Why Lemon Water Doesn't Live Up to the Hype

Dacy Knight

If you don't already do it, you've at least heard that drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is the best way to start the day. The magic formula is purported to kick-start your morning and set yourself—and your stomach—up for success in all the hours following. To see if all the hype was really backed up by facts, Body+Soul had a dietitian weigh in on what you really should be drinking.

Accredited practicing dietitian Chloe McLeod talked about the pros and cons about today's most popular water trends, getting to the truth about what's really best for staying healthy and hydrated. One fad she spoke of was the popular warm lemon water trick so many swear by to start their day. "Lemons are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants and may help improve digestion, so it can certainly be a great addition to the diet," notes McLeod, while warning that "the hype really does outweigh the benefits." Instead, a glass of water (with or without lemon) is a great way to kick off your day, simply because it ensures you stay hydrated.

As for other water options, it wasn't so much that one was superior to others but that they are best for suiting different needs. Fruit-infused water is an excellent method for those who have difficulty motivating themselves to drink regular water throughout the day. McLeod underscores the importance of making it yourself, as store-bought alternatives are usually loaded with sugar. Alkalized water is said to regulate our pH levels, but McLeod states that there is "very little evidence to support these claims," though she says it's still safe to consume. When it comes to electrolyte water, it's really only necessary for athletes or those with very active jobs where they're losing electrolytes through heavy sweating. Everyone else should avoid them because they're typically heavily sweetened, which McLeod warns "can enhance our taste for wanting something sweet."

Are you a fan of warm lemon water in the morning and surprised to hear it's not all it's said to be?

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