. Obviously, y’all are stooges of Big Pharma. Things that Food Babe et al scoff at and do their best to undermine, as they would every single chemical invention. The O.-L.J. AAAS is a partner of HINARI, AGORA, OARE, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, CrossRef and COUNTER. Thanks, Derek. November 2013 Basically it would involve ejecting her into space without a space suit. Potassium can be exchanged against hydrogen ions. 6. This is why highly acidic lemon juice is actually known as a potent alkaline-forming food. (hint: it’s brown, aromatic, and bears a striking resemblance to the crap she comes out with). We all know that nitric acid – which is ACIDIC – can be metabolized into its constituent elements which include nitrogen. Any correction of my assertions I will appreciate. Health is something that interests people which leads to more productive and quality life. The air that is pumped in isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%. #9 Mike: Agreed. There is regularly misjudging of lemon’s pH outside the body versus inside the body. Lemon juice stimulates enzymes and bicarbonate production that alkalizes the lower digestive tract - NOT the blood. Abstract But that people listen to this nonsense makes me genuinely sad. Also notice “the air […] is recycled from direclty outside your window”. If the sour taste is strong, your body is very acidic. Timestamps 0:00 Is lemon juice acid or alkaline? Lemon water does not, unlike the myth, improve metabolism. Stay tuned to my twitter and facebook feeds for the latest posts. July 2012 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’. Why no, there isn’t. The truth doesn’t matter to her because she knows that even when she spouts nonsense, it just gets more people talking about her. Is there any scientific evidence on how an acidic substance can evolve into an alkaline? It is stupidity now, but soon will lead to evil. This reminds me of a recent discussion I had with someone who was a foodie much in the same vein as FB. Therefore, the whole Food Babe problem will correct itself in only a few weeks…. She may not intend them as such, but the concept of “private language”, I thought, bit the dust a long time ago. It is known that lemon/lime are acidic in pH but contain minerals that react with your body to make urine less acidic. It’s we who need to reexamine our assumptions and it’s the FB who is blazing new directions in chemistry here. The 120-min-cumulative values confirmed these findings and disclosed that O.-L.J. If it was just lemon, then why didn't they just use lemon and not the OLJ. So my interpretation is that their “alkaline and acidic foods” are classified according to a mysterious ratio between potassium and sugars. Below are some myths about the health benefits of adding lemon in your water: Myth 1: The fiber in it assists in weight lose. May 2012 The buffers will slowly start to be ‘unsaturated’ and the blood will return to optimal pH. 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. Find out. August 2013 Nevertheless, after being metabolized, lemon will become alkaline. Anyway I was just wondered. Is there any use in pointing out that the body regulates its own acidity and alkalinity very tightly? Lemons Reduce Inflammation. If you know anything about fruit acids, lemon juice is high in citric acid. It prevents cancer by alkalizing the body: Nope! Vaccines. I’ve heard that many places and on many nutrition web sites. How about we get this straight and explain 10 advantages of consistently bringing lemon juice with warm water (note: NOT equivalent to lemonade!) and an i.v. “The air you are breathing on an airplane is recycled from directly outside of your window. Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults, Am. One of the reasons is that lemon juice contains alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium. It almost makes me think she’s trolling us all! 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). But, it’s better not to view this as science, even if they claim it is. Everybody knows this. http://www.freezepage.com/1415667665TBMRBWICKU, Wow. Sigh. @9,10- At some level I wonder if people like her are intentionally making errors that are obvious to trained scientists. Deficiency in potassium may cause high blood pressure, among other. And people can’t argue with that.” It’s religious superstition. All Vegetables, especially when Green and Raw; All Fruits like Melon, Apple, Berries, Grapes, Lemon. . Reading this is very helpful. 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). Alkalizing Foods. 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. eventhough they are released as cations, there is no way that they can become hydroxides, at least they only form chlorides salt. April 2014 single injection of secretin (Boots, 1.0 U/kg). I know I’m supposed to assume stupidity before evil, but it’s kind of hard here. “I eat organic because I want to avoid soil sludge, which is from sewers and gutters.” Myth 1: Lemon Water Can Help You Heal Faster When Sick. Glad to see Orin Hatch’s daughter is still working at Whole Foods. “I want to know why companies aren’t coming up with chemical inventions that are improving our health. It is irrelevant if the claims are factually false, as long as the rhetoric – appealing to emotion – is successful. 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. But for Pinterest, have an image ( of lemon or lemon in water ) which once you pin it, will lead to your post. induced purer pancreatic secretion response (flow, bicarbonate and enzyme output) than that triggered by the R.M., S.S. and A.P.B. 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. It’s hilarious! January 2014 You had to go Bonzai on me and get your facts wrong yet again. 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. I don't know what is exactly causing the pancreatic secretion to become more alkaline, but I suspect it is the acid. In any case, adjusting the pH of your urine can have profound effects on drug excretion. Also, they seem to have turned off comments? The myth that we need to “alkalize” our bodies is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of human physiology. 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? Who do most trained scientists work for? .oh the hell with it, I can’t keep reading that crap. 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. elicits a rate of secretion and bicarbonate output closely similar to that of an i.v. It is essential to maintain a balanced pH level in our bodies to prevent disease. 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? We’re discussing acids & bases. Everyday, the movie Idiocracy is starting to look more and more like a documentary. Great post! Nutr. You’ve given my intro for tomorrow’s gen chem II class. [Editor’s Note: Although lemons are acidic, some alternative-medicine supporters believe that once metabolized, they have an alkaline effect on the body.] Lemon juice will certainly be neutralised during the digestive process but there is no mechanism by which it could possibly “become alkaline”. And even bad press is good for the bank account. For details see Sigh. 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../www.ncbi.../pubmed/3221108. What they get correct is the “it’s complicated”. Instead, the claims must be simply *believed*, and the motivations are *rhetoric*. According to pioneering alkaline diet researcher, Robert Young: January 2015 Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is beneath 7). According to her research, improved bile function is the first step to weight loss. Supposedly, metabolites that are acidic “stress” the body (don’t ask me) and alkaline urine is good (ibid). December 2014 Let's go through what foods can and can not do. 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. So, outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. This is a non-issue. So drink your limonoids! All content is Derek’s own, and he does not in any way speak for his employer. She is not so dumb as to not realize that people love an underdog who takes on seemingly evil Big Bad Ag and Pharma. Thus, O.-L.J. May 2014 It’s very commonly advised to opt for a balance of 80% alkaline-forming food and 20% acidic-forming food. Chris Kresser explains the acid/alkaline myth in-depth here. I am commiting to 30 days of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning to see if that will help my bile. 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. There is more acid in lemons than oranges. You won't feel significantly more full by drinking lemon water. We are through FB! They added: They go out of their way to make you ill Does she really believe that airplane cabins are at higher pressures in the air than on the ground? I see this as the content of potassium in the food. September 2012 She is telling people things she knows they want to hear. © 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science. She knows exactly what she is doing. November 2012 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. 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 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. MYTH: Lemon water will help speed up your weight loss efforts. 33, 35 : your post made me think : this is not the intelligence going backwards. There’s indeed a sucker born every minute for her brand of charlatanry. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7595KZ, December 2015 (I did it myself in a kindergarden, great fun with red cabbage juice…). In academia, we are constantly told by the administratives to participate in popularizing science. 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. Wait, you mean all of us who stuck metal strips in a lemon and measured electrical current actually invented alkaline batteries years go??? I don’t work for pharma (big or otherwise). November 2014 How can you say it was the lemon juice that stimulates the exocrine pancreatic secretions? 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 gods themselves struggle in vain against stupidity”, There are times when I wish serial acts of stupidity constituted a criminal offense…. But, lemon water is essentially filtered, and also heavily diluted, which leaves it with just traces of pectin. By the way, I wanted to share your post on Google +, but you have no button for it. 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. These antioxidants are most effective when consumed, rather than applied topically to the skin. 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. Feel free to post comments and start a conversation. 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… Please consider adding a Share button for Google +, and even Pinterest. I am learning from Ann Louise Gittleman about health and weight loss. Compression leads to all sorts of issues. February 2013 February 2014 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. I am sure the food babe didn’t write this article for scientists, and that indeed is the problem. However, there are no studies that have proven that lemon water eliminates waste at the cellular level. What happens if I use lemon water for 3 weeks? Raisins, notably, have a PRAL of -21. However, there is something that quite bugging me about the alkalinizing ability of lemon juice. Thankyou! 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