Post Updated: 6th January 2010
Since I posted this blog back in March 2006 its received a fair amount of attention and there have been quite a lot of comments left (230+ to date). These comments are a mix of questions, agreement and a whole lot of flaming (some personal) against me. So I thought it would be a fine time to update the post, give you more information and clear up a heap of the questions that keep being asked!
Since we started blogging about the health benefits of lemon water I have received lots of questions from people wondering if it is ok to put a spoonful of honey into their lemon water to sweeten it up (as recommended on other websites and a few books).
The short answer is no.
Honey is obviously sugar, and although ‘natural’ – the effect on the body is the detrimental whether sugar is natural or not.
Now, this is not to say that you can never have honey ever again, but use it very sparingly. I understand, of course, that there are different types of sugar, and I understand that these metabolise differently, but from the perspective of their effect on the blood and our acid/alkaline balance – all sugar is detrimental.
Sugar is such an issue because it causes the blood to deviate from it’s ideal pH level of 7.365 and when this occurs it causes major stress to the rest of the body. The body has to maintain this pH level and it will go to extreme measures and sacrifice everything else to make sure it stays there.
Why Does The Body Have to Stay At pH 7.365?
Because in an acidic state, red blood cells cannot possibly function as they are supposed to and begin a biological transformation into bacteria and yeast (called pleomorphism) and pollute your internal environment. In addition, the acids that are created and consumed in our modern lifestyle also ferment the blood, and create harmful by-products, toxins and alcohols, which then further destroy our internal environment.
With more acid, more toxins are created, the pH is lowered, the bacteria and yeast grows, becomes mold, and a vicious cycle begins
The unfriendly toxins, yeasts, bacteria and mold created by this acidic environment not only cause your system to become polluted and stressed, but they also feed off your good nutrients (meaning you feel less of the benefit of the good things you do eat) and excrete toxic acid waste, making the blood even more acidic and polluted. This toxic waste is…acid. It also acts as a food to the yeasts and bacteria already there, further fueling the problem.
Acids consumed -> turn healthy red blood cells into bacteria and yeast -> creates mold -> mold eats your good nutrients -> excrete acid wastes -> quickly turns healthy red blood cells into bacteria and yeast -> creates mold etc.
Or in picture format:
Sugar, in all its states and forms is the #1 contributor to the over-acidification of the body
I understand there are other benefits of putting honey in lemon water, but these are instantly and massively outweighed by the negative effect of the sugar.
Even though the natural sugar of honey metabolises slower than white sugar, the effect on the acid/alkaline balance is almost instant and is very strong.
Sorry guys! But hey, lemon water doesnt taste that bad anyway does it?
- Video Explanation: Lemons ARE alkaline NOT acid to the body
- Original Lemon Water Blog Post – explaining the benefits of lemon water
- Blog Post: The Acid Alkaline Diet Simplified – If you need a background to the acid alkaline diet then this is a great read
- Blog Post: The Top 10 Acid Alkaline Diet Questions Answered
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