Can You Have Too Many Lemons?

by Head Health Nutter on March 9, 2009

lemonade-in-hot-summer In preparing for a Master Cleanse, my Honey voiced his concern about the potential damage the acid would do to my system. A good question, especially considering you can easily use  2 lemons per day for as many as 10 days in the Master Cleanse, I went hunting for an answer.

What I found instead was a surprisingly long list of health benefits. Between it’s high content of Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), phytonutrients, bioflavinoids, citric acid levels and alkalizing effect on the body, lemons:

  • Reduce blood pressure, strengthen capillaries and relieve palpitations
  • Help raise good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and prevent bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) from oxidizing
  • Prevent plaque formation, which clogs arteries
  • Are anti-bacterial and have been proven to destroy bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases
  • Destroy intestinal worms
  • Act as an excellent nerve sedative
  • Prevent and treat many infections

  • Hasten wound healing
  • Help digestion and remove constipation
  • Lower high fevers
  • Is good for the teeth and bones
  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Purify the liver
  • Are good for urinary tract infections, high uric acid problems (like arthritis and rheumatism) and reducing kidney and intestinal disorders
  • Can relieve minor symptoms of ailments like asthma, tonsillitis and colds
  • Are believed to dissolve gall stones, relieve hiccups and treat malaria
  • Can be used externally to treat nose bleeds, gum bleeding, clears acne and eczema, removes blackheads, lightens freckles, prevents sunburns, acts as an antiseptic when used on wounds and minimizes wrinkles
  • When mixed with petroleum jelly, it is effective against chapped lips, and as a highly concentrated balm, it can be used as a lotion to break fevers (by encouraging the body to perspire) and to treat coughs and colds, hay fever, menstrual cramps, dizziness, headaches and high blood pressure

Lemons even help the mind and soul! Their scent has been found to calm anxieties, clear the mind, center focus and help induce sleep. Need to improve memory storage and recall? Get some lemon balm and slather your lips!

The only warning I found was to dilute the lemon juice when ingesting. Direct contact with the citric acid thins tooth enamel.

So what do you think, Readers? Can you have too many lemons?

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Chris Morales March 11, 2009 at 5:17 am

Thanks for the post. I have always used lemons, but did know the extent of its benefits.

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Head Health Nut March 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

You’re most welcome, Chris! :)

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dave May 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

my family doc also said it is great for diabetics. helps mantain blood glucose. acts as a scavenger

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Head Health Nut May 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Nice, thanks, Dave. Scavenger. I like it. :)

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ann July 15, 2010 at 3:27 am

thanks its help me to reduce some weight

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Ben July 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I have started using straight lemon juice instead of salad dressing. With a good lettuce it tastes like lemonade, and on fresh cucumbers it is delicious. It has helped my diet because I have never liked “traditional” salad dressings and was always forced to eat salads plain. It’s worth a try sometime.

Plus it helps keepthe lettuce from wilting so fast, try rubbing it on the white of an apple and it won’t turn brown as fast.

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Head Health Nutter July 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This is great, Ben! Thank you SO much for sharing your discovery. I’ll be trying it myself, for sure.

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Dolly November 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I would use 1/2 lemon in the mixed in approximately 1/2 glass of purified water, i have a lemon tree on my back yard, happy to know I can take at least 1 and 1/2 more for the day.

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Head Health Nutter November 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

Lucky you, Dolly, that you have fresh, pesticide-free lemons available to you from your back yard! :)

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Dee November 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Probably ANYTHING in excess can be bad, however the downside here is easily outweighed by all the benefits & applications of this favourite citrus fruit, I always learn something new and practical from your blogs! Of course that infamous piece of advice comes to mind ~ When life keeps handing you lemons, you just have to make lots of lemonade… Then add some sugar & tequila and it’s all good! (lol) Cheers! :D

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Head Health Nutter December 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

HAHAHA! Dee, you always leave the best comments; they`re either enlightening, supportive, intelligent, socially aware or funny as hell! :)

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Collin May 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Been eating raw lemons straight out of the peeling for years. Love the flavor, smell, all of it. Hope my teeth are okay lol.

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Carrie November 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

I love lemons to eat them right out the peel its crazy I crave it people think I’m weird cause I don’t like sweets hope my teeth are ok to although people ask me how do I get my teeth so white please give me some feedback

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Head Health Nutter November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hi Carrie, your love of lemons might be because your body needs them. If you’re not experiencing any sensitivity, then you may be ok. If you have any worries, visit your doctor and see what they say.

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Dee November 8, 2012 at 3:37 am

You are so very kind Steph… and always a fountain of fascinating information with Live Lighter at the forefront of everything, ahead of mainstream, including Dr. Oz. For example, only this week he mentioned that lemon balm extract is a great remedy for de-stressing ourselves, which you told your loyal readers about in March 2009, almost 4 years ago!

p.s. to Carrie ~ see the link from the above article in case you missed it. :D
http://www.dental–health.com/thinning_tooth_enamel.html

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Head Health Nutter November 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Welcome back, Dee! Thank you for another heart-warming comment – you’re so good for my ego. :)

And thank you once again for being so helpful! I missed Dr. Oz – it’s good to know about lemon balm extract (wonder if I can get some for my warm baths…). And for directing Carrie to the link at the end of the article.

It’s SO good to hear from you again! :)

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lone wolf December 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

i eat two peeled lemons every day with a little salt hope i dont od on vit.c

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MARIE April 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

I SEEMED TO BE IN NEED OF SOMETHING IN LEMONS LATELY, I HAD EATEN 5 BAGS IN THE LAST MONTH AND STILL GOING STRONG, I FEEL BETTER TO, SLEEPING BETTER, I HAVE MORE ENERGY I JUST FEEL BETTER ALL OVER, I’LL KEEP EATING THEM

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Kizzie July 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I’m 3 months pregnant and all I want is lemon straight out of the peel with salt is that bad for my baby ?

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