6 Scary Reasons To Avoid Drinking Too Much Lemon Water

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…

By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim, TheAlternativeDaily.com

Lemon water is delicious and healthy. It’s an easy way to boost your intake of vitamin C, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. It can also improve your skin health and support weight loss, while aiding digestion. Plus, it can keep your breath fresh and lemony.

Oh, and did we mention it tastes pretty yummy?

Unfortunately, like everything in life, it’s possible to have too much lemon water. In excess, lemon water can have some surprisingly worrying impacts on your health. While a cup or two a day might not hurt, guzzling large amounts of lemon water can do more harm than good, and in the long term, snowball into serious health problems.

Bear in mind that there’s no set amount of lemon water that’s considered unsafe; we’re all different, and all have different tolerance levels. That said, here are six health issues that can arise from drinking too much lemon water. If you’re experiencing any of these, then it might be time to take it easy on the lemon water.

1. Lemon water can harm your tooth enamel

Too much lemon water could wear down tooth enamel.

 

We all know that sugary treats are bad for your teeth, but did you know lemons are also pretty rough on your enamel? Lemons are highly acidic, and the American Dental Association warns their juice can erode your enamel if consumed in excess.

Signs of enamel damage include a yellowing of the teeth and a sensation of roughness. Run your tongue along your teeth; if they feel sand papery instead of pearly smooth, then you might have some enamel damage.

Another common sign of tooth problems is more obvious: pain or sensitivity. For example, if you feel a jolt of stabbing pain in your teeth whenever you drink something particularly hot or cold, then you might have a problem. In fact, if you experience any of the above, then it’s probably time to cut back on the lemon water and perhaps pay a visit to your dentist.

2. Lemon water can exacerbate cavities

Too much of a good thing is still too much.

 

Lemon water doesn’t just strip your teeth of their enamel; it can also exacerbate issues with cavities. Cavities are typically caused by bacteria that munch on sugar and excrete acid. Pure, natural lemon juice won’t do much to exacerbate cavities on its own. However, if you use a lemon concentrate or add a bit of sugar to your lemon water, then you’re creating the perfect environment in your mouth for the development of cavities.

3. Lemon water can mess with your tummy

Lemon can exasperate stomach problems.

 

For some people, lemon water can be quite soothing, but not everyone. We’re all unique, and our stomachs can have moods of their own. For some people, lemon water can put their stomachs in a seriously bad mood, causing pain and irritation. Anyone with a stomach ulcer should steer well away from lemon water, as it can worsen the pain and make you feel absolutely terrible.

Also, excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages like lemon water has been linked to the development of gastroesophageal re-flux disorder. This is a gut condition that can lead to nausea, vomiting and heartburn.

4. Lemon rinds are gross

Make sure to clean lemons well before using them.

 

This is less of a problem with lemon water, and more of a concern with the rinds themselves. In 2007, a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found evidence to suggest as much as 70 percent of lemon rinds served in restaurants are contaminated with organisms like the notorious E. coli, which can make you extremely ill.

Regular consumption of lemon water with the rind submerged in the beverage can expose you to these contaminants, so be careful. If you regularly consume lemon water, ensure you either wash the rinds thoroughly or remove them entirely.

5. Lemon juice can give you migraines

Lemon juice might give you migraines.

 

This one certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, but lemon juice might give you one hell of a headache. A number of studies have shown a clear link between citrus and migraines. It’s worth noting these results aren’t consistent, with some studies failing to find a clear link. Nonetheless, there’s enough evidence on the table to lead many doctors to advise migraine sufferers to avoid citrus, especially if they suspect fruits like lemon exacerbate their migraines. So if you likewise experience migraines from time to time, you may want to consider avoiding lemon water.

6. Lemon juice can make mouth ulcers worse

Lemon can make mouth ulcers worse.

 

Mouth ulcers (canker sores) are horrible. They hurt and make eating unpleasant. Due to their highly acidic content, lemons can make these ulcers even more painful, according to the American Dental Association. So if you’re prone to mouth ulcers, then keep away from lemon juice.

What’s your experience with lemon water? Let us know about the good, bad and ugly in the comments below!

— Ryan Mallett-Outtrim
(The original article source is here)

In India, Ayurvedic practitioners use lemon to heal stomach issues, referring to its value as a “promoter of gastric fire”.

The Romans used lemons as a cure for all types of “poison.”

Historians report that 12th century Egyptians prized lemons for their “vast medicinal power.”

And in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary uncovered a new secret weapon—something never tried before by other climbers. It was a special all-natural healing tonic —that research showed could dramatically boost their level of fitness…and thus, increase their chances of finally reaching Everest’s summit.

What was in that Tonic? …Copious amounts of hot water with lemon to combat the acute effects of dehydration at altitude.

Let’s take a look at some of the other powerful benefits of lemons and lemon water…

> 13 Ways that lemons heal & flush your body (benefits for blood pressure, digestion, sleep, cancer, diabetes, detox & more)

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8 comments

  1. I regularly drink water with a slice of lemon added. Just one slice a day which is left in my glass , this is refilled over and over, aiming for 6 glasses a day. Occasionally I’ll have a day or two with just plain filtered water instead. I haven’t encountered any real problems so maybe my lemon water is weak enough.

  2. Candace L Delano

    I love lemon water but thanks for the tip about resturants or bars about lemons. I haven’t used lemon water in a while but will be going back to it. I just squeeze about a 1/4 of a fresh lemon into a tall glass of water to drink about 2-3 times a day as I drink plenty of water. Its refreshing. My water is well water and is tested at least twice a year (do not like city water or bottled water). It is high in alkaline and I have no health problems with it. I am a healthy 73 year old retired surgical nurse but unfortunately I am also a sweetaholic! It’s hard to pass up yummy chocolate but I did change from milk chocolate to dark chocolate with 70% or more cocao. But only about 1-2 squares per day and it seems to work in cutting down the sweets. Sorry, I am off on a tangent. Thank you for all the good information you provide on various topics.

  3. Hello, What about Stanley Boroughs, Master Cleanser? I used to do this quite a few years ago and loved the effects of it. Lemons, distilled water, pure organic Maple Syrup and Cayenne powder. Delicious and a great way to cleanse and lose weight.

  4. Hello my name is Vonda sayles and I enjoyed reading your article. I too like Lemon water but not all the time but dong the winter I drink Lemon tea. you see when I was a child my mother would give my brother and I Lemon tea with Peppermint and sliced Lemons which she would bring it to a boil, and after it cooled to where we could drink it and the the next morning we felt better. When we got a cold she would give us that and to this day I still drink it when I get a cold but I also would put in Halls cough drops. So my question is is hot Lemon tea still good to drink even with the cough drops?

  5. I squeeze one large lemon in a tall glass of water, slice thin about one inch square ginger, mix in about one spoonful of honey, warm it in microwave for about 2 minutes. That’s it! Works for me. I do this maybe once or twice daily. I am a 71 year old male. Thanks.

  6. Between a hard toothbrush and lemon water my teeth are ruined. Too late now. 😥

  7. I grow my own lemons, wash them off after picking, then squeeze them and put them in ice-cube trays to make frozen cubs. They cubs are equivalent to about 1 Tablespoon of juice. I drink one of these with water 1-three times per day. Is this amount OK ?

  8. I grow my own lemons, pick them wash the outside and squeeze the juice
    I then put the juice into ice cube trays and keep in my freezer. Each cube is approx. 1 Tablespoon
    I put one cube into a glass of water at up to 3 times per day
    I would appreciate your comments

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