One of the health recommendations that are most frequently recommended is to drink a glass of lemon water when you first wake up every morning before breakfast and not simply for its purging effects.
Its advantages extend beyond detoxification.
That being said, Slow Life House director and dietitian Laura Parada have some pointers for those who want to know more.
According to Parada, it aids in fighting indigestion, heartburn, and bloating as well as helping to jump-start digestion early in the morning.
Lemon is also known to increase bile production and stomach fluids, which can stop gas from gathering.
Citing the large amount of vitamin C in lemon juice, Parada claims that it “strengthens the immune system.” Calcium, iron, vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, and enzymes are also abundant.
It is beneficial for the skin due to its high antioxidant content, which “prevents damage from free radicals,” Parada also mentions.
It is a powerful way to speed up the metabolism and provide hydration in the whole body, especially on an empty stomach right after waking up.
Parada goes on to also mention that “[it] can give water a nice flavor that makes [drinking a lot of it]” more doable.
According to Parada, lemon water even “increases gut transit andcan hydrate the colon,” which is why it can aid with constipation.
Not to mention that lemon’s high fiber content benefits digestive health as well.
Parada points out that the water should not be hot but lukewarm, explaining that “being at the same temperature as our body, it’s absorbed much faster since it doesn’t have to lower its temperature to be digested.”
Finally, Parada stressed that while this trick comes with plenty of different benefits, they do not include alkalizing.
“It is often said that lemon water can modify the pH of blood with an alkalizing effect. However, this is false since it is the liver, kidneys, and lungs that are in charge of regulating blood acidity, keeping it in a range of 7.3-7.5.”