It seems like there is a new health craze every week that promises to be the perfect solution for all your health woes. One recent trend is lemon water. What is lemon water, you may ask? Good news, guys. It's a recipe anyone can do: Juice from lemons added to water. That's it. No cooking, no herbs, no spices. So why is it purported to be a boost to your health? How can something so simple have a positive impact on your health? Let's take a look.
We chatted with Dr. Luiza Petre, a board-certified cardiologist and weight-management specialist who has a private practice in New York City. In 2014, she expanded her practice to include integrative health and wellness and has a lot of experience in nutrition and how it relates to our health.
She notes that lemon water is packed with vitamin C (an antioxidant) as well as other vital nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, folate and thiamin. In addition, there are other components in lemon water that are terrifically good for you.
According to Petre, lemon water can:
There are some potential risks of lemon water consumption, but not for the light or casual sipper, even if you have some every morning. It really boils down to moderation, says Petre — she says these negative effects can be avoided by not overindulging.
If you're worried about overdoing your lemon-water drinking, Petre suggests that you use a straw and rinse well after you've finished your cup.
"The benefits obviously far outweigh the negatives," she explains. "Lemon water deserves the hype. So sip daily and reap your rewards!"
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