- I tried the lemon water challenge.
- I drank a glass of lemon water each day for a week.
- After that week, I found that my skin was brighter and clearer.
Drinking lemon water in the morning has been touted as a miracle worker. Some swear it gives them better skin and overall health. Over the winter, to see if these claims have any validity to them, I decided to try something new by attempting the lemon water challenge.
In case you’re unfamiliar with it: Many people claim that drinking warm lemon water each morning can provide you with health benefits from clearing up acne to boosting your immune system with vitamin C, which helps 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 a quick, simple, and 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 my breath. Having been cursed with bad breath, mornings have always been a particularly difficult time for me. However, I soon found that the lemon water improved this: The fruit’s citric acid helps to break down and fight bacteria in the mouth.
A few days after I stopped drinking lemon water each morning, I found that some acne started to come back. 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. Lemons are a natural diuretic and help the body let go of any extra salt it’s hanging on to. In turn, this decreases bloating.
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, but 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.