Starting your day with a glass of lemon water is a common practice these days and it can seem like every single health and wellness blogger/influencer is encouraging you to start.
It’s a simple way to spruce up your usual water intake, but does it really have any health benefits?
Mamamia spoke with accredited practising dietitian and spokesperson for Nutrition Australia Aloysa Hourigan to find out if the morning ritual is actually good for you.
What is lemon water?
Well, it’s all in the name really.
Lemon water is just standard H2O with lemon added to it – whether this is the juice, zest or in slices.
What are the proven health benefits of drinking lemon water?
When you drink lemon water, you will naturally get the benefits of lemon. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, potassium and other nutrients that support health and wellbeing, Aloysa said.
Vitamin C supports our immunity and potassium is key to helping to effectively regulate our blood pressure.
You’re also getting the benefits of the water, of course, which helps to ensure you are well hydrated.
Aloysa said there has been some research related to lemon and the Glycaemic Index and blood glucose control.
The research found “that consuming one tablespoon of lemon juice in a glass of water with a meal, can lower the pH of the gut and this has been associated with reducing the GI of the meal – this also applies to other acidic foods e.g. limes, and vinegars.
“Improving glycaemic control can be especially important if you have diabetes,” she said.
How much lemon water do you need to drink to see these benefits?
How much benefit you receive from your daily lemon water will depend on how concentrated your drink is.
“Is it just one slice of lemon in a cup of water? If that’s the case, then the water is offering probably most of the benefit – the amount of vitamin C and potassium would be quite small,” Aloysa said.