It’s the popular way to begin the day, but is it possible we’ve taken the hot water with the lemon idea a little too far?
Here are the positive qualities, squeezed lemon delivers a stable dose of cancer-fighting antioxidants and energy-boosting vitamin C. Additionally, replacing sugar-filled juices and bottled teas with plain lemon water is an excellent way to lower calories. But you won’t lose weight simply by drinking lemon water. And there isn’t any proof to confirm the hype that it improves digestion or detoxifies the body no matter how many celebrities tell you otherwise. Now with all of that out of the way, there are some additional factors you need to keep in mind if you’re drinking lemony H20 as part of your weight-loss program. Below are some side effects before reaching for your third glass today.
Drinking too much lemon water could leave your chest burning, says NYC-based nutritionist Jackie Ballou, R.D. “Lemons are one of the most acidic fruits, so if you’re prone to heartburn, this could surely trigger an episode,” says Ballou.
Lemon enthusiasts need to watch their teeth. The acid in lemon can wear away at the protective enamel on your teeth, which can lead to cavities or other tooth irritations. Try using a straw or gulping down the beverage to cut back on the amount of acid that touches your teeth. “You don’t want to sip lemon water all day long like it’s a replacement for your regular H20,” says Ballou. Without a rinse of plain water the acid can remain on your teeth and do more damage, she says. So a glass or two a day is fine.
There’s nothing against lemons, but they’re other infused flavors out there. Although you might have to cut back on your lemon water habit, there are a few weight-loss boosting drinks out there that won’t ruin your teeth or have you taking antacids.