Here are the benefits of drinking lemon on an empty stomach in the morning!

Verified on 09/28/2023 by PasseportSanté
Voici les bienfaits de boire du citron le matin à jeun !

Lemon juice is all the rage, especially when taken on an empty stomach in the morning. Are its fans right to make this beverage part of their morning routine? And what are the health benefits? We tell you all about it!

Meghan Markle, Catherine Deneuve, Miranda Kerr and Jenifer Aniston – these stars are all fans of squeezing lemon in the morning, a drink that is said to have detox, slimming and anti-infectious properties. But is it really good for you? Does adding lemon to water really make a difference? What benefits does this drink offer? And in what cases is it contraindicated? We take a look!

A shot of vitamins

While no scientific study has proven the health benefits of lemon water on a daily basis, it is undeniable that lemons have numerous health benefits, starting with their high vitamin C content. The main benefit of squeezing a lemon in the morning is therefore to take a shot of vitamins when you wake up, helping you to start the day on the right foot and counteract the effects of fatigue. Its vitamin C and antibacterial properties also boost the immune system, helping you to fight off viruses.

A good source of antioxidants

Drinking lemon juice on an empty stomach in the morning also helps improve skin and nail health. Lemons are an excellent source of antioxidants, reputed to combat the formation of free radicals responsible for skin ageing. While its alkalizing properties act from within, helping the body to rebalance its pH, which tends to be highly acidic, its anti-inflammatory qualities can alleviate certain skin irritations, such as acne.

A detox drink

Although the body doesn’t need a detox drink to purify itself – it’s perfectly capable of doing so on its own – the diuretic effect of lemon, combined with its potassium content, will help to further eliminate toxins from the body. The detox action of this drink is further enhanced by its stimulating effect on the liver. Lemons are known to boost the production of bile, the liquid that helps the body digest fats. Be careful, however, if you have digestive sensitivities: lemon’s acidity attacks the mucous membranes of the stomach, which can cause heartburn and acid reflux. If you feel intestinal pain after swallowing lemon water, stop drinking it (especially on an empty stomach), or drink it only occasionally (with something in your stomach).

Lemon also has the disadvantage of damaging tooth enamel. It is therefore advisable not to drink it every morning, as this can lead to gradual loss of enamel. We recommend swallowing a squeezed lemon through a straw.