Recently, a friend caught me adding a plump lemon slice to my mug of hot water and taking a tiny sip. “Why do you do that? Does it actually do anything for you?” she inquired as I took another tiny sip. My drink was still pipping hot. I thought about her questions for a second and said “of course it does! I’ve been doing this for years.” And then I paused.
Why do so many fashion / lifestyle / beauty bloggers (and some prominent CEOs and entrepreneurs) start their days with a glass of hot water + lemon?
I know that we all need hydration and water is one of the best ways to satisfy that need. But how does the lemon help? Does it even help? Am I harming myself with something acidic? And most importantly, why can’t I, a practitioner of the habit, articulate the benefits?!
A cursory search online revealed that a.) many people are on board with the habit and b.) there are supposedly myriad benefits to drinking hot water with lemon including that it:
- encourages more water intake since it makes water taste more interesting
- aids digestion by stimulating your GI tract
- soothes a sore throat through its anti-inflammatory properties
- soothes an upset stomach by reducing the acidity
- provides lots of antioxidants and vitamin C which can lead to better skin
- reduces bad breath by addressing the bacteria in your mouth
- helps you feel fuller because of the pectin fibers
and the list goes on. Whether the trend is over-hyped by celebrities and the health & wellness community or actually provides these benefits, it does make me feel like I’m starting my day off on the right foot. And this feeling often leads to other good health decisions throughout the day, which can’t be a bad thing, right?