Start The Day Right With Lemon Water

Lemon Water, Health Benefits of Lemon Water, Lemon Detox Water, Why you should drink lemon water

My first drink of the day is usually hot water with lemon because it's such an easy way to detox and do something good for my body. Lemons are packed with vitamin C,  B-complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber which all boast numerous health benefits. 

1. Boosts Immunity
Lemons provide a natural boost to the immune system which helps the body protect itself from stress.

2. Aids Digestion
Lemons have been shown to be effective in relieving indigestion, heartburn and bloating.

3. Supports Digestive Health
Lemons soothe the digestive system by neutralizing and flushing stored toxins as well as stimulating and strengthening the liver.

4. Relieves Pain and Inflammation
Lemon water helps to dissolve uric acid buildup in joints and knees to ease inflammation.

5. Enhance Skin Health
Lemons contain a high level of antioxidants which help protect against free radical damage and prevent acne and wrinkles.

6. Balance pH Levels
The alkalizing effect of lemons counterbalance the body's pH levels against acid forming foods like alcohol, sugar and fat.

7. Improves Moods
 The potassium in lemons is a natural mood enhancer that helps to reduce anxiety and depression.

8. Freshens Breath
Lemons contain natural essential oils which clean and freshen your mouth, prevent gingivitis and relieve toothaches.

9. Aids Weight Loss
The pectin fiber in lemons is beneficial for colon health which reduces bloating and also counters hunger cravings.

10. Soothes Colds
 Drinking warm lemon water when you're sick can help soothe a sore throat as well as loosen up congestion and prevent dehydration.

To make, just squeeze the juice of a half a lemon into a cup of hot or warm water. It's best to consume this 15 - 20 minutes before having your breakfast so your body can absorb all the goodness and your metabolism will also get a jumpstart. To protect the enamel on your teeth, be sure to brush them before drinking lemon water. You can also try drinking it through a straw or rinsing your mouth afterwards. I don't happen to drink coffee ever and I find that lemon water is a great energizer in the mornings since lemons have a high concentration of negatively charged ions which improves oxygen uptake and brain function. I also sometimes drink a cup at night if I've had a particularly heavy meal and can vouch for the digestive benefits. It has to be hot though.

Do you drink lemon water? What is your first drink of the day?

60 comments

Vonnie said...

I generally do coffee first thing in the morning, with Mexican hot chocolate flavor creamer. I do the lemon water with honey when I'm really sick since it's such a great throat soother. That's when I can keep lemons in the house - my boyfriend eats them like candy.

Anonymous said...

I loooove hot lemon! I'll bring some lemons next time I go grocery shopping :-)

Kie I. said...

Awesome post! I love a little lemon water in the morning and always drink hot tea with it as well :) Strangely I've never been so informed on the benefits of it, so it was great reading this. Thanks for sharing.

Stanislava E. said...

I've heard that starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon is very healthy. I don't really like how it tastes though, not because of the lemon, but because of the warm water. Usually I start my day with an orange/grapefruit fresh and after that I have breakfast. I may try sometimes lemon water in the evening, as you said, after a heavy meal. Have a successful new week, Rowena! xo

Kizzy Von Doll said...

I drink water, but I really need to remember to put lemon in it, i have heard a lot about it, this just reminded me :))) xx

Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! What a coincidence, last week I was talking of this habit with a girl at the gym as she does it everyday and I didnt know all the benefits it could have. Id like to try it too now, Im always afraid of my teeth so better to use a straw :) The pic is very nice and inspiring too. Happy Monday dear, have a good week! xo

Emmylou said...

I wish I can be disciplined to do this, Rowena. I've been hearing of the benefits of lemon water for a long time, but alas, coffee always wins...sigh....

Jackie Harrison said...

I love having my glass it is true very helpful for the

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FASHION TALES said...

I actually always do this, and use ginger with my lemon in the mornings in hot water right before my tea. :) Great post! <3
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Monica said...

Thanks Rowena, that´s a great information I didn´t know. Most of the time I drink water with lomon in summer and green tee in winter, but tomorrow morning I will start my day with hot water and lemon!:)

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little luxury list said...

Thanks for the tip! I always drink a cup of water in the morning but the lemon should be a nice boost!

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Elle Sees said...

i tend to do this when i am sick. need to permanently implement it.

Shireen L. Platt said...

My first cup in the morning is just plain ol' water and then followed by 2 cups of coffee half an hour later. I've never tried a hot water with lemon though but it sure sounds good. Will give it a try tomorrow morning.

Hope you had a great weekend, Rowena! xx

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Stella said...

I drink water with lemon too but cold water. Very beneficial for the body.
Have a nice week, Rowena.
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Anonymous said...

I need to try this! I've been wanting to start drinking a cup of hot water a lemon for a long time, but I always forget to do so. I will remember this and try it out ;)

Cheryl van den Berg said...

I don't really like adding lemon to my water, but that's because I like water to taste like water. But I do like lemon flavored tea.

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Gabrielle said...

I really, really wish I could bear the taste of lemon as the benefits of drinking it seem to be endless!! Have a lovely week, Rowena :)

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Kelsey & Kenecha said...

I always hear so many great things about this! Reminds me of summer for some reason haha xx

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Christina @ Happy or Else said...

How do I tell people to do this, read about it etc and still forget to do this!? THANK YOU! I should make a note in my kitchen. Yay!!!

Simera H said...

I love doing this. I use fresh lemons but most of the time I use lemon essential oil.
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Paola Lauretano said...

I need to try this lemon water... thanks for sharing darling!!
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Maggie Dallospedale said...

Hi sweetie,
Every morning I drink lemon water. I love this routine ;)
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Anonymous said...

Many people seem to do this and I would like to try it as well, say for a week and then see how I feel.

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Hena Tayeb said...

oh i agree.. i love it in the winter and does wonders for a scratchy throat.

Marcela Gmd said...

Great tips!!! Thank you for sharing!!!
Have a good week, dear Rowena!!! my g+ and like's for you!!!:)))

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Valerie Price said...

I love hot lemon water as well! It is definitely the best way to start the day!

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365HANGERS said...

Such a great reminder to have our lemon water in the morning. It's a habit we need to get into!

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Lena L said...

Thank you for this simple and amazing tip! I drink lots of water but often the first thing I drink in the morning is coffee. LOL. Lemon water is something I drink in the late afternoon, but morning drink for detox sounds so much better. :)

Lady Lilith said...

I bet it is great if you have a cold as well.

Alicia Mackin said...

Oh I know lemon water is so good, I love it for a cold.

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Kim Alston said...

I've had room temperature water with lemon! I need to try it warm/hot like you describe. I wasn't aware of all the benefits. MARVELOUS!!! Thanks Rowena.
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Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

I have a cup of coffee in the morning, but in the afternoon, I have a cup of tea with lemons. I love the flavor of lemons with tea, good to know that it's good for you too!

trishie said...

Yes I do drink lemon water first thing in the morning! Great for kickstarting my metabolism and tastes more fun than plain water.

Christy@SweetandSavoring said...

I do drink lemon water on occasion and always appreciate it when I do! Plain water is what I drink most often.

libys11 said...

i do this quite regularly!! love the benefits for sure!! :D

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Ivana Split said...

For a time I was doing this, but lately my first drink started to be coffee again. I will, however, get back to this. The reason why I started to drink hot lemon water was because I read that it helps with Chron...and besides it can't hurt, right? I love lemonade and this is just a variation of it.

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Celyn PS said...

what a great post! I should do this more often!

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cutie03xx said...

I regularly drink warm lemon water and its the best because it has so many amazing properties! x

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Mira Devils said...

I used to drink this a lot in the past but it made my teeth senstive (no I haven't brushed them after the lemon water). Now I start my day with hot water. My sisters starts her day with hot ginger and honey. Maybe I should try lemon water again but with less lemon lol. It tastes great and it's healthy and I try to stick to my new year's resolution. Happy Tusday Rowena!!

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Diana Ashuayem said...

I drink warm water every morning. Lemon water is amazing.
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Love this so much! Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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Jessica said...

I had read about this before and I gave it a try. For a month I would have warm lemon water every morning. Honestly, I thought it was disgusting and I couldn't tell that it helped me out in any way. I just couldn't get use to that taste and gave it up.

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Hoda Katebi said...

Oh, wow! I actually just heard for the first time just the other day that drinking lemon water in the morning is beneficial--I didn't know it was THIS good! Thank you for all of the tips--definitely starting to incorporate this into my morning routine! You're the best!

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Lemon water is so good for you! I try to drink some every morning :)

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I often hear this but I haven't actually done this on the daily. I usually drink lemon water throughout the day but not at the start. I keep telling myself I should be doing this in the morning. =)
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jo said...

I drink this too, but I usually add some honey. I usually have a glass of water and then a cup of coffee right away. Rowena, thank you so much for sending me the shepherd's pie link. I'm bored with mine so I need a new recipe. :)

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Pilar Bernal Maya said...

oh yes, it's perfect. I take it daily
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sonia de macedo said...

I don't like hot water with lemon but I do love room temperature or chilled water with lemon. Something about it warm doesn't go down right with me. And I know how good it is for you too, especially when you're feeling sick, it's supposed to be a miracle cure but I just can't stomach it hot lol!

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My Garden Diaries said...

SOOOO trying this!!! I could use all of the boosting possible when chasing these beans! I have never thought to try it warm in the morning! Such a great idea pal!!! Wishing you all good things this week Rowena!!! Nicole xoxo

Leslie said...

Yep ;) A morning must have! xxleslie

Jenmarie G said...

Thanks for including all the benefits! I don't usually do this but I recently squeezed lemon into my smoothies as an added health factor. I couldn't taste it but I knew it was doing my body good!

Jane said...

the benefits sound amazing. i'm incorporating this into my morning routine! thanks so much rowena!

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

Wow! I have been making lemon with warm water and honey for my two boys for the past few days already as they are down with quite bad sore throat!

It does help to ease the pain a bit and my big one loves it more than my second son ^_^

It is very nutritious! I only wish that I am discipline enough to take it myself Daily!

Hope you are having a great week, Rowena.

Big hugs,
Jeann

Anonymous said...

yeeeSSSS!! I started my day with hot lemon as well, but I add honey- it always gives me a great kick when I'm feeling iffy, so it was great to come across your blog/post and read that its your routine too! Have a gd wkend!

Caryn Sullivan said...

I've been starting my day with hot water and lemon for a year now and love it. Glad to meet you through SITS.

Michelle Nahom said...

I need to start putting lemon in my water...I always forget. I know it's so good for you. Thanks for the reminder!!

Anastasia said...

I do this every morning! Sometimes I add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and some ginger to it.