Is Lemon Juice Acidic, Alkaline, Or Both?
Lemons have many health benefits, the most illustrious of which are strong immune-boosting and anti-bacterial properties. It has been used throughout the recent history of man as a natural medication to improve digestion and bust fatigue. Let’s take a closer look at the pH properties of lemons. Is lemon juice acid or alkaline? Lemon juice is acidic outside the body of course. This is a non-issue, since it’s a citrus fruit and many people know this. However, when lemon juice is being metabolized in the body, this changes. When it has been fully metabolized and the minerals in it dissociated in the blood, lemon juice has an alkalizing effect by raising the body tissue pH above 7 (alkaline).
Why is This Important?
It is very important for body tissues to be alkaline than acidic. Chemistry enthusiasts probably know that long-term acidic environments are detrimental to the normal cell structure and function. The only exception to this is the stomach, as hydrochloric acid is normally secreted there, to help in the digestion of food. But for this function, the stomach cells are lined with special cells that essentially prevent the acid from destroying the stomach layers to cause stomach ulcers or gastritis.
Just like the food we eat, the human tissue including muscles, cells, fascia, organs, and the blood will simply break down much faster in acidic environments. However, the only difference is that the ingested food will ultimately become fuel for life when it is fully metabolized while the broken down tissue will just die and become toxic waste.
When does The Body Become Acidic?
Consuming unbalanced diets that are more inclined to acidic and inflammatory properties, persistently having negative subconscious thinking patterns, unexpressed and repressed negative emotions, as well as the overall wear and tear in the various body functions.
Lemon Juice and Oral Health
There have been claims that the acidity in lemon juice contributes to bad oral health, as it reduces the healthy enamel of your teeth. This will depend on whether a person regularly sucks on limes and fresh lemons. If frequent enough, doing so may damage the enamel on their teeth. Nonetheless, keep in mind that drinking lemon water won’t expose your teeth to an excess amount of acidic conditions for excessive amounts of time, that would cause damage to the enamel. Actually, it will improve bad breath and plaque stained teeth.
Other claims suggest that lemon juice causes cavities. This is not true. You can even check this with your dentist. If you take a lot of lemon juice in your diet, and also have a high intake of sugar in processed foods (candy, pastries, chocolate, bread, etc.) then the relatively high amount of sugar intake will inevitably cause cavities. This is because when sugar is processed in the bloodstream, it is highly acidic, and this is what leads to cavities.
In simple terms, lemon juice is only acidic outside the body; after its minerals are dissociated inside the body, it has an alkalizing effect. So, it can be said that lemon juice is both acidic and alkalizing.