Doctor says two-ingredient 'weight loss' drink could reduce cholesterol and kidney stones

A simple drink could have a number of health benefits
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A simple drink could help weight loss, a doctor has said. Adding lemon to a glass of water may also reduce cholesterol, kidney stones and fatty liver.

Fresh lemons are available at supermarkets including Aldi where one will set you back just 15p. Dr Eric Berg DC explained all the reasons why drinking a daily glass of lemon water is good for you in detail on his YouTube channel, which has 12million subscribers.

He specialises in healthy ketosis and intermittent fasting, and regularly uploads informative videos online. The doctor says lemon water "has some incredible health benefits" adding "especially when paired with healthy keto and intermittent fasting."

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The doctor says drinking lemon water every day could:

  • reduce liver fat

  • reduce high cholesterol

  • help with weight loss

  • fight signs of aging

  • fight cancer

  • reduce kidney stones

  • supply phytonutrients

Explaining his first point of lemon water potentially reducing a fatty liver, Dr Berg says this is due to the phytonutrients in lemon water that can have the ability to greatly improve something called hepatic steatosis, GloucestershireLive reports. He said: "Now, what does hepatic steatosis mean?

"It means the infiltration of fat into the liver, so hepatic steatosis means a fatty liver. Lemon water has the ability to dissolve the fat in the liver. There's other things as well, like purify bile salts and choline." Choline helps your liver, brain and cells, and drives the way your body uses fats.

"A low-fat diet, as in a ketogenic diet, can also reduce up to 50 of the fat in your liver within 14 days," the doctor said. But if you add a little lemon to your water you can actually speed things up."

Dr Berg says: "Let's say your liver and gallbladder is sluggish, and you're not producing enough bile and that's kind of backing up in the system. Lemon water can help increase the flow of bile through the bile ducts and help remove some of the excess cholesterol that's kind of backing up in the system."

He explained: "Lemon water does not directly help you lose weight, it can indirectly help you lose weight. Certain phytonutrients in lemon water significantly lower blood sugars and reduce insulin resistance. And that is the reason why someone can lose weight. In fact, if you really want to know how to lose weight, what I would do is not try to research 'how to lose weight', I would research how to lower insulin.

"Anything that lowers insulin is going to help you lose weight. It's impossible for a fat cell to shrink without lowering insulin despite your calories."

Dr Berg also says studies in animals have shown that drinking lemon water could help prolong lifespan and 'fight aging'. Results from one study, where researchers gave animals the drink for five weeks, showed they lived for three weeks longer.

He said: "Now you might be saying, 'well that's not a long time', but that's only five weeks. Think about if you started drinking lemon water on a regular basis for the rest of your life, it could add up.

The researchers also found that lemon water extended the life of the friendly bacteria in your gut, which Dr Berg says is "pretty interesting." He adds: "Now I'm not telling you that lemon water is going to cure your cancer. But it's something you can add to help inhibit cancer.

"In test tube studies it was found that certain phytonutrients in lemon water were able to kill malignant cancer of the tongue, of the lung and the colon."

For his sixth point, Dr Berg explained how lemon juice can help you avoid kidney stones. He said: "Citrate in lemon juice binds with this thing called oxalate, now the most common type of kidney stone are calcium oxalate stones, and so if you have citrate in your body it can bind with the oxalates to prevent the stone from occurring."

Lemons also contain phytonutrients, these natural chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. For humans, Dr Berg says phytonutrients can help improve various ailments, like haemorrhoids, leg sores, circulation, spider veins and varicose veins.

"In fact one of the phytonutrients, naringin, is being tested as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. It's also very antibacterial it has antiviral properties, as well as anti-fungal properties."