Medical professionals typically recommend that people drink water every day to function well and avoid dehydration. Healthline, a reliable provider of health information based in California, suggests that if plain water is too bland or unappealing, or if a person has a cold, they should consider adding lemon to water before bedtime. “This can give an interesting flavor to the water, and lemon also contains Vitamin C, an added benefit that can help to boost your immune system as it fights infection.”
Many women have reported positive side effects from adding lemon to some of their daily water intake, including better skin hydration, less bloating, some reports of weight loss, fresher breath, and more. Of course, these personal experiences are considered anecdotal in nature, meaning that the claims may not be backed by pure science. There is some evidence that the addition of some lemon to water might help with kidney stones, in part attributed to citrate, a component of citric acid. Healthline points out that “Drinking lemon water not only gets you citrate, but also the water you need to help prevent or flush out stones.”
While lemon water is considered generally safe for women to try, any changes to the diet, even including what one drinks, is always best addressed with a medical doctor. This is especially true for those with preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. In cases of reflux or bloating, a complete medical evaluation is best before making changes of the diet. Some people claim that drinking some lemon water has a diuretic effect, but there is a lack of evidence to show that Vitamin C from natural sources such as lemons is the cause. Extra bathroom breaks could simply be related to drinking more liquids in general. However, if restroom trips interfere with sleep, avoid drinking the beverage at bedtime. Or, if in a rare case it seems to negatively affect you, discontinue the lemon water and speak with your doctor.
Since most people can incorporate some lemon water safely into their diets, and since staying hydrated is important, it helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, helps organs, delivers nutrients to cells, and more, drinking some lemon water may be a valuable thing. To make lemon water, simply squeeze half an organic lemon into 8 ounces of warm or cold filtered water. The hope is that by infusing water with lemon, people will drink water more readily and stay hydrated and healthier.
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