Can lemon water REALLY help you lose weight?!

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We all know drinking lots of water is crucial for keeping hydrated but does adding a slice of lemon help really accelerate weight loss?

In fact, regularly consuming lemons has MANY health benefits. It can help you reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, strengthen your immune system, cleanse your live and kidneys, and help you fight depression.

Better still, studies show that replacing just one of glass of juice per day with a glass of lemon water could reduce your daily calorie intake by up to 200 calories!

The benefits of drinking lemon water and how it helps you lose weight

Whether you squeeze them into your water or add sliced lemon, or have warm or cold water, it doesn’t matter. There are benefits to just having the lemon in your drink!


Water with squeezed lemon is one of the most tested energy boosters around. Water filters out toxins where coffee is a stimulant and a diuretic that depletes your body’s water supplies. 

You may surprise yourself and learn to like it the more you drink it and start adding lemon or lime to your water throughout the day too, it does make drinking plain water a lot more interesting.

Health benefits of lemon water

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives your body a kick start to the day and has these awesome benefits:

1. Antioxidant rich

Lemons contain large amounts of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants can help improve the functioning of your body and also improve your overall fitness.

This means you will have more energy to get active.

2. Diuretic

Lemon juices are natural diuretics, so adding them to water helps flush the body of excess fluids. This can help relieve bloating and constipation.

3. Aids digestion

The citric acid contained in lemon can help the liver to produce more bile, which aids in better food digestion.

4. Reduces appetite

Drinking water flavoured with lemon juice can help you to feel full, reducing the amount of food (and therefore calories) that you consume, which leads to weight loss.

5. Balances pH levels

Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies, they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolised).

Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids that are easily metabolised by the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalise the blood. Disease is more likely to occur when the body pH is acidic.

6. Freshens breath

Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel if you drink it without a lot of dilution, so you should be mindful of this.

If you like, rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished your lemon water.


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