10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

10 Reasons to Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

As you may know, I’m starting a BluePrintCleanse tomorrow morning. To prepare, BluePrintCleanse suggests that I drink lemon water first thing in the morning to kick start my digestive system. The water added to the lemon juice should be lukewarm, or as hot as I can tolerate. I decided to look into why this is recommended and after what I’ve learned, I’m thinking about making lemon water a regular habit.

10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

1. Boosts your immune system

Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.

4. Lemon water aids digestion

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

5. Is a diuretic

Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

7. Freshens breath

Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. I admit, I’m slightly worried about it.

8. Relieves respiratory problems

Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.

9. Keeps you zen

Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.

10. Helps kick the coffee habit

After I have a glass of hot lemon water, I actually don’t crave coffee in the morning. This is weird, I can’t explain it, but I’ll take it.

The one thing I couldn’t find a concrete answer for is why the water has to be hot. Having studied Chinese Medicine, I can only assume that cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body. It takes energy for your body to process cold and really hot water, believe it or not. I asked BluePrintCleanse how much lemon the recommend you put in your water. They suggested just a wedge or 1/8 of a lemon.

Tip:  Drink your warm lemon water in coffee cups that has coffee or tea stains.  The lemon water will help remove them.

Tip:  Grind the used lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to help deodorize it.

Easy Lemon Water Recipes

If I’m in a hurry in the morning, I use this simple warm lemon water recipe:

  • Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into a mug of warm water. Stir.

But, if you have more time on your hands and need something to drink throughout the day, this detox water has health benefits and tastes great.

  • Fill a large pitcher of water, perhaps 12 cups or 3 quarts in size.
  • Squeeze 3 lemons (6 average-sized limes works, too).
  • Slice one cucumber thinly and add to water.
  • Drop in a handful of mint leaves.
  • Stir.

If you drink lemon water first thing in the morning, how is it going for you?

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  1. In order to protect my teeth can I do a lemon enema and still get the same benefits?

  2. Hi, can i use a limon (the green ones) instead of a yellow lemon? is there any difference?

  3. Thanks for the excellent and helpful information. I’ve always wondered what lemon water does for one. Would lime be as beneficial as lemon or, for some reason, not?

  4. brenda taylor says:

    can I still get the same benefits from drinking store bought lemon favored bottle water?

    • Hi Brenda, unfortunately – you do not get the same benefits. Stick to the fresh lemons, you’ll appreciate what they do for you. I read in the article to use 1/8 of a lemon. In our group, we actually use 1/2 lemon in our water daily. To help reduce the risk of the acid damaging our tooth enamel, we rinse with plain water or brush right after drinking the lemon water. Good luck!

      • No, don’t brush right after, you can damage your teeth further, just rinse with regular water, if you’re feeling paranoid after rinsing a few times you can brush, but make sure to rinse with water or mouthwash thoroughly first.

    • No do NOT drink any bottled water with lemon as you don’t know where the water originated from. The best is a filtration system and fresh squeezed lemons.

  5. should I add the lemon juice or the lemon slice in the water? as for washing face how should i do it ?


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