I have had a couple of people at work who, when they notice I'm yawning (generally because I'm sleep deprived a lot of the time, being a college student) tell me I should drink lemon water in the morning. One woman said it would flush out the toxins that build up in my body overnight. Other people say it really works to revitalize and wake one up.
Where's the science behind this? Sure, lemon water would wake me up, but only because the horrible taste of it would sear across my tastebuds. You know what else would wake me up? Stubbing my toe, but no one is advocating that.
Does this have any truth to it? I'm shelving it with the person who said I should go on a fast only eating maple syrup and lemons, because it'll cleanse my liver.
Aimee "The only thing I cleanse is my skin. With soap." Evilpixie
As a scientist, I can tell you without doing any further research that this is a bunch of hooey. Your body does not "build up toxins" while you sleep any more than it should - it has a liver to remove toxins that are naturally produced by the body during metabolism. Lemon juice does nothing except provide a few more naturally-occurring toxins (which your liver handles with aplomb). While it is most certainly a refreshing beverage, it has no health benfits other than providing you with a small dose of vitamin C.
And nothing, NOTHING, cleanses your liver except time. And drinking plenty of water every day.
I've found many people will make claims like this when they don't know squat about the human body, cellular respiration, etc... If anyone ever includes the phrase "cleanses toxins from the body" as a health benefit, that's a pretty good hooey-warning for me.
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I tried lemon water for a week- the juice of 2 or 3 lemons in about 2 quarts of water. Yes, it was a little sour, but not bad. You get used to it.
I don't know much about this cleansing stuff, so I will agree with the scientist, it is probably mostly hooey, if not all hooey.
But it did encourage me to drink more water, so I was definitely not dehydrated, and I think it was helping me lose some weight (extra water can do that) and it definitely had one benefit - I was far less likely to go out and buy a coke or other soft drink. One thing it will supposedly do is lower your desire for sugar, and that does seem to have been the effect for me. Mr. Alchemist may say it was psycological, but I think otherwise.
In any case, it's cheap, it's harmless, it gets you to drink more plain old water (which we Americans often don't get enough of), it gives you some vitamin c, and it may help keep you away from the soft drinks and high fructose corn syrup. Will it wake you up, give energy? Well, there is some natural sugar in lemons, so maybe.
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If lemon water has the effect the OP claims it has, it probably has to do with providing much-needed hydration in the morning. The lemon is there to make the water more palatable, not to cleanse toxins.
- Pseudo "someone sold you a lemon" Croat
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