10 Serious Side Effects Of Lemons August 4, 2016

Most of us consider lemon as a ‘bliss’ for our health, skin and hair. Well, it actually is and without any doubt. But at the same time, it also comes with a number of adverse side effects. Can’t believe this? Go through the rest of the article to discover the top 10 side effects of this fruit.

Top 10 Side Effects Of Lemon:

Let’s have a look at the top 10 side effects of lemon:

1. Upset Stomach:

If you consume raw lemon juice in more quantity in a day, chances are high that you will end up having an upset stomach. Our system is unable to digest all in a single go, which is why it keeps the stomach highly acidic for a long time. Consequently, the mucous membranes of the digestive tract get irritated, leading to stomach pain and loose motion.

2. Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):

This is commonly known as ‘acid reflux’, and lemon is one of the much-talked about food items responsible for it. The acid content of the fruit can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle, which separates the stomach from the esophagus), promote acid production in the stomach and irritate the already damaged internal lining of the esophagus. All these intensify the situation by triggering GERD symptoms. Some of the symptoms are heartburn, regurgitation, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, etc.

3. Peptic Ulcers:

Excessive consumption of lemon can make your stomach extremely acidic by stimulating the production of acid in it. This takes a toll on the inner wall of the organ and irritates its lining. This results in mild to severe peptic ulcers.

4. Gallbladder / Kidney Stone:

Along with lemon juice, lemon peels too are used in cooking worldwide. Yet, it has been found that these peels contain huge amounts of oxalates. The oxalates turn into crystals within our body and interrupt calcium absorption to a large extent. The unabsorbed calcium solidifies within our kidneys and gallbladder in the form of stones.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Flush Out Kidney Stones ]

5. Increased Iron Absorption:

Too much consumption of lemon can prompt our digestive system to absorb iron at an abnormal rate. Consequently, the quantity of iron accumulated in our body becomes much higher than the actual quantity needed by our body. This high concentration of iron may ultimately lead to disorders like hemochromatosis or iron overload.

6. Frequent Urination:

The acidic nature of lemon is attributed to its high content of Vitamin C. Even though this vitamin is beneficial for our body, it makes the fruit a natural diuretic. The side effects of too much lemon consumption may increase your urge for urination. You may need to visit the bathroom every now and then.

7. Migraine And Headaches:

Studies have proved that lemon can be one of the most common reasons behind frequent migraine or headache attacks. It contains a considerable amount of amino acid called tyramine, which boosts the flow of blood to our brain, all of a sudden. This leads to symptoms like acute migraine or chronic tension-type headaches.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Treating Headache ]

8. Oral Issues:

Eating raw lemon or drinking lemon juice directly can be harmful for your teeth, and also lead to oral cavity. The citric acid and ascorbic acid present in the fruit are known to cause severe damage to our tooth enamel. It may lead to issues like tooth decay, tooth discoloration, loss of dental tissue and cavities.

9. Sunburn:

We also apply lemon juice to the skin for various beauty purposes. But, make sure to stay away from using too much of it as it may cause serious sunburn in your skin. People with a light or fair complexion mostly experience this issue.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Sunburns ]

10. Rough And Brittle Hair:

Using lemon juice in your homemade hair wash is definitely a good idea. But, you need to keep in mind that using it frequently is bad for the health of your hair. Being citric in nature this juice can dry out your scalp, making your hair strands weaker, internally. In other words, your locks will become extremely rough, and start falling at an alarming rate.

Do you know any other side effect of lemon? Let us know by commenting below .

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  • s arun.sen

    What is the excessive quantity of lemon consumption?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Dear Arun, if you weigh less than 68 kg and are in good health, squeeze half a fresh lemon (about one ounce) in 1.5 to 2.5 glasses of filtered water and drink it first thing in the morning for the best cleansing benefits. If you weigh over 68 kg, you could drink the same amount of lemon water twice a day. Or you could squeeze a whole lemon (two ounces) into 4.5 to 6 glasses of clean water and drink this throughout the morning. The excessive quantity depends on your health condition, you can also consult your doctor who can recommend the exact quantity that your body requires.

  • Peggy Steele Botha

    Would it give you too much uric acid?