With information on health easily accessible, we are bombarded every day with latest health-related “discoveries,” or destruction of health myths. How much water is too much? Does flossing really help? Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? We see so many solutions and advice and recipes and remedies that is very easy to get lost.
One of the latest health trends is lemon water, and it’s just that: water plus lemon juice. No additional ingredients and no cooking. So what’s so healthy about it?
The best course of action at all times is to turn to specialists who will explain with certainty if something is just a placebo, a myth, actually harmful — or will indeed have a positive impact on your health.
Dr Luiza Petre is a New York-based cardiologist and weight-loss and maintenance specialist. She is studying nutrition and its effects on our health, so she will explain the complexities and properties of lemon water.
First of all, she says lemon water is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, but there are more vital nutrients in it: thiamine, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate and potassium, to name the most prominent ones. All of these are extremely good for us.
But what does this actually mean? It means that lemon water:
#1. Is good for your skin, because, hello, hydration;
#2. Helps you control your weight because there’s no need for sugary drinks or snacking as long as you keep your lemon water bottle near;
#3. Overall, helps you hydrate properly – which means lower risk of some cancer types and heart diseases;
#4. Thanks to proper hydration and citrus juices, there is lower risk of urinary tract infections;
#5. Thanks to detoxification properties of vitamin C, improves liver function;
#6. Thanks to vitamin C, boosts your immune system;
#7. Again, thanks to vitamin C, reduces the risks of having your vision deteriorate as you age;
#8. Is good for your heart because of increased potassium intake;
#9. Brightens your mood – it smells awesome!
Remember to moderate your intake of lemon water and you’ll be A-ok!
There are some risks, Dr Petre says, but they are all mostly tied to overindulging in lemons. Here’s the list of risks:
#1. With a pH of 2, lemon water is potentially damaging to our teeth, namely, the enamel;
#2. Natural sugar in lemons can cause cavities;
#3. Due to the acidity of lemon juice, lemon water drinkers may cause or aggravate canker sores, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn;
#4. Too much vitamin C, 3-ish cups of diluted lemon juice or 2 lemons, can cause nausea;
#5. Vitamin C aids iron absorption, so excessive amounts of lemons lead to excessive amounts of iron in the blood which can damage the organs;
#6. Lemons are natural diuretics, so there’s the possible problem of frequent bathroom breaks.
Like Dr Petre says, do not overindulge in lemons, use a straw and rinse well once you finish your glass.
So we can say for sure: YES, lemon water is beneficial for your health! So drink it daily and soon, you’ll start noticing the positive changes.