The Truth About Hot Water with Lemon

Does hot water with lemon really contain as many health benefits as people say it does? We asked a registered dietitians to find out.

Chances are you’ve heard about the benefits of hot water with lemon before.

Although some experts claim that it’s not the miracle health drink you’re hoping for, there are still many health benefits of starting your day with a cup of hot water and lemon.

Lemon contain something called a flavonoid compound, which helps to boost your immunity and can even protect you against cardiovascular disease and cancer, says Sue Mah, a registered dietitian and founder of  Nutrition Solutions. “Research shows that hot water can actually extract this beneficial flavonoid, which makes it easier for your body to absorb the lemon’s flavonoid compound even better,” she explains.

The right way to make hot water with lemon

In order to get the full benefits of hot water with lemon, Mah recommends to let the lemon soak in boiling water for at least half an hour.

For this reason, try including hot water with lemon into your morning routine by making the drink as soon as you get out of bed. Once you’re ready, your lemon water should have been steeped long enough to reap the full benefits.

But if you’ve tried hot water with lemon before and it’s really not your thing, try adding a slice of the tart yellow fruit to green tea. The lemon will help you absorb the antioxidants in green tea, according to a 2014 review published in the Journal of Food Processing and Technology. Plus, hot water with lemon is also an effortless way to add more vitamin C into your diet.

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