A glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is one of the most vouched-for wellness tips—and not just for its purifying properties. Its benefits go beyond just detoxing. Here we spoke to nutritionist Laura Parada, director of Slow Life House, to talk about the ways in which lemon water can improve your health.
- “It helps kick-start the digestion process in the morning,” says Parada, adding that it also helps fight indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. Additionally, lemon is known to stimulate the production of bile and gastric juices and can therefore prevent gas formation.
- “It strengthens the immune system,” says Parada, referring to the high vitamin C content of lemon juice. Additionally, it is also rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and enzymes.
- It is good for the skin because of its high content of antioxidants that “prevent damage from free radicals,” says Parada.
- It hydrates the body and, especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, is an effective way to stimulate the metabolism. Another benefit to upgrading a glass of water by adding lemon juice? “[It] can give it a pleasant taste that makes [drinking plenty of water] easier,” says Parada.
- “[Lemon water] improves gut transit and hydrates the colon,” says Parada, which is why it can help with constipation, especially on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. In addition, lemon, being rich in fiber, also favors gut health.
Remember: The Water Must Be Lukewarm, Not Hot or Cold
Parada stresses that it’s important that the temperature of the water be lukewarm and not hot because “being at the same temperature as our body, it is absorbed much faster since it does not have to lower its temperature to be digested.”
And No, Lemon Is Not Alkalizing
Among all of the benefits that this trick has, alkalizing is not one of them, says Parada. “It is often heard that lemon water could modify the pH of the blood with an alkalizing effect. However, this is false since it’s the kidneys, liver, and lungs that are in charge of regulating blood acidity, keeping it in a range of 7.3 to 7.5”, she says.
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