Q&A: Water With Lemon Please

Q: Why does water with lemon help with your metabolism and “jump start” dieting? How much water with lemon should you drink per day? Can you drink too much water with lemon?

~Lelalou (MA)

A: Happy New Year Lelalou and I appreciate you writing in with a question!  Lemon juice does contain certain properties that can be helpful to people looking to shed some excess weight, however simply drinking water flavored with lemon juice will not translate to weight loss.  Consuming healthy, well-rounded meals paired with routine excercise is the path to take in order to lose weight and maintain what is lost.

Let’s explore the benefits of drinking water flavored with lemon juice…first, lemons contain a large amount of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid.  Ascorbic acid aids in reducing and clearing away bile from the liver, this in turn helps the liver to break down and process fat more easily.  Second, lemons contain pectin, a complex carbohydrate found in citrus fruits, which can make people feel satiated for a longer period of time.

In terms of it helping to “jumpstart” a diet, lemon is thought to be a “cleansing” fruit, helping to rid your body of toxins and mucous, therefore making the system more efficient for digestion.  There is no limit to the amount of water flavored with lemon juice to be consumed, but aiming for 64 ounces/day of non-caffeinated, low calorie fluids is optimal.  Drinking too much water flavored with lemon juice may be an issue for those who are sensitive to acidic foods or suffer from heartburn; it is always best to check with your doctor if you are unsure.

 Hope this helps to answer your question Lelalou!!!


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