About Dr. Reams and Lemons
From a Reams practitioner on lemon:
Lemons are the only food which are purely anionic. The catch is that this is only true of fresh lemons.
After about 30 minutes of exposure to air (oxygen), lemon juice becomes cationic. The confusion comes when one thinks in terms of acid and alkaline. Lemon juice would always be thought of as acid, but, while fresh, is anionic (which corresponds to alkaline). If you had an acid urine pH and you used Dr. Reams' lemon/water drink as he suggested, your pH would become more alkaline. This seems illogical when you think of lemon juice as acidic. But it's not, its anionic. In addition to fresh lemon juice, the only other thing that is purely anionic is pure calcium.
To explain anionic and cationic... an ion is a molecule with an electric charge. An anion contains the smallest amount of energy known to man. One anion will contain from 1 to 499 Milhouse units of energy. It is a negative charged ion. Anionic corresponds to alkaline. Its electrons orbit around the nucleus in a clockwise direction.
A cation corresponds to acid. One cation will contain from 500 to 999 Milhouse units of energy. It is a positive charged ion. Its electrons orbit in a counter-clockwise direction. When a cation gains more than 999 Milhouse units of energy, it splits into two anions.
According to Reams, the key issue here concerns our digestive process. The gastric juice produced by the liver is anionic. All foods (except fresh lemons) are a varying mixture of cationic and anionic. When the anionic gastric juices come into contact with cationic foods, the two ions react to each other, much like vinegar and baking soda, and energy is released to be used by the body. Let me quote from Dr. Reams, ''We do not live off the food we eat, we live off the energy from the food we eat. The anion rotates in a clockwise direction. The cation in a counter-clockwise direction. Resistance is created when these two moving forces, rotating in opposite directions, collide. The measure of the resistance, in chemistry, is called ''pH''. When a person gets sick, there are not enough anionic substances present to supply the energy he needs from the cationic foods eaten.'' Add to that the issue of the foods being demineralized, and the problem becomes more serious.
Dr. Reams used fresh lemon juice as a part of a restorative therapy with his clients (one part juice to nine parts distilled water). The juice provided anionic substances to their livers.
To Reams, the issue was not eating an alkaline or acid diet, but giving your body what it needed, which focused especially on the right kinds of calciums. When I test a client's urine/saliva pH, I am looking to see how efficient their digestion is, which is one of the first issues to rectify, because, if you can't digest it, how can you utilize it? The proper calciums provide the body with those elements that are necessary for the body to manufacture essential digestive juices. The pH tests also indicate the speed and efficiency of the digestion (alkaline pH means slower digestion, acid pH means faster digestion), the level of minerals available to be used by the body, the strength/efficiency of the insulin, the mineral reserve (what is left) in the body, and they effect the interpretation of the other numbers from the test. Dr. Reams said that if you could only do one test, the pH test would be the most important.
The lemon/water therapy is so effective, many people experience a healing crisis when they do it. But don't think of it as lemon juice, think of it as supplying your liver with the anionic materials it needs to correct unbalanced metabolic chemistry.
From a nutritionist:
Here is what I have to say about the citric acid/lemon/pH. In my practice, I do warn my clients against eating too much citrus fruit if their body is acid. But I don't think medium amounts will cause a large problem. As far as lemon goes, according to Dr. Reams, lemon is the only anionic food we have, and thus is not considered as an acid in the diet. And instead, is used as a cleansing agent. Many people that come to me are put on Lemon water at the rate of 4 ounces every hour given on the 1/2 hour and then given distilled water on the hour. The purpose of this is to flush toxins out of the body. When people are overloaded with toxins we don't give them too much lemon water as it will possibly cause problems with a toxic overload. So if you get to feeling really bad on the diet, you may need to cut back on the lemon until you get to feeling better. Be sure to drink you distilled (or at least filtered) water between the lemon water. Dr. Reams used the ratio of 1 part lemon to 9 parts water to make his lemon water.