Is drinking lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach really beneficial or can this habit prove to be harmful in some cases? We take stock with Juliette Delbreuve, sophrologist and naturopath, member of the collective of well-being practitioners COPLENI.
Drink lemon juice in the morning, on an empty stomach, a grandmother’s tip that has many followers. But what benefits can we really expect? Is this acidic drink really recommended for all organisms? Juliette Delbreuve, sophrologist and naturopath, member of the collective of well-being practitioners COPLENI, was asked for her expert opinion.
Drink lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach: a good idea, but …
A natural antioxidant for a radiant complexion
Source of vitamin C, flavonoids and citric acid, lemon juice has a strong antioxidant power that is beneficial for both skin and health.. “It helps the body fight against oxidative stress by limiting the action of free radicals, very unstable molecules that attack the cells of the body, teaches Juliette Delbreuve. Pollution, tobacco, endocrine disruptors and a poor lifestyle are all factors that increase the amount of free radicals. It is therefore essential to stock up on antioxidants. »You just have to peel an apple and wait a few minutes to see that its flesh, exposed to the open air, turns brown… but not if you have added a few drops of lemon! “As with apples, the antioxidants in lemon juice help protect cells from premature aging and maintain luminous complexion », says the naturopath.
An ally of the immune system
Thanks to its vitamin C content, lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties that make it a good ally for the immune system to prevent winter ailments.
A detoxification stimulant
Consumed in the morning, on an empty stomach, lemon juice diluted in lukewarm water activates the metabolism of the liver and stimulates the production of bile. “This is particularly beneficial when we know that the liver is the recycling plant of our body, says Juliette Delbreuve. The lemony solicitation of this elimination organ in the morning will have a positive impact on the rest of the body: overall detoxification, improved blood circulation, easier digestion and increased vitality. “
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Lemon juice, harmful to enamel and certain organisms
The acidity of lemon can demineralize the enamel
Enamel is a solid layer rich in minerals that protects teeth. However, the citric acid in lemon and some citrus fruits can encourage its demineralization over time. ” This may promote premature wear of teeth and the appearance of sensitivities or cavities “, warns the naturopath. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to guard against these harmful effects: drink lemon juice with a straw (reusable!) To avoid direct contact with the enamel.
Lemon may be counterproductive in some organisms
« Drinking a glass of lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach may or may not be a healthy ritual! warns Juliette Delbreuve. If the lemon tastes sour to everyone, it will be acidifying for some, alkalizing for others. “ Thus, according to the naturopathic constitution of the individual, a lemon consumed every morning on an empty stomach can disrupt the acid-base balance of the organism, this regulation of the blood pH which allows the optimal functioning of our body.
Lemon juice, beneficial in blood-plethora
In blood-plethoric patients (round and stocky morphology, colorful complexion, rather extrovert and jovial temperament), the body will know how to transform the citric acid of lemon into a base, and we can enjoy the benefits of lemon juice on an empty stomach in the morning with complete peace of mind.
Lemon juice, potentially weakening in neuro-arthritics
In neuro-arthritics (elongated morphology, sensitive to cold, pale complexion), consuming too much and regularly lemon juice on an empty stomach can promote demineralization, and lead to weakening of the general metabolism. “The body of neuro-arthritics will probably not have the capacity to use the minerals in lemon to transform acidity into base, specifies the naturopath. It will therefore compensate with the body’s minerals and draw on its reserves. By imposing a daily source of acidity on the body that it does not know how to metabolize, there is a risk of weakening the digestive system and of suffering from heartburn and acid reflux ”.
Are you neuro-arthritic? Do not panic. “Reality is not quite so binary, emphasizes Juliette Delbreuve. It is necessary to consult a naturopath to identify the true richness of the profile thanks to precise observations. In the meantime, you have to listen to the body, adapt the quantities ingested and the frequency according to your feelings. “
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How to consume lemon juice?
Dilute the juice in weakly mineralized water
On an empty stomach, the juice of half an organic lemon is diluted in 20 cl of weakly mineralized water, at room temperature or lukewarm. “Neuro-arthritics who stick to this morning ritual can limit themselves to a few drops of lemon in a glass of water, advises the naturopath. Other more suitable health drinks can be recommended, such as green vegetable juice ”
In a 21-day cure in spring
“I recommend doing this ritual in the form of a 21-day cure, especially in spring, when the beautiful days are back”, recommends the naturopath. To enjoy the benefits of the fruit all year round, we also think about regularly integrating fresh lemon juice in our diet.
Thanks to Juliette Delbreuve, sophrologist and naturopath in Paris (appointment possible on copleni.fr).