Drinking water to get healthier. A novel concept, right? Well, not really. By now, everyone knows that this is a huge component of fueling your body and prepping it for positive change. Still there are so many people that simply hate plain water. They can’t do it. In response to this H2O defiance, infusing water with anything from fruit to herbs has become the all the rage and you can now purchase super cute infusion bottles to match your purse. Much like anything, however, it should be used in moderation. Sure, citrus water has countless benefits such as elevated energy and improved digestion, but who considers the negative backlash? Do not be blinded by the trendy solution to weight loss that lemon water and other fruit infused waters have become because your oral care is gravely suffering. Let’s examine.
Surely something so natural is entirely good for you, right?
We easily forget something very powerful about citrus fruits. They are extremely acidic and over time can cause damage to your teeth- serious candy chewing soda drinking sorts of decay. Dental enamel begins to dissolve with items lower than 5.5 on the pH scale (this is the acidic side of the scale) and lemon juice ranks at around a 2.3 which means that every time it passes your lips it exposes your enamel to some pretty legit acid.
How dangerous is it? How much is too much?
The bodily effects of fruit infused water are quite impressive. Once the acidic lemon juice combines with water and enters the stomach, it actually neutralizes and becomes quite alkalizing. Yes, lemons and their juice are extremely acidic but diluted in water they aren’t nearly as harmful. What you must remember though, is that the lemon juice passes through your teeth before your stomach has helped to neutralize it. Drinking a big glass of lemon water, warm or cold has become a staple in every diet fad recently. I personally think that this combo every single day over time (in as little as a year) will cause damage to your teeth. Not only do I feel this way, but my dentist warned me about it (where do you think I got the idea for this article I’m not a dentist or remotely interested in food chemistry).
Safely Follow the Trend
Limit your glasses of lemon infused water to every few days or a couple times per week. Fill the other days with something I mentioned in the beginning of this article, herb infused waters. Sound weird, I know, but don’t knock it until you try it. Mint, rosemary, basil? Crazy right? No, crazy delicious! Just give it a try. Also, remember non-acidic fruit alternative such as peaches, melons, and blueberries. Your water will have the light zing of fruit without all the nasty teeth problems. Whenever we see a new ploy that promises great results and little effort we are hooked, but as with any other endeavor moderation is key and always look for the caution signs.