Uric Acid Problem and Lemon Water
by Sumeet Bhat
Question: I am a patient with high blood pressure and have a uric acid problem. I am 34 yrs old. I am regularly taking three glasses of warm lemon water with one spoon of honey. Someone told me that lemon water with honey is not good for uric acid as it increases it. Is it correct or not? Please guide me.
Answer: Since you are asking about a specific health condition, it would be irresponsible for me to advise you without knowing more information about your health history.
However, I will say this much: I believe the advice you received about lemon water not being good for a uric acid problem is incorrect. Many people believe that because lemon juice is citric acid that drinking it will make the body more acidic. But it doesn’t work that way.
Lemon Juice Neutralizes Uric Acid
Some foods leave an acid residue, others an alkaline residue. Lemons produce an alkaline effect on the body, based upon the residue that remains after the lemon juice is metabolized.
Dr. Ronald Hoffman, a leader in the field of complementary medicine, writes: “Uric acid crystallizes and forms stones in an acidic environment. One way to prevent this is by alkalinizing the urine or making it more basic. Lemon juice stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes acids like uric acid. Therefore, drinking freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of water after meals can prevent a (uric acid)attack.”
I will also say that I believe you would get more benefit from the lemon juice if you do not add the honey. If you must add a sweetener, the only sweetener I can think of that would not diminish some of the therapeutic benefits of the lemon juice is a high-quality, natural stevia (not the processed ones).
Drinking a teaspoon of baking soda in filtered drinking water on an empty stomach can also help to alkalinize the urine temporarily. But I do NOT recommend using baking soda on a regular basis. It is very easy to become too alkaline with baking soda, which can cause bladder infections and other issues. Also, it can be dangerous to drink baking soda in water on a full stomach.Drinking Ionized Water Will Also Help with Uric Acid Problem
In addition to drinking lemon water, another way to safely and effectively alkalinize the body is by drinking ionized water (kangen drinking water) from a high-quality water ionizer system. Learn more here about the type of water ionizers I recommend.
It is also very important to stay well hydrated with uric acid problems. This prevents the uric acid from becoming too concentrated. Hydration will keep the uric acid dilute and thus inhibit the crystallization of uric acid, which is what causes pain and inflammation. Learn the facts about drinking enough water
in order to stay fully hydrated.
The type and quality of water you drink is very important. The best drinking water is filtered of contaminants without removing the healthy, naturally occurring minerals in the water. These minerals are essential for nutrient absorption, health of the nervous system, pH balance in the body, and so many other functions.