Is It really Worth Drinking Water With Lemon Every Morning?
people drink a glass of water every morning with half a squeezed lemon.
There are blogs, posts and videos that claim that a glass of water with half a lemon every morning is a virtues of weight loss, mood improvement, strengthening the immune system, preventing cancer, cleaning blood, raising energy levels, helping the liver cleanse toxins, preventing kidney stones Skin and other virtues.
According to the qualities attributed to drinking water with lemon every morning, you can get the impression that this is the secret formula that will save humanity from most of the illnesses and make us beautiful and young.
So what science has discovered about the effect of consuming lemon juice every morning?
To date, no research has been conducted on the benefits of drinking lemon juice every morning.
No scientific evidence has been found for weight loss, mood improvement or any effect on the amount and function of cells in the immune system.
It's important to emphasize - it's not that they checked and found that there is no benefit, but it's just that they did not check ...
A study of rats with diabetes found that flavonoids found in lemon reduced the oxidative stress as found in blood tests and biopsies of these rats. But people, with or without diabetes, have not checked it for the time being.
Can Lemon Prevent Cancer?
So in several studies on cell cultures, it was found that flavonoids in lemon inhibited tumor formation and prevented carcinogens from being expressed.  In this context, it is important to emphasize that to date, hundreds or even thousands of plant molecules that have shown anti-cancer activity have been found when tested on laboratory plates containing cell cultures, but have not shown results in human studies.
And what about balancing sugar levels?
A study of diabetic mice showed that flavonoids in lemon helped balance blood sugar and improve the lipid profile , but on humans, it has not yet been tested.
What about preventing the formation of kidney stones?
From the little we know, lemon juice, thanks to the relatively large amount of citric acid, helps to create a more basic urine (the opposite of acidic), and this may help prevent the formation of calcium - oxalate stones in the kidney, but we also have no unequivocal proof. The incidence of kidney stones among water consumers with lemon has never been studied for years, compared with those who do not.
We also have hints of the usefulness of water with lemon in the context of kidney stones. A 2008 study found that lemon juice increased the level of citrate in urine more than that used to treat kidney stones (potassium citrate) . But this study also examined only those with low urinary citrate levels. It may be that the consumption of citrus fruits (of all types), which raises the level of citrate in the urine, will be no less effective. Further research from 2007 reinforced the finding that lemon juice can replace the drug for kidney stones in patients with low urinary citrate levels .
Another study from 2007 also supported these findings, but argued that there was an increase in the combination of lemon juice with the drug to get a higher level of citrate in urine and a greater amount of urine - facts associated with a reduced risk of kidney stone formation .
But wait, not only lemon contains citrate, also any other citrus fruit.
It is true that the lemon is the richest in citrate, but is its availability to acidic activity identical to the rest of citrus fruit?
It turns out that the citrate in the lemon is linked to the proton (a hydrogen atom without its electron), which may indicate a difficulty in neutralizing the acid in the urine, while the citrate in orange juice is related to potassium. In a 2006 study comparing lemon juice with orange juice with the same concentration of citrate, orange juice was found to be more effective than water with lemon, in the formation of basic urine (the opposite of acidic) and in raising the level of cytart in urine .
So maybe a glass of orange juice will reduce the risk of kidney stones even more than a glass of water with half a lemon?
We have no information about that. Such research has never been carried out.
Does water with lemon clean toxins from the body?
Drinking water in general and especially in the morning, regardless of the addition of lemon, improves blood flow and helps regular bowel movements. Poisons are excreted from the body mainly through urine, feces and sweat. Drinking enough water, contributes to the production of urine and helps with intestinal activity, but there is no scientific evidence that the addition of lemon contributes anything to this matter. There was also no evidence that the components in lemon improve the activity of the liver associated with the neutralization of toxins (it should be noted that it is very difficult to test this effect in studies).
A glass of water with lemon may increase the amount of urine compared to drinking water without lemon, but any food containing citrate and potassium (all citrus fruit, for example) will cause a greater urine production. It's not something unique to lemon.
We have seen so far that there are hints of blessed activity of water with lemon, although there is no scientific evidence for the benefits of this habit.
Long-term human studies of this leg compared with a control group have not been done to date.
A question arises:
It seems that this habit can only do good (even if it has not been proven for the time being). The question is, is there any fear of any damage from this habit every day?
Lemon juice is an acidic beverage. In urine, it has an opposite effect (of reducing acidity in the urine), but as a liquid in itself is acidic.
Acid (of any kind) damages the enamel layer of the tooth. Enamel is the coating layer that protects the tooth. Caries (tooth cavities) occur when sugar remains on the teeth and then bacteria that consume sugar residues in the process of fermentation, produce acid as a byproduct of the process. It is the acid (and not the bacteria) that damages the enamel and creates the hole in the tooth.
Drinking a high-frequency acidic beverage can cause nausea Damage to the teeth (therefore it is also advisable to avoid drinks such as cola, etc.).
Is there a way to prevent this damage to the teeth?
This damage can be minimized if the water and lemon consumption is through a straw, reducing the contact of the acidic water and the teeth.
If you practice a habit of drinking water with lemon each morning, it is recommended to wash your mouth immediately after drinking lemon water, and you may want to gargle with a little bit of baking soda.
It is important not to brush your teeth after drinking lemon water, because rubbing your teeth with a brush while in an acidic environment can aggravate the damage to the enamel layer. If you drink lemon water in the morning, it is important to brush your teeth before drinking lemon water.
Beyond the damage that can be caused to your teeth, if you are not aware of this, there is no problem drinking water with lemon every morning (preferably organic lemon, of course).
A practical summary of drinking water with freshly squeezed lemon each morning:
- Water with lemon contains a significant amount of vitamin C and a variety of flavonoids with antioxidant activity.
- There is no research on humans that has examined the long-term health benefit of drinking lemon water every morning.
- Most of the properties that revolve around the net on the benefits of lemon water have no scientific basis. For claims that have any logical basis, the evidence is only from research on cell cultures and mice rather than humans.
- There is a biochemical explanation for the potential benefits of lemon water every morning in preventing the recurrence of calcium-exhalate kidney stones and possibly in reducing the risk in the first place, although a person who consumes lots of fruits and vegetables may not need this supplement (much fruit, vegetables and leafy leaves were associated with reduced stone risk In the kidney).
- Despite the biochemical logic of preventing kidney stones, there is not one single study that really examined whether this footprint actually reduces the risk of kidney stones.
- The benefits are not proven, but there seems to be nothing to lose from this habit of drinking lemon water every morning.
- The only risk is damage to the teeth because the lemon water is acidic.
- To avoid damage to the teeth, rinse the mouth immediately after drinking the lemon water and perhaps gargle with a little baking soda (diluted with water).
- It is strongly recommended not to brush your teeth after drinking lemon water, but before drinking.The benefits are not proven, but there seems to be nothing to lose from this habit of drinking lemon water every morning.
In my personal opinion, many health advocates have made drinking lemon water a kind of daily rite of worship, pinning their hopes on the wonders and wonders that this habit will cause in their bodies.
A person who eats a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, green leaves, green sprouts, nuts and almonds receives a large amount of vitamin C and antioxidants. In the case of a diet rich in plant food, fresh, in its natural form, another half a lemon is not really significant to the overall balance.
On the other hand, I do not see any problem with this habit, as long as you are aware of the potential damage to your teeth and take the appropriate precautionary measures, perhaps this habit is a real benefit that will be proven someday.
What's important is not to hang your health in one particular habit or another. The key to good health, reduced risk for all the common diseases in Western society, the appearance of young skin and beautiful, to encourage the body to detoxify and all other qualities written on lemon water, is a lifestyle that includes a rich natural and varied diet that includes a large amount of vegetables, leaves and sprouts, And a permanent state of mind and consciousness of joy.
And finally - a point of thought and suggestion thrown into the air:
There are huge budgets to test the effectiveness of drugs, but to date no budget has been found to check the health impact of such a common habit, such as drinking lemon water every morning. Water with lemon can not be patented, so no body has an interest in investing resources in testing the health effects of lemon water. Government research funds and universities do not have as huge budgets as pharmaceutical companies.
Perhaps a law should be passed that would require pharmaceutical companies to invest 20% of their profits in research into the health effects of different foods. Only a law of this kind will really allow you to check the long-term effect of habit such as drinking lemon water every morning compared to a control group that does not follow this habit.