Benefits of drinking lemon water
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Drinking Lemon Water:
Prevent Kidney Stones - consuming certain fruit juices has been found to prevent stone formation as it increases urine volume as well as offers an abundance of potassium and citric acid. Lemons have plenty of citric acid, where consuming just four ounces of lemon juice daily has been shown to significantly increase urine citrate levels without consequently increasing oxalate levels. Lemon water not only supplies citrate but also the water needed to flush out stones if they are already present.
It's Heart-Friendly - In a 2015 study, researchers tested a lemon detox program involving a low-calorie diet supplemented with lemon juice in reducing body weight and body fat mass, thus lowering insulin resistance and other known cardiovascular risks.
After the 11-day study period -- seven days with the lemon detox juice or placebo, and four days with transitioning food -- the researchers noted that changes in body weight, body mass index, percentage of body fat as well as waist-hip ratio were notably greater in the group that took lemon detox juice or placebo than those who had no dietary changes.
The lemon detox program was found to slash body fat and insulin resistance due to calorie restriction, and therefore may have a potential benefit on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In addition, those in the lemon group experienced reductions in C-reactive protein levels, a marker of inflammation. Plant compounds found in lemons, such as hesperidin, have also been found to help optimize cholesterol levels.
Support Weight Loss - Water on its own may help you feel full longer, with research showing that drinking water with a meal may reduce hunger while increasing satiety.[vi] Low-calorie and accessible, lemon water can also promote fullness and reduce calorie intake the way regular water can. In a study of 173 premenopausal overweight women ages 25 to 50, greater water intake translated to significant loss of body weight along with fat over time, regardless of their diet or physical exercise.[vii]
Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties - Lemon acts as a biocide against Vibrio cholerae, an agent responsible for cholera epidemics, and is deemed an efficient decontaminant without posing unnecessary harm to humans.[viii] Findings also point to citrate as a sound treatment against the human norovirus, a dominant cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide.[ix] In fact, a number of norovirus disinfectants label citric acid as one of their active ingredients. Lemon juice, along with lemongrass, has also been found to have therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients.
Anticancer Properties - A systematic review of 22 papers strongly corroborates the role of citrus juices and their derivative products as a potential tool against cancer.[xi] A 2000 study also suggested that intake of flavanone, a type of flavonoid, is inversely associated with esophageal cancer risk. Along with vitamin C in citrus fruits, it may account for protective effects against this kind of cancer.
You can have a mug of warm lemon water in the morning to kick-start your day, or add a few lemon slices to your bottle or pitcher of water in the fridge for the entire day. Lemon ice cubes also come in handy for a glass of water as desired. Lemon juice offers pro-heart, weight-friendly, antimicrobial and other holistic benefits that have been backed by science and, likely, more that are waiting to be discovered.