Acid vs. Alkaline

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cleo springs
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   Posted 8/22/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,   I'm not very knowledgeable about acidity, (OR spelling, apparently; is that how you spell knowledgeable? never mind)
but, I keep reading not to drink sodas, and one of the reasons listed is the acid content.
But then I read about adding lemon juice to water.
Is lemon juice acidic?
I've been avoiding sodas and adding some lemon or lime juice to water.
Am I just missing some point here?  Could someone clarify?

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   Posted 8/22/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know too much about acidity at least as far as how it effects your health.
I know lemon juice is definitely acidic, I think its at least as acidic as soda. But water is neutral so if you are adding some to water, the combination would probably be less acidic. Either way lemon juice certainly seems like it would be a healthier alternative to soda which is so artificial!

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   Posted 8/22/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
Cleo, that's wonderful that you have been avoiding soda, I stopped drinking sodas years ago when I learned they are very acidic.
As far as lemon juice, outside of the body it is acidic but once the body ingests it, it turns alkaline.  The best source is from fresh lemons or limes if you like that flavor.
Lyme spirochetes love an acidic body whereas they do not survive that well in an alkaline body.  You can google a list of acidic versus alkaline foods as well.
Hope that helps,
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   Posted 8/22/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The acidity in soda is primarily from sodas that contain Phosphoric Acid, which eats bones & teeth. Ever put a tooth in a glass of Coca Cola? (hint: it dissolves the tooth rather quickly)

Also the high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar content in most sodas is very acidic.

Lemons have a pH of 2, which is very acidic, but somehow this is converted in the body to alkaline (would love to understand this better). Lemon water can cause damage to tooth enamel, so be sure to brush your teeth regularly if you are drinking lemon water.

That said, the Lyme spirochettes do secrete Ammonia, which is an alkaline substance. So there will always be those with Lyme who seem to do worse when attempting to alkalize their body. This happens because of the excess ammonia, therefore in order for these folks to be able to tolerate the alkalization procedure, they must first detox the ammonia. I know there are herbal formulas available for this purpose, not sure what they are or how they work....I think Dr. J in Kansas has one formula available, and probably Zhang's formulas contain stuff for dealing with the ammonia as well.

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cleo springs
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   Posted 8/22/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everybody. I was certain that I was just confused about this topic. Appreciate the info!

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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Disease in general thrives in an acidic body. It is not the ph of the food you eat that matters. It is what happens to it when you ingest it. Most raw fruits and veggies make you alkaline. Many dairy and meat products make you acidic. There are many many lists on the internet. Here is just one example:
They say 80% of your diet should come from alkalizing foods.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Razzle, can you give us me any more 'hints' on who 'Dr. J in Kansas is?' Or perhaps where in KS? I cannot continue going to my first LLMD (many reasons) and am pushing to get in to someone else. I don't know a Dr. J, but perhaps this Dr is not in the KC metro area?
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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
lyme, Dr. J is in Wichita, Ks. if you want to email me i can give you the link to his website. it has a lot of info on it.
still looking for answers.
Remember that advice is free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)

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