Lemon is generally a safe fruit that can be used for culinary and beauty purposes. Along with various benefits, drinking lemon juice/water has side effects too.
Lemon is very acidic and some people have to avoid it because of its low pH those with sensitive stomachs. Secondly, lemon is largely used to treat many skin problems like acne scars, pimples and pigmentation, because lemon is slightly acidic, it’s believed that it will help in erasing these problems. Here are some precautions you need to take before using lemons for your face.
1. Tooth Erosion
Consuming too many acidic foods or beverages, such as lemon water, causes extensive contact of acid with your teeth. This will erode tooth enamel and make your teeth sensitive, especially to hot or cold foods. To protect your teeth, drink acidic beverages through a straw. Citric and ascorbic acids are strong antimicrobials, which deter mouth infections, but drinking too much lemon juice can irritate mucous membranes and potentially lead to canker sores.
Drinking too much lemon with water may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you’re used to experiencing it. Heartburn causes severe burning and pain in your chest. Cutting back on acidic foods and drinks helps to prevent and relieve heartburn symptoms.
3. Upset Stomach
Drinking too much lemon water may upset your stomach because it retains its high acidity level until further digested. Sometimes increasing stomach acidity is helpful for digesting food, but too much may temporarily irritate mucous membranes and lead to stomach pain and acid reflux or heartburn. To prevent this side effect, start with small amounts of lemon juice and consider drinking it with some food or diluting it with purified water.
4. Kidney or Gallbladder Problems
The peels of lemons and limes are among a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates, naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. For this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating lemon or lime peels. Laboratory studies have shown that oxalates may also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body.
Do not drink lemon with water to treat any medical problem without the advice of your doctor. If you experience any side effects from drinking this beverage, stop drinking. If side effects persist, seek medical attention as soon as possible.