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Most probably, you may have heard that what you do in the morning largely determines how the rest of your day transpires. While most of us wake up rushing to work without paying attention to what we give to our bodies. According to studies, when we wake up, our bodies need hydration in order to get rid of toxins and as well as rejuvenate our cells. But given the fact that most of us don't like the tasteless nature of water, we find it appealing to add a few drops of lemon juice to water. Besides adding flavour to water, lemon juice is full of essential nutrients that are essential to our bodies. However, we should be careful not to outdo the use of lemon juice because it can be harmful to our health. In this article, let's discuss the disadvantages of drinking lemon water daily.
Disadvantages Of Drinking Lemon Water Daily
Lemon is very beneficial and in very few instances does it hurt our bodies. In most cases, these side effects are caused by having too much lemon juice. Here are a few side effects of drinking lemon juice daily.
1. It Can Damage Your Teeth
Although adding lemon juice in warm water seems harmless, it can affect your teeth. This is because lemon is highly acidic and frequent use can erode your tooth enamel. Therefore, drinking lemon water every day in the morning or at night for a longer period of time is not very good.
Tip To Drink
However, if you can't skip this beverage, consider drinking it out of a straw in order to minimize the acid exposure on your teeth. Additionally, it's essential to rinse your mouth with fresh water after drinking lemon water. Also, avoid brushing your teeth appropriately 1 hour before or after drinking the lemon water.
2. Frequent Urination And Dehydration
In most cases, adding large amounts of lemon juice to your water can cause a diuretic effect. However, in very rare cases will a considerate amount of lemon juice create a diuretic impact. According to research, lemon juice is high in ascorbic acid or vitamin C which is diuretic. It encourages urine production in the kidneys, therefore, helping the body to get rid of excess salt and fluids more quickly.
Tip To Drink
If you drink lemon water every morning, you may expect to visit the bathroom quite often especially in the morning part of the day. If you experience dehydration after using lemon water, consider reducing the amount of lemon you add to your water.
3. Effects On The Bones
Further research is needed to back up the claim that there exist side effects of lemon water on bone. However, it is said that if you take large amounts of lemon juice every morning, it may have adverse effects on your bones. Lemon is said to absorb the oil in the joints slowly which can cause bone issues at a future date.
Tip To Drink
If you must drink lemon water each morning, consider adding it in fewer quantities and also add honey to help minimize the effects of lemon.
4. It Can Upset Your Stomach
Just like anything else, too much of lemon juice is harmful. Though studies have not ascertained that the acidic nature of lemon worsens stomach-related complications, there is some evidence that too much lemon can cause heartburn.
Drinking lemon water daily either in the morning or at night can trigger heartburn or make it worse especially if you experience heartburn regularly. Heartburn, also known as Acid Reflux happens when the esophagus sphincter fails to function properly allowing the acid in the stomach to move back up to the esophagus in a process called reflux. Common symptoms of heartburn include pain and severe burning in the chest. If you experience heartburn, reduce the number of acidic foods and drink in your diet including lemon.
6. GERD And Ulcers
Additionally, if you have ulcers, taking too many acidic foods or drinks can irritate your stop lining which can as well hinder the healing process. While lemon water gives a wide range of health benefits, be careful not to use too much lemon juice in order to avoid causing or worsening health problems such as ulcers, heartburn, and GERD.
7. Can Increase Iron Content
Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is responsible for increasing the absorption of the non-heme iron in the body. If you have the hemochromatosis condition that causes your body to store excessive iron, it means you should be careful when taking lemon. According to research, excess iron in the body can damage your organs.
8. Can Trigger Migraine
To some people, citrus foods such as lemon can trigger migraines. According to studies, if you experience or suffered migraines, then having too much lemon can worsen or trigger back the condition.
Tip To Drink
If lemons trigger migraines, don't drink more than half a cup of diluted Lemon juice.
If you like drinking a hot cup of lemon water before bed or in the morning, you don't have to worry much as long as you drink it with moderation. It's however very rare to experience any side effects of drinking lemon water with honey in the morning. But, to be safe, make sure you also talk to your health care provider especially if you want to use lemon juice for medicinal purposes. Additionally, if you experience any of the above or other disadvantages of drinking lemon water daily, consider avoiding or cutting the amount of lemon juice you take.