So I’m sure all of you have, at some stage, heard of the wonders of drinking hot water and lemon in the morning. In the age of Facebook, the popularity of such fads increases exponentially, so that it soon becomes, or at least appears to be, sound scientific fact. Further endorsements by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Claudia Schiffer, go a long way to giving it some extra clout. So with that in mind, this little guinea pig decided to give this fad a go for the month of February and see if there was anything behind it all. So what benefits did I have to look forward to?
- Improved Digestion: This is based on the idea that the citric acid in lemon juice contributes to supporting an optimal acidic environment in the stomach. In addition, lemons are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
- Clear Skin: The vitamin C contained within lemon helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Furthermore, because of its antiseptic qualities, it helps the skin purify itself from the inside out.
- Improved immune system. Due to the anti-bacterial and high vitamin C content of lemons, it helps build up your immune system and fight off colds and illness.
- Energising and mood enhancing. By not drinking caffeine-rich drinks such as tea or coffee in the morning which cause energy levels to crash mid-morning , warm water and lemon should help you feel energised and awake. This is facilitated further by the alleged mood-enhancing effects of lemon scent.
- Aids weight loss. Because of the pectin fibres contained in lemons, food cravings are said to be reduced.
So what was the result? Ehhhh, not quite sure. There were no tangible differences to the ‘aul digestion, perhaps a few extra toilet visits each day, which proponents would put down to the diuretic qualities of lemon. A bit tedious maybe, but just think of all those toxins flushing down the toilet! In terms of weight loss and clear skin – oh, how we laughed! The amount of vitamin C contained in your morning cuppa is by far too low to have any tangible impact. A lemon isn’t even the favourite child of the Vitamin C family – peaches, kiwis and blackcurrants all have more! And what about the mood enhancing? Well, nothing says “happy days” more than a mug of hot water compared to a frothy caffé latte, now does it. But hey, at least there was no mid-morning slump.
At this stage you’re probably thinking, well no more lemons for cynical Cindy here. And you’d be wrong. Apparently, it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, so this new habit has been formed and I’m in it for the long haul. Hey who knows, maybe I have the cleanest digestive tract in the northern hemisphere!