Lemon Water for Alkalizing the Body

During my recovery process I was convinced that sparkling carbonated water with lemon was healing me. I could never go without it. But which part was it that helped me – the sparkling water or the lemon? The truth is quite interesting. 

It turns out that the lemon is what does the trick. Lemon is very alkalizing. As you know if you’ve read my two Lyme disease books, alkalizing the body is necessary to combat the acidic condition created by the infection. Eating lots of breads, meats, and other acidic foods make the condition worse. Vegetables help, as do minerals such as molybdenum and magnesium.

Turns out, though, that lemon water is one of the most powerful substances for alkalizing. So powerful that if you take too much, it can throw you into a full blown alkalizing herx reaction.

An additional benefit of drinking lemon water is that it is tasty, cheap, pleasant, and completely non-invasive.

So, when you are feeling a herx reaction coming on – or when you are just feeling toxic from the daily grind of Lyme disease – reach for that glass of lemon water, whether it be carbonated seltzer or just regular tap (preferably filtered) water.


Pelligrino and Gehrolsteiner are two of my favorite carbonated mineral waters, carbonated naturally from the spring, not man-made carbonation…Although Gehronsteiner recently lost a bit of quality after their spring source lost potency and they switched, lamely, to plastic instead of glass bottles – a big no-no for sparkling water.

Enjoy your lemon water!




  • Suzi

    I totally agree with you about how lemon is such a great asset to those who struggle with Lyme. However, carbonated water, seltzer water, and mineral waters are all very acidic and actually work against your body. So by adding the lemon, you are only neutralizing the water. Look into using Kangen water, a high pH water with huge amounts of antioxidents!

    I’ve been a Lymie for 8 years. I quit medications and went to a strict alkaline diet including kangen water. Water isn’t just water. gokangen.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/marissa.morningstaur Marissa Morningstaur

    Avoid the carbonation … that adds to the acidity in the body. I agree with Suzi, but “kangen” is a brand. I use ionized alkaline water and it is the ONLY thing that has kept me functional. True, water isn’t just water but “kangen” is not the only source of this incredible healing water …