Is drinking lemon water just another fad? While it’s wildly popular especially with health and fitness buffs, does it actually do the many things people say it can help with—things like aid weight loss, increase energy levels, improve metabolism, among other things? We want to find out too, which is why we’ve decided to put this list together.
Truth be told, there isn’t much out there by way of research that tells us whether lemon water has proven health benefits. But this doesn’t mean we’ve all been lied to! Lemon and water, as separate things, have their own numerous benefits backed by studies and research. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should make lemon water your new best friend!
1. Lemons are great sources of vitamin C.
Like other citrus fruits, lemons are rich in antioxidants, specifically vitamin C. Just one lemon can already provide 21% of an individual’s recommended DV (daily value). Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage—it’s linked to a reduced risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer. That and lemons also have flavonoids, which are known to help fight diseases.
You can consider adding lemon juice to water as you topping up on vitamin C as the day goes on: it gives you a much needed boost without excessive calories and sugars in the mix.
2. Water, on its own, is already amazing.
Drinking an adequate amount of water doesn’t just ensure we’re hydrated: it can also help with weight loss by making us feel full faster and speeding up metabolism, and has a positive impact on our digestive health by relieving constipation.
Because our body has no means to store water, it’s important we drink plenty of it. The recommended water intake for women is eight cups, and ten cups for men, on a daily basis.
3. Lemon water can freshen your breath!
Lemons are notorious for getting rid of foul odors, while water prevents dry mouth—a condition that can cause bad breath due to bacteria growth in the mouth. You probably know where we’re going with this, right! Combined, and lemon water can help keep your breath fresh, especially if you drink it in the morning and right after meals.
Whether it’s the hip thing nowadays or not, the benefits of water and lemon are undeniable. Already healthy on their own, why not enjoy the best of both by putting them together? So go ahead and drink up—with benefits like the ones listed above, this is one fad you want to get into for sure.