Winter can be a difficult time to stay healthy when it seems like everyone around you is infected with the flu. Although there are many natural remedies and precautions you can take to try and fight these nasty viruses, sometimes, their attack is just too strong. So this winter, I decided to try something new by attempting the Lemon Water Challenge.
In case you’re unfamiliar with it, many claim that drinking warm lemon water each morning can provide you with many health benefits from clearing up acne to boosting your immune system with Vitamin C, helping to fight the common cold and flu.
After reading many testimonials online, I couldn’t help but become persuaded by all the alleged health benefits and decided to give it a try.
For a week, I tried drinking lemon water each morning when I woke up.
The process was simple: Each morning before work, somewhere between 8 and 9 a.m., I combined 8 fluid ounces of water with the juice of half a lemon. Some recipes I found online suggested that the water be warm, but that made for a not-so-great taste. Lemon water truly is quick, simple, and an inexpensive drink. And, if you’re looking for even more nutrients, you can try adding cucumber to the water as well.
The surprising thing is, I actually saw results.
First off, upon the completion of my one week Lemon Water Challenge, I noticed my skin was almost flawless: no breakouts, no excess oils, no new blemishes. I also found that to the touch, my skin was much softer and appeared to be much brighter. Essentially, the lemon juice created a natural highlight on my face.
I also found that the lemon water helped with bad breath. Unfortunately, having been cursed with bad breath, the mornings are a particularly difficult time for me. However, I soon found that the lemon water improved this. The reason for this is because of the fruit’s citric acid that helps to break down and fight bacteria in the mouth.
After my week of drinking lemon water each morning, I found that some acne did start to come back a few days later. So, it appears to be true: lemon water really does help with complexion.
At the end of the week, I also found I was much less bloated than before I started it.Lemons are a natural diureticand because of that, help the body let go of any extra salt it is hanging onto. In turn, this decreases bloating.
Unfortunately, other than improving my complexion and making me less bloated, I didn’t really notice any other health benefits. Of course, I didn’t get sick during this week, so perhaps the lemon water did boost my immune system. It may have also helped my internal organs, although I’m unable to pinpoint that.
On the other hand, there were some negative effects of drinking lemon water. I found each day that I became thirsty faster in the mornings. I also found that if I didn’t quench this thirst, a weird aftertaste was left in my mouth.
Overall, I would certainly consider adding lemon or infused water into my daily routine. The benefits to my skin were undeniable and although I may have been thirstier, there’s nothing wrong with staying extra hydrated.