By Dr. Holly
People often claim that the body is alkaline – well it isn’t really. pH is the measurement of acidity versus alkalinity. The actual definition of pH is : the negative logarithmic value of hydrogen (H+) concentration in a solution.
For instance, the gut has to maintain an acidic pH in order to function effectively. The pH of the gut can go as low as 1.8 in the stomach and back up to 6.5 in the colon.
In general, a pH lower than 7.0 is optimal for the activity of nerves, hormones, amino acids and neurotransmitters.
Your hair ranges between 4.5-5.0.
Your skin, the largest organ in the body, has a pH of about 5 and an incredible ecosystem that changes dramatically throughout, although Staphylococcus and Corynebacterium are the most abundant bacteria.
Your kidneys might fluctuate between 6.7 – 7.4.
So what are people referring to when they say the body should be alkaline? It is our blood that is kept alkaline, usually between 7.35-7.45. to be even more specific, our arterial blood (full of oxygen) runs about pH-7.41 whereas our venous blood (full of C02) runs about 7=.36.
So when people tell us we should be alkaline – it is a falsehood. It is an overgeneralization. That is the problem with an awful lot of information on the internet. These false statements lead to all kinds of distortions.
For instance, cancer can only grow in acidic environments. Well, sorry cancer can grow in alkaline environments as well. But what cancer needs is sugar – and sugar is acidic. So…if the cancer cells are well fed, their internal environments are acidic, even if the external environment is not – perhaps due to lots of alkalizing minerals.
Now, lemon juice can be effective for both cancer and diabetes. Why?
- It is very acidic but are alkaline forming on body fluids
- It is full of soluble fiber
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- Aid digestion
- Makes it harder for the digestive system to break down carbs
- Prevents absorption of some types of fats
- Prevents sugar spiking
- High amounts of Vitamin C (responsible for over 300 metabolic functions)
- Benefits the heart
- Prevents stroke
- Prevents cancer
- Provides nutrient for the production of collagen
- Helps to maintain integrity of vascular membranes
- Helps regulate cholesterol
- Improves insulin resistance
- Dissolves uric acid and other poisons
- Vitamin Bs: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9
- Rutin improves diabetic retinopathy
- Liquefies bile
- Detoxifies the liver
- Increase peristalsis in the colon
- Destroys intestinal worms
- The rind has
- Alkalizing minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium)
- Bioflavonoids (anti-inflammatory; improve blood flow; oxygenate the blood)
- Hesperidin – used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids
- More than 20 anti-cancer compounds
- Oxalates – high levels can cause kidney stones
- Fiber – prevents glucose spiking
- Tangeretin – effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s
- A low glycemic index (meaning it turns into glucose at a very slow rate);
So, lemon can be of benefit to diabetics because of its effect on sugars, the liver, high concentrations of Vitamin C which is great for the adrenals, and it strengthens the vascular membranes.
Are lemons are also good for cancer? It depends on the location of the cancer and what is causing the cancer. For instance, if the cancer is microbial driven, then the anti-microbial compounds in lemons can be of help. If the cancer is sugar driven, then the sugar regulatory components of lemons can be of help.
On the other hand, there are over 20 known anti-carcinogenic compounds in lemons that have a direct effect on the cancer cell.
Some research shows that mixing baking soda into lemon water has a compound effect on cancer cells (terpenes, limonene and metabolites, limonoids, citrus pectin, diosmin, hesperetin, hesperidin). The claim is that the baking soda alkalizes while the lemon compounds turn on apoptosis (preprogramed cell death) in cancer cells which is turned off.
The challenge with all of this is that there is a lot more money with Big Pharma who doesn’t make money with natural compounds and who claims that there isn’t any research regarding the effectiveness of natural real compounds. So who do you believe? One might simply say “Follow the money”, or one might be more effective in saying “Do your research” AND don’t believe everything you read on either side of the coin.
Here’s to your health!
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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