I figured, why not give it a shot? I always get water with lemon when I go out to eat, so trying hot lemon water first thing in the morning for a month seemed like the perfect, not-too-challenging 2018 cleanse to attempt. Worst case, I'd just have added a little flavor to my water.
For this experiment, I drank at least 10-12 ounces of hot water with one lemon wedge squeezed in first thing in the morning for a month.
I ended up loving it — here's why.
Hot lemon water wakes up the digestive system.
Chamomile or mint tea were my previous go-tos for feeling bloated or having an upset stomach, but during this experiment, I instead turned to lemon water during my times of bloat, and found that lemon water seemed to do the trick, too. In fact, I think it may have even lessened or prevented bloat from foods that are typically bloat-inducing for me, like rice or protein bars.
When bloated, most think restricting fluid intake is best, but Fitnessmagazine.com says you should actually drink more to reduce bloating — and lemon water is a great fluid option for reducing bloat. The reasoning behind this is that lemons are a gentle laxative and diuretic when combined with warm water, so it helps to reduce salt and water retention in the body.
Skin-care products are expensive, so anything natural or cheap is worth trying before shelling out big money for little results. I had read about the benefits of lemon water for your hair and skin prior to this experiment, so I was curious to see how it'd affect my typically sensitive skin.
I found that my skin was actually a bit brighter and clearer following my 10-12 ounces of hot lemon water. While it wasn't a drastic difference, I did notice fewer blemishes and less midday oil when comparing my face on day 1 to my face on day 30.
Dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, author of "The Acne Prescription," suggests that there are numerous foods and beverages that can trigger inflammation of the pores, cells, and skin, which is a major contributing factor to acne.
As someone who runs on caffeine, I tried to use my commitment to hot lemon water as a substitute for the energy drink I was accustomed to consuming every single morning. At first, I failed. There's just something about carbonation before 9am that my body craves.
About 10 days in, I finally got to the point to where I was not consuming caffeine of any sort until early afternoon, which was huge for me. By day 25, I found myself less reliant on caffeine altogether, and simply drinking more water, often lemon water, throughout the day.
While I'm not totally caffeine-free after my experiment, I am less chemically-caffeinated than I was 30 days ago. Lemon water was both cleansing and energizing for me.
According to DrJockers.com, energy drinks and coffee supply dirty energy, but "lemon water produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to extraordinary energy and mental clarity."