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What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

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By Dr. Ryan Shelton, NMD

Fads come and go — that is the definition of a fad. In medieval times, it was about putting leeches on your body to suck out bad blood and poisons. Recent health fads include taking placenta pills, doing oxygen injections, hot pants that women and men wear to reduce fat in certain areas, daily juicing, apple cider vinegar, e-cigarettes, and of course fad diet, upon fat diet, upon fad diet.

With so many health fads inundating the internet nowadays, it’s hard to know which to follow and which to ignore. One that has its merits according to science, is drinking lemon juice daily.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

two glasses of water with lemon slices in it

There’s no science supporting the claim that e-cigarettes are better than regular cigarettes. Nor that oxygen injections work, that placenta pills boost your immune system, or that hot pants can systematically target certain areas to help you lose weight. There’s no science showing colonics, juicing, or apple cider vinegar are helpful. However, in our research, drinking lemon water every day may have some benefit. Here are some benefits of drinking lemon water:

  1. High in vitamin C. We know that lemons are high in vitamin C, which is a boost for immune health.
  2. Detox and helps digestion. We know that taking lemon water can help with detoxification of the liver and digestive health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory. We also know that it can be anti-inflammatory, and help with inflammatory issues like joint pain. Lemons are also high in antioxidants and may in fact help with kidney stones.
  4. Hydration. Drinking water improves hydration, but some people simply don’t like the taste of water. So adding lemon into your water can help with the flavour and hydration.

There are a couple of myths about lemon water alkalizing the body — that’s just not true.

glass of water with lemon inside on a wooden board with other lemons around and a grater

Keeping homeostasis in the body means needing keep a very narrow PH in the blood and cells. So taking in lemon water does basically nothing to alkalize the body. It has no effect in treating cancer and no effect in increasing IQ levels. No study has shown that drinking lemon water improves the outcomes of a weight loss regimen either. Now, drinking water can attribute to these effects, but the addition of lemon to the water has no proportional positive effect.

Tips for drinking lemon water

Now, a couple of keys about drinking lemon water:

teacup with water inside and a wedge of lemon
  • Drink your lemon water warm.
  • It’s best to do it on an empty stomach, say first thing in the morning or before meals. It’s not as effective if you take it with a meal, or after a meal.
  • Make sure that you rinse your mouth with pure water after consuming the lemon water. Lemons are acidic and over time with chronic use they can start to break down the enamel of the teeth. So doing a simple rinse with pure water after consuming lemon water is an important step to maintaining dental health.

Do you practice drinking lemon water daily? Has it worked for you? I would love to hear your feedback and how lemon water has or has not helped you. Leave your comments below!

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By Dr. Ryan Shelton

Dr. Ryan Shelton, N.D.
Zenith Labs®



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