Well today me and the hubby took a trip to ours daughters in Maryland. Nice day for a road trip. Anyway, since we left early I didn’t get my morning smoothie, instead we ended up getting coffee at WAWA which I broke down and used the nondairy flavored creamer and we each got a breakfast sandwich, for me the bread though delicious was bad and the cheese. But it held me all day, until the ride home,we stopped for gas and my hubby came out with 2 Zero Candy bars! Ugggg!
But while we were at our daughters I asked her for a glass of lemon water and she hold me she stopped drinking it for a while. I asked her why, she said that the acid in the lemon water gave her a canker sore in her mouth. I told her that it couldn’t have been the lemon water because ever thing I’ve been reading about lemons, that they we alkaline. So when I got home I had to google and see who was right, I’d be lost if I had to give up my lemon water.
Well this is what I found out about lemons:
Lemons are Alkaline Forming
This is because their acids, such as citric acid, are weak acid and the Lemon’s overall nutrients are alkaline. The End Product of Metabolism, otherwise known as Ash and it’s effects on the body make it Alkalizing.
Citric Acid is a “weak” acid, meaning once it’s done it’s job in providing energy in metabolism it’s eliminated easily via sweat and respiration. It is alkaline forming in that it stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate then neutralizes the “Strong” acids in the body, acids that can only be gotten rid of through urination, including uric acid which is the end result of protein metabolism.
In fruits such as the Lemons… the mineral content is also taken into consideration, and the Lemon’s Alkaline minerals are many, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and Selenium so after the citric acid has done its job and is easily eliminated, one is left with a very Alkaline Ash (end product) from the fruit.
In a Similar way, Malic Acid (another “weak” acid) attacks Lactic Acids (A “strong” acid) making foods like Apples and it’s unprocessed vinegar also an alkalizing source.
The list goes on… It’s how the elements of the food, inclusive of its “acids” are utilized by the body and whether it’s a weak acid or a strong acid in how it can be eliminated, and the food’s nutrient content such as it’s vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. that a food’s ash ends up being.
Proteins… they are acidic, not only in their amino acid content, but also in it’s utilization by the body… it leaves Uric Acids as it’s waste product from its metabolism. And we need Citric acid to help our bodies eliminate this Acidic end product (Ash).
Here are some helpful links that I found on Google:
How Can Adding Lemon Juice To Water Make The Water Alkaline?
There are more out there just google ‘is lemon alkaline or acid’ you’ll get a slew of links. Since I’m not a doctor, I’m doing this research for ME and sharing it with you. You need to find out whats right for you, but, we need to understand that our bodies were made to be alkaline not acidic, to get the right body ph right, it begins in our guts, and that begins with what we put into our mouths and swallow.
So, now that I’m home, I’m drinking my lemon water to help reset my ph and flush out what I’ve put in it today. I will have a strawberry smoothie later on. My smoothie will consist of: Strawberries, Cucumber, Banana, Celery, Kale and an avocado. I will sprinkle on top Chia seeds and Flax Seeds.
If you have any questions or comments please post them, we can learn together.