It has an alkalizing and detox effect. The recipe of the drink, when to drink it and a clarification from the dentists
It is a habit also adopted and promoted by many celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Claudia Schiffer. Drinking hot water with lemon in the morning, as soon as you wake up, is a way that supporters consider effective to cleanse themselves of toxins, support weight loss and promote digestion.
“Ideal – explains dr. Corrado Pierantoni, specialist in endocrinology and replacement diseases and clinical nutritionist in Lanciano (Ch) – to alkalize the body and rebalance the pH levels. Lemons, in fact, are acidic, but in our body they are alkaline: citric acid does not create acidity once metabolized. Drinking regular water and lemon can therefore help to buffer the acidosis of the extracellular matrix, which peaks in the early morning. "
A highly detox action
But its benefits do not end here, because this drink – if taken as soon as you wake up – rehydrates the body after night's sleep and has a purifying and diuretic effect. In fact, it reawakens the filtering activity of the renal glomeruli, the renal structure responsible for the phenomena of filtering and reabsorption of substances, thus helping to eliminate waste substances and toxins. In addition, being lukewarm, it reactivates the microcirculation of organs and systems that the heat, even if slight, of the water brings inside the body. And finally it helps digestion.
Perfect at any time of the year
Thanks to the very high presence of vitamin C, a lemon juice diluted with water stimulates the immune system and proves, in cold seasons, an ideal ally against colds and respiratory problems. In summer, however, it is ideal for a boost of energy. Lemon, in fact, contains more negatively charged ions, therefore it provides our body with more energy when it reaches the intestinal tract. Its aroma also has tonic properties and improves the mood. Not to mention that with its antioxidants it is an aid against wrinkles for the beauty of the skin. In addition, the vitamin C contained in it improves the absorption of iron in the body.
How to prepare it
Making it is very simple: just squeeze the juice of half an organic lemon in half a glass of warm water. And even if at the beginning – like all new habits – it may seem a little complicated, after a few days, the few, simple, gestures will become almost automatic.
"It is good to take this drink in the morning, on an empty stomach," explains the expert. "Instead, avoid cold water for preparation as it would require a greater expenditure of energy by the body for assimilation.
Watch out for your teeth!
The acidity of lemon juice could, however, cause damage to the teeth. Especially – warns Damien Walmsley, scientific consultant of the British Dental Association – when combined with hot water. “Lemon juice has a pH between 2 and 3 and is therefore very acidic. The temperature of the water can exacerbate this effect, because erosion is more severe at higher temperatures, "Walmsley explained in the Daily Mail. To reduce the negative effects, the expert advice is to drink with a straw so that the liquid bypasses the teeth, or take it all at once.