Forget the lemon water

Many star diets recommend that we start the day with a glass of lukewarm, lemon water, as it will speed up our digestion and the pounds will melt away at a rapid pace. Kata Horváth, dietician at Duna Medical Center, pulls the lid off the myth of lemon water and tells how this morning routine can do more harm than good, if it is used at all.
Forget the lemon water

Water is good even without lemon

The consumption of 2.5-3 liters of fluid per day, including mineral water, is recommended for everyone, as dehydration slows down the metabolism and is harmful to physiological processes. So it is true that the recommended or increased water consumption noticeably stimulates digestion, speeds up brain functions, has a positive effect on blood pressure, and even the skin becomes tighter, but this has been proven to work even without lemon juice.

How much is that much?

The official recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 60 mg, while 1 slice of lemon juice contains about 1 mg of vitamin C. From this we can see that we should drink 60 glasses of lemon water a day to reach the right amount of intake. The anti-cancer effect of the flavonoids and antioxidants found in lemons has been proven, but with a glass of drink containing 1-2 slices of lemon, we can only cover a small part of the daily recommended amount, which is very little for the prevention of cancer. Currently, it has not been proven that the consumption of high doses of vitamin C is effective for immune strengthening.

Forget about alkalizing

Lemon water does not alkalize, because the pH value of food has no effect on our general health. With the functioning of our body and organs, it maintains a pH value between optimal limits, which we cannot influence with our food. Unfortunately, by drinking lemon water, you cannot prevent diseases such as arthritis, where a low-purine diet is beneficial, gestational diabetes, GDM, but unfortunately neither can cancer.

Moreover, it is not recommended for people who suffer from reflux, have high stomach acid, and are prone to heartburn, and it can also damage tooth enamel. Drinking lemon water regularly can significantly contribute to the development of reflux or damage to tooth enamel. Dentists cannot help emphasizing that you should not brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon water, as it damages the softened enamel, in which case it is recommended to rinse with plain water.

Let's leave the detoxification to the kidneys!

In our body, this function is performed perfectly by our kidneys and liver. We don't need any miracle cures or any cleansing liquids, since we don't have toxic deposits or "dirty" intestines, so we don't need to detox.

Are you starting a diet?

Lemons contain pectin, which is also found in apples. Due to its fiber content, it fills you up, so it helps to avoid weight gain and supports the work of the digestive system. However, when squeezed, lemons already contain a very small amount of fiber. Dietitians consider it much more effective in the fight against obesity and recommend consuming fiber several times a day, foods with a high fiber content, such as oats and legumes, in addition to a complete lifestyle change, which of course also includes regular exercise.

Is lemon water good for anything at all?

The articles recommend lemon water because, if you drink it without adding sugar, it is an excellent alternative to sugary soft drinks and fruit juices, even a glass of which can be high in calories. We want more from lemon water, it makes you drink better than plain water, while it contains hardly any calories.

Ok, if not lemon water, what is the secret to healthy weight loss?

For healthy weight loss, these key words must be remembered in eating : regularity, moderation, variety, high fiber, vegetable and fruit consumption, in lifestyle : balance, two exercises a week and restful sleep. The combination of these will have a beneficial effect on our immune system, metabolism and BMI. One should not base health on vitamin C intake alone and draw an equal sign between the two. Every day, our body needs proteins of animal and vegetable origin, saturated and unsaturated fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins and of course 2.5-3 liters of liquid!