5 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Day

Food: Nutrition

By: // March 28, 2014

Every single morning, before I eat or drinking 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! 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, and here are 5 reasons why.

1. 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. 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. 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!

4. 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. Digestive Boost

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?

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.

Is drinking lemon water bad for your teeth? Find out here.

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 the Young Living lemon 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 December 12, 2018 at 8:17 PM Reply

How many cups of lemon water should I drink a day ?

    on February 13, 2019 at 1:49 PM Reply

    Hi Brandon - I start my day with half a lemon in 12-16 ounces of room temperature water. This should be enough to reap the benefits and then I make sure to drink lots of regular water throughout the day. If you like the taste of lemon in your water and it helps you drink more, then by all means you can do more!

on July 8, 2018 at 5:12 AM Reply

Can lemon juice dissolves kidney stones?I have 3mm on left and 4mm on right,suggest me a way to dissolve kidney stone.

    on July 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM Reply

    Hi Raja - that's something to talk to your doctor about!

on June 22, 2018 at 1:21 AM Reply

Just recently I started adding 100% lemon juice to my daily water intake. I purchased 2 large bottles of it at Costco. Amazingly it has helped to mostly eliminate arthritis pain in my hips!! Not sure how or why!!!!

on February 11, 2018 at 6:05 AM Reply

i have an urge with lemon, i boil a little water then add thinly sliced lemon add honey and a little ginger,top up with purified water ,let it cool and put in fridge, its the greatest ,,,,,, Harvey Berlin South Africa

on January 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM Reply

Always wondered is True Lemon would work? I’ve used in the past and noticed it in the advertisement within your article which reminded me. Thoughts?

on July 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM Reply

How much lemon EO when you don't have fresh lemons?

    on July 10, 2017 at 8:31 AM Reply

    Just a drop or two should flavor it!

on February 25, 2017 at 8:28 AM Reply

I drink at least ONE 24 oz tumbler full of lemon water everyday. However I prefer a little lime in my lemon water as well. When I start feeling like I'm getting sick, I double the lemon/like I squeeze into my water. By the end of the day I feel 100% better.

on February 25, 2017 at 7:26 AM Reply

I do 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar,2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemons,cayenne pepper (a pinch) ,turmeric,cinammon,ground ginger,and 2 teaspoon of raw organic honey drink first thing in the am before you eat or have your coffee...

    on November 8, 2017 at 6:44 PM Reply

    That sounds awesome ! I make a pitcher of lemos with a small cap of Apple cider and a pinch of cinnamon.... I drink this everyday.

on December 22, 2015 at 7:54 AM Reply

I add cayanne pepper to mine!

on July 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM Reply

Dear Chris Freytag, Today is the first day I'm trying lemon water and I have to tell you, it's not all that great. So, I added some pure natural honey to it so it's not so bitter. How long do you think it will take for it to flush out all the toxins and really work into my body? Thank you for your website and great health information. It really has been helping me a lot. Sincerely, Jessica Bruzek

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