I’m a huge fan of drinking lemon water, especially from November through to April as a tea.
In the warmer months iced lemon water with added mint leaves is so incredibly refreshing that it’s become a staple at FSYHQ.
It’s the only natural way I’ve found to keep the lurgies at bay.
But if you are a daily drinker of lemon water or tea you could be doing damage to your teeth.
Today’s post shows you how to keep yourself hydrated with this wonderful citrus whilst keeping your dentist happy.
On the world wide interweb there have been numerous and spurious claims about the health benefits of drinking lemon water raging from aiding weight loss to improving IQ.
But there is also a lack of warning when drinking lemon water how it can damage your teeth if you don’t take some simple but effective precautions.
So I decided to go hunting for the science behind drinking lemon water safely.
I stumbled across a Dr Josh Axe (a doctor of chiropractic, a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist) who says that drinking lemon water has 6 main benefits:
- aiding digestion
- flushing the liver of toxins
- fights free radicals which helps to keep your skin glowing
- boosts energy and mood
- enhances immunity
- helps to prevent kidney stones
That’s all good with me.
However Dr Axe gives a cautionary tale when drinking lemon water:
While lemon water is one of the safest drinks you can ingest, the acids in lemon can eat away at your tooth enamel. To prevent this, drink lemon water before brushing your teeth — the overnight bacteria will protect your teeth a bit. Drink from a straw and rinse with baking soda to neutralise any acid that might be left on your teeth and minimise any potential lemon water side effects.
Additionally, while citrus fruit allergies are uncommon, they have been reported. If you experience any food allergy symptoms like hives, redness, itching or swelling, discontinue use immediately and consult with your doctor.
So simple and because I’m so into drinking lemon water I went and bought not one but two BPA free bottle with a straw fitted inside it.
Like this one from Amazon.
The straw is accessed from the cap by flipping up the top of the straw.
My life is so much better!
That’s how much I feel about drinking lemon water the safe way.
To get you started on your lemon drinking journey try this super quick and simple lemon tea recipe for your morning brew.