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The health benefits of drinking lemon water

We all know drinking water helps keep us healthy and feeling our best – by adding a squeeze of lemon to your glass in the morning you could take it even one step further.

Lemon is a powerful fruit. It’s a source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and more.

Incorporating lemon to your diet can do everything from support weight loss to aid digestion.

Here’s just a few of the benefits associated with drinking lemon water.

It promotes hydration

The same way athletes rely on sports drinks to stay hydrated, lemon water can help give your water a boost and keep you hydrated throughout the day.

It improves skin

Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which is known to help improve skin’s texture and help with wrinkles and dryness. Drinking plenty of water is also known to help improve the complexion, so together it’s a winning combination.

It supports weight loss

Studies have found that lemon significantly reduced weight gain caused by a high-fat diet in mice. While studies have yet to prove the same for humans, there is much anecdotal evidence that says drinking lemon water has a similar benefit. Part of this is probably due to lemon’s natural flavour – it helps you feel fuller and makes drinking water more appealing, helping you to go longer between snacking.

It keeps breath fresh

There’s a reason so many cleaning products are lemon-scented. The natural smell of this citrus fruit can banish a lot of other bad scents. You can keep your breath fresher by drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning and after meals. It will help stimulate saliva and prevent dry mouth, which often leads to bad breath.

It prevents kidney stones

The citric acid found in lemons is said to help prevent calcium kidney stones. Paired with an increased water intake, it can help keep your kidneys functioning well and stave off uncomfortable kidney stones.

It aids digestion

Drinking lemon water can help keep your liver functioning at its best, too, which will in turn aid with better digestion. Many people swear by lemon water to help reduce indigestion and bloating, as well as heartburn and even constipation.

 

Do you drink lemon water? Let us know in the comments below! 

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MurielB7
6th Aug 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Must try this !!!! Used to love p l j but never see it now
NormanpatC
25th Jul 2017
0
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will try this my husband drinks green tea with slice lemon.
lateral thinker
23rd Jul 2017
0
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No, but I will now! Haha
4164bj
12th May 2017
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I have had hit water with a spoonful of lemon juice for the last 20years and I am quite sure it sets me up for the day .
ArleneG
6th May 2017
0
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I have been drinking lemon tea with a dash of cinnamon for about 3months and I have notice increased energy and feel much better than when I was drinking black tea with milk and sugar.
Scouser
25th Apr 2017
0
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I have hot water with lemon in morning. I find it refreshing and it does help aid your digestion. My father done this for years.
Dineline7
21st Apr 2017
1
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I have a piece of equipment that I push into the side of my lemon and turn it, letting it drip out the lemon juice into a tall cup with a lid and a hole in the middle where the straw goes. I sup this during the day and enjoy the slight pungent taste. I am hoping to move my belly fat which is so stubborn I could wring its neck
kanga
9th Apr 2017
0
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Have got some lemon juice which I squeezed earlier this week ,so will give it a go ,see if it helps with the hunger pangs .
Darren
8th Apr 2017
0
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Yes, I enjoy lemon water, which I usually drink daily. I find it very refreshing.
FionaCash
5th Apr 2017
2
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drinking lemon water has really helped me whilst I have been trying to eat more healthily - it has stopped me snacking and it has definitely helped digestion, plus its cheap and pleasant, beats all these commercial flavoured waters.
PeterC5
22nd Mar 2017
-1
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Where is the scientific evidence to support these claims?

For example does citric acid actually get to your kidneys and destroys kidney stones?

Why is drinking lemon water better than having a cup of tea to keep you "hydrated"?

Sounds more like anecdotal pseudo-scientific clap-trap to me!
MoiraC9
22nd Mar 2017
-1
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I like it with lemon and manuka honey reduces the number of colds and sore throats none at all this year so far touch wood.
MargaretH5
22nd Mar 2017
1
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Love lemon in anything in Cyprus at moment got loads of lemons growing in garden no one ever takes them there's so many over here too
Jo Kingham
22nd Mar 2017
2
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I have my lemon every morning in tepid water with a dash of cayenne pepper. The water should be warm NOT cold or hot as these both kill the nutrients. This is an incredible cleanser and has so many health benefits. Make sure you give it at least 30 mins to work before you consume anything else.
PeterC5
22nd Mar 2017
0
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Jo - what are the nutrients in lemon juice and cayenne pepper and which of them are 'killed' by hot or cold water? What does the 30 minute wait permit?
lateral thinker
23rd Jul 2017
0
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Vit. C is high in lemons

Needed daily, as, unlike most other vitamins, it
Cannot be stored.

I found it can kill a sweet
Craving.
LynnS5
22nd Mar 2017
0
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Good to know thanks
SusanH58
22nd Mar 2017
0
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I always used to drink lemon water but stopped, I don't know why..must go back to it.
CynthiaR
22nd Mar 2017
0
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I have managed to get on the site without having to put in a username and password.I cannot remember all of these and have to write them down.I have joined via my FB .You can have my email if you want it.
JanetK62
22nd Mar 2017
1
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I always struggled to drink the 2 litres of water recommended to keep healthy but since adding lemons to it I find I really enjoy it!!
I make up a jug of it before I go to bed so that it's nice and chilled for the next day.
qvc
3rd Apr 2017
0
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Hi Janetk62 am new to silver surfers just read your comment that a good idea never thought to do that I give it a go
CynthiaR
22nd Mar 2017
0
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I do drink lemon juice,sometimes I make my own but it takes quite bit of honey or sweetener to get it drinkable,but I also buy the well known bottle variety.
jane63c
22nd Mar 2017
1
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Done this for years, hot water with the juice of half a lemon every morning. Seems to kick start my system
JudyM1
22nd Mar 2017
1
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I add teaspoon honey.
Vilafiz
22nd Mar 2017
1
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I drink lemon & ginger tea every morning, really refreshing!
adri
22nd Mar 2017
3
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I've been starting my day with a glass of water and lemon for years. Wakes up your system! Add a sliver of ginger to hot lemon , lovely on a chilly morning.

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