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Q Does le­mon with hot wa­ter bring any health ben­e­fits? San­dra May, via email

Le­mon wa­ter comes with some hefty health claims, in­clud­ing that it helps you lose weight and can detox­ify your body.

While it’s a re­fresh­ing start to your morn­ing, there’s lit­tle re­search to sup­port such claims. How­ever, you may reap ben­e­fits from sip­ping this sim­ple bev­er­age for two other rea­sons. 1 IT HELPS WITH HY­DRA­TION This ex­tra glass of le­mon wa­ter brings you one step closer to­wards meet­ing your rec­om­mended two litres of wa­ter each day, which can be a chal­lenge for some dur­ing the colder win­ter months. Good hy­dra­tion can also help to im­prove your mood and your con­cen­tra­tion lev­els through­out the day. 2 IT MAY BOOST YOUR IM­MU­NITY It won’t stop you from get­ting a cold, but le­mon juice can help in­crease your vi­ta­min C lev­els. Al­though you won’t be able to rely on this bev­er­age alone, re­search sug­gests that vi­ta­min C can re­duce the sever­ity of cold symp­toms. Top up on other cit­rus fruits and eat plenty of bright red and orange ve­g­ies to fur­ther boost your vi­ta­min C in­take.

THE BOT­TOM LINE

Hot le­mon wa­ter is no mir­a­cle drink, but it does con­fer some ben­e­fits. So — there’s no harm at all in en­joy­ing this re­lax­ing, sugar-free bev­er­age to warm and hy­drate your­self dur­ing the cooler days and nights.

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