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 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.
So, while I don’t think that, I still think lemon water is pretty powerful. 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:
- Dilute lemon juice in 8 oz of water – I would do 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp boiling water + rest cold water.
- Drink lemon water with a straw.
- Rinse your mouth right after drinking lemon water.
- Avoid brushing teeth for 60 minutes after.
- Use soft toothbrush and avoid aggressive brushing.
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.
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup cold water*
- 1/3 cup boiling water*
- 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.
*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.