Pucker Up Buttercup: The Lowdown on Lemon Water

lemonsYou may have heard that lemon water is amazing for your health, but is it true? Are there any benefits to drinking lemon water and is there any evidence to back up these extraordinary claims? Well, here’s the lowdown on lemon water and how you can judge if it’s something you need to incorporate into your life.

Lemon Water Defined

Lemon water is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – water with the juice from lemons added. You can use as much or as little lemon juice as you like, it all has to do with what is appealing to your taste buds, and you can enjoy this beverage cold or hot, too.

The Nutritional Breakdown

Just to put it into perspective, the nutritional breakdown for one glass of lemon water with the juice from half of a squeezed lemon is pretty impressive. It only has nine calories and less than a gram of sugar, but it has about 25 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. it also has a bit of folate and potassium. While these are not a ton of nutrients, it’s still not too shabby as a way to give your Vitamin C intake a little boost – and get your daily water in, too.

The Benefits

One of the biggest benefits to lemon water is the amount of antioxidants it contains. It contains plant compounds known as flavonoids, which help to protect your cells from damage. The flavonoids in citrus fruits have been found to benefit your circulation, metabolic health, and insulin sensitivity, too. There are no human studies to prove any of these benefits, but for a real low calorie drink with a few nutrients thrown in it seems like a risk worth taking.

Regular Water

At the end of the day, drinking lemon water will at least provide you with the benefits of regular water, which include:

  • Weight loss
  • Memory boost
  • Mood boost
  • Digestive health
  • Improved athletic performance

Lemon water may not be the miracle cure that some people claim it is. It doesn’t cleanse your body or detoxify it; it won’t raise your IQ or fight cancer either. But it also has zero risks involved with drinking it, so if you enjoy putting a little lemon in your water – or maybe mint or cucumber – there’s not one thing wrong with doing that. Just don’t’ expect it to usher in world peace, and you’ll be good to go.

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