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Does Drinking Hot Water and Lemon Actually Do Anything?

Should you be skipping caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea in the morning and opting for a nice mug of hot water and lemon? You have no doubt heard about this drink and the supposed wonders that it can do for your health, but here's what you really need to know.

According to an article on Shape, a lot of the benefits of this drink have been exaggerated, with one in particular, lemon improves digestion. In fact, there is reportedly little evidence to prove that this is true, and according to the publication, it could actually have adverse effects on some individuals. The reason for this is that the citric acid found in lemons could contribute (or worsen) stomach cramps and pains.

Don't believe the hype about detoxing, however, lemons do contain an antioxidant called d-limonene, and what this does is activate enzymes in the liver. According to PopSugar, doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Frank Lipman champions the drink because it reportedly helps the liver to flush out toxins—which could mean a range of things, including caffeine.

It is more hydrating than coffee. Water is obviously the best method of hydration, but adding a slice of lemon gives it more flavor.

Lemon juice can improve your skin because it's filled with vitamin C which can help reduce wrinkles. According to Healthline, this evidence is backed up by a study conducted by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, which found that those who have vitamin C in their system are less likely to suffer from dry skin. While Food Matters states that it can also help with acne.

And another pro of warm lemon water is that your breath will be a lot fresher than if you were consuming coffee. Lemon reportedly has the ability to neutralize odors.

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