Lemon juice makes you lose weight – yes, that’s an accepted fact. Millions of people get up in the morning, zombie-walk to their kitchen, make the supposedly ‘miracle’ drink, and gulp it down. Helps you lose weight, it sure does. But it can wreak havoc on your system as well. Rujuta Diwekar, the dietitian behind Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure, says that it is best not to have acidic substances like lemon juice and apple cider vinegar the first thing in the morning.
Lemon is very acidic in nature. Those who have sensitive stomachs need to avoid it because of its low pH. Drinking it regularly can lead to a lot of health problems. Let’s take a look at why you shouldn’t be consuming lemon water the first thing in the morning.
1. It Can Cause Tooth Erosion
Excessive contact of acidic foods with your teeth can lead to the erosion of the tooth enamel. This, over time, will make your teeth sensitive. Consuming hot and cold foods will lead to sharp pains and a throbbing sensation in your gums.
You can limit this by drinking your acidic drinks through a straw. This will minimize the contact it will have with your teeth. Also, do not swish the drink in your mouth.
2. It Can Cause Heartburn
Lemon water may cause severe heartburn. In fact, if you are already suffering from it, the worst thing you can do is drink lemon water. Symptoms include a burning sensation in your chest as well as severe pain.
3. It Can Worsen Ulcers
Ulcers are open sores in the body. They are caused by a break in the mucous membrane, and don’t heal easily. Anything acidic can cause the ulcers to flare up and burn. The acid will eat into the skin at the particular spot the ulcer is present. Lemon juice water may end up irritating the stomach lining and prevent the ulcer from healing.
4. It Can Worsen The Symptoms Of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) symptoms include heartburn, nausea, and vomiting, which are triggered by spicy, fatty or acidic foods. Lemon water, being acidic in nature, can make the condition worse.
5. It May Cause An Upset Stomach
Some people go on lemon water diets, where they drink up to a liter of lemon juice water to lose weight. Bad idea. It may initially make the weight go down, but anything that drastic is bound to have repercussions. The increased acidity level in the stomach facilitates the digestion of food, but excessive acidity can irritate the mucous membranes, leading to heartburn or an upset stomach.
6. It Can Lead To Dehydration
As we all know, lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. This acid has diuretic properties, and therefore, increases the production of urine in the kidneys. This leads to frequent urination, resulting in the elimination of sodium and fluids from the body. Dehydration is dangerous. In some cases, it may even lead to death. So, keep yourself hydrated.
7. It Can Cause Kidney Or Gallbladder Issues
People are nowadays using lemon peels as well to lose weight. The thing is, they contain oxalates, which are naturally occurring substances found in humans. However, if the concentration of oxalates gets high in the body, they can crystallize and lead to severe health issues. Oxalates can even affect the calcium absorption in the body.
How To Consume Lemon Juice
Start your day by consuming water. Just plain, simple water. You can have it lukewarm or at room temperature. Work up to a liter of water. If you want to include lemon juice in your diet, you can have it as a dressing on your food or as a refreshing drink after your meal. Lemon juice has a lot of benefits to offer. It may prevent kidney stones and treat scurvy, which is caused due to vitamin C deficiency. It also prevents flu and common cold, decreases inflammation, and increases the frequency of urination, flushing the toxins out.
Don’t be scared of consuming lemon water. Just take the necessary precautions so that it doesn’t affect your health adversely. After all, anything in excess is not good. So, stop making this mistake. Share this with your friends and family and spread the awareness.