Does Lemon Juice Erode Tooth Enamel?
Before going into the very many benefits of lemon juice, let’s first look at the possible damage that it can, or won’t do to your teeth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), bacteria start attacking teeth within twenty minutes of eating or drinking, after which time the assault begins on the tooth enamel.
The starch from sugary drinks forms a sticky bond on teeth, which keeps acids on the tooth surface much longer, so try to avoid them.
Occasionally drinking a full glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it is highly unlikely to cause any serious damage to tooth enamel. But doing so regularly without rinsing or brushing off the citric acid can eat at the enamel if it’s done long term and if precautions aren’t taken.
So the simple answer is, brush, or simply rinse your teeth within twenty minutes of drinking a glass of lemon juice.
Citrus seeds are not good for you. They’re not a really serious thing but just strain them off when you pour the juice.
Sugars and all honeys with the exception of Manuka honey, will reduce the effectiveness of lemons.
And Now For Some Major Benefits
1. (a) Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. (b) They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. And potassium also helps control blood pressure. (c) The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons has anti-inflammatory effects, and is often used as a complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. (d) It also aids iron absorption in the body and iron plays an important role in the body’s immune function.
2. Lemon juice is a diuretic and helps flush out unwanted toxins from the body, and will likely prevent either extremes of constipation or diarrhea
3. Lemons are an antiseptic and have a powerful cleansing effect on the liver, kidneys, and blood.
4. Especially first thing in the morning, lemon juice will help relieve, and may even prevent digestive problems like bloating, intestinal gas and heartburn.
5. This might surprise you, but lemon juice will quickly stop heartburn because it balances pH Levels. Of course lemons are acidic, but inside our bodies they become alkaline, and the citric acid doesn’t create acidity in the body once it’s been metabolized.
How To Mix The Water And Juice
Just squeeze half a lemon into water and drink it down.
If you can, then use filtered water, and it should be just lukewarm and not scalding hot.
Avoid ice cold water, since that might be too much for your body to process, because it takes more energy to process ice cold water than warm.