Side Effects of Lemon Juice You Didn’t Know About

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Lemon juice may cause excessive dry and flakey skin. The acid in lemon juice may cause your pimples to sting or possibly bleed. Citric and ascorbic acids are strong antimicrobials, which deter mouth infections, but too much can irritate mucous membranes and cause canker sores. It can trigger heartburn, ulcers, GERD, dehydration and cause kidney problems.

Do you know Lemon/Lemon water has side effects too.  Lemon is generally a safe fruit that can be used for culinary and beauty purposes. Many people drink lemon juice with water in the morning as a way to cleanse, make their skin look better and many other benefits that some traditional medicines claim. Along with various benefits, drinking lemon juice/water has side effects too.

Firstly, lemon is very acidic and some people have to avoid it because of its low pH (those with sensitive stomachs). Secondly, lemon is largely used to treat many skin problems like acne scars, pimples and pigmentation, because lemon is slightly acidic, it’s believed that it will help in erasing these problems. But, this is not always true and lemon might have side effects on your skin. Here are some precautions you need to take before using lemons for your face.

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Well-known for its traditional medicinal uses and beauty purpose, lemon juice is also known to have side effects on human body. These side effects include tooth erosion, ulcers., upset stomach, GERD, dehydration, kidney & gallbladder problems, frequent urination.

Lemon Juice For Dry skin: If you have dry or normal skin lemon juice may cause excessively dry and flakey skin.

Lemon For Pimples: The acid in lemon juice may cause your pimples to sting or possibly bleed.

Lightens skin: Astringents like lemon juice can cause your skin to lighten.

Not for dark skin: Those with dark skin should avoid using lemon juice on skin as an acne treatment as it can cause dark spots on your skin

Other Side Effects Of Lemon Juice

1. Tooth Erosion

Consuming too many acidic foods or beverages, such as lemon water, causes extensive contact of acid with your teeth. This 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. Citric and ascorbic acids are strong antimicrobials, which deter mouth infections, but drinking too much lemon juice can irritate mucous membranes and potentially lead to canker sores.

2. Heartburn

Drinking too much lemon with water may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you’re used to experiencing it. Heartburn causes severe burning and pain in your chest. Cutting back on acidic foods and drinks helps to prevent and relieve heartburn symptoms.

3. GERD and Ulcers

GERD is also known as gastroesphageal reflux disorder, symptoms of which are heartburn, nausea and vomiting. GERD symptoms are triggered by fatty, spicy or acidic foods, of which lemon juice is one. Lemon juice can exacerbate GERD symptoms as the acid content can irritate the esophageal lining. If you have ulcers, the increased acid content can also irritate the stomach lining and stop the ulcer from healing properly.

4. Upset Stomach

Drinking too much lemon water may upset your stomach because it retains its high acidity level until further digested. Sometimes increasing stomach acidity is helpful for digesting food, but too much may temporarily irritate mucous membranes and lead to stomach pain and acid reflux or heartburn. To prevent this side effect, start with small amounts of lemon juice and consider drinking it with some food or diluting it with purified water.

5. Frequent Urination and Dehydration

In rare cases, lemon water might have a diuretic effect. Lemons have a high content of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. This nutrient is well-known for its diuretic properties, which means it increases urine production in the kidneys, thereby helping your body to eliminate excess fluid and sodium more quickly. While regular lemon water, made with a moderate amount of lemon juice or by adding lemon slices to water, loading your water up with large amounts of lemon juice might have a diuretic effect in some cases. If you start to feel dehydrated after heavy lemon water consumption, consider cutting back the amount of lemon juice you add to your drink.

6. Kidney or Gallbladder Problems

The peels of lemons and limes are among a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates, naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. For this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating lemon or lime peels. Laboratory studies have shown that oxalates may also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body.

7. Wax Coatings

Conventionally grown lemons and limes may be waxed to protect them from bruising during shipping. Plant, insect, animal or petroleum-based waxes may be used. Carnauba palm is the most common plant-source wax. Other compounds, such as ethyl alcohol or ethanol, are added to the waxes for consistency, milk casein (a protein linked to milk allergy) for “film formers” and soaps for flowing agents. Since you may not be able to determine the source of these waxes, this is another good reason to choose organically grown lemons and limes.


Do not drink lemon with water to treat any medical problem without the advice of your doctor. If you experience any side effects from drinking this beverage, stop drinking. If side effects persist, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are drinking lemon with water for its vitamin C content for general health, keep in mind that this nutrient is very unstable. Make just half a glass of water with juice from half a lemon or even just a few drops if you have a sensitive stomach, and drink the mixture in one go.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Ashman1976 5pts

I had hallucinations after drinking lemon water with potassium and magnesium.  Just wanted to know if anyone would know why 

Ashman1976 5pts

explain hallucinations after mixing with normal vitamins 

SaiRamesh 5pts

do lemon has side effects, if i have acne on my skin www.curejoy.com

Animeshwar Kaur
Animeshwar Kaur 5pts

good information.One question more about benefit and harmful effects of Apple cider vinegar mix with honey and garlic

JustoCalderon 5pts

Drinking lemon and water helps keep me clean and regular never had any side effects that you mention

ChristineLissac 5pts

Though lemon is classified as an acid fruit it becomes alkaline the minute it is mixed with saliva. In fact there are records of people healing their stomach ulcer by eating only lemons for 30 days ... please check your facts before publishing and scaring people off one of God's gift to humanity ...Christine

MaxJohnson1 5pts

In one sentence you said lemons are very acidic, in the next you said they are slightly acidic. Which one is it, moron?

BillBell 5pts

retarded article headlined lemon juice and you go on to talk about the peel.....do you eat lemons like apples?? i think not.... very misleading 

Azim Ahmed
Azim Ahmed 5pts

Dear Admin in your previous link you people only recommend to drink lemon with hot water in the morning and now you are informing about side effect. Why this misleading information. .

DeniseRandy Loney-Leighton
DeniseRandy Loney-Leighton 5pts

In the article, it's just to ask your doctor about the dangers of drinking too much lemon juice… If I asked my doctor about lemon juice, he would look at me with the most profound dumbfounded look on his face! My doctor doesn't know a thing about nutrition, most doctors don't…

esubmd 5pts

I agree with this article completely.....I tried myslef......few times overdid.....I lost weight partially....but I had developed  dental and GERD , heartburn issues(had to consult couple of doctors)......who ever wants to try ...start with small doses..try to observe your body signals.if not much issues then gradually increase the dosage  otherwise skip it...that was the lesson i had learned hard way.. it had its benefits if you mix with honey.

Ferdinand Cadu
Ferdinand Cadu 5pts

Bullshit article, stop rehashing material and write what you know. You say : "Firstly, lemon is very acidic and some people have to avoid it because of its low pH (those with sensitive stomachs)". bullshit!!

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized).

Kerry Charles
Kerry Charles 5pts

I get confused....one article says how good this is for you and then this article says the opposite...how can you make the right choice \U0001f615

Texas Palms
Texas Palms 5pts

I had food poisoning from a raw oyster, and had a huge craving for lemons. They helped immediately.

Say96 5pts

This article is clearly infected by Big Pharma.

Nutritionalist JO
Nutritionalist JO 5pts

lemon juice is NOT acidic.  It becomes alkaline in the system.  What kind of morons wrote this

Instead, try advising they buy organic, unwaxed lemons.

MikeVal1 5pts

This is a BS article. Thanks for confusing people who do not know of how beneficial lemon is. Drinking it with warm water first thing in the morning has been recommended by Edgar Cayse and many others. I drink it even with some vitamin C powder.

MohammedWasi1 5pts

I have acidity problem, lemon water help me to reduce acidity level. Specially when i m eating spicy and oily food i m drinking lemon water after food to avoid acidity problem and also i m drinking early morning..it is very healthy..

Binté Shahnaaz
Binté Shahnaaz 5pts

well said people who already suffered from acidity problem avoid taking it have ripe pawpaw juice in the morning before breakfast and plenty of water

Edu Adams
Edu Adams 5pts

Very effective for flat stomach

Helen Rossi
Helen Rossi 5pts

This only mentions acidity in the oesophagus or on the skin.

Rajesh Manju Kumar
Rajesh Manju Kumar 5pts

Lemon is citric acid but, on entering the body due to metabolization it turns alkaline .so it can regulate acid flux within, by keeping ph level normal. Keeping body alkaline is better than being acidic

Alan Lee
Alan Lee 5pts

This site is getting from bad to worst. Omg.

Nina Fille des Ětoiles
Nina Fille des Ětoiles 5pts

Take it alone with warm water (never hot) .. as a tea (no honey .. No sugar)ur metabolism will increase provided u don't eat for 2 hours after .. anyhow it cuts of the appetite ..U will see a difference in 3 days .....In my family we drink it with honey .. for sure it's good but it's not for weight loss ..

Adel N
Adel N 5pts

The body tightly regulates the pH of our blood and extracellular fluid, and we cannot influence our blood pH by changing our diet , therefore , the Acid vs alkaline thing is just a Myth

Noor Ali
Noor Ali 5pts

Who side effects of lemon tell us?

Jessica Zummo
Jessica Zummo 5pts

This has false info. Lemon juice is acidic BEFORE consumption, however during the digestion process , becomes ALKALINE. Which helps alkaline your body- a huge defense against viruses Bacteria cancer etc.. Please check your "facts" before you post!

Laura Citti
Laura Citti 5pts

"Effects of lemon you didn't knew" \U0001f611\U0001f611\U0001f611

Mehwish Bilal
Mehwish Bilal 5pts

I m taking it with warm water and honey to reduce weight

Shivon Ramadhin
Shivon Ramadhin 5pts

What the hell. I drink like 2 1/2 lemons a day... Crystal Bhola

VachhaniNirmalkumar 5pts

I drink lemon juice with honey and sugar in the morning which has reduced my weight by 3 kg in 3 months.I did not see any adverse effects

Juejue 5pts

Love my lemons and lime .... Having a warm lemon and honey drink now 😀

Suryakant Rokadia
Suryakant Rokadia 5pts

Do not worry, it is very healthy & should take very day with water as well with vegetables during lunch or dinner.

Hassan Hussain
Hassan Hussain 5pts

I don't have any problem ..every day I take 1 lemon... Some times squeezed with hot water...yo/ Any one Advise plz....

Ayurveda 5pts

Agreed! :) Kaycee Retuerma