The Benefits of Lemon Water
I’ve known about the many benefits of lemon water and have been drinking it randomly over the years. However, lately it seems to be everywhere and everyone is making claims on how great it is for you. So I decided to put the claims to the test and drink lemon water everyday, religiously. I managed to do it for about 10 days when I got sick and was disappointed that the lemon water didn’t boost my immune system as I hoped.
As soon as I woke up I cut the lemon in half and squeezed the juice into a glass. I made sure to add the pulp and when I bought organic, I added some rind to it, then I added warm water and drank it. The acid from the lemon is not great for your teeth so I squish water around in my mouth after. I then squeezed the other half of the lemon into a glass and put it in the fridge for the next morning. After drinking the lemon water you’re supposed to wait 30 minutes for the benefits to kick in, so I waited the full 30 minutes and then drank my coffee.
After the first few days I noticed my bowels working! The claim is lemon water flushes toxins, improves digestion, detoxes the body, it can help stimulate proper stomach acid production and bile production. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
It also is supposed to help with weight loss by increasing your metabolism, while I didn’t lose any weight in my 10+ days of doing this, the fact my body was releasing something says I may lose a little weight, if I keep doing it! I don’t think you’ll lose weight by just drinking lemon water, but with other healthy habits it could help.
Boost your Immune System
Lemons contain vitamin C, and we all know vitamin C is supposed to help keep colds at bay. It stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for your immune system to function properly. I don’t think the amount of vitamin C in half a juiced lemon is enough for your daily recommended dosage, but it will help with your daily quota.
Rejuvenates the Skin
Again, lemons contain vitamin C which is needed for collagen production. The production of collagen is essential in smoothing out lines in the face and help you to look younger! I was so hoping this would work! But I didn’t look any younger after the 10+ days.
The claim is that lemon water is alkaline in your body and helps to alkaline the pH in your blood. Cancer cells cannot grow in an alkaline environment. But our blood pH is not meant to move huge amounts, if it does become too acidic or alkaline we will die. So I think this claim may be false, please don’t go out and drink lemon water to cure your cancer 🙂
So will I continue to drink lemon water? Probably not religiously, unless I’m trying to lose weight (with a healthy diet and exercise) but I will probably drink it randomly just as I have been doing.
Good job for keeping that up for 10 days sis!! Drinking lemon rind is disgusting
Just FYI, the fact that vitamin C will boost your immune system is a myth and has not been research proven. However, there is no harm in taking in extra vitamin C because it’s water soluble and you just pee out the extra and your body will not store too much.
Also, the recommended intake of vitamin C is 75mg daily for women and 90mg daily for men and the juice of 1/2 a lemon has 9.1mg of vitamin C! That’s 12% of what you need for the day if your a woman! But don’t worry about counting your mg of vitamin C daily… the incidence of a deficiency is very rare in North America!
I’ve never heard that it fixes wrinkles but I’m going to drink some right now!!