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Lemon Water in the Morning: Myths and Facts

Ms. Sarah Farooqi

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Lemon water has become a highly trending drink, especially in the morning. The drink has been extremely hyped up due to its near revolutionary health benefits.  However, many of these are not backed by scientific evidence or by nutritionists. Whilst some of the benefits are legitimate, others are a mere exaggeration. And, in many cases, it is not even true.

It cleanses and detoxifies the body:

This alleged superpower of lemon water in the morning is completely baseless. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps with the cleansing but that does not require it to contain lemon. The detoxification and cleansing are done by the liver and the kidney and nothing in lemon aids the organs in their working.

It changes the blood pH:

No food, let along lemon water, changes the pH of the blood and the cells. The bones, blood, kidney and liver work together to maintain the pH of the blood and are not influenced by the glass of lemon water consumed in the morning.

It boosts the metabolism:

Lemon water does not, unlike the myth, improve metabolism. Slowed metabolism can result due to dehydration and fixing that can boost metabolism. Having a lemon in the water is not at all necessary; it is the water doing the trick.

It improves IQ:

Whilst drinking water in the morning can help you feel focused; however, this is not a result of the lemon in the water.

It helps with weight loss:

The claim of lemon water having high fibre is bogus. Plus, adding the lemon to the water further dilutes it, rendering it less effective. Other similar claims of lemon water suppressing appetite and increasing water retention are also not supported by scientific evidence. Furthermore, the quantity of lemon consumed in the water is not enough to garner very profound effects.

It helps improve the immune system:

Whilst vitamin C helps improve the strength of the immune system, lemon juice does not carry adequate amounts of it. Adults need 75-90 mg of Vitamin C daily to boost the immune system, whereas a whole lemon contains just 18.6 mg of it. The lemon water which contains even fewer amounts of the vitamin C is therefore not a very effective immune booster.

It helps fight cancer:

Based on the premise that cancer cells do not thrive in alkaline conditions is the notion that therefore helps fight cancer. However, evidence shows otherwise. The cancer cells can grow just as well in alkaline conditions and lemon water is not a good enough preventive measure.

It helps you look younger:

Whilst the benefits of vitamin C include a brighter skin, however, the quantity of it in lemon is not enough to have any profound impact on the skin.

Whilst there is no downside to consuming lemon water in the morning, it doesn’t, however, have much profound impact on the health of the person. Such myths should be cleared out with therapists so not have any misconception regarding the health.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Ms. Sarah Farooqi - Author Ms. Sarah Farooqi is among the Best Nutritionists in Lahore. Sarah Farooqi is a leading Dietician at Shapes and Diet360. She worked as Nutritionist at Fatima Memorial Hospital previously. Sarah can be seen sharing her expertise in Shapes Newsletter and at seminars on various health and nutrition topics.

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