- Broccoli, oranges, raw red pepper or blackcurrant are foods rich in vitamin C.
- Lemon is a low calorie food because it contains only 26 calories per 100 grams.
Stress, anxiety, heat… It is sometimes difficult to fall asleep. To achieve this, some have a little ritual: drink hot lemon water before sleeping. The mixture is not difficult: a little hot water with a washer and you’re done. But is it really effective?
A soothing ritual before sleeping
For the moment, no study has proven that this beverage helps with falling asleep. Nevertheless, it can constitute a ritual before bedtime which helps to calm down, a very important criterion for sleeping well. But it is above all its water content that would explain the relaxing effect of hot lemon water. Drinking it before sleeping – or at any time – keeps you hydrated.
In a study published in 2014 in the journal PLoS One, researchers have analyzed the impact of hydration on the quality of sleep. Result: for people who are not hydrated enough, drinking water would help them be calmer and have better sleep. On the other hand, in those who drank enough, reducing their daily water intake would deteriorate the quality of their sleep.
The warm side of lemon water also has an important role. Indeed, according to a study published in 2008 in the journal PLoS One, consuming a hot drink may reduce flu and cold symptoms. And all the more so with hot lemon water because lemon is a food rich in vitamin C, which helps protect our cells.
Lemon would help lose weight
For those who want to lose weight, lemon can also be your ally. A study published in 2015 in the journal Nutrition Research explains that his consumption, via mixtures, would help to lose weight and reduce body fat. Finally, consumers of lemon water – but also other citrus fruits – also have a lower risk of having heart disease according to a study published in 2019 in the journal Oxid Med Cell Longev.
With the strong heat of this weekend, the desire may not be for hot drinks… On the other hand, do not hesitate to put a slice of lemon in your sparkling water. A good way to hydrate while having fun while taking care of your health!