Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements which we absolutely need. Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster. When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells. In other words, this homemade “lemonade” helps eliminate internal toxins, regulating proper kidney and digestive tract functions by forcing them to work as smoothly as possible.
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- Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. As lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- Water with lemon is good for the joints, reducing pain in the joints and muscles.
- Warm water with lemon helps digestion as lemon contains citric acid. It interacts with other enzymes and acids which easily stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and digestion.
- The liver produces more enzymes from water with lemon than from any other food.
- Water with lemon cleanses the liver. Lemon juice stimulates the liver to release toxins.
- Water with Lemon helps fight infections of the respiratory tract, sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon.
- Warm water with lemon helps regulate natural bowel movement.
- Water with lemon is indispensable for the normal work of metabolism. Since lemon is a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals and strengthens the immune system.
- Water with lemon aids in proper functioning of the nervous system (as lemon has a high content of potassium). Depression and anxiety are often the result of low levels of potassium in the blood. The nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart.
- Water with lemon cleanses blood, blood vessels and arteries.
- Water with lemon can help lower blood pressure. A daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10%.
- Water with lemon creates an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it immediately before a meal, it can help your body maintain a higher level of pH. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases.
- Water with lemon is good for the skin. Vitamin C in lemon, improves our skin by rejuvenating the body. Drinking water with lemon regularly (every morning) will improve the condition of your skin.
- Water with lemon helps to dilute uric acid, the built up of which leads to pain in the joints and gout.
- Water with lemon is beneficial for pregnant women. Since lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, it acts as an adaptogen helping the body cope with viruses such as colds. Furthermore, vitamin C helps the formation of bone tissue of the unborn baby. At the same time, due to the high content of potassium, a mixture of water with lemon helps forming cells of the brain and nervous system of the baby.
- Water with lemon relieves heartburn. For this, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water.
- Water with lemon helps dissolve gallstones, kidney stones, pancreatic stones, and calcium deposits.
- Water with lemon helps with weight loss. Lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps suppress hunger cravings. Studies have proven people with a better alkaline diet have lost weight faster.
- Water with lemon helps with tooth pain and gingivitis.
- Water with lemon prevents cancer. This is due to the fact that lemons are a highly alkaline food. Multiple studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
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A few things i’d like to add to this. I recommend organic lemons to add to your lemon water (as with any produce) just to ensure the highest quality nutrition and benefit to your body. You can also use lemon essential oil, added to water and ingested to benefit from as well.
You can use the lemon essential oil from them and add it to your glass each day. It’s also great to carry in your car, purse or handbag so that you can add lemon to your water when you’re out and about and get these benefits listed above more often.
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Does it have to be warm water? I also will Lime have the same benefits? I drink water with lemon or lime all day but it is not warm. I am not a fan of warm or hot beverages unless it is really cold out.
Warm water works better because it helps assimilate it better, warm water is expansive so the lemon acids and enzymes will work better and go further in your gut. It can be mild warm, not hot… just somewhat warm works a tad better! hope this helps 🙂
ive been using doTERRA oils for a year now and LOVE them for many things. I have used a couple of drops of lemon in water but haven’t tried the warm water method. Thanks for the info.
Me too! I love the oils from doterra and use them in multiple ways. Thanks for commenting and sharing Maxine.
Thanks for the suggestion, David. Why use warm water instead of cold? Should we be squeezing any of the lemon juice into the water unless we have heartburn?
warm water helps it assimilate a little better, warm water expands and cold water contracts. Warm water helps it work a tad better basically. It shouldn’t affect your heartburn in a negative way because lemon is alkaline forming (acidic externally) but alkaline forming within the body.
How much lemon per water? Squeeze a whole lemon into a glass of warm water or sit a quarter chunk of lemon in?
I use a half to a whole lemon myself. Just make sure to drink a little bit of water afterwards to rinse the lemon acids off your teeth.
Do they have to be fresh lemons or can you use Real-Lemon juice?
I’d juice the fresh lemons personally.
Thank you for this article! I love my lemon water and drink 1, 2, or 3 glasses a day!
My only question/concern is your support of CERTIFIED pure therapeutic grade oil. Who certifies it?
Great question, the company does… but they have a rigorous process.
You can read more about it here: http://www.doterratools.com/documents/CPTG_Testing_Methods.pdf?hc_location=ufi
I can personally say too that I tried essential oils from about 4 different brands before this, some better
than others but I haven’t found any as potent and pure as doterra. They smell more potent and just work better! I really
believe they stand behind their quality better than anyone else in the industry. I hope this answers your question okay!
Where is it written that lemons are “highly alkaline”? They are 5-6% acidic with a PH of approx. 2.2.
You’re write Patty, this is actually a post from another site so if I were to clarify I would say they are acidic but alkaline forming within the body (they turn alkaline) this specified there would have helped!
Thanks for commenting.
It would be nice to include some amounts like 8oz of water to how much lemon? How much should you drink in the morning etc.
8-16 ounces, a good amount in the morning… I’d drink 16 ounces with a half of a lemon cut up.
How many drops of oil would you put in 8 oz. of water?
Just 3 or so drops.
Dear David Benjamin,
I wanted to comment on the article “20 Reasons you should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning.” I really like lemons and lemon-water, but there isn’t a single reference to a study or other source of authority to back up these claims that are stated as facts. With all the nonsense we read daily on the internet, it is a shame that articles such as this (as beneficial as they may be) must be treated with suspicion because of lack of citation. Would you consider releasing the proof to back up these 20 claims?
Thanks Stuart, I definitely get where you are coming from and feel that science is important too. If I cited every single source though I wouldn’t get anything done in the day. Some of it is just from memory, this is a post from another website originally so maybe she has the sources. Regardless, I cite science when I can and if it’s easy to find… If not I just share what I have learned and want to blog about. Science can be tricky though, thankfully there is a lot of research on foods and you can google further… but science isn’t everything. I wrote about that and why I believe that here: http://healthywildandfree.com/this-change-view-sciences-correlation-health/
It is important to say that the amount of lemon depends on your bodily or Ayurveda constitution. The stronger you are (kapha), the more lemon you can take. Hari Om
Great point, thank you for sharing!
How many slices of lemon do you suggest you put in a glass of water or do you juice a whole lemon into the glass of warm water.
I use about a half of a lemon typically myself.
Sounds great. i might try it. But there are quite a few claims here that would involve substantial research to substantiate. It would be nice to have some indication that these clams have been verified. In this connection, the notion that blood pH affects health is a bit difficult to see as reliable given that the blood is pH-buffered meaning that its pH cannot be altered significantly.
pH within any organ in the body (or blood) can change. It’s a process but it definitely changes. Many people test their pH and have seen changes by making dietary changes.
Is there a specific amount of lemon to add or not? Thanks for your help.
Not specifically, the more the better… I usually do a half of a lemon myself.
Thanks so much for this article, David. It inspired me to go buy a bunch of lemons! My question is why is it important to drink this in the morning? Will it lose it’s benefit if I just add lemon to the water I drink throughout the day?
Your health and body are benefited either way, the plus in the morning more specifically is that it helps your liver get active and produce hormones that help you have a more energetic and better day. So it really sets your liver up to set your day up well! Throughout the day is beneficial, i’d just make sure to drink a glass in the morning too 🙂
Got it. Thank you, David!
I’very been doing for almost 6 months and feel great.I also add a teaspoon of honey in my water.
I was just wondering, when you say warm do you mean room temperature or heated a little in the microwave? Thank you for your help!
Room temperature as is, I wouldn’t recommend microwaving food or water for health purposes. Microwaving changes the structure of the food in a way that is not beneficial to your health.