Much of the allegations that you will cure a certain disease or remove a few pounds of excess in 7 days with the help of water to which you have added lemon are not scientifically substantiated.
However, there is research on the health benefits of consuming water and consuming lemon. And some of the benefits are:
It encourages hydration
According to doctors, the best way to hydrate the whole organism is to consume water, of course. This includes not only water but also water from food and drink. Water is the best hydration drink, but some people don’t like the taste of water itself. Adding lemon improves the taste of water, which can help to consume glass more.
An excellent source of Vitamin C
Citrus fruits, like lemons, are full of Vitamin C, which is the primary antioxidant that protects cells from harmful free radicals. Vitamin C can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure.
Studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin C in the body, especially obese men with high blood pressure, have a higher risk of stroke. Vitamin C can also help prevent or reduce the duration of colds in some people.
Although lemon is not at the top of the list of citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C, it is still a good source of this vitamin. According to research, a 1/4 cup of raw lemon juice yields about 23.6 grams of vitamin C.
That’s more than 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Improves skin quality
Vitamin C found in lemon helps reduce wrinkles on the skin. A study published in the American Society for Clinical Nutrition concludes that people who consumed more Vitamin C are at a lower risk of wrinkled and dry skin.
How water improves skin’s appearance is still not completely clear, but one thing is for sure – if your skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and prone to wrinkles. Then it is best to use moisturizing skin moisturizing creams and drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep the skin moisturized and free from toxins inside.
It promotes weight loss
A study in mice, published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, found that polyphenolic antioxidants found in lemon significantly reduce the fat caused by a high-fat diet. In addition, increased insulin resistance was observed.
Although the same results have yet to be proven on humans, research so far, experience has proven that lemon water promotes weight loss. Whether it is due to increased intake of water or lemon remains to be seen.
Some people drink lemon water as a morning laxative to help prevent constipation. Drinking hot or hot water with lemon when we wake up helps to start our digestive system.
Ayurvedic medicine believes that lemon acid helps to stimulate ‘Agni’. In Ayurveda, a strong agni-jump-starts in the digestive system, making it easier to digest food and prevent toxins from accumulating.
Have you ever rubbed a lemon between your palms to eliminate odor? Lemon is thought to neutralize odors, so according to folk remedies, lemon is used to eliminate bad breath caused by the consumption of foods with strong odors such as garlic, onion or fish.
Drink a glass of water with one lemon after a meal or on a fast in the morning and you will solve your breath problem. Lemon stimulates the production of saliva, and water helps prevent mouth-drying, which is one of the causes of excessive bacterial growth and bad breath.
Prevents kidney stones
Citric acid prevents the formation of calcium in the kidney stones. Nephrologists recommend increasing citric acid intake to reduce the risk of new kidney stones. Drinking water with lemon not only helps to build up calcium, but the water itself contributes to a better cleansing of the kidneys.
Just 1/2 cup of lemon juice gives the same amount of citric acid found in kidney stones.
How to Make Lemon Water
To take full advantage of the health benefits of lemon and water, you need to drink this drink for a long time.
When making it you should always use fresh lemon, by no means concentrate the lemon. The recipe is as follows:
- 2l of boiled and cooled water
- Half-squeezed lemon (use organic lemon if possible)
- A few mint leaves
- A smaller spoonful of honey
- A slice of fresh ginger
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- You can also add slices of other fresh citrus fruits such as lime and orange, and you can add slices of cucumber.
If you have an organic lemon that you cannot consume quickly, squeeze the juice and freeze it in ice boxes. Add a dice or two when making lemon water.
Start the morning with a cup of warm lemon water, or simply slice or squeeze the lemon into a glass of water. And that will be enough to get you a healthy and refreshing drink.
Side effects of lemon water
Lemon and water are generally safe to drink, but there are several potential side effects to be aware of. Lemon contains citric acid, which can damage tooth enamel (a bad side for people who use lemon as a bad breath aid). To reduce the risk, drink lemon water on a straw, and then rinse your mouth.
When it comes to heartburn, lemon water can go either way. Citric acid can trigger heartburn in some people, while others may experience relief from heartburn as lemon becomes alkaline in the digestive tract. If lemon worsens heartburn, avoid lemon water.
Some people are more likely to go to the toilet when drinking lemon water. Although lemon juice is often called a diuretic, a substance that increases urine production, there is no evidence that vitamin C from natural sources has a diuretic effect. If you feel the need to go to the toilet further, the cause is probably increased water intake.