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5 Benefits and Side Effects of Lemon Water

Considering the fact that lemon is a fruit you didn’t think it’ll have side effects right?! Wrong! I initially just wanted to write about benefits of lemon but after searching far and wide on google (or not) I found out it also has side effects and I knew I had to alert my brethren. First, we’ll start with the benefits because good news before bad *shrugs*

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BENEFITS

Aids Digestion: Drinking warm/hot lemon water first thing in the morning helps to relieve any form of constipation and helps with digestion throughout the day. It helps ease upset stomach and prevents the build up of toxins.

Detoxification: Lemon water helps extract the good nutrients in the food we eat which means keeping insulin levels steady. It increases the enzyme functions in the body, stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins. This might lead to frequent use of the bathroom as it helps the urinary tract get rid of any unwanted elements. This brings about detox and healthy skin.

Source of Vitamin C: Lemons are high in Vit C, which is the primary anti-oxidant that helps protect cells from harmful free radicals. It also stimulates white blood cell production that helps the immune system function well and also keeps away cold and flu. Research has also shown that Vit C that is in abundant in lemon can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and it helps lower blood pressure.

Improves Skin Glow: Yasss! We’re definitely here for the glow. Research from American Society for Clinical Nutrition reported that Vit C found in lemon may help reduce wrinkles. People who consumed more of it have less risk of wrinkled or dry skin.

Helps Weight Loss: There is no tangible research about this yet. There is still slight confusion if it is actually the intake of lemon that helps weight loss or the intake of water itself. However research done on mice shows that polyphenol anti-oxidants found in lemons significantly reduced weight gain caused by high fat diet. Lemon also contains pectin, a type of fiber found in fruits which helps you feel full for longer and eat less during the day. Besides hydrating in general helps reduce headaches, fatigue and even overall mood.

SIDE EFFECTS

This is the part we didn’t think existed with any form of fruits. According to healthline, lemon contains citric acid and this may erode tooth enamel. A way around this is to drink lemon water with a straw.

A lot of people complain about heartburn and with lemon water it could go either way. The citric acid may stimulate heartburn while in some people it may relieve it. This is because lemon can become alkaline in the digestive tract. Best way around it is to discontinue use if you find out it gives you heartburn *shrugs*. Another common side effect is frequent use of the bathroom. Lemon juice is referred to as diuretic, which means it increases urine production. Evidence however doesn’t show that Vit C from natural sources like lemon has diuretic effects. Bottom-line, this is more likely to be due to increased intake of water.

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