Browse the wellness section in any bookstore, and you’re bound to see one beverage repeatedly glorified as the cure to, well, practically everything. Yes, that's right; we're talking about lemon water. This bright, citrusy drink is often paired with far-reaching promises, with companies and health gurus claiming it can do everything from turn back the clock on ageing to aid weight loss efforts. (Emphasis on the word claim.)

It's not all hype, though. There are certainly some health benefits to adding lemon juice to your water. First of all, lemon juice is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, with the juice of one lemon containing more than 30% your daily recommended intake.

“The best thing about lemon juice is the antioxidants it contains,” says dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick. “The high vitamin C content may help boost your immunity, enhance iron absorption, and help reduce the risk of certain cancers.” A 2015 study also found that lemon juice may help ward off the stomach flu.

Secondly, if you’re more prone to drink it than plain water, you’ll reap the benefits of being adequately hydrated like having more energy and a happy digestive system.

“You’ll feel refreshed from the hint of sour sweetness waking up your taste buds if you’re bored with regular water,” says dietitian Maggie Michalczyk.

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But when it comes to more outlandish claims about lemon water? Don’t hold your breath. Here are five myths you need to stop believing:

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