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I recently started drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning. I have been buying a bag of organic lemons for Alex for a few years now and wouldn’t join the club because I was too much of a coffee addict – I had to have a cup as soon as my eyes have opened. There was no way I would drink a glass of lemon water before caffeinating my blood stream. Since I quit coffee back in August, which felt similar to quitting smoking a few years ago, I now joined the lemon water club. Speaking of getting smarter with age.

Honestly, I do not think lemon water recipe is a cure for everything, neither that it detoxes your body, nor that it helps to lose weight. Like what, you drank lemon water for a month and it cleaned up all of your organs from everything harmful?! Or you were eating candy but drinking lemon water and lost weight?! Come on, we are all grown ups here.

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So, while I don’t think that, I still think lemon water is pretty powerful (just like kombucha => making kombucha from scratch has never been easier or cheaper). Lemons contain a lot of vitamin C that boosts your immune system. Chances are you wouldn’t eat half a lemon on its own each day, so adding some water is a great alternative. When I was a kid, my mom would always give me sliced lemons with sugar when I was sick. Also garlic is considered a natural antibiotic.

Lemon water also helps your digestion, flushes out toxins and cleanses the liver. It helps reduce the pain in your knees and joints. Overall, it’s so good for you and you can read more about all benefits here.

To reap the most benefits you have to drink lemon water first thing in the morning and it has to be warm. I’m lucky because Alex is always up before me and makes one for himself and squeezes lemon juice for me, I just add warm water later.

A reader brought to my attention that lemon water (like limes, grapefruits and apple cider water) can damage your teeth enamel with time. Dr. Sara Solomon gives us 5 tips to prevent teeth damage without giving up our morning ritual:

  1. Dilute lemon juice in 8 oz of water – I would do 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp boiling water + rest cold water.
  2. Drink lemon water with a straw.
  3. Rinse your mouth right after drinking lemon water.
  4. Avoid brushing teeth for 60 minutes after.
  5. Use soft toothbrush and avoid aggressive brushing.
How to make lemon water at home tutorial. It ain't a magical detox or a weight loss cure but rather make lemon water to flush out toxins, cleanse the liver and improve your health. | ifoodreal.com

How to Make Lemon Water

I don’t know what you are using for squeezing the lemons but I use similar to this lemon reamer I got at Ikea years ago. It’s cheap and there is nothing to break (mine is plastic too). It’s perfect for getting a little bit of fresh lemon juice out for a salad dressing, fish or lemon water. Easy to clean too – just rinse right away. This lemon juicer also looks good and might be better than mine because it catches the seeds. I can’t stand expensive complicated kitchen tools that are a product of smart marketing brains.

To make water warm, I usually mix boiling water from the kettle (I hope you have one?!) and fridge filtered water. Another option is to turn off kettle before water reaches boiling. You just have to wait by the kettle and turn it off on time.

And do not throw out those peels. You can freeze them to zest later or zest before squeezing the juice and freeze the zest. The peels are also great for cleaning your kitchen sink and refreshing the garburator. Here are a few other ideas for your lemon peels. The only part of lemon that’s inedible is a bitter white matter under the skin. Everything else – use, especially if it’s organic.

How to Make Lemon Water

How to Make Lemon Water

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cold water*
  • 1/3 cup boiling water*

Directions

  1. In a glass, squeeze lemon juice with lemon reamer; discard seeds if necessary. This lemon juicer also looks good and might be better than mine because it catches the seeds. Add water, stir and drink while warm.

Notes

*To make water warm, I usually mix boiling water from the kettle (I hope you have one?!) and fridge filtered water. Another option is to turn off kettle before water reaches boiling. You just have to wait by the kettle and turn it off on time.

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55 Comments

  1. RachelSD

    Husband and his family are always trying to get me to put lemon in things. Guess I will try it your way. 🙂 Happy new year!

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  2. Rebecca

    I used to drink hot water and lemon in the morning for years, but I have got out of the habit lately. Your post is good reminder to get back into it . I’m convinced it is good for health, and skin, etc, (even though most people think it’s a little weird!).

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    • Olena

      Most people think drinking green smoothies, making chia seed jam and drinking loose leaf green tea instead of latte is weird. Who cares?! I haven’t met any single person yet who thinks I don’t eat weird things LOL. Majority of people do not have an open mind when it comes to food, especially healthy food. I learnt to take care of myself without worrying what others are thinking. If my quinoa doesn’t look tasty, it’s mine and not theirs. Eat your pizza and buy pills later.

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  3. Ariel

    I have also been doing this for years and think it’s great; however, i use room temperature water. i feel anything too cold, or too hot, first thing in the morning would be an unnecessary shock to the system. Either way, it’s a great way to start the day!

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    • Beth

      Yes, and too hot destroys the antioxidant value to vitamins – namely Vit C here. Room temp or slightly warm (add the 3 T of hot water *after the 8 oz H20 and juice mixed first if necessary).

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  4. Alla

    I love drinking lemon water in the morning. But my dentist told me it is destroys teeth enamel. I only drink it twice a week now, sadly.

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    • Olena

      That is a good point. I found some information and have added above how to prevent enamel erosion. Thanks for bringing it up!

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  5. Janice

    The idea sounds great but I also do oil pulling in the morning so which should come first? Normally I swish as soon as I get out of bed and then brush my teeth.

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    • Olena

      I have no idea what oil pulling is so can’t be of any help to you. Maybe I should do it?!:) I’m sure you can Google your question.:)

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    • Tara

      Janice, I would do your oil pulling after consuming the lemon water. (just my opinion and that’s how I would do it) And Olena, oil pulling is great (even though I don’t do it everyday)…you should research it! It helps with ALL kinds of things like oral health, heart health because they say that dentists can tell a lot about our overall health from our oral health.

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  6. Dianne

    After I drink the lemon water for a few days the Uvula gets sore and my voice gets husky. So I stop drinking the lemon water because i don’t know it I am doing any harm to it.

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  7. Sara

    I started drinking lemon water this past spring. I LOVE it. I did not see any detox or weight loss benefits. I DID notice that I had more energy than I have had in years! Also my pain levels dropped significantly! I drink it first thing in the morning before my coffee and I feel ready to take on my day almost immediately.

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    • Olena

      Interesting! I have to start drinking it again. Honestly, I do not like the taste of coffee after lemon water. Maybe I will get used to it.

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  8. Tatum

    Could I just use lemon juice from the bottle? I normally use a real lemon, but I will be back on campus soon and it is challenging to get lemons whenever I need them.

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    • Olena

      I understand but the answer is “no”. Typical ingredients in bottled lemon juice: Lemon juice from concentrate ( water, lemon juice concentrate), sodium bisulfite (preservative), sodium benzoate (preservative), lemon oil. It is only damaging your health!!!
      My mom blends lemons and refrigerates them in a jar. Then mixes with cold water. She lives in a remote area. I tried it, not bad. Health benefits for sure. It will refrigerate for a week or a bit more.

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    • Olena

      If you mean if lemon water will help you to get a flat tummy the answer is it has been show to do that but only along with clean eating and some exercise. Only lemon water won’t help to get rid of a belly fat. It is a consistent healthy food intake that helps.:)

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  9. Regina

    What would you recommend for those of us that are allergic to foods with acid such as lemons. I could do this for maybe 2days after that problems occur.

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  10. William B Dean

    If one drinks lemon water in a warm state, why mix it up with cold water first?

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  11. Dulce

    How much to drink in a day? Can I prepare 2lemons in 2liters of water at night and drink it the next entire day?

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    • Olena

      Hi Dulce. The point is to drink a glass of fresh lemon water first thing in the morning. That is when it is effective. I would not sip on it all day because of possible damage to teeth enamel.

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  12. Miriam

    If I sweeten it with sugar or honey for my son (to help him stay regular), will it still have the same benefits?

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  13. Phumy

    I am taking some herbal capsules first thing in the morning to help reduce acid in the body and detox the liver, can I drink it with lemon water or which one should I take first?

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  14. Farrukh Khan

    I have 2 queries, if i drink the lemon water every day in the morning and brush rinse the mouth immediately and then brush it as well, will it effect the enamel? Secondly, i drink the water, then take a bath and then have breakfast, time between lemon water and breakfast is something around 10-15 min…is that enough?
    i’ve just started taking lemon water in morning, but i have sore throat, is that normal or am i doing something wrong here?

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    • Olena

      I would just rinse after drinking lemon water without brushing, and brush 30 minuets after. That is what my research shows. You get a sore throat from lemon water?

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  15. movettie c.p phiri

    am really happy with lemon juice as i have started 3 days ago. am seeing positive side of it

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  16. LAL

    I find a 1/2 lemon in 8oz of water to be very strong. Can you mix it in more water, say 20oz?

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  17. Barnabas

    Please can i boil the lemon for about three minutes in hot water or will boiling destroy the potency ?

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    • Olena

      I don’t think there is “a miracle pill” that reduces fat belly rather than eating real food and leading a healthy lifestyle. Again, depends what you see as a fat belly. Real fat belly, like beer fat belly, should be taken care of by drinking less beer and eating healthier. If you want to see a six pack and have a layer of normal fat on your belly that is a whole other story. But no, lemon water will not “melt” fat. Enjoy life in moderation and you should not worry about the fat belly.:)

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  18. Donald Schneider

    My Doctor told me not to use lemon or grapefruit as I’m diabetic type 2 so I guess that means I can’t use it

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  19. Leona Dixon

    I have been drinking lemon water for 6 months now, and I can tell you that yes lemon water makes you lose weight…I mean a lot of weight. I was once 62kg now I’m a healthy 42 kg for my height. I also Oil Pull an hour and half after drinking lemon water. This drink cuts me down from eating a lot. I am constantly hungry, but lemon has help to slow the urge of wanting to eat all the time.

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  20. Judy

    People ur makg this too difficult. Squeeze half a lemon & add room temperature water..drink!

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