Lemon water: benefits, risks, myths… everything you need to know!

Lemon water: benefits, risks, myths… everything you need to know!

© Lemon water: benefits, risks, myths… everything you need to know!

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We’ve all heard it’s good to drink a glass of water with lemon with an empty stomach. But is it true, and what does the research say? Lemon water is a popular “recipe”, if you can call it that, which is supposed to help improve digestion, detoxify the body or aid in weight loss. Today we are talking to you about benefits and risks water with lemon. And on the myths that surround it.

Lemons: a good source of nutrition

Lemons are an abundant source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. They are also rich in flavonoids, compounds that help improve health. And fight disease.

Other than that, lemons don’t add much else like nutrients. They contain little protein, fat, carbohydrates or sugar. And contain only small amounts of other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, folic acid and some B vitamins.

Although it does not provide many nutrients, it is a food healthy and low in calories and sugar. In comparison, replacing the juice of an orange with the juice of a lemon would provide twice as many calories. And three times the sugar.

The benefits of lemon

  • antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • They reduce the risk of many medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity…
  • They reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Improve heart health and metabolic health markers (glucose, insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism).
  • Promotes immune system function, wound healing and helps the body absorb iron from food.
  • Helps treat kidney stones (accumulation of minerals in the kidneys).

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Lemon water: what are the benefits?


  • Helps to lose weight: may help reduce appetite and caloric intake, but it is not proven to have any more beneficial effects on weight loss than water itself.
  • Alkalinizes the body: what a person eats or drinks does not affect the acidity of the blood or the cells of the body.
  • It fights cancer: the American Institute for Cancer Research says that claim is false.
  • Cleans and detoxifies: Water helps remove waste from the body, but there is no evidence that water with lemon is better.
  • Increases IQ: Drinking water can increase concentration, but not intelligence.
  • It is a diuretic: Water is an effective diuretic, as are all fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products, including lemons.

Risk of lemon water

  • The acid in the juice can damage the tooth enamel over time, making the teeth more prone to cavities.

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