Drinking lemon water right after meals

by Kerryswan
(Delhi)

QUESTION: Is it okay to drink lemon water right after meals because I have heard that it is good to drink it on an empty stomach???

ANSWER: It is best to drink lemon water on an empty stomach. The best time to drink it is as soon as you wake up in the morning and/or 30 minutes BEFORE meals.

Drinking lemon water 30 minutes before a meal will provide additional enzymes and help produce adequate stomach acid to aid digestion and to get the most nutrients out of your food.

I do not recommend drinking lemon water or any fluid right after meals (or during meals) because I believe it will slow down the digestive process by diluting your body's digestive juices.

Depending on what you eat, the digestive process can take several hours, but the major part of the meal is digested within the first hour or so. Thus, it is best to wait at least one hour after meals to start drinking water or lemon water or any other beverage.

The other factor is that digestion is a chemical process in the body that generates heat. So, drinking any cold beverage during, right before, or right after eating will also hinder digestion.

For people who feel they have to drink during or right after meals, I recommend sipping small amounts of filtered water or warm tea.

Generally, when people are very thirsty during or after meals it is because their body is dehydrated or because they are eating foods with too much refined salt.

I am sure you know that optimal digestion is critical for good health.

I believe it is worth doing everything we can to preserve the limited number of enzymes in the body that we are born with and not make our bodies have to use an excess amount of enzymes by drinking fluids during or right after meals.

I hope you enjoy the many health benefits of lemon water! Thank you for visiting my site.

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Nov 14, 2011
Lemon Water When You Feel Thirsty or Weak
by: vikas kumar

I like the article. It is good to drink lemon water when you feel thirsty or when you feel weakness.........


Dec 16, 2011
Advantages of Lemons
by: anonymous

Take a lemon and put in 1 glass full of cold water at room temperature for 15 minutes then replace the cold water with slightly warm water...and let it sit there with lid closed for another 15 minutes.

Take out the lemon and wipe it with clean cloth and keep it in the refrisgerator, then mix the recent slightly warm water with earlier cold water.

Put it in fridge for 20 minutes till it forms ice. Then transfer the lemon from the refrigerator to freezer. Keep it 1.75cm away from ice tray. Let it be there in this condition for 2 hours throughout the lemon and eat the ice cubes.


PAVAN(HEALTH DOCTOR) BANGALORE

Feb 10, 2012
Lemon water and bloatedness
by: Amy White

Hi, I have heard about the benefits of drinking lemon water and have started drinking it for the past two weeks.

Will it help to reduce bloatedness of my tummy and flatten it? And will it reduce bum and thigh fat? Thanks, Amy

Answer: To answer your question about bloatedness, please see my comments related to lemon water, food intolerance and IBS.

And to answer your question about reducing bum and thigh fat, please see my comments on losing weight with lemon water.

Mar 13, 2013
Response to Advantages of Lemons
by: MR X

Thanks for the great advice! Your post totally made sense, it was so easy to comprehend and most of all, your logic regarding keeping the lemon 1.75 cm from the ice tray was something I could never have conceived! Of course,just squeezing half a lemon into a glass of warm water would suffice.

Jul 15, 2013
Lemon water and meals...
by: Deb

I've found drinking lemon water (yes cold) after a meal really helps with my digestion and mine is awful due to parasites.

If I eat meat or vegetables, I sometimes find they seem stuck in my esophagus and nothing apart from lemon water during/after a meal. It actually helps more than some digestive enzymes and helps a lot more than ACV.

If I drink it in the morning on an empty stomach, I find it makes my mouth and throat REALLY dry for awhile. I only drink it in the morning because it seems to help my skin. It doesn't really help me get moving.

Everybody's body is different. I say listen intently to yours.

Oct 17, 2013
What is the best temperature for lemon water?
by: VKhan

Hi! I found this article really interesting and am planning to include lemon water regularly in my diet.

Just a little question...can we have lemon in cold water first thing in the morning? Or does it have to be water at room temperature only?

Thanks!

ANSWER:

I believe you will get the most nutrient and enzyme benefits of fresh-squeezed lemon in water if you drink it at room temperature.

However, as far as I can tell (without being a food scientist), cold or warm water will be nearly or just as effective.

I do not recommend using ice cold water or boiling hot water when making a lemon juice beverage if you are interested in getting the most health benefits.

We know that boiling water when cooking food will destroy many of the enzymes. I suspect it would be the same with lemons.

Many health experts advise not drinking ice cold beverages with food because the chemical processes in the body involved in digestion generate heat. It only makes sense that ice cold beverages would impair that process or at least slow it down.

But you never know, sometimes the only way to find out is to try different temperatures and see if you notice a difference. - Nancy

Apr 03, 2014
lemon water
by: dymondgrl

I read what you put..I been drinking a hot cup of lemon water after every meal..i heard it breaks down the fats of the food..

I know now in the morning its good luke warm which i will do,but how about the hot warm lemon water. Am i doing more harm than good?

thank you,
dg

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