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Do Lemons Have Any Bad Effect On Health?

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Lemon is one of the most widely used citrus fruits all around the world. It’s packed with many nutrients and are low in calories, contain no cholesterol or saturated fats. There aren’t many side-effects when one consumes this fruit. But some of the cautionary measures and possible side effects of lemon are:

  1. Applying lemon to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially in light-skinned people. It can be mixed with a base oil like virgin olive oil and applied.
  2. Consuming lemon water may cause extensive contact of acid with your teeth which will erode tooth enamel and make your teeth sensitive, especially to hot or cold foods. To protect your teeth, drink acidic beverages through a straw.
  3. The sour taste and acidic flavor of fresh lemons and lemon juice can sometimes aggravate conditions such as ulcers or cuts in the mouth, lips, and tongue.
  4. Consuming too much lemon can give rise to stomach ulcers and acid-peptic disease.
  5. People who suffer from kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating lemon peels as they contain oxalates that can crystallize in the body and interfere with the absorption of calcium.
  6. Wax used on commercially grown lemons contains ethanol and milk casein, which are linked to food allergies. Hence, it is better to consume organically grown lemons that are left untreated and pesticide free.
  7. Avoid drinking too much lemon with water. It may trigger heartburn, or make the condition worse.
  8. In rare cases, lemon water might have a diuretic effect. Lemons have a high content of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, a well-known acid known for its diuretic properties. Loading your water up with large amounts of lemon juice might have a diuretic effect in some cases. But, if you start to feel dehydrated after heavy lemon water consumption, consider cutting back the amount of lemon juice you add to your drink.
Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Laura Lewis
Laura Lewis 5pts

Not for people who have normal functional digestion. Some cannot tolerate acidity. I love lemons, limes especially, all citrus is wonderful!

Brittany Bentley
Brittany Bentley 5pts

I was aware of most of these, but luckily I always use a straw don't use the peel, and I don't have light skin ;)

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Michelle Dore
Michelle Dore 5pts

Everything in moderation is all I have to say. I normally have half lemon instead of full. And I brush my teeth right after never had an issue with lemon water.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That was bad. Was the lemon the cause?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Its indeed good for health Marlene Englemank! No doubting that.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

its no doubt amazingly good to body, just the other side as well!

Devon Gabriel
Devon Gabriel 5pts

Yeah I'm sure soda is much healthier on the teeth

Marlene Engleman
Marlene Engleman 5pts

NO. Wonderful. Good health Alkaline. Great for body I make fresh lemonade. Every glass of water I drink. Put in lots of food