Daily Detox: Drink Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric

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For several years now, I’ve been starting the day with warm lemon water because of its long list of health benefits. Lemon water, among many other things, detoxifies the body by giving the digestive system a kick in the morning.

Truth be told, though I need this daily detox after a summer full of travel, I’ve been looking for a way to jazz up the morning ritual and discovered that adding turmeric to lemon water not only offers a different taste, but it adds many other health benefits, too.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is not only what makes mustard and curries yellow, but it’s an incredibly powerful nutritional supplement.

The Indian spice has chemical compounds called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most beneficial. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent (helpful for arthritis among many other conditions) and an antioxidant. It also helps the body to absorb other antioxidants.

Curcumin has also been linked to delaying or reversing brain diseases in rats and improves the ability of the lining of the blood vessels to function correctly or endothelial function, therefore, it’s been thought to reverse cardiovascular disease.

Curcumin has been shown to benefit cancer patients as it can inhibit the proliferation and survival of almost all types of tumor cells.

It helps fight depression and many other health conditions.

I figure that it can’t hurt to add a bit of turmeric to my lemon water in the morning. Here’s how you can do it.

Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric Recipe


  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • warm water
  • a dab of honey (optional)


  1. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into a mug.
  2. Add the turmeric.
  3. Add warm water.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Add honey to taste, if desired.
  6. Keep spoon in the cup as turmeric will fall to the bottom so the drink will need to be mixed again.

What Does Turmeric in Lemon Water Taste Like?

Turmeric removes the sour taste of lemon and adds a sort of peppery flavor that takes some getting used to, truth be told. I might start with a low dose and build up. The other reason for this is to see what sort of an impact it has on your digestive system.

There is a complicated reason for this, but black pepper has a compound that helps the body absorb nutrients like curcumin. Some people munch a few peppercorns with this morning detox. Some experts say that if you do a good job of incorporating black pepper into your diet that this step isn’t necessary. I twist my grinder a few times over my drink because I don’t eat a lot of black pepper usually.

Always ask your doctor before starting a new health regimen anyway. I’d love to hear feedback from people who are drinking this!

Tools for Perfect Lemon Water with Turmeric

The perfect tools for a nice cup of lemon water with turmeric include organic turmeric from Simply Organic, as well as a stainless steel lemon squeezer which won’t corrode like the plastic or painted kind do (been there, done that).

See also:

10 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning

8 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cucumber Water

Are There More Health Benefits in Lime or Lemon Water?

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drink Diet Soda

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  1. Neha
    August 15, 2018 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    Can this be consumed in pregnancy?

    • Davinder
      September 10, 2018 at 10:25 pm — Reply

      Nope ,as this will increase your Pitta level

  2. May 7, 2018 at 4:42 am — Reply

    Great recipe – thank you for sharing! I typically enjoy drinking water cold – do I have to use warm water for this recipe?

    • Davinder
      September 10, 2018 at 10:26 pm — Reply

      yes water should be lukewarm if not hot..you should consider this as a turmeric n lemon tea..it also helps in reducing waist fat.

  3. Katt
    February 25, 2018 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    Can you make the mixture the night before and heat it in the morning before drinking? Not sure I want to go through all the prep at 5 am…..

  4. L. N. Sharma
    February 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm — Reply

    I have just started with grated garden fresh turmeric boiled in two cups of water and leave it for soaking for 4-5 minutes as in case of green tea, strain it and squeeze 1/2 a lemon add some times 1 – 2 pellets Natura (sugar free) and drink it as a morning drink. It is very tasty and refreshing.
    I am yet to know about the “boiling turmeric will kill the curcumin”.
    Some how I am happy with the hot concoction of freshly grated Turmeric and squeezed Lemon. Yes replacing sugar free with stevia leaves will be certainly be beneficial.
    L. N. sharma, Dwarka, New Delhi

  5. Michael
    December 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    Can this be taken at night before bed

  6. Berge
    December 4, 2017 at 11:24 am — Reply

    I’ve been drinking turmeric and cinnamon in green tea sweetened with streva every morning for all most for a year now. Feel good (86 yo)my cognitive has improved, aches not crippling. Reading this post is first I’ve read about turmeric.

  7. Dante
    November 17, 2017 at 8:42 am — Reply

    I have been taking turmeric tea with a dash of pepper and lime juice for almost two years now. Great for the body and really detoxifies.

  8. October 25, 2017 at 12:00 am — Reply

    Detox drinks help to remove toxins from the body in a complete natural way and inhibit the development of diseases due to toxicity of the tissues.
    check here for best detox morning drinks:- https://grecobe.com/best-drinks-every-morning-to-detox/

  9. Luna
    October 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm — Reply

    I gave started sinking tumeric water for 2 weeks now. Incredible results. My skin is clearing up. My yellowish nails are getting whiter and l am feeling less tired.

  10. Linda
    September 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    Is it absolutely necessary to put black pepper in my warm turmeric with lemon and honey drink to have it absorb in my body properly?

  11. cathy
    August 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Dear La Jolla Mom, I have enjoyed reading all the benefits of warm lemon water in the morning, but had not heard that adding turmeric also helps.
    My first question is: Do you have to use fresh lemon, or can you use lemon juice from a bottle. Think it is 100% lemon juice concentrate but not positive.
    My next question is: I know very little about Turmeric but have recently read of the many benefits. I’m wondering where do you buy it? Does it come as an extract as the Indonesian gal spoke of, or in powered form like nutmeg, cloves, etc.? Or perhaps both?

  12. July 9, 2017 at 12:44 am — Reply

    seems like nothing is healty is it healty for your body its not healty for yor teeth, and what about backing soda in the mix is it healthy or not

  13. Alminà 
    July 8, 2017 at 7:07 am — Reply

    Can use it to treat cervix cancer.

  14. Josie Wood
    March 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Will adding baking soda have any effect on this recipe need it because the acid from the lemon would botehr my stomach
    Thank you

    • Ragu
      October 7, 2017 at 11:07 am — Reply

      Lemon is alkaline. Lime and other citric fruits are acid.

  15. February 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm — Reply

    Great article! I always drink lemon water in the morning, but now will definitely try the tumeric with a straw too!

    Just one question, should i boil the water or just warm it up?


  16. Cavakia Therlonge
    February 13, 2017 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing your daily ritual. Glad I decided to read your blog today because I just started a 7-day vegan diet and this detox tea will compliment the process:


  17. Sid
    December 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    I started drinking from past 2 days in the morning after 1 hr i feel the need to go to bathroom second time. My wife does not have any problem after drinking the same. Hope this helps.

  18. November 21, 2016 at 12:36 am — Reply

    Turmeric a day can help you prevent and cure different kinds of illnesses.
    How to use it?
    – make a turmeric juice
    – turmeric supplements
    – add turmeric as a spice to your food

    You can check some health benefits of turmeric here https://behealthy.today/turmeric-20-amazing-health-benefits/
    Thanks for sharing this article it really helps a lot.

  19. Myrtice Hutchinson
    October 21, 2016 at 6:25 am — Reply

    I’m starting th fresh squeeze lemon and tumeric this morning October 21 I read an article that it helps with weight loss I’ve always been told that I have great complexion so I hope that the recipe works for me and I’m going thru some nerve damage now and was told that the tumeric might help I will post later my results

  20. Swarna Nair
    October 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm — Reply

    Nice to drink warm fresh lemon water and fresh grated turmeric Lemon juice , fresh turmeric and honey is good for the skin removes black heads and gives good complexion – needs to add little chickpeas flour to the mix to apply to the face.

  21. October 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm — Reply

    I’ve read that a small amount of fat, such as organic coconut oil, is needed because the turmeric is fat soluble. Is this accurate?

  22. September 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    I just tried this recipe and I’m loving it so far. My mom also enjoys it 🙂 I think this may be perfect for when you have a cold.

  23. August 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm — Reply

    would like to try; I have a heart problem and maybe I could lose some weight

  24. Yuri
    August 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    Well l drink turmeric with ginger, coriandre and some grinder black pepper,,, its all powder to make easy to prepare,,, the taste isnt fantastic but l stopped drinking coffee and quit cigarettes,,, this detox drink, helped me a lot,,,since then l lov to try juices,,, all types,,, vegetables and fruits,,, acc l am doing a raw diet , except grains,,, some carpaccio and sushimi,,, all this is giving me lots of energy, it reset my energy,,, so definitely start with turmeric lemon and move forward ,,, it fells great when it kicks in

  25. Malvena
    May 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm — Reply

    I have been drinking it at night for the last two week. It’s seems to be working but still hard to tell! Do you think I should drink a 8oz cup in the morning as well as at night?.

    • madhuvan yadav
      November 17, 2016 at 4:26 am — Reply

      drink only in the morning before having any meal,

  26. Victoria
    April 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    I just started drinking turmeric and honey with lemon Ang a pinch of ginger mixed in warm water and let me tell you I feel Great. I have been making a paste of turmeric and coconut oil for 2 of my dogs which I add a spoonful to their food and it has helped them. My 17 yr old Shorthaired pointer has cushings disease and arthritis and it has helped him. I’m a believer!

  27. Sheila J
    April 15, 2016 at 5:17 am — Reply

    How much water do you need to use for the detox receipe?

    • madhuvan yadav
      November 17, 2016 at 4:27 am — Reply

      approx 300ml or 8 oz

    • Simi Sahni
      April 11, 2018 at 10:08 am — Reply

      Turmeric should be taken in low dose, and people taking blood thinners should consult the doctor, as turmeric interferes with it, something thats good, can also be not so good for everyone. Lemon and turmeric with honey and ginger ect are detoxifying drinks. But use caution. And limit caffeine to encourage detox. Eating a balanced meal with more salads, some cooked vegetables and barlwy roti, along with buttermilk helps loose weight, focus on less oil and low salt, avoiding sweets and fruit juices aids in weight loss and having 3 meals and 2 snacks, healthy ones, will also help high sugar levels decrease, and adding chia seeds and fibre will keep one full longer. Enjoy

  28. April 14, 2016 at 5:08 am — Reply

    I have been making my drink with honey, lemon juice, ginger powder & turmeric powder mixed with hot water, and I mix my drink in a coffee plunger, as I found drinking the powder rather unpleasant. I had been getting extremely sharp pains in my right upper arm (about 2 or 3 per hour), these past two weeks not one sharp pain at all.

  29. Anne
    March 6, 2016 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Does turmeric stain teeth enamel? I find that if I spill any curry, I’m left with a yellow stain that is difficult to remove.

    • Susan
      September 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm — Reply

      Turmeric actually whitens teeth!

    • Zooms
      October 31, 2016 at 9:59 am — Reply

      Not at all

    • madhuvan yadav
      November 17, 2016 at 4:28 am — Reply

      turmeric does not stain teeth enamel

  30. Sasha
    December 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    I have been drinking this (minus the black pepper) for about a month now every morning and let me just tell you the wonders it has done to my system. I have a HUGE sweet tooth meaning I get very bloated after having too much of it but as soon as i take my warm water, lemon and turmeric I almost immediately feel the soothing. Gets my metabolism working fast and has really helped with my skin!

    • October 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm — Reply

      I’ve read that the black pepper, even just a small amount, ups the benefits of the turmeric.

  31. Peter
    December 28, 2015 at 2:08 am — Reply

    I’m sorry to put a dampener on things guys BUT as a dentist, I regularly see the damage these lemon in water routines do to people’s teeth.
    The lemon juice is of course a strong acid and it doesn’t take more than a few weeks before your tooth enamel starts to look different. After a few months the teeth start looking slightly dissolved and after a few years half the original volume of tooth enamel can be lost.
    This looks awful and the teeth can be uncomfortably sensitive for quite a lot of the day.
    I have several long term patients I have watched deteriorate like this because although they hear my message and acknowledge that they understand the implications for their dental health, they are addicted to this routine. The human brain is a complicated thing!
    The turmeric seems a very good idea but just not in lemon juice!

    • Aimee
      January 7, 2016 at 1:20 am — Reply

      perhaps then it would be better to drink this through a straw, to bypass contact with your teeth altogether? That way you are still getting the benefits of the drink without sacrificing the damage to tooth enamel. 🙂

    • Arwa AlMufleh
      January 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm — Reply

      I agree, and that why I have this drink with a straw instead ! 🙂

      April 26, 2016 at 11:33 am — Reply

      Our responsibility as a dentist is to tell your patient the does and don’t of lemon or other acidity products and food. That means drink it with a straw less changes of of damaging your teeth and brush and gargle after you drink…That is my advise

    • Tashia
      June 9, 2016 at 8:57 am — Reply

      Would it help if it was drunk from a straw?

    • Carol
      July 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm — Reply

      Peter, what about lime juice and gum repair? I’ve read that lime juice can help with many different ailments including gum health.

    • Trudy
      July 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm — Reply

      How about orange juice??

    • Brett
      June 26, 2017 at 3:49 am — Reply

      Well don’t be a hero m put a damper on things then Pete. God…. had to be a damper puter onerer. ?

    • Debbie
      February 3, 2018 at 9:29 am — Reply

      For that reason I always use a straw to drink my lemon water. As I drink warm lemon water a lot. It avoids constant direct contact with me teeth. It helps!

  32. November 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this recipe! Shared on FB page.

  33. alaina
    October 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    I drank turmeric with water at about 1030 am. By 1230 noon yes I had to run to the toilet

  34. Samuel Matthews
    October 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I’m new to this thread, but have you considered Agave Nectar? It come from the Mexican Agave Cactus. Just a little goes a long way.

  35. sahiti
    August 26, 2015 at 8:31 am — Reply


    Does drinking tumeric water cause pimples???

  36. Telly
    July 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    hi… I also come from indonesia. I would like to share also another traditional recipe from my country. Especially for Javanese recipe, we called it Jamu kunyit asem (turmeric with turmerind). Here is: 1 tsp turmeric powder or u can crush/blend 2inch of fresh turmeric, 1 TBs turmerind (fresh/concentrate), pinch of salt, 1 TBs of brown sugar (but i replace with a leaf of stevia.) Boil all in 500ml of water until 15mins. Let it cool. Filter it and put in glass bottle. I prefer to drink it chilled and usually Indonesian women drink it before-during-after the menstruation. Cleans from inside, also less bad odor body ?

    • Joy
      May 10, 2016 at 10:34 am — Reply

      I have read that boiling tumeric will kill the curcumin, which is the active ingredient in tumeric.

      • Debby
        July 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm — Reply

        When first learning about turmeric, I read that cooking it helped with absorption (as do the addition of black pepper, ginger, and coconut milk ), so I’d be interested in knowing which is accurate!
        Also, my digestive system is pretty sensitive, but I have had no “restroom emergencies” since starting turmeric, and I did NOT start out with a small dosage. If anyone is worried, try it on the weekend.

  37. Dana
    April 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I do not like honey can I use a small amount of Truvia? I use one teaspoon in my coffee a day, and that is all.

    • October 13, 2016 at 11:49 pm — Reply

      Please don’t use Truvia, it’s been shown to not be good. Only use true Stevia. I’ve read also that raw honey is good.

  38. Dila
    April 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Hello thanks for sharing..
    I am from Indonesia, here in Indonesia we as native people always using turmeric for every foods we cook.
    And… The wonderful recipe for long-life is drink fresh extract turmeric mix with lemon and honey. Trust me it works for every ilness.. Use it daily and you can see the difference day to day.. at least a month make it for daily detox every morning and before bed..
    that is wonderfulllll…

    • May 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm — Reply

      Do I need to boil the watet ? Thanks

  39. Trisha Sng Woei Shin
    March 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    thanks!! do you mind sharing what happens after you drink this? do you need to run to the toilet? after how long? just want to have some expectation in case i am stuck on the way to work…

  40. January 30, 2015 at 10:10 am — Reply

    thanks By La Jolla Mom! for good article! with natural and well known home remedies

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