The lemon, whether yellow or green, is a citrus fruit with many virtues and endless uses: beauty, health and even home, it has become an indispensable part of everyday life. But do you know that the use of lemon also has side effects that must be taken into consideration? Explanations.
Lemon is a fruit very rich in vitamin C, citric and ascorbic acid and antioxidants. Well known for its antiseptic, detoxifying, antioxidant and whitening properties, it is used in many beauty products and is one of the ingredients for many slimming remedies and drinks. However, many people are unaware that it also has side effects that can do more harm than good.
Side effects of lemon juice:
– On the skin :
Lemon is very beneficial for the skin that it cleans, retains and brightens. Moreover, it is generally used to fight against various skin problems such as acne, blackheads, enlarged pores and brown spots. However, it is important to know that lemon juice is not suitable for all skin types.
Dry, dehydrated skin on which lemon juice is applied may be more irritated and may cause redness and even a burning sensation. This, not to mention that the lemon has a photo-sensitizing effect that increases the risk of sunburn and brown spots, if you expose yourself to the sun after use.
– On the teeth:
The consumption of a large quantity of acidic foods, or the direct application of these on the teeth has a weakening effect on the teeth. The lemon, for example, which is used as a whitener and as a mouthwash, causes the dissolution of the calcium of the teeth, and leads to an erosion of their email as well as an increase of their sensitivity to hot and cold. In addition, its acidity may irritate the mucous membranes and oral membranes and thus lead to the appearance of canker sores.
To avoid this, drink acidic beverages using a straw and limit the use of remedies that contain lemon to only once a week.
– On the digestive system:
Thanks to its acidity, lemon juice can help you boost the functioning of your stomach and improve your digestion after a meal too rich. But consumed regularly, or in large quantities, it can cause heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux, which can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Its consumption is also discouraged in case of ulcer, because its high acid content can damage the walls of the stomach and inhibit healing of the ulcer.
To avoid these inconveniences, it is therefore advisable to consume it diluted in water or to consume it with other foods. As a detox juice, it is recommended to start with a small amount and then gradually increase it.
– On the kidneys and gallbladder
For this point, it is rather the peel of the fruit and not of its flesh. Indeed, lemon zest contains a large amount of oxalate, a substance that is naturally found in some plants and has a strong antioxidant effect on tissues and cells of the body. However, several studies have shown that a high concentration of oxalates in the body leads to their crystallization and thus to the formation of stones in the kidneys and gallbladder.
For example, people with biliary problems or a history of kidney stones should avoid eating citrus peel, as well as other sources of oxalates (spinach, figs, potatoes, beets, etc.).
– frequent urination and dehydration
Thanks to its high vitamin C content, lemon has a diuretic effect that helps eliminate excess fluids and sodium, increasing the amount of urine filtered through the kidneys. When the amount of fluids removed is not replaced, this can lead to more or less serious cases of dehydration.
So, if you feel dehydrated after drinking lemon water, reduce the amount of lemon juice you add to your water and consider drinking plenty of water during the day.
To take full advantage of the lemon’s virtues without suffering from its side effects, it is important to choose organic lemon, and consume it in moderation. If you have any health problem, ask your doctor for advice before using it as a remedy.