How Drinking Lemon in the Morning Helps Your Body

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How Drinking Lemon in the Morning Helps Your Body 7 Ways This Little Habit Can Change Your Life

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Lemon water is never something I have enjoyed. I tend to like sweet over sour things, and it used to be hard for me to drink any water at all, much less some with lemon in it.

But over the years, I have seen more and more research into the benefits of drinking lemon water, especially in the morning.  Fortunately by this time, due to all the health problems I had been experiencing, I had already cut cokes and other soda out of my life and had increased my water intake from practically zero to the recommended eight glasses of water daily, if not more. So, with those two big steps out of the way, I felt brave enough to try it.

My Personal Experience

My health has improved tremendously since I started drinking lemon water in the morning. (However, I have made other improvements in my lifestyle and health too, so it is difficult to know which improvements helped the most. When you are desperate, you tend to try whatever you can find!) 

I personally feel like my digestion is better, it seems to increase energy (although this is something I still struggle with), and I have grown used to the taste (of this and filtered water). There are many others who have had even better experiences with this, but keep in mind, there is no miracle product or fruit. What is more important is consistently choosing real, healthy foods and getting rid of all the crap. I am all for the small, daily changes you can make to substantially improve your health!

First thing in the morning, I do oil pulling. Then, I rinse out my mouth and drink warm lemon water. I make this by heating a cup of water, then I add another cup of cool or room temperature water to it, for a total of 16 ounces of warm water. Then, I cut an organic lemon in half, and and squeeze one half into the warm water. (I squeeze the other half into my husband’s glass, filled with just room temperature water as he doesn’t like it warm.) I purchased this stainless steel citrus juice press on Amazon and it has really made this whole process much more efficient!

Sometimes I add non-irradiated cayenne pepper, himalayan sea salt, or cinnamon to the water for added health benefits. Keep in mind you need to use a straw so that the lemon’s acid won’t hurt your tooth enamel.

According to nutritionists, these are some of the benefits of drinking warm lemon water in the morning:

  1. Warm lemon water in the morning can help flush out toxins and encourage good digestion. I have experienced this one!
  2. It can help your immune system fight off illness, especially if taken regularly. It can also help your respiratory system through its’ anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. It reduces inflammation by riding the body of the uric acid that builds up in the joints. (Some people say it is good to drink after a workout and can help with that post-workout soreness.)
  4. Lemons are full of amazing nutrients, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins B and C.
  5. The smell can make you happy! If you have ever used essential oils, you know that many citrus oils, including lemon, can help fight anxiety and depression, or at the very least give you a mood boost. (Sometimes when I am out of lemons, I will use a drop or two of lemon essential oil. It has a milder flavor, but the scent is the same. Just make sure you use food-grade essential oils. Not all oils are equal!)
  6. It can increase energy. I have found this to be true, and some people say they can even give up caffeine because of drinking lemon water. I don’t drink a lot of caffeine now and I have never been a coffee drinker, so I can’t vouch for that. 😉
  7. Prevent kidney stones. Now, I hope that none of you have ever, ever, ever had to deal with the horrific pain of kidney stones. But if you have, you know you will do whatever it takes to prevent it from happening again. I haven’t had one since drinking lemon water most mornings. Like I said earlier, I have made other changes in my life that will hopefully prevent this from happening again, but hey, I am more than happy to drink some lemon water every morning if it has a chance of keeping my kidneys safe!

Here is my process:

Warm Lemon Water
Serves 1
Enjoy the benefits with just one glass a day - make sure to use a straw!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups water, separated
  2. 1/2 - 1 organic lemon
  3. dash of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or himalayan sea salt (optional)
  1. Heat one cup of water
  2. Add the second cup of water at room temperature or cool
  3. Cut the lemon in half
  4. Squeeze the juice into the water and stir
  1. Don't put lemon juice directly into the hot water because it can kill the healthy enzymes.
  2. Remember to use a straw so that the acidity will not harm your tooth enamel.
So, there are just a few of the documented benefits to drinking warm lemon water in the morning. Have you tried it? What was your experience?


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  1. Darlene Nicholas says:

    I have tried it and when I do, I feel GREAT! Using luke warm water seems to be the trick here. I read that drinking cold water can shock the system and organs, so I have been avoiding that whenever I can. Its an easy, healthy tip!

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