I’ve always seen claims that warm lemon water in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your body. And with a simple Pinterest or Google search, you’ll find endless posts that claim that lemon water provides endless health benefits both inside and out. Although I was always drawn to these claims (and, I have to admit, I LOVE citrus), I could never hop on board the lemon water train with all the craziness and instability of a school schedule.
Following my graduation a few weeks ago, I decided to start my journey with lemon water. As my boyfriend likes to remind me, it takes 21 days to create a habit, but even after 7 days of my lemon water test, I am here to tell you that I am already reaping the benefits.
Here are some of the claims that Pinterest posts and blogs will try to tell you about the benefits of warm lemon water.
- Detoxifies the body
- Alkalizes the body
- Hydrates lymphatic system
- Lowers stress levels
- Fights bad breath
- Hydrates body
- Prevents UTIs
- Improves digestive health
- Promotes weight loss
- Balances pH levels
- Replaces caffeine
- Creates happier, cleaner skin
- Boosts immune system
- Relieves respiratory problems
- Boosts levels of Vitamin C
- Reduces heart burn
- Purifies blood
- Boosts brain power
- Improves liver function
- Boosts mineral absorption
From my novel experience, these are the benefits I’ve actually experienced:
It’s amazing how much I felt energized after drinking only a cup of warm lemon water. I didn’t feel groggy in the mornings, and even after a few days, I didn’t feel a dependency on coffee.
When I was doing some internet searches on lemon water benefits, there was a lot of research showing that your body naturally dehydrates itself overnight. The lemon water did nothing short of hydrate my body and rejuvenate it right away so I didn’t feel sluggish.
There was also a lot of research proving lemon water’s improvements on digestion. Although I’m not a doctor, I can say with certainty that the lemon water helps me feel not as full after meals, particularly breakfast, which always a difficult meal for me because I love it, but it makes my stomach hurt if I eat it too quickly after waking up.
Although I’ve personally never really struggled too much with my skin, I am guilty of occasionally forgetting to remove my makeup (resulting in problem pimples). Admittedly, one of the days during my week with lemon water, I went to sleep with my makeup on – and somehow the lemon water did magic on my skin and kept its clear nature despite the built up oil from the leftover makeup. Also helpful: the lemon water seemed to diminish my under-eye bags.
Right now during the change from spring to summer is THE WORST for my allergies. Although allergies aren’t the same thing as a common cold, it was almost miraculous how much healthier I felt after a cup of lemon water. My allergies seemed to be momentarily tamed with just one cup.