You might see more and more of your friends raving about the advantages of starting their day with a cup of lemon water.
If you are wondering what all the hype is about, keep reading. We’re going to walk through all of the benefits of drinking this simple concoction.
#1 It Helps You Stay Hydrated
Everyone knows that staying hydrated is a key part of staying healthy. However, not everyone loves the taste of water.
If you don’t find yourself naturally reaching for a glass of water regularly, adding a little bit of lemon to your water can help motivate you to drink more water more often. The lemon makes it taste a bit fresher and can give a more satisfying feeling, which goes a long way in helping motivate you to drink more water.
#2 It Tastes Great… And Is Free Of Calories
Lemon water doesn’t have any added sugar, chemicals, or fat, which makes it a great drink to consume on a daily basis.
Replacing a sugary fruit juice or soda with lemon water can go a long way in helping you cut calories and lose weight, especially if you do it consistently.
According to the CDC, drinks containing sugar are one of the leading sources of sugar consumption in the United States. Finding a healthy alternative to sweetened beverages is an essential component of maintaining your weight and health.
#3 It Is Packed With Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential, and consuming more of it can make a huge difference in your life.
Many people like to start out their day with a glass of orange juice to get in their daily dose of vitamin C. However, orange juice is packed full of sugar. If you are looking for a natural source of vitamin C sans so much sugar, lemon water can be a great solution.
Vitamin C is known to help boost the immune system, including helping to shorten the length of the common cold. It was also used to prevent and treat scurvy, which used to be a common disease for sailors caused by a lack of vitamin C.
#4 It Can Aid In Digestion
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the acid found in lemon water can help you properly digest your foods. Since stomach acid levels tend to decline as we age, this can be even more helpful for older people compared with the younger population.
#5 It Can Prevent Kidney Stones
You read that right. If you are prone to kidney stones, the citric acid found in lemons might be just the natural antidote you need.
Even though citric acid is an acid, it actually makes your urine less acidic and can even help break up small stones.
#6 It Promotes Weight Loss
It is not only by eliminating sugary drinks that drinking lemon water can help promote weight loss.
Drinking more water, in general, can help aid in weight loss. For example, a study in 2018 found that those who consumed water before a meal needed to eat less in order to feel full compared to those who didn’t eat before the meal. This means that drinking a large glass of lemon water before you eat your meal could lead to you eating less overall to feel full.
How To Make Lemon Water
If you want to add lemon water to your diet, there are a few ways to make it.
The first thing to remember is to wash your lemons well before using them. This is especially true if you are going to put the lemon directly into the water instead of squeezing the juice into the water.
The simplest way to create lemon water is to cut a lemon in half and squeeze it directly into your water. Another method you can use is slicing the lemon into thin layers and then putting those layers into a pitcher with your water. Leave it in the fridge overnight, and the lemon juice will seep into the water. Doing this each day is a nice way to keep lemon water on-stock in your home.
Are there any risks associated with drinking lemon water?
The main risk associated with lemon water is the acidity of the lemon, degrading your tooth enamel. One way you can mitigate the effect of lemon water on your enamel is by drinking it through a straw. You can also rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking to ensure the acid doesn’t sit on your teeth.
Consuming citrus fruits can also increase the production of gastric acid, which can cause heartburn for some people. If you are prone to heartburn and find that drinking lemon water causes an increase in heartburn for you, it is probably better to stick to plain water.
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