7 Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water: From Fighting Bad Breath To Improving Digestion

Date January 30, 2018

Most people drink lemon water simply for its taste. But does it have any benefits other than quenching thirst? Some people who drink it regularly claim that it aids weight loss, improves digestion, and even prevents wrinkles. The evidence to support such statements is largely anecdotal, but one thing is known for certain: lemon water is a much healthier alternative to soda.

Here's how drinking lemon water may benefit you:

It keeps you hydrated

Optimal daily fluid intake is different for everyone, but many people don't drink enough throughout the day to meet their need. Drinking lemon water is one of the ways to increase your fluid intake, especially if you find drinking plain water too boring (but you should still drink some amount of it daily).

It may aid weight loss

Lemon water is quite low-calorie, so if you're in the habit of drinking soda, substituting it with lemon water will reduce your sugar intake and help you consume fewer calories.

It helps fight bad breath

Drinking lemon water after eating something with a strong smell, such as garlic or onion, can help make your breath fresher. Lemon increases the production of saliva, which can prevent dry mouth, one of the causes of overgrowth of bad bacteria that make your breath smell bad.

It may improve digestion

Some of those who drink lemon water do so to prevent constipation. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning is thought to help jump-start your digestive system.

It may prevent kidney stones

Having kidney stones can be extremely painful. Lemon water can help you avoid developing kidney stones in two ways: by improving hydration and by raising your citric acid intake.

It provides extra vitamin C

You may be surprised to learn that there are fruits that contain higher amount of this important vitamin, but lemons are still a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin (also called ascorbic acid) has antioxidant properties and may help prevent heart disease and other serious health issues. Vitamin C may also boost your immune system, but scientific evidence on the issue is lacking.

It may improve the condition of your skin

It's well known that hydration is vital for keeping your skin in top condition. Vitamin C in lemon water is thought to slow skin wrinkling because it takes part in the production of collagen, which is the main structural protein in the skin.

So, there are plenty of reasons to start drinking lemon water for the benefit of your health. Here's a tip: keep your lemon water out of sunlight to preserve the main source of its benefits, vitamin C. Store lemon water in the fridge, or simply don't make too much of it.

Source: HealthLine, Cleveland Clinic, BBC Good Food

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.