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Lemon Water: How Healthy Is It Really? Food experts provide information

by Jessica Bolewski
Stars love their lemon water in the morning and swear by the health benefits. But is it really worth replacing the morning coffee with the sour drink and is it really that healthy? Nutrition experts provide information.

Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and Lauren Conrad like to start the day with a cup of lemon water. Drunk on an empty stomach, they promise a lot of health benefits and the absolute feel-good factor for body and mind.

The hot lemon - which, by the way, can also be drunk cold - is currently very much in vogue and floods social media channels such as Instagram and Pinterest almost daily with new photos of stars and influencers who are enthusiastically sipping the sour drink. But is lemon water really as healthy as its image suggests? We asked food experts.

Why drink lemon water?

"I drink lemon water every day and I feel more energetic than ever!" Writes US actress Lauren Conrad on her blog and nutrition expert Maja Seimer confirms: "Lemon water has many positive effects on the body and is the perfect way to start the day. "

In fact, lemon water is not a new trend drink at all, but has been known to supporters of Ayurveda health for thousands of years. The traditional Indian art of healing also praises the health benefits of water with lemon and sees it as an integral part of a balanced diet.

The reason: "The warm water replenishes the moisture stores emptied overnight and stimulates digestion as well as many other body functions - it gently wakes the body up in the morning, so to speak," explains the medical journalist.

Lemon water: how healthy is it?

Lemon water has the reputation of an unbeatable duo for health - and rightly so! Drunk in the morning, it supplies the body with fresh fluids and stimulates digestion. In addition, the lemony water is naturally low in calories and fat, making it a great thirst quencher and fluid dispenser!

The freshly squeezed lemon is a real vitamin C bomb and keeps the body healthy, as Maja Seimer knows: "The morning dose of vitamin C strengthens the immune system and supports the cleansing processes in the liver. The minerals contained in it contain potassium, calcium and magnesium also contribute to the alkaline balance of the body and are important for the functioning of the heart, kidneys and muscles. "

According to the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE), the yellow fruits probably also help protect body cells from harmful free radicals, slow down aging processes and reduce the risk of cancer. The acids contained in lemons can also have a positive effect on gas, bloating or diarrhea, as they support the digestive processes.

Lose weight with lemon water

If you want to lose weight or stay slim, you can use lemons more often and incorporate them into the balanced nutrition plan: Not only are they low in calories, their acidity can also help burn body fat faster. Thanks to their sour taste, lemons also act as a natural appetite suppressant and quickly dissipate the desire for sweet or salty food.

Iron deficiency: oatmeal + lemon water help

The vitamin C contained in lemon juice makes it easier for the body to absorb iron from plant foods. This is especially important for vegetarians and vegans, who can thus achieve a better supply of the trace element. Iron ensures a well-functioning metabolism and an intact immune system. In addition, hair loss and brittle nails are prevented and concentration is improved.

How do you get this power combo? Very simple: the cup of lemon water drunk in the morning is best complemented with an iron-rich breakfast. "Oat flakes are particularly suitable," says GALA Food Editor Jessica Bolewski and explains: "They naturally contain vegetable iron and also provide complex carbohydrates and fiber that keep you full for a long time, prevent blood sugar spikes and ensure a healthy intestinal flora."

However, cow's milk should be avoided when preparing the oatmeal breakfast, as it would in turn inhibit iron absorption. The same applies to coffee, tea and eggs. Instead, the ecotrophologist recommends a porridge made with water, plant-based drink or fruit juice: "Refined with fresh seasonal fruits and a handful of nuts, the perfect breakfast is quickly prepared!"

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Drinking lemon water properly: 3 expert tips

To get the most out of the health benefits of lemon water, keep these three expert tips in mind:

1. The right temperature

The water should be lukewarm - not too hot or too cold. The body can absorb it directly without having to adjust the temperature, as nutrition expert Maja Seimer reveals. In addition, vitamin C is one of the heat-sensitive vitamins: If the temperature is too high, it loses its effect. Mix the lemon juice with already boiled and slightly cooled or lukewarm water.

2. The straw trick

Since the acid contained in lemon water attacks tooth enamel, you should drink the drink with a straw (e.g. made of glass or metal). This means that the teeth come into less contact with the lemon water. A big swig of ordinary water will rinse your mouth and remove unnecessary acid.

3. Combine foods rich in iron

Vitamin C helps the body to better absorb vegetable protein and this should be used. So add an iron-rich snack or meal to your lemon water after drinking it. The best vegetable sources of iron include oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, pistachios, and spinach.

Make lemon water yourself

The ingredients for 1 serving:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 250 milliliters of boiled and cooled or cold water
  • 1 teaspoon honey to taste

The preparation:

  1. Mix the freshly squeezed lemon juice with the water.
  2. Sweeten with a little honey if you like and drink immediately.

Lemon water: the bottom line

A cup of lukewarm lemon water in the morning can contribute to a balanced diet and is also a low-fat and low-calorie thirst quencher. The vitamins and minerals it contains strengthen the immune system and support the liver's cleansing processes. The slightly sour taste acts as a natural appetite suppressant and can thus help to maintain a healthy body weight.

If the lemon water is too acidic for you or if you can't tolerate citrus fruits, you can leave out the yellow fruits, as food expert Maja Seimer knows: "The warm water alone has numerous positive effects on the body. Ginger water is also a good alternative: It also wakes up the organism, boosts the metabolism and strengthens the immune system. " About half an hour later you can eat normally, followed by a balanced breakfast.

Sources used: Nutrition expert Maja Seimer, nutrition expert Jessica Bolewski, dge.de, bzfe.de, laurenconrad.com

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