Drinking lemon juice with water in the morning is routine for many people who want to accelerate their weight loss process; cleanse their body; make their skin look better and much more. However, although it is generally a safe fruit for both culinary and beauty purposes, drinking lemon juice/ water comes with some side effects as well.
First of all, people with a sensitive stomach should avoid lemon because it is acidic and has a very low pH value. Secondly, although it is believed that due to its acid content lemon can help treat many skin issues, including pigmentation, acne scars, and pimples, lemon might actually negatively affect your skin too.
– Astringents like lemon juice significantly lighten your skin.
– People with dark skin should avoid using lemon juice on skin as an acne treatment as it can cause dark spots on your skin.
– The acid in lemon juice may cause your pimples to sting or possibly bleed
– Lemon juice may cause excessively dry and flaky skin which means that people with dry skin should definitely stay away from it!
OTHER SIDE EFFECTS OF LEMON JUICE
- GERD and Ulcers
GERD symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and heartburn, are generally triggered by fatty, spice or acidic foods, such as lemon juice. Lemon juice is likely to aggravate GERD symptoms as the acid content can irritate the esophageal lining. In case you have ulcers, the acid content can irritate the stomach lining and interfere with the ulcer`s healing.
- Upset Stomach
The consumption of excessive amounts of lemon water may upset your stomach because it retains its high acidity level. Although increasing stomach acidity is beneficial when it comes to digesting food, too much of it may irritate mucous membranes and cause stomach pain or heartburn. Therefore, it is recommended to start with small amounts of lemon juice.
As mentioned above, drinking too much lemon water may cause heartburn or worsen the condition if you are using to experiencing it. This condition causes pain in the chest as well as severe burning. To prevent and relieve heartburn symptoms you need to cut back on acidic foods and drinks.
- Kidney or Gallbladder Issues
Lemon peels contain oxalates, naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When these substances become too concentrated in body fluids, they might crystallize and cause health issues. Therefore, people with untreated kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating lemon peels.
- Frequent Urination and Dehydration
Lemon water can sometimes have a diuretic effect due to its high content of ascorbic acid. This nutrient is widely known for its diuretic properties, meaning that it increases urine production and helps your body eliminate excess fluid or sodium. However, drinking large amounts of lemon juice may have a diuretic effect and make you feel dehydrated.
- Tooth Erosion
The consumption of too many acidic foods or drinks causes extensive contact of acid with your teeth. This leads to tooth erosion which eventually makes your teeth sensitive to hot or cold foods. It is recommended to drink acidic drinks through a straw in order to protect your teeth. You can also protect your teeth by rinsing with water when you’re done drinking lemon juice.