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Lemon and Water Caused Acidity

Posted by Jenny on 10/17/2007

Here is my question: How can drinking a glass of Warm (distilled) water with the juice of one lemon cause my pH test to register "more acidic"? I bought a pH tester kit. Today is the first day I've used it. Here are my results: Urine test upon rising (pH 6.5) Saliva test upon rising (pH 7.0) Drank 1 glass of lemon water 2nd urine test (pH 4.5) Saliva test 1 hour after breakfast (pH 6.25) Can you shed some light on this? I thought lemon was a great alkalizer. Thank you,Jenny

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Jenny: In practice the fact that lemon and apple cider vinegar are a good alkalizer is disinformation. You drink acid, the urine becomes acid. This is also true of vitamin C ascorbic acid. It is only that if a person has sufficient bicarbonate reserves in his body that the lemon becomes "alkaline" somehow. I haven't seen this phenomenon yet, but it does happen, if the person's body is really sick and the serum calcium levels are dangerious high. Just to set the record straight, scientists now agree that the best measure of the food's effect on whether it is acid or alkaline is how the resultant pH of the urine. The old definition over 100 years ago is to determine the acid or alkaline by burning the lemon to ashes. The resulting lemon ash is a strong alkaline solution. Unfortunately the body doesn't burn food into ashes, it processes them chemically and the resultant pH is hence different. You are free to try vitamin C ascorbic acid or apple cider vinegar alone, in most cases it causes the urine pH to become more acid. It is just as true as drinking coke, cola, and anything that tastes sour or taste sweet. There may be some exceptions to some people, but my own experience, the truth is always contrary to what we were taught. Fact is stranger than fiction.