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5 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Day

Not only is lemon water super good for you, but it’s also easy to make and relatively inexpensive to make. See the recipe below.

1. Lemon water alkalizes your body (aka balances your pH).

While very acidic on their own, lemons have a very alkalizing effect on the body. Why is pH so important? It’s simple, cancer cells can’t grow in an alkaline environment. Keeping your body slightly alkaline by consuming alkalizing foods is extremely important to your overall health. (So is limiting acid-forming foods like dairy, animal proteins and high amounts of processed sugar.)

2. Lemon water boosts your immune system.

The high amounts of Vitamin C, potassium and folate will boost your immune system and keep your body healthy. No more colds and sinus issues for you this Fall.

Bonus: lemons are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin to keep your eyes healthy.

3. Lemon water is a natural diuretic (aka makes you pee & keeps the bloat off).

This is a great reason to start your day with a large mug of warm lemon water – the diuretic effect helps detox your body to start your day off right.

4. Lemon water aids digestion.

If you ever experience indigestion, grumbling in your belly or digestion issues in general, sipping warm lemon water 10-15 minutes before you eat will help enzyme production in your gut and aid in digestion.

5. Lemon water makes your skin pretty.

Supercharged with Vitamin C and tons of nutrients, regularly sipping warm lemon water will make your skin glow. Try it for a week and see for yourself.

How to Make Lemon Water

Fill a 12-15 ounce mug filled with hot (but not boiling) water and add the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Always use a fresh lemon; never use bottled lemon juice. Organic lemons are best. Also, boiling water will kill the nutrients in the lemon, so bring your water to a boil and let it cool 2 minutes in the mug before adding the lemon. Room temperature water is also OK. Bonus: add a dash of organic cayenne pepper to your lemon water to boost your metabolism and further increase your digestive enzyme production. Sip each morning to enjoy the health benefits listed above.

Cheers, with a huge mug of lemon water!

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  1. Traci M. Lewis

    August 22nd, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Love your reasons for drinking lemon water. I drink it first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Very refreshing!

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks, Traci! Glad to have you here 🙂

  3. Lisa Leavitt Smith

    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Are there any benefits of warm vs. cold lemon water? If so, why is warm more beneficial?

  4. Elizabeth Rider

    August 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Lisa! Warm water is absorbed into the body easier, your body needs to bring cold water to body temperature to use it – so warm/hot (but not boiling) is considered more desirable by health professionals when it comes to the benefits of lemon water. Hope that helps!

  5. stevetheowl

    August 22nd, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Great post, Elizabeth! My wife has been drinking a lot of lemon water lately, so it is very interesting to learn some of its properties!

  6. Guest

    September 7th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I drink lemon water every day! Usually the first thing that goes in my body in the morning. I love lemons with all my heart 🙂 I also recently began drinking 1 tsp baking soda with water in the morning to enhance my efforts of alkalizing my body, do you know much about this technique?

  7. ksec

    April 14th, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Can a squirt of realemon do the same thing? You know, that concentrate in the plastic lemons…

  8. Debra McLemore

    February 2nd, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the info about the lemon.

  9. I drank hot lemon water every morning for a month — and now I'm making it a permanent part of my daily routine - UK News

    February 14th, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    […] I was much thirstier than usual due to consuming large amounts of hot lemon water, which is more acidic and a bit more of a diuretic than the plain, good old fashioned water I was used to drinking on the […]

  10. Elaine

    February 20th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    What is BFF
    Does lemon help or hinder leg cramps

  11. Elaine

    February 20th, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    What is BFF
    Does lemon water help or hinder leg cramps?

  12. Elizabeth Rider

    February 25th, 2018 at 9:11 am

    BFF is slang Best Friend Forever 🙂 I don’t think lemon water has an impact on leg cramps per se, however dehydration can cause cramping so drinking more water can help. Supplementing with magnesium can also help leg cramps. ~Elizabeth

  13. KAREN STOLOFF

    March 5th, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I drink organic bottled lemon juice-assume because it is organic, this is okay. Are there any negatives to drinking this every day versus a few times a week? Thanks!

  14. Craig P Holbrook

    March 10th, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    It is much better to end one’s day with a mug of warm lemon water for the diuretic effect. Doing so about 2-3 hours before sleep with no other liquid imbibed will bring about the best diuretic effect by morning. This is especially important for dieter’s rightfully in need of the whoosh!

  15. Lance Williams

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Elizabeth, I have always heard, mainly from friends and family, that lemon water was good for you. My wife and I were discussing it today and so I looked it up. I read your post and several others. Most of them said there is no scientific proof lemon water is a diuretic. Can you point to a medical study that has proven lemon water is a diuretic? It’s now a debate between my wife and I. :). Thank you in advance. Lance.

  16. Babby

    October 7th, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Suffering edema due to venous insufficiency…suggested I try a diuretic but they lower BP and I already run low. Lemon water sounds like my new best friend!

  17. Naveen Prem

    November 9th, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Why can’t you use lemon juice?? It’s the same thing because it’s juice from a lemon!

  18. Elizabeth Rider

    November 9th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Naveen, pre-bottled lemon juice has the same flavor, but it’s heated and missing many of the enzymes of a freshly cut lemon. Most pre-bottled lemon juice also contains added citric acid or other additives that can irritate the gut lining when consumed on an empty stomach. A real fresh lemon is best.

  19. Shannon

    November 30th, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    With the warm lemon water, can I sweeten it with stevia and still get the same results?

  20. Joyce Webster

    March 17th, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    My son just got a new heart. His kidneys are not working and he is retaining fluid would lemon water help with some of the retention?

  21. Elizabeth Rider

    March 18th, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Joyce, I’m not a doctor so I can’t address medical questions. Please consult with his doctor. Wishing him healing! ~E

  22. Florence E Terrana

    August 25th, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    How often can you drink lemon water per day?

  23. Cc collins

    September 16th, 2019 at 3:06 am

    One person asked if lemon water was a scientifically proven diuretic. I’m no scientist or doctor. But, when I drink bottles lemon juice with water, I go to the restroom multiple times every hour. I notice the increase immediately upon starting this water routine.

  24. Eric

    November 12th, 2019 at 11:51 am

    should i take off the seeds?

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