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.