Anything that is excessive is bad for the health. While many health experts agree that drinking water with lemon is good for the body, it has also negative effects when consumed too much. It is said that when you drink lemon water in the morning, you can control your blood pressure, improve digestion, improves skin, and many more.
But if you drink a lot of lemon water, you can develop several issues. Since lemon has a lot of acid, it could also damage your teeth. It may also trigger heartburn, and many more. So if you love drinking lemon water, you have to limit yourself. You may also stop drinking it or consult your doctor if you feel that something is not wrong in your body.
Here are the negative effects:
- Tooth Erosion
- Frequent urination
Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel, caused most commonly by acid attack. When the enamel is worn away, it exposes the underlying dentin (which is yellower in colour than enamel), and this may cause you to experience tooth sensitivity. Acidic foods and drinks can cause enamel erosion. As your enamel erodes it becomes thinner and this allows the yellower dentine that lies below the enamel to be more visible through the enamel. Your teeth may appear indented and yellower and they may also feel coarse to the tongue. The temperature of your water can make a difference to the effect of the lemon juice/water. The rate of chemical reactions increases with temperature and therefore erosion will be more severe at higher temperatures.
Mixing the lemon juice in 250ml of warm water may help to lessen the acidity. You can further reduce risk by drinking the lemon water through a straw. Using a straw allows the fluid to bypass the teeth.
After drinking the acidic lemon water, rinse your mouth with water straightaway. This removes any acid that may remain on the tooth surface and reduces the acidity of the oral saliva. Another option is to chew sugar-free gum after drinking the lemon water: This helps you produce more saliva, which helps neutralise the acidity in your mouth. DO NOT brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking the lemon water. Use a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste (fluoride toughens your enamel) and do not brush aggressively. Why? Because acid softens enamel and makes it more prone to erosion during brushing. If you already have enamel erosion, consult with your dentist for further options.
Although lemon juice is very acidic, small amounts mixed with water can have an alkalizing effect when it’s digested. This can help neutralize the acid in your stomach. If you decide to try this home remedy, you should mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with eight ounces of water. Then drink it about 20 minutes before a meal to help prevent symptoms that might be triggered by food.
Be sure to drink this mixture through a straw, if possible. This can prevent the acid in the juice from touching your teeth and eroding tooth enamel. And you should never drink straight lemon juice due to its acidity. It needs to be diluted with water to be effective.
Lemon juice has long been used as a diuretic, especially in a glass of hot or warm water. Although doctors prescribe diuretic medications, sometimes called water pills, to increase urine output, lemon juice may work as a natural remedy. Excess urine output may lead to dehydration, so check with your doctor if you decide to use hot water and lemons or other diuretics to increase urination. Excess lemon consumption may also lead to potassium deficiencies and severe dehydration.
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