10 Benefits of Drinking 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.

Update: After cycling through a number of lemon squeezers, I’ve shifted to a (affiliate link) stainless steel lemon squeezer with over 1000 stellar reviews that I absolutely love and can toss into the dishwasher. I’ve been through peeling paint and corroded plastic with other brands so feel this is worth mentioning if you’re going to make drinking lemon water or lime water a daily habit.

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.

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Sources:
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592 Comments

  1. March 3, 2016 at 1:23 am — Reply

    This is really an awesome guide on benefits of lemon. Highly appreciated. Eevn I shared it on our official fb page.

    • March 5, 2016 at 7:38 am — Reply

      Thank you very much for sharing!

      • Danielle
        March 18, 2016 at 7:51 am — Reply

        I can’t see where to comment, but..
        Could I make this in a 64 oz container for the week? Could I drink just once a day or more?
        Thanks!

  2. February 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    Does lemon juice work the same if made from a frozen concentrate?

  3. December 21, 2015 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    Great post! A lot of great information. I drink a lot of water everyday and adding lemon definitely makes a difference. Thank you.

  4. December 17, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply

    What if I don’t have lemon can I use lime instead?

    • ertie
      January 7, 2016 at 3:15 am — Reply

      You can but it doesn’t give you everything that a lemon does. Somewhere on this website lajollamom has a Lemon Water vs Lime Water were she tells you more about it:) I personally switch between the two to balance out my diet. I prefer lime because of the taste but I do drink lemon more than lime because of its benefits.

  5. Renfro
    December 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    The reason for using warm water is that is is more satiating, which of course helps with weight loss.

  6. November 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    for those who have gastric acid lemon should be avoided, especially in the morning because the acidic lemon tinggi.jadi stomach if the patient is not good even if in the morning eating a lemon

  7. Kelly
    August 26, 2015 at 4:22 am — Reply

    Having Lemon water is the best thing you can do it for your health, as it cleanses the toxic from the body… I’d suggest everyone, no matter what the age is, drinking lemon water is very healthy!

    • Sarah
      September 13, 2015 at 9:23 am — Reply

      Time for an exception! So I never leave comments on things, but after reading this I have to. For years I used to get the most horrible canker sores, sometimes so big it would hurt to smile. Eating was painful. Talking was painful. I’d get them at least 2 or 3 times a month, and since they take so long to heal (at least 5 or more days) it seemed like I was always afflicted with one. Something had to give. A few hours of online searching, and several research articles later I hypothesized that an acidic pH may likely be the cause of my mouth ulcers. So I looked up how to alkalize body pH and sure enough, lemon seemed to be the concensus. So I’ve been doing this warm lemon water regime every morning for the past 8 months or so. The results? Canker sore incidence began tapering off about 3 weeks into it. My last one was literally 6 months ago. Experimental conclusions? For me, it seemed to work fantastically. I didn’t change any other aspect of my diet or lifestyle, so I believe it is the lemon that did the trick. I’d want to see data from a larger cohort study before asserting this as a canker sore/ mouth ulcer treatment, certainly. But would I recommend trying it to people who get mouth ulcers? You betcha.

  8. Jiddah
    August 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    Message here …Hy!:)i’m Jiddah,and im 20yrs old yt weighing 50k,really wanna loose some weight,guess il try taking lemon Every morning wit warm water,i hope it hlps

  9. July 3, 2015 at 3:26 am — Reply

    Most of the people choose bottled water as a healthier option. True if it is compared with soda or sweetened drinks. But bottled water is no good then tap water as it is also treated with the same chemicals. Even the bottle is not necessarily be hygienic because the come in a reusable packs. But while on the go it is still considered a better option. Take one, drink it and dispose.

  10. May 14, 2015 at 7:31 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing this tips. I’m looking for natural way to lost my weight gradually. I have to follow to drink lemon water.

    • Rachel
      June 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm — Reply

      Yh me too. I drink mine with green tea tho and I don’t crave junks like I usually do

  11. May 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    wow its very nice adventages 🙂 . i should try to drink lemon in the morning 🙂

  12. May 6, 2015 at 10:57 am — Reply

    I can’t believe! Does it really work on your freckles?

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