5 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Day

Food, Food Benefits, Nutrition

By: // December 22, 2021

Every single morning, before I eat or drink anything—and that includes my coffee—I reach for a big glass of lemon water. I squeeze about half a lemon into 12 to 16 ounces of room temperature water and sip.

So simple, yet so good for your body!

As a certified personal trainer, this has always been of my favorite tips to share with people who ask for an easy, start today tip, for better health.

Lemons are not just a cute garnish for your glass! You should be gulping lemon water down daily.

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

1. Lemon Water Flushes Out Toxins

When you drink lemon water, you are actually helping to cleanse your body. Lemon juice stimulates the natural enzymes in the liver, which in turn, helps it to flush out toxins!

Consider it nature’s built-in detoxifier: starting your day with lemon water helps to reset your body for the new day ahead.

2. Lemon Juice In Water Balances pH Levels

Contrary to what most people believe, lemon water, although acidic in nature, is actually treated by the body as a base once ingested.

Most of us tend to consume an over-abundance of acidic foods, thus lowering our body’s pH level.

Lemon water can help the body maintain a balanced pH state, alkalizing the blood and reversing the negative effects of highly acidic foods.

Related: How To Eat More Alkaline Foods

3. Lemon Water Will Assists in Weight Loss

Lemons contain a soluble fiber called pectin that has been shown to help with weight loss.

And since liquid calories add up faster than we’d like to believe—think about your morning daily Starbucks with whip for a second—lemon juice is a delicious way to add variety to your water without calories!

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4. Lemon Juice In Water Is An Immune Booster

When you think of an “immune-boosting” fruit, oranges probably come to mind, right?

Well, lemons should be included on your shortlist, too! Lemons are high in both potassium and Vitamin C.

The potassium will stimulate brain and nerve function and help control blood pressure, while the Vitamin C will help against colds and the flu.

5. Lemon Water Helps With Digestion

A study in the “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition” released in 2011 stated that taste receptors for bitter substances trigger your pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes and your gall bladder to release bile.

This helps the digestive process along and makes the process of eliminating waste products from the body easier, which, let’s be frank, is a great thing!

But Wait…Is Drinking Lemon Water Bad For Your Teeth?

Close-up of woman's smile showing her white teeth

Some people claim that drinking lemon water can wear away the enamel on your teeth.

If you are concerned about this, know that for one, I have never experienced that (nor has my mother who’s been drinking it daily for her entire life!) but if you feel your teeth could be susceptible to this, there are some precautions you can take.

1. Drink room temperature or cold lemon water instead of hot. 

This reduces the amount of acid.

2. Use a straw to drink your lemon water.

This way, your teeth will not have as much direct contact with the lemon water.

3. Use 100% pure lemon essential oil instead of actual lemons.

If you use a kind that is 100% pure (do NOT ingest synthetic lemon oil!!!) then lemon essential oil can be just as good as using actual lemons. I sometimes use lemon essential oil instead of a lemon, and it’s believed that the oil has less acid than the fruit.

So, if you’re worried about your enamel, don’t sweat! You can still enjoy lemon water by utilizing the above tips and protecting those pearly whites.

READ THIS NEXT: 11 Incredible Uses For Lemons

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on April 14, 2022 at 12:10 AM Reply

Good morning. Usually I drink lemon juice with water. I took a break and I will start to drink again.

on April 12, 2022 at 7:23 AM Reply

How much essential lemon oil should be used?

    on April 18, 2022 at 12:01 PM Reply

    Hi Anne - great question! I typically do anywhere between 5-7 drops of lemon oil. It really is for your liking. So depending on whether you like a lot of lemon taste or a little, start out small and you can add! Hope this helps!

on April 8, 2022 at 6:14 AM Reply

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on March 15, 2022 at 7:07 AM Reply

I started juicing a bunch of lemons and freezing the juice in ice cube trays, in the morning i warm up some water and throw one in. hopefully that works as well.

on February 26, 2022 at 9:30 AM Reply

Can I make bottles of lemon water and drink them throughout the week, or does it need to be freshly made? Or can I make a pitcher of lemon water and drink it over a period of days. Same concept. Does it need to be made fresh every time you drink it.

    on March 3, 2022 at 1:54 PM Reply

    Hi There - Great question. It doesn't need to be freshly made. Obviously the more freshly made, the more fresh and better tasting it may be. If you make a pitcher of lemon water and drink it over a period of days it's going to be a little more acidic and taste more "lemony" due to the time the lemon has been sitting in the water. Definitely personal preference.

on January 27, 2022 at 10:36 AM Reply

Like drinking water with lemon. But I have acid reflux issues. I am afraid to drink any Vitamin C related fruits. Can you tell me is it ok to drink?

    on February 1, 2022 at 8:15 AM Reply

    Acid reflux is so uncomfortable, I'm sorry you suffer from it! Drinking lemon water is a potentially helpful remedy to reduce symptoms so you may want to start slow and see what happens. Try drinking a shot of pickle juice too if your acid reflux or heartburn is acting up. It's magic :)

on January 26, 2022 at 6:18 PM Reply

Thanks for the top,lemon w water. I get I digestion very often Sounds like lemon n water will help Have a great day Ellen

on January 25, 2022 at 8:03 AM Reply

Does True Lemon (crystalized lemon) work as well? I've been using real lemons in my water for a long time, but switched to True Lemon for convenience.

    on February 1, 2022 at 8:18 AM Reply

    I'm not sure that it would have the same benefits. It looks like it's more of a flavor replacement.

on January 10, 2022 at 11:28 AM Reply

Hi, Do I have to drink the lemon water first thing in the morning and all at once?

    on January 11, 2022 at 11:05 AM Reply

    I do recommend that but it's good for you any time of the day!

on January 1, 2022 at 7:46 PM Reply

I started drinking lemon water and it cleared my eczema and also was a great aid in my arthritis

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