“Lemon water makes you skinny” is probably a sentence you hear a lot when the conversation is about weight loss. It seems to be the miracle cure to get rid of all the unwanted fat and fluffy areas on your body. It´s so easy, you just drink a cup of hot lemon water in the morning and you are good to go! There are absolutely benefits about drinking hot lemon water.
1. A rich source of Vitamin C
Lemons are mostly known for their high levels of Vitamin C and therefore most commonly known to prevent colds especially during winter season. It´s also an antioxidant, which means it helps cells to protect against the damage from free radicals. To give you an overview how much Vitamin C you really get from lemons, have a look:
lemons: 53 mg/ 100gr
strawberry: 62 mg/ 100gr
acerola juice: 1.000 mg/ 100 gr !!
broccoli: 90 mg/ 100 gr
spinach: 51 mg/ 100 gr
The recommended daily intake is 110 mg.
2. Enhances skin quality
Squeezing a lemon into your water might help to reduce wrinkles and make you look younger.
Vitamin C has a special role when it comes to building collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and it gives strength to the skin and elasticity. The collagen synthesis naturally slows down with age and we get wrinkly. So it makes sense to do our best and eat all the nutrients our system needs to function properly.
3. Psychological effect
Starting your day with a healthy routine like drinking warm lemon water gives you a positive feeling. You are more likely to stick to healthy choices during the day if you already started on the positive side.
Another psychological effect is the placebo effect. The Journal of Neuroscience published an article where they say that patients who got placebos for pain relieve, reported less pain. That shows how powerful our brain and our imagination work. Just by expecting a pain reliever with the placebo pill they experienced less pain.
Regarding drinking hot lemon water for weight loss you might see some miracle effects on the scale but it might not be from the lemons all alone.