Adding some lemon to your water doesn’t just taste good, it can make you feel good too.
The lemon wedge you use to flavor your water might actually be good for your health
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C and they contain compounds that may protect your cells and improve metabolic health.
Staying hydrated maintains your ability to produce energy and allows you to exercise efficiently.What do you drink first thing in the morning? If it doesn’t involve water and a lemon you might be missing out on some pretty fantastic benefits for your health.
“Drinking water with lemon anytime of the day can help you get and keep better health,” registered dietitian
RD, told INSIDER.
Water is helpful because it brings nutrients into the cells and it also helps remove waste products from the body.
“The lemon triggers the release of sodium bicarb (alkaline part) into the small intestine, and this can help relieve indigestion,” said Koff.
, MS, RDN, told INSIDER there’s no reason not to drink lemon water. “It helps keep you hydrated and thus improves muscle function and digestion. It may also aid in weight loss.”
She explained that the bitter flavor of the lemon is thought to increase bile production and flow.
Well, not only do they taste good with pretty much everything, lemons are also a great source of vitamin C, polyphenols, antioxidants, and vitamin C.
Plus, the powerful antioxidants found in vitamin c help fight the damage caused by free radicals.
If lemon water is good for you anytime of the day, what makes the morning so important?
“The benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning may be more related to drinking water than the lemon itself,” registered dietitian and weight loss expert
He explained that drinking a large glass of water can help re-hydrate you after an extended period without fluid consumption. Plus, it also has a positive impact on appetite suppression.
Ferrari explained that when you wake up in the morning your body is in a state of dehydration. Since you’ve gone roughly eight hours overnight without eating or drinking, your gastrointestinal tract is like a clean slate.
“By starting the day with a full glass of lemon water, you are jump-starting your day with a good source of vitamin C form the lemon and all the benefits of naturally hydrating with water,” said Ferrari.
And as an added bonus, if you replace less healthy beverages (like sugar-sweetened coffee drinks) with lemon water, you’re cutting calories and adding nutrients. Now that’s a win-win.
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