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 back on calories.
But you won’t lose weight just by drinking lemon water, because life isn't fair. 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 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, R.D. “Lemon is one of the most acidic fruits, so if you’re prone to heartburn, this could definitely trigger an episode,” says Ballou.
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.
Nothing against lemons (swear we’re not sour—ha), but there’s a whole other world of infused flavors out there.
While you might have to cut back on your lemon water habit, there are a few weight-loss boosting drinks out there that won't wreck your teeth or have you pounding antacids. Happy sipping!