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Lemon Water 101: What Are The Benefits of Drinking it?

Update Date: May 21, 2016 06:41 AM EDT
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Drinking a certain number of glasses of water is something doctors would recommend but in the case of some folks, some would prefer a certain add-on to make it worthy gulping down.

For normal folks, adding some liquid or powdered concentrate is common though all that changes when health angles are considered. And for those who may have stumbled across it, adding lemon could be a good way to perk up water consumption with a lot of benefits so to speak.

There are some restaurants who do serve this as an alternative to water and the reason behind is that to add a certain healthy spunk. Lemon water is believed to offer powerful health and weight loss benefits though the amount of lemons a person uses varies.

The reason for the variance in lemon use largely depends on the person’s goal and taste. As reference, here is the nutrient breakdown for one glass of water mixed with half a lemon.

  •  Calories: 9.
  • Sugars: Less than 1 gram
  • Vitamin C: 25% of the RDI
  • Folate: 1% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 1% of the RDI

For some, consuming lemon water is done in the morning and is actually a popular drink claimed to help improve a person’s mood, energy levels, immune system and metabolic state. It is something many celebrities use as well as part of their diets.

Lemon water is also considered a good antioxidant which should help safeguard a person’s cells. One beneficial substance tied up to that is flavonoids.

Studies suggest that flavonoids from citrus fruits are often linked with benefits for blood circulation, insulin sensitivity and other aspects of metabolic health and reduce oxidative stress and/or damage.

Take note that these claims were based on studies involving mice. There is no study (yet) showing its adverse effects on humans as far as antioxidants are concerned.

Aside from those benefits, lemon water can reportedly be a good way to help treat kidney stones. With more lemon water consumption, such aids in increasing the amount of citrate in urine and prevent calcium from binding with other compounds that result in kidney stones.

There is however a downside and such is tied up with a person’s teeth. The acid in lemons can damage your tooth enamel over time and thus leave your teeth more prone to cavities.

Overall, the approach on lemon water drinking may be best left to one aspect – adding taste to water consumption. The health benefits may be neat but the closest association for now is that it offers the body some additional vitamin C.

Like most diets, it should blend in well with the other things a person consumes. Much of the claims are myths and effects could probably consider it as a minor aid rather than a major one.

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