Especially online, it can be hard to separate a health fad from a legitimately beneficial way to be healthier: enter lemon water. The breathless way that a lot of health blogs talk about lemon water, you’d think it could be the answer to all your problems. With that in mind, let’s look a little closer into the fact and fiction on lemon water.
Lemon water, a definition
If you’re new to the lemon water discussion, it’s worth noting that this is not lemonade. Lemon water is simply squeezing lemon juice into water. Usually a half lemon is the suggested amount, but you might find other places advocating a different amount. Some advise zesting the lemon and adding that to the water as well. Finally, the temperature varies, with some people enjoying hot water with lemon, others cold. One of the most common suggestions is for taking hot lemon water first thing in the morning.
What are the actual benefits?
Let’s go through some of the claims you might see out there:
We love lemon water! Hyperbolic internet claims aside, lemon water is still a great way to improve the taste of water, which can help you drink more water. Lemon in and of itself isn’t going to magically change your life, eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle will.
The real goal here is drinking plenty of water each day.
Since whatever helps you drink enough water is good for you, there are plenty of other alternatives to adding something to your water. In fact, because of the citric acid in lemon juice, drinking lots of lemon water could potentially cause a little corrosion in your teeth. Using another fruit or vegetable helps avoid that risk.
Instead of adding juice, why not add slices or the whole fruit instead? Cucumber slices are a tasty addition to water and can be eaten as well. Whole berries are a great idea too. Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are all great options.
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