Among the latest health trends, drinking a daily dose of lemon water or even hot lemon water every morning is picking up in popularity. Sparkling pictures of lemons on the edge of glasses and pitchers of fruit infused water are infiltrating Pinterest, Facebook, and dieting sites across the web. So what’s the big deal about lemons? You’ll find claims that they can help you with everything from digestion to clear skin, that lemons will give you more energy, kick your caffeine habit to the curb, and boost your immunity. While lemons certainly aren’t unhealthy, it’s a stretch to call them a “superfruit” and start tossing them into your shopping cart by the dozen. Here’s some facts to help set the record straight about adding lemon water to your morning routine.
Myths About the Lemon Water Craze
As with any diet craze or trendy new “superfood” that shows up in the market, the biggest myth is that the benefits will turn out the same for everyone. The reality is that we are all very different and will react to foods differently. While a small dose of lemon in the morning may give you a Vitamin C boost and may help settle the stomach of one person, the high acid content in lemons may UPSET the next person’s digestive system. Then there’s the idea that lemon juice somehow “melts” animal fat away, so when you squeeze it on steak, chicken, or battered fish, you will consume less fat. No such luck – if it does anything at all, lemon juice would only serve to start breaking down the fat the way your stomach acid would naturally. Fatty food is still fatty food, and lemon juice isn’t going to miraculously zap the fat from your burger. Similarly, adding lemon to water isn’t going to melt your already existing body fat away either.
What Lemon Water Really Does For You
So if lemon isn’t going to help you lose weight, what will it do for you? There are some truly beneficial effects to consuming lemons on a fairly regular basis. Like any citrus fruit, lemons are potent in Vitamin C and can have beneficial effects on your immune system, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. If you have a pH imbalance in your diet, lemon water can help you regain balance and clear up acne. Again, though, it won’t act as a magic cure for everyone, only those with a pH imbalance. Lemon water will freshen your breath, perk you up (they are nutrient dense, so they WILL give you a dose of energy), and adding a bit of raw honey to your lemon water can make a good substitute for a sugary drink in the morning if you’re trying to cut added sugar from your diet.
Is It Worth It?
Lemons do have their health benefits, but is it really worth it to stock up on lemons and juice a half of one by hand every morning before breakfast? Probably not. Vitamin C isn’t hard to come by, and there are tastier ways to incorporate it into your daily diet. There’s no harm in drinking lemon in your water if you find you’re not overly-sensitive to the citric acid, but the results of having a strict daily regimen are not great enough to warrant the time and effort you put into it.