Is lemon water your morning drink to start your weight loss journey? Well, this popular morning drink is said to support digestion, boost the weight loss process, benefit the skin, and improve immunity. But drinking too much lemon water may not provide such benefits. In fact, there are many side effects of lemon water if you consume too much of it.
Yes, the lemon, in addition to flavoring the water, is full of essential nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals such as potassium and folic acid. Oh, and how can we forget about vitamin C? Vitamin C is one of the main reasons people drink lemon water, as it is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all tissues in the body. But moderation is the key! Drinking too much lemon water can cause various problems.
How can drinking too much lemon water be harmful?
If a particular food is mentioned as being good, that does not mean that it should be taken in excess. It can harm your body. “We have all heard of the benefits of drinking lemon water, such as promoting weight loss, preventing dehydration, and helping with indigestion. But too much lemon water can be dangerous for you,” Dr. Swathi Reddy (PT), Consultant Physical Therapist and Certified Dietary Counselor and MIAP, Motherhood Hospitals, Bengaluru, shares with HealthShots.
Here are 5 side effects of drinking too much lemon water:
1. Can cause enamel erosion or tooth decay
Lemons are very acidic citrus fruits. If a person consumes lemon juice frequently and in excess, he may experience dentin hypersensitivity and tooth decay due to the acidic nature of lemon. Some ways to slow down the decay process are using a straw to avoid direct exposure to lemon on your teeth, avoiding brushing your teeth after consuming lemon juice, and drinking plenty of water along with lemon juice.
2. Lemon juice can cause migraines
Citrus fruits often trigger migraines and headaches. This may be because lemons produce tyramine, a natural monoamine that often causes headaches. If you are someone who experiences extreme headaches, it is recommended to reduce your intake of lemon juice. There is no proven link, but studies have shown a link between citrus fruit intake and migraines.
3. Can Aggravate Stomach Problems and Heartburn
People who consume too many citrus fruits often suffer from gastrointestinal problems, heartburn, acid reflux, nausea and vomiting. Therefore, you should consult a doctor before drinking lemon water if you experience any symptoms. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should avoid excessive intake of lemon juice.
4. Can make canker sores worse
Canker sores or mouth ulcers are small, painful, non-contagious lesions that develop in the mouth. Citrus fruits are known to cause mouth ulcers. It is best to wait for canker sores to heal completely before drinking lemon juice.
5. Lemon skin acts as a host for harmful germs
Restaurants often put lemon slices in lemon-based drinks. However, several studies show that lemons contain microorganisms that can cause dangerous diseases. To reduce the risks, it is recommended to squeeze the lemon into your drink instead of adding lemon peel.
If you’re drinking lemon water to meet your daily vitamin C requirement, you can switch to many other foods that are loaded with vitamin C.
Here is the list of foods rich in vitamin C except lemon:
1. Oranges: After the lemon, if any popular food for vitamin C is the orange. But guess what, the vitamin C content in oranges is slightly higher than that of a lemon in oranges.
2. Potatoes: This may come as a surprise to you, but it is true. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and act as an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage.
3. Broccoli: Broccoli is a power food. Not just vitamin C, it’s packed with many other nutrients like fiber, iron, calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and vitamins A, B, E, and K.
4. Kiwifruit: According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health, kiwifruit is packed with vitamins like A, C, and E, and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
5. Papaya: This fleshy tropical fruit is a storehouse of vitamin C, fiber A, E, K, and potassium. Therefore, a perfect complement to your diet.
6. Amla: Amla or Indian gooseberry is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Being one of the richest sources of vitamin C, it can support your immune system and digestive function.
7. Strawberries: Strawberries are very good for the skin and health in general. Packed with fiber and antioxidants, this juicy red fruit is a rich source of vitamin C.