Recently one of our patients came and ask us about the benefits and risks of drinking water with lemon.
Today, many health and fitness enthusiasts drink hot lemon water, they say that this drink can assist with weight loss, cleanse your body, stimulate digestive enzymes, stimulate your immune system, and many other benefits.
However what many of these health and fitness enthusiasts don’t take into consideration are the possible oral health risks involve with drinking a glass of water with lemon, here at Sani Dental Group we care both about your oral and dental health.
Below you can read 7 benefits drinking a glass of water with lemon offer you, but also how you can prevent dental erosion and other oral diseases.
Lemon and Water its Benefits
Lemon and water, is an ancient remedy that has been known for centuries. At one point in human history, our ancestors discovered that combining lemon and warm water offers us many benefits.
Lemons contain many beneficial substances that help our immune system fight infections, these include bioflavonoids, calcium, citric acid, limonene, magnesium, pectin, and vitamin C.
To prepare this ancient remedy is quite simple to first warm up water in a pot (make sure the water is warm and not boiling). Once the water is warm, serve in a glass and squeeze 1/2 lemon onto the glass, and drink it on an empty stomach.
FACT: Avoid cold water, our body takes longer to process it and consumes more energy on cold things than warm ones.
Cleans your Skin
Vitamin C and other antioxidants help reduce blemishes, wrinkles and helps fight free radicals. Vitamin C is vital for healthy, radiant skin, and thanks to its alkaline nature it can kill some types of bacteria known to cause acne.
FACT: Water with Lemon can be applied, directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. In short, lemons can rejuvenate your skin from the inside of your body.
Cleans your System
Lemons are diuretic substances, in other words, lemons increase the rate of urination helping our body eliminate unwanted materials. By taking lemon juice toxins will be released at a faster pace and you will be able to maintain a healthy urinary tract.
Freshen your Breath
Have dental pain or gingivitis? Drink a glass of water with lemon. However, be careful the acidic levels in lemons can be caused tooth enamel to erode. To reduce this risk, it is best to brush your teeth before drinking a glass of water with lemon. Another option is to rinse your mouth with purified water after finishing your drink.
Helps to balance pH levels
Lemons contain both citric acid and ascorbic acid these are weak acids that easily metabolized in our body and drinking a glass of water with lemon, can help remove the acidity and allow the mineral content in lemons to alkalize the blood.
Helps with Weight Loss
Studies have shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet will to lose weight faster. Lemons are rich in pectin fiber, this component helps to fight cravings.
Helps your Digestion
As mentioned lemon juice is a diuretic substance, and because of its atomic composition it can encourage the liver to produce bile acid required for digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can help you relieve the symptoms of indigestion, things like belching, bloating, and/or heartburn.
FACT: The American Cancer Society recommends hot water for cancer patients, drinking a glass of water with lemon helps to stimulate bowel movements.
Stimulates your Immune System
Lemons are rich in vitamins and minerals, combining these with a healthy diet can stimulate our immune system. For example:
Iron – a mineral that plays an important role in immune function.
Potassium – a mineral that stimulates the brain and nerve functions, and helps to control blood pressure.
Vitamins C – a vitamin that can fight colds, serves as an anti-inflammatory, and is used as additional support for asthma and other respiratory problems.
Other benefits of drinking a glass of water with lemon have is that helps to reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
The Risks of Water and Lemon
Dental Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel, drinking a glass of water with lemon will not damage your tooth’s enamel, but drinking too many acidic drinks can harm your teeth. Over time-consuming too much lemon juice will erode your teeth' enamel and can lead to tooth sensitivity.
Here at Sani Dental Group, we know that drinking a glass of water with lemon does indeed offer you many benefits.
In order to prevent dental erosion, you can dilute lemon juice with a full 8 ounces of water or use a straw. By doing this you will receive both the benefits of drinking a glass of water with a lemon offer, protect your beautiful smile and keep your teeth strong.
If unfortunately, you are already suffering from enamel erosion, we invite you to visit us at Los Algodones. Here our professional dentist will give tips that will protect your teeth and if treatment is need, you can be sure that we will offer you all the necessary steps to restore your smile.