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7 Reasons Why Lemon-Infused Water Is A Good Energy Booster

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 4/19/2019 Leian Naduma
a plate of food on a table: Lemon-infused water is a better energy booster than caffeine-packed coffee. © Pixabay Lemon-infused water is a better energy booster than caffeine-packed coffee.

Millions of people drink coffee on a daily basis. They consume the caffeine-rich drink to boost their energy and because it tastes good when consumed with sugar. Although it also affords health benefits, it actually causes caffeine crash and increased blood pressure. This is why lemon water is a better alternative than the most consumed hot drink in the world.

According to the World Atlas, a person consumes at least 4.2 kg of coffee every for a year. In the last five years, coffee consumption in the U.S. alone has increased significantly and shows no signs of slowing down. Lemon-infused water is, however, joining the trend.

Lemon Is Richer In Nutrients

Although these two drinks boost metabolism, increase your energy, promote better digestion and prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity, lemon water is packed with vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in coffee.

Lemon is rich in Vitamin C which is roughly about 30 to 50 milligrams per lemon. The fruit also contains potassium which boosts your immune system and reduces the effects of stress.

Coffee Causes Anxiety

Although coffee contains antioxidants and affords health benefits such as alleviating depression, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and boosting your energy, it still causes anxiety.

As per Health Line, consuming too much caffeine leads to nervousness and increases the risk of getting anxiety. There is even a condition called caffeine-induced anxiety disorder listed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Lemon-infused water, on the other hand, only contains 25 milligrams of caffeine per eight-ounce of serving. This is a quarter lesser than the amount of caffeine found in every cup of coffee, as per The Spruce Eats. Therefore, if you drink lemon-infused water instead of coffee, you will still feel energized and will less likely develop anxiety compared to coffee.

Digestive Issues

Coffee’s caffeine content has a laxative effect, which means it releases the hormone gastrin in the stomach and speeds up the colon’s function. It also hastens bowel movements by increasing peristalsis in your digestive tract. Large doses of coffee, however, causes stomach ulcers. It also worsens gastroesophageal reflux diseases in some people. Lemon water, on the other hand, aids in digestion both during the day and at night.

Insomnia

According to Wellness Mama, the liver is active at night since this is the time when your body regenerates. Drinking just about the right amount of caffeine at night does not disrupt sleep and aids your liver while you sleep. Since coffee contains four times caffeine than lemon water, it is not an advisable night drink. Excessive coffee at night has been linked to insomnia and disruptive sleep.

Muscle Breakdown

Studies suggested that excessive caffeine intake leads to rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition where damaged muscle fibers enter the bloodstream. According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a woman who drinks a liter of coffee that has about 565 milligrams of caffeine could suffer from nausea and vomiting and have dark urine. However, you can drink a liter of lemon water a day if your weight matches that volume, Water Benefits Health suggested.

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