Lemon water benefits: Are there any?

Are there really any benefits to lemon water? We look at how the clinical evidence stacks up against anecdotal claims

Lemon water is a popular trend right now, but are there any real benefits to it? That seems to be the question on everyone’s lips these days.

It seems we’re all investing in water bottles, filling them with a combination of water and lemon juice and then drinking it either hot or cold depending on the season. 

But are there really any health benefits to be had from drinking lemon water? It certainly seems that way.

Several studies have been carried out into the health benefits of drinking lemon water, with results suggesting that lemon water can do everything from aiding gut digestion and weight loss, to improving the skin’s appearance. 

There’s even evidence to suggest that it can lower your blood pressure and boost your immunity.

This article assesses the evidence surrounding these claims, as well as looking at anecdotal evidence from devotees of lemon water. 

Plus, we’ll show you how to make your own lemon water from scratch.

When it comes to finding new ways for how to stay hydrated, you’ve probably seen countless news headlines on the ‘miracle’ properties of lemon water, from losing weight fast to flushing out toxins from the body.

Lots of people start their day with lemon water instead of a caffeine-based drink, such as coffee or tea

It’s certainly a refreshing alternative to a cup of joe, but does it have any real health benefits? Here’s a look at the top 5 claims people make about lemon water:

It improves your digestion: Many people report that taking lemon water helps to reduce digestive problems, such as bloating and heartburn.

It helps with weight loss: Devotees of lemon water say that a daily glass helps them to shed pounds more easily, and keep the weight off.

It lowers your blood pressure: The minerals in lemons, such as calcium and potassium, are said to lower blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine.

It helps with weight loss: Devotees of lemon water say that a daily glass helps them to shed pounds more easily, and keep the weight off.

It improves your skin’s appearance: Again, the vitamin C in lemons is the key ingredient here. Vitamin C is a known antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free radicals, so it’s possible that lemon water can help to improve its appearance and reduce the signs of aging. 

There’s a great deal of anecdotal evidence surrounding the benefits of drinking lemon water, but not much scientific evidence for the practice.

However, by including studies into the health benefits from lemons, we can deduce more from how incorporating them in our everyday diet can improve our health.