Low pH for RO water vs lemon juice

by Bill
(Denver)

Why is drinking RO water bad for you because the ph is low, but lemon juice good for you?

ANSWER:

I apologize for the delayed response . . . I do the best I can with this website, considering I have a full-time job. This is a great question.

The simple answer is that when R.O. water is consumed it creates an acidic by-product in the body and lemon water creates an alkaline by-product when metabolized.

R.O. water is acidic (usually 6.0 pH or lower) and many experts believe that when it is consumed, especially over a long period of time, it can make the body even more acidic by creating a mineral imbalance.

You can read more about some of the advantages and disadvantages of reverse osmosis water here.

Of course, like almost every health issue, there are reputable "experts" who disagree about whether RO water is the best choice for healthy drinking water.

When it comes to health, I believe information is information. We make the best judgment from our research or personal recommendations, but it really comes down to trial and error in our own bodies.

I drank R.O. water for several years before realizing that it was not benefiting my health so I switched to filtered drinking water..

Lemon juice on the other hand does have a low pH because of its citric acid content BUT when it is metabolized in the body, it leaves an alkaline ash by-product. Thus, the end result is that it is alkalizing in the body.

You might want to check out some of the acid-alkaline food charts online, such as this nice one at Energiseforlife.com. Every food chart that I have seen lists lemons as highly alkalizing.

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