Health Benefits of Lemon Water

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Improve Your Health with the Benefits of Lemon Water

If there is one thing that I can’t go a day without, it’s a glass of lemon water in the morning.

Drinking a glass of lemon water every morning is a simple and effective way to improve your health in many ways.

This citrus fruit contains a high amount of vitamin C to boost your immune system and prevent colds and the flu. Lemons are also a great source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals provide your body with essential electrolytes for optimal health.

How and When to Drink it

To get all of the benefits of lemon water, it is best to use a glass of lukewarm water. After you have your glass of water, slice an organic lemon in half and squeeze both halves over the cup of water. You can also do this with a lime to get similar benefits. Every part of lemon is beneficial for health, so don’t be afraid to eat pieces of the membranous portions of the lemon and the peel! The peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamin C than the juice. I usually scrap small pieces of the membranous portion of lemon into my cup of lemon water.

You should drink lemon water first thing in the morning upon waking and wait at least 15 to 30 minutes before having breakfast in order to get the most benefits of lemon water.

10 Health Benefits of Lemon Water:

1. Boosts Your Immune System– Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids, and phytonutrients, all of which aid in increasing your immune system.

2. Prevents Cancer – Lemons are a highly alkaline food, studies have shown that cancer thrives in an acidic body and cannot survive in an alkaline environment.

3. Increased Energy– The vitamins and nutrients in lemons help to increase your energy, particularly the high amount of vitamin C. Many note to feel energized and hydrated after drinking lemon water upon waking.

4. Improved Digestion– Lemon water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract which is why it is most beneficial to drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

5. Balances pH – Drinking a glass of lemon water helps to alkalize your body. Many diseases and conditions have been linked to an acidic body state. For optimal health it is important for your body to maintain a slightly alkaline state which can be achieved by eating alkaline foods.

6. Lower Blood Pressure – Drinking a glass of lemon or lime water can help lower blood pressure

7. Improved Liver Function – Lemon water aids in stimulating and purifying your liver. It also helps inhibit the excess flow of bile and increases liver enzymes.

8. Reduces Oxidative Stress – The vitamins and minerals in lemon water aid in reducing oxidative stress. Lemons contain antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and phytonutrients.

9. Detoxification– Lemon water benefits cleansing your body by reducing toxins in the blood. The nutrients in lemons also promote the removal of waste materials and toxins as it acts as a natural diuretic.

10. Regulates Bowel Movements – Lemon water helps the bowels to better eliminate waste and reduce constipation.

With all of these benefits of lemon water, be sure to switch out your morning coffee for a glass of warm lemon water!


Do you drink lemon water?



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    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      It would be best to use fresh fruit, the lemon containers may be sitting on a store shelf for months and months, decreasing the nutrients. Also, many of the lemon juice bottles are made from plastic, which brings into question the possibility of plastic leaching into the juice.

      • Donald Saulnier says

        Had skin cancer surgery in April and also had about 20 precancerous lesions burned off my face and arms. also had a biopsy on one suspicious one on my forehead the doctor had the biopsy done twice to make sure it was not cancer. He said it was precancerous and he would have to burn it off at my next appointment. I heard about lemon water preventing cancer and thought what have I got to lose so i began taking it every morning. in e few weeks the lesion had disappeared. I have not gone back t the doctor yet but I usually have several precancerous lesions that have to burned off by now and I have none. Did the lemon water prevent them from coming back. I don’t know but I have no other explanation

  1. says

    I’ve been doing this for a few years now, first thing in the morning, & I feel my digestive system benefits. But I’ve had dentists rail about it – apparently the acid in the lemon is not good for your teeth. I now try to compromise by at least rinsing my mouth (and teeth) after drinking the lemon water. At one point I even went as far as making up a bicarb solution & swilling with it (bicarb is slightly alkaline). I can’t quite give up drinking the lemon water – it definitely does tone up my system! But teeth are important too…

  2. says

    i always order lemon water when dining out, and been accused of being cheap because i dont order a soda, money has nothin to do with it, i just like lemon water, and it doesn’t fill u up like the bubbly soda. i had no idea of the benefits before i read the posted article on lemon water.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Limes have a similar affect and can be very beneficial. I use both lemons and limes.

  3. Divina says

    Wow… I really like lemon, the taste, the aroma, the color and the shape, it’s good to know it has many health benefit :D. It’s just that lemon price is quite high in my region, so I tried to make an optimal use of it. First thing in the morning, I drink it’s juice, then I put the peels into my drinking water jug to be consumed for a day, in the afternoon I put the peel into my bath water so I can have a daily lemon bath hehe..

  4. Donald Biggs says

    Question using the walnut powder natural dye. How does a man get the mixture on his hair with out staining his scalp or face.

  5. Timothy says

    I usually squeeze 7 lemons and froze the juice in the ice cube tray for use in a week. Does using frozen lemon cubes affect its health benefit?

  6. says

    Hi Lori I am so happy that I’ve came across your site, Lori I have low blood and I’ve tried the lemon juice in the morning and I’ve even tried the ACV the energy drink but it just makes me dizzy and shaky is there anything that u can suggest that I can drink in the the place of the lemon juice or the energy drink, thanks for a beautiful and healthy site.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      So glad you’ve found it helpful! Another great way I like to start out the morning is to have a glass of tea with added coconut oil, it’s also a great immune booster and the healthy fats provide energy.

  7. Marilyn says

    I like to add a teaspoon of honey to my warm lemon water in the morning. A little sweeter and easier to drink. Works well in revving up the digestive system!

  8. vanessa martins says

    Lori, i was amazed after reading this post and oil pulling as well!
    As a breakfast i drink a green smoothie, can you help to introduce this 2 practices (oil pulling and hot water with lemon) in my morning?
    What should i do/drink first?

    • Lori Klein says

      That’s a great question. I usually drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning, have breakfast, and then do oil pulling. Some prefer to do the oil pulling fist thing to prevent nausea, but I have never experienced it myself. So, I would probably have the lemon water, then smoothie, then do the oil pulling. :)

  9. Nike says

    I use to add lemon juice and a little honey to my green tea in the morning. Then a little bit of lemon to my home made Zobo drink.

  10. Ly says

    Oh, i have some problem with my stomach and lemon is not good cause it have too much acid? Please help, love you, x

  11. Anonymous says

    Many thanks to you dear Lori, as a little boy back then i ate a lot of lemon jst because of the tangy taste and my chronic stomach bite stopped. love it

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