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6 ways lemon juice can harm your health

While you might think using lemon juice frequently is benefiting your health, here are six ways it can wreak havoc on your body!

Written by Anuradha Varanasi | Updated : December 15, 2015 11:43 AM IST



We know about the countless health benefits of lemons and why they should be a part of our diet and beauty regimen. However, if you're not careful about the amount of lemon juice you use, you could end up with either one of these six health problems.



Erode your teeth enamel – Research has found that consuming juices with high citric content like lemon or even orange juice can cause the tooth enamel to weaken and lead to stained teeth. To reduce this side effect of lemon juice, try mixing it with other liquids or foods [1]. Also Read - Pooping While Giving Birth? You Are Not Alone



Heartburn – Avoid drinking lemon juice on an empty stomach as its acidic nature can trigger heartburn or even aggravate it. While it is definitely beneficial to drink lukewarm water with lemon juice, be careful about the amount of lemon juice you use and always add honey too. Too much lemon juice can trigger symptoms like a burning sensation in the chest, says Salome Benjamin, former Chief Nutritionist, Nair Hospital, Mumbai.



Dehydration and frequent urination – Lemon contains ascorbic acid or vitamin C, which makes it a diuretic. Hence, when you consume too much lemon, it increases the urine production in kidneys, which could cause dehydration, says Benjamin. Also, the high potassium content -- 138 mg in a lemon, makes it difficult for the body to digest lemon juice when consumed in a huge quantity. Also Read - Pakistan's Former President Pervez Musharraf Dies At 79 After Prolonged Illness



Stomach ache – While this is a rare side effect, again, if consumed in high quantities, lemon juice can cause stomach aches due to its highly acidic nature as the body has the capacity to tolerate only certain levels of ascorbic acid.



Dry skin – If you have dry skin, avoid using lemon juice as the ascorbic acid is known to further dry out the skin and cause flakiness and itching.