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The pros and cons of drinking water with lemon
A glass of water with lemon juice is the perfect way for many people to start the day. Alkaline water, is the nature of water. But is it really as healthy as people think? Below we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of water with lemon according to scientific research.
1. Source of vitamin C
Lemons are a source of vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C strengthens the immune system, protects against skin aging, infections and cardiovascular diseases. Keep in mind that the vitamin C content in your lemon juice can vary. This depends, among other things, on the difference in methodology, climate, fertilization, variety, maturity and storage. A study showed that there is 54.74 mg of vitamin C in 100 ml of fresh lemon juice. In another study, 100 ml of lemon juice contains only 12.68 mg of vitamin C. The findings of these studies can be found in Molecules and Biological Forum-An International Journal. Is water melon healthy?
2. Limitation of weight gain and improvement of insulin resistance
Researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin have discovered that drinking 500 ml of water ensures that the metabolism of healthy people with normal weight increases by 30%. The increase starts within ten minutes and reaches a maximum after 30 to 40 minutes. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, the poly phenols of the lemon peel ensure that the weight gain in mice is suppressed and the insulin resistance is improved. What drinking water really does for your skin. Further research is needed to see if the same results can be seen in humans.
3 Treatment of kidney stones
Kidney stones are usually treated with potassium citrate. Unfortunately, this drug causes side effects in some patients. In 2008, the Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital investigated whether lemon juice could be used as an alternative treatment. The researchers concluded that lemon juice increases the citrate content in the urine and may be an effective treatment for people who suffer from calcium kidney stones.
4 Increased biological activity of all organs and body systems
A study by the Medical Institute Reaviz showed that 50 ml of fresh lemon juice provides an increase of the biological activity of all organs and body systems by a total of 56.5% one hour after ingestion. Especially the cardiovascular system, the stomach, pancreas, spleen, colon, lungs, liver, gall bladder and to a lesser extent the urinary system are activated. Drinking water lowers the blood pressure. The researchers recommend the use of fresh lemon juice if there is weak functioning of the aforementioned organs and body systems.
5 Protection of the liver and kidneys
A study by Panjab University in India has shown that hesperidin (a citrus bioflavonoid in lemons) offers a protective effect against liver and kidney damage in rats. Unfortunately, no research has been done yet in humans.
A disadvantage of lemon water is that it can lead to tooth erosion. In a study by the University of Vale do Itajai in Brazil, it was discovered that lemon juice causes discolouration of the enamel and loss of tooth tissue. If you drink warm water with lemon, the erosive effect is enhanced. Researchers from the Medical University of Hanover have found that a higher temperature of acidic fluid causes more erosion. You can reduce the negative effects of lemon water by using a straw and rinsing your mouth with water. It is also better not to brush your teeth immediately after wards. Your glaze is still weak and the brush can damage the weakened enamel.
Despite the fact that lemon water offers various health benefits, you have to be careful not to damage your teeth. In my opinion, it is wise to drink with a paper straw and to neutralize the acid by rinsing with water.
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