One of the first things you’ll see if you go on any ‘wellness blog’ on the internet is that they are all crazy about one thing: lemon water. Sometimes it’s with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper added, occasionally it’s lemon/lime for added tartness, and every once in a while you’ll see some mint or stevia thrown in for good measure. But it always comes down to a simple recipe: warm water with a bit of lemon juice, downed at least once a day with a cheerful smile.
And apparently, this juice works wonders on the body.
The benefits claimed for this ‘simple wellness trick’ are truly astonishing. Here is a short list from my 10 minutes of Googling:
- Aids digestion
- Detoxifies body
- Heals the body
- Rejuvenates skin
- Causes weight loss
- Improves mood
- Increases energy
- Balances Ph in the body/Alkalizes body
- Reduces inflammation
- Adds acidity to culinary dishes*
- Prevents bacterial growth
- Fights cancer
- Improves colon health
- Fights viruses
- Prevents pain in joints
I could go on. The number of claimed benefits is truly astonishing — if this was all true, we could close down hospitals, fire the doctors, and just gulp liters of lemon water to live forever illness-free.
Of course, it is almost all nonsense.
Lemon water does nothing for your health at all.
Most of these claims come from a few common sources. The first big one is that our bodies are too acidic, and that in order to achieve optimal health, you have to neutralize this with supposedly ‘alkaline’ foods.