What You Need To Know If You're Drinking Lemon Water For Weight Loss
It's the trendiest way to start the day, but is it possible we've taken the hot water with lemon thing a little too far?
Here are the positive things we know: Squeezed lemon delivers a solid dose of cancer-fighting antioxidants and energy-boosting vitamin C. Plus, replacing sugar-packed juices and bottled teas with plain old lemon water is a great way to cut calories. (Shrink your belly, butt, and thighs with the cutting-edge new plan that naturally retrains your fat cells to release excess calories—no chugging lemon water here. Try today for free!)
But you won't lose weightjustby drinking lemon water. And there isn't any evidence to support the hype that it enhances digestion or detoxifies the body—no matter how many famous people tell you the opposite.
With all of that out of the way, there are a few other factors you need to keep in mind if you're downing lemony H20 as part of your weight loss plan. Check out the side effects below before reaching for your fourth glass today.
Too much lemon water could leave your chest on fire, says NYC-based nutritionist Jackie Ballou, RD. "Lemon is one of the most acidic fruits, so if you're prone to heartburn, this could definitely trigger an episode," says Ballou.
Damaged tooth enamel
Lemon fanatics need to watch their teeth, too—the acid in lemon can wear away at the protective enamel on your chompers, which can lead to cavities or other tooth sensitivities. (Try using a straw or drinking the beverage quickly to cut back on the amount of acid that hits your teeth.)
"You don't want to be sipping lemon water all day long like it's a replacement for your regular H20," says Ballou. Without a rinse of straight-up water, the acid can sit on your teeth and do more harm, she says. For most people, a cup or two a day is fine.
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