There are a lot of myths and truths about lemon water benefits. Just like many things on television and the internet today, there’s too much hype and not enough reality. We’ve become so overburdened with information and choices/selections of everything, it’s hard to know what’s good/bad and true/false.
Though it’s difficult to find any true scientific studies about lemon water benefits, there is some science behind the truths that exist. Science and naturaopathy can both help in proving the falsities that exist as well.
Regardless of the hype and hoopla, I’ve learned to be a lemon water drinker for a couple of reasons.
- It’s a good replacement for sodas (even diet ones).
- Because I like flavor, this is a good alternative.
However, there are some true benefits to lemon water. That said, we have to be cautious and not attribute benefits of plain water over to lemon water. That just wouldn’t be true.
Truths About Lemon Water
Because lemons contain vitamin C, lemon water is an excellent source for this nutrient. Lemons are also lower in calories than other citrus fruits, like oranges. So, it just makes sense, if you like flavored water, you can get a vitamin C supply, and not have a lot of calories, then go for it!
Another truth about lemon water is that it contains some folate and potassium. Though the amount is not enormous, it does amount to about 1% of the recommended daily amount (RDA). If you happen to drink two lemons worth of lemon water daily, then you’d get 2% of the RDA.
Lemon water contains antioxidants known as flavonoids. These are indicated in helping protect damage to cells and improving insulin sensitivity as well as many others.
Because lemons and thus lemon water contain a high amount of citrate, they have been found to be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of certain kidney stones.
You can trust that these particular items are true and are backed by research. Now, let’s take a look at some the tales.
Tales About Lemon Water
Lemon water is definitely not the next greatest discovery in healthcare. In fact, more benefits are obtained from pure water itself than in the lemon addition. However, the fact that lemon adds flavor, plus some other good stuff and it encourages people to drink more water, that makes it worth talking about. But, there are some serious tales out there as well.
For instance, you may hear that lemon water alters the ph of the body and helps it become an alkaline environment where cancer cannot grow. That is simply an untruth, a tale. The ph of the body is too closely regulated by internal protective mechanisms to allow us humans to mess it up with nutrition or lack of. Also, many cancer cells can create their own environment within which to proliferate.
Another tale about lemon water is that it detoxifies the body. Lemons don’t, but an adequate water intake does. The body naturally detoxifies itself if we give it the tools it needs. Things like water, fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, protein, and limited or no processed foods. If we ate and drank like this, we’d have plenty of detoxification.
Finally, weight loss is not a side effect of lemon water. Although it’s true that water intake can help you to drop weight by flushing toxins and fat from the body, the additional lemon does not add to the process.
When You’ve Got a Bunch of Lemons
Bottom line is simply. If you like lemon water, drink it. Do you drink more water overall when you flavor it with lemon? That’s awesome. Drink more lemon water!
A couple words of caution though. If you drink your lemon water too strong it can eventually harm your tooth enamel. Also, strong lemon water can cause GI issues in some folks.
So, test the water, as the saying goes. See what works best for you and then go make lemonade! 🙂
I found a bunch of lemons
They all tasted quite sour
I squeezed and squeezed all of them
For quite near an hour
Then into my pitcher they did go
Until they met my icey glass
Then across my dry, parched pallet
For a quenching at last