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Daily Detox: Drink Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric

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For several years now, I’ve been starting my mornings off with a cup of lovely warm lemon water because of its long list of health benefits. Recently, though, I’ve started drinking turmeric and lemon water instead. Here’s why.

Lemon water on its own has many health benefits, including the fact that it helps detoxify the body by giving the digestive system a kick first thing when you wake up. Unfortunately, my morning cup has become more of a necessity than a relaxing luxury. I truly need this daily detox after so much travel.

So I began looking for a way to jazz up this morning ritual (to help me stick with it) and after a bit of research, I discovered that adding turmeric to lemon water not only gives my morning pick-me-up a different taste, but also adds lots of health benefits, too.

If your morning routine currently involves throwing back a coffee before you bolt out the door, why not swap out your cup of Joe for a super healthy turmeric lemon water? It’s equally quick to make, and unlike coffee, it is rich in things your body actually needs like vitamin C, flavonoids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

What Is Tumeric

This cheerful yellow spice is native to South Asia and is part of the ginger family, but it’s more than just a flavoring agent. For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine but the health benefits of turmeric are only just now being fully examined by Western scientists. Researchers are finding fascinating things!

One study published in the Journal of Nephropathology found that, “Turmeric…might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease].” Your morning coffee certainly can’t do all that!

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is an incredibly powerful nutritional supplement thanks to chemical compounds called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most beneficial. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent (which means it’s helpful for arthritis among many other conditions) and an antioxidant. Additionally, it helps the body absorb other antioxidants.

Curcumin has also been linked to delaying or reversing brain diseases in rats, and it improves the ability of the lining of the blood vessels to function correctly – which means it may actually reverse cardiovascular disease.

What else can the turmeric in a cup of my lemon and turmeric drink do? Some people find that consuming turmeric regularly helps them fight depression and many other mental health conditions. And curcumin has been shown to benefit cancer patients because it inhibits the growth of almost all types of tumor cells.

Given all that, I figure it can’t hurt to add a bit of turmeric to my warm lemon water in the morning. Read on to find out how you can join me in my new morning routine. Once you try it, let me know what you think in the comments!

Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric Recipe

Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric Recipe

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

The Tools You’ll Need for Perfect Turmeric and Lemon Water

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 that won’t corrode like the plastic or painted kind (been there, done that).

What Does Turmeric and Lemon Water Taste Like?

Many people are hesitant to try warm lemon water because they’re worried they won’t enjoy the sour taste of citrus in the morning. Adding turmeric actually masks the intensity of the lemon and adds a complex peppery flavor.

If you find the flavor of turmeric water with lemon to be surprising or too strong at first, use a smaller amount of turmeric and then gradually add more as you get used to the taste. Some people add a dash of cinnamon.

And if you’re not currently doing a total detox, you can also whisk in some honey or coconut nectar. Just remember that a little sweetness can go a long way!

There’s one more good reason to start with a smaller amount of turmeric in your turmeric lemon water. This spice can have a profound impact on your digestive system (which is good) but you don’t want to overdo it. Always check with your doctor before starting a new health regimen or adding supplements to your diet.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric and Lemon Water

There are lots of reasons you should give this powerful morning elixir a try. Here are just a few:

It Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking turmeric water (with or without lemon) has been shown to prevent the accumulation of fat. And sipping a healthy hot beverage in the morning that tastes interesting and looks cheerful may keep you from overindulging at brunch. What more do you need to know?

Turmeric Improves Digestion and Metabolism

Drinking a turmeric drink (whether it’s turmeric and lemon water or something else) can enhance your body’s ability to produce bile – a crucial component of a healthy, well-functioning digestive system.

Turmeric and Lemon Water Is a Detox Drink

The liver uses bile as part of the process by which it eliminates toxins from your body. Bile also keeps your liver healthy. Meanwhile, the citric acid in lemon juice helps your body maintain the proper pH levels for wellness, and lemon itself is a natural diuretic that will help your body flush away toxins in your urine.

This Drink Is an Antioxidant Powerhouse

Illness and premature aging are both thought to be caused, in part, by oxidative damage by free radicals in the body. Antioxidants protect your body from the effects of free radicals – and both turmeric and lemons are full of them!

Turmeric May Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

The curcumin in turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that can counteract the symptoms of the chronic inflammatory disorder, rheumatoid arthritis.

Drinking Turmeric and Lemon Can Protect You from Infections

The antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties of turmeric paired with the immune boosting Vitamin C and potassium in lemon juice means there is a lot of illness-fighting power in every warm cup of turmeric and lemon water.

It May Help Lower Cholesterol Levels

Numerous studies have shown that compounds in turmeric can positively impact cholesterol levels, though it’s still not clear what the optimal dosages should be.

It might also help prevent heart disease! Given that there are virtually no downsides to adding turmeric to your diet, why not see what this spice can do for your cholesterol levels.

And Even Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Turmeric prevents the degradation of neurons by increasing the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (a hormone that seems to keep the brain healthy), which may in turn keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay in those people more susceptible to it. The curcumin in turmeric may even improve memory!

Finally, Drinking Turmeric and Lemon Will Keep You Looking Young

Starting your day with a turmeric drink is an easy way to keep your skin hydrated but that’s not the only reason to add this beverage to your beauty routine. Antioxidants to slow the aging process? Check!

Anti-inflammatory compounds to keep you looking and feeling vibrant from the inside out? Turmeric and lemon water will give you a beautiful, healthy glow!

FAQs About Lemon Water with Turmeric

Can you put turmeric in lemon water?

Absolutely! The turmeric will not dissolve in your lemon water, so have a spoon or a mini whisk on hand to give your drink the occasional stir.

When should I drink turmeric water?

Sipping lemon water with turmeric first thing in the morning will kick start your digestive system but you can enjoy this drink any time of day.

Can turmeric help with weight loss?

Yes! While turmeric doesn’t aid in weight loss directly, it can combat the inflammation that is strongly linked with obesity and belly fat. Drinking lemon water with turmeric (especially in place of soft drinks or diet soda) throughout the day can help you stave off cravings that lead to midday snacking.

Is turmeric bad for your kidneys?

Turmeric and lemon juice are both good sources of potassium, which people with kidney disease often need to limit. However, most people who drink lemon water with turmeric are not consuming the spice in harmful quantities.

The best thing to do is ask your doctor if turmeric is safe for you.

Have you tried turmeric and lemon water? What did you think?

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78 thoughts on “Daily Detox: Drink Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 ?

      1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

    2. 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

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

    4. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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

  9. 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!

    1. What type of Tumeric for paste ? We have a Cane Corso that either has a pinched nerve or could be worse maybe wobblers.

  10. 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?.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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. I have been drinking this for about 3 months. I stir 1/2t. turmeric, juice from a lemon, some black pepper, and honey in a cup of very warm water. Has helped my knee pain and mobility immensely. Just keep an eye on your sugar if your diabetic. The turmeric tends to lower it sometimes.

  19. I started drinking lemon water with 1/2 tsp of tumeric powder 3 weeks ago. I also put in 3 drops of Vital 3 for my arthritis. I now have no pain from my arthritis and have lost 3kg. I feel good and have lots of energy.

  20. I’m just starting this morning to see if I feel any different. I have pain in joints and headaches. I also like coffee. Can I still have my coffee?

  21. 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:

    http://alternative-fitness.com/the-perfect-detox-workout-a-pilates-exercise-routine/

  22. 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?

    Thanks!

  23. It’s early a.m. and I made this just now…took a few sips then waited for my digestive tract to”wake up”….boy did it work. I was feeling pretty gross from a heavy dinner of fried fish tacos so this will help get rid if that feeling fast! Thanks for the info

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

  25. 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

  26. Been doing this for the past 6 years, every morning half hour before any food or other drink.

    I drink it through a metal straw (which is washable and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals such as plastic straws).

    I recently visited my dentist recently and she confirms my enamel has not been damaged at all.

    I have half a lemon in room temperature water, with half a teaspoon turmeric and a pinch of cayenne pepper to boost metabolism and blood flow 🙂 definitely kick starts your digestive system so have it first thing in the morning and allow an hour before you leave home.

    It boosts energy levels and keep the cravings for sweet stuff at bay!

  27. 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?

  28. 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?
    Thanks

  29. 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.

  30. 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/

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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…..

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

  36. It worked very well I’ve been using it for a year now and it helped me a lot more over on my skin,I’ll definitely will recomend it for everyone

    Was using Lemon juice, turmeric and cayenne pepper it work’s wonders

  37. I found the new way to use the turmeric, it’s warm lemon water with turmeric. I am using turmeric with milk. I really love it. Also using it with eggs, soups, and stews.

  38. Hi. I’ve been drinking lemon and tumeric with room temp water. Topped with a sprinkle of ceyenne pepper every day.(and little bit of agave syrup) I drink it room temp because I couldn’t be bothered to wait for it to cool down. (I drink this quickly before my morning exercise routine) I was just wondering if there’s a different effect from first having it really hot as opposed to just having it straight?

  39. You have inspired me to now drink my golden paste inthe mornings too..with teaspoon of tomato purre and a squeeze of lemon ..I take the golden paste 3 times daily.

  40. What do you think about the challenges absorbing turmeric? A supplement form that uses a hydro-soluble technology absorbs better to improve benefits.

  41. Great article thanks!! You said “And if you’re not currently doing a total detox, you can also whisk in some honey or coconut nectar.” You mean adding honey cancels the detox effect? So the benefits of the drink decrease actually? Thank you!

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