Dwell-Gym-Toronto-LemonSo, we have heard lots about the magic of lemon water…  But does it actually promote weight loss?  Well, not directly.  Slamming a lemon water after your Big Mac isn’t going to do the trick, but there are some huge benefits to fortifying your water with the refreshing citrus!

How about replacing your first coffee in the morning or your after dinner latte with a hot water and lemon?  This will reduce caloric intake and also staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy diet as it keeps the metabolism humming.  Lemon is known to promote digestion, loosening toxins in your digestive tract that can cause indigestion.

In the short term, drinking water with lemon can also reduce bloating.  It acts as a mild and natural diuretic.

And… It doesn’t stop there!  Drinking lemon water is actually quite good for your skin as well!  The antioxidants in lemon juice help to decrease blemishes and wrinkles (so they say, but it can’t hurt right…?).

I like to think of lemons as one of our super foods.  It is high in potassium, making it very good for heart health and has a high concentration of vitamin C making it a natural immune booster.  As an added bonus it also helps to freshen breath by fighting gingivitis.   (A little side note for you – hold off brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water, or brush before hand as the ascorbic acid can erode tooth enamel.)

So all in all, as mentioned early, a glass of lemon water isn’t your magic weapon to weight loss, but I do believe it is one of the simplest and healthiest choices you can make in lifestyle!