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How to Make Lemon Water

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Easy warm Lemon Water Recipe. Plus health benefits, best tips on how to make it and how to prevent teeth enamel damage. Start your day with this refreshing and hydrating drink that is low calorie plus no sugar. It tastes amazing and is good for you!

For more healthy ideas to start your day, make sure to check out this green smoothie, chia seed pudding and almond flour banana muffins.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

I recently started drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning.

  • Vitamins: Lemons contain a lot of vitamin C that boosts your immune system.
  • Detox: Lemon water helps your digestion, flushes out toxins and cleanses the liver.
  • Joints health: It helps reduce pain in your knees and joints.

You can read more about full benefits here. To reap the most benefits from hot lemon water you have to do it first thing in the morning. And it has to be warm.

Is Lemon Water Good for You?

I do not think drinking water with lemon is a cure for everything, but I still think this citrus water is pretty powerful. Just like kombucha, borscht soup or easy vegetable soup. So, while I don’t think lemon water is “a miracle pill”, there are definitely health benefits from drinking warm lemon water in the morning.

Final verdict: Lemon water is just good for you. Chances are you wouldn’t eat half a lemon on its own each day, so adding some to water is a great alternative.

Add even more lemon to your diet with these healthy baked goods! We love lemon in these healthy bars and zucchini bread.

Simple Ingredients

Lemon + Water: That’s it! I do use a mix of cold water with boiling water to get water to a perfect warm temp before drinking. See tips below.

What Are the Best Lemons?

  • “Regular” lemons: Yellow in colour and oblong lemons. Known as Eureka, Avalon or Bearss this is the “regular” lemon sold in most US and Canada supermarkets.
  • Organic lemons: Due to the cultivation without chemicals or pesticides, organic lemons are the best lemons in terms of health benefits from their rind, peelings and juice.
  • Not Meyer lemon: Meyer lemon is not true lemon but rather a hybrid of lemon and orange. It is more sweet and is often used for baking.
  • Not bottled lemon juice: Bottled lemon juice contains preservatives and barely any health benefits left.

How to Make Lemon Water

  • Squeeze lemon juice into a glass. Both hand held lemon reamer and glass lemon juicer reamer work well. It’s a matter of personal preference. The only difference – glass one catches the seeds. how to make lemon water
  • Add warm water. To make water warm, I mix boiling water with cold filtered water. Another option is to turn off kettle before water reaches boiling (you just have to wait by the kettle).how to make lemon water
  • Stir and enjoy: With a spoon and drink while warm.

Tips to Prevent Teeth Enamel Damage

A reader brought to my attention that water with citrus (lemons, 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.

To dilute your water with lemon: I would do 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp boiling water + rest cold water.

  • Straw: Drink lemon water with a straw.
  • Rinsing: Rinse your mouth right after drinking lemon water.
  • Hold off brushing: Avoid brushing teeth for 60 minutes after.
  • Best toothbrush: Use soft toothbrush and avoid aggressive brushing.

Variations of Water with Lemon

  • Lemon ginger water: Add 1 tsp or more to taste of chopped fresh ginger to a cup with warm lemon water. Steep for about 2 minutes.
  • Honey lemon water: Add 1 tbsp honey and stir in warm lemon water until dissolved.
  • Lemon cucumber water: Add a few slices of cucumber for a refreshing taste.
  • Cayenne and lemon: Add a dash of cayenne.
  • Lemon and herb: Add a few sprigs of rosemary and basil.
  • Lemon, strawberry and mint: A few frozen strawberries and mint leaves.
  • Other citrus plus lemon: Grapefruit, lime and orange slices.

More FAQs

Some are funny and cute but we are all humans. So bare with me.

Does lemon water make you lose weight?

Lemon juice itself doesn’t have fat burning properties. Despite popular belief even warm lemon water will not speed up your metabolism. But it can help with weight loss if you are drinking lemon water instead of pop or juice. Otherwise, lemon water doesn’t make you lose weight on its own. I believe it is about eating healthy food and leading a healthy lifestyle overall.

Does it make you poop?

Sorry but have to cover this popular question. Lemon water helps to soften stools and make them pass easier. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning before eating a healthy breakfast can help with constipation issues.

Does it make you pee?

Lemon water is a natural diuretic. It makes you pee and keep the bloat off. Excess of citric acid in lemon will increase urine production. And don’t forget you are consuming more water overall.

Does lemon water detox your body?

Because lemon water increases urine production, it will offer certain detox benefits. Remember to drink warm lemon water in the morning for the most effect.

How to make lemon water with bottled lemon juice?

Bottled lemon juice contains sulphites (preservative) and tastes weird. I would not recommend to use bottled lemon juice. It offers no health benefits compared to fresh lemon juice.

Does lemon make water alkaline?

Lemon is an alkaline food. It is acidic on its own but inside your body it becomes alkaline.

Does lemon with water make your teeth yellow?

Undiluted lemon juice or highly concentrated lemon drink is acidic enough to wear off enamel from your teeth. Whatever you do, do not brush your teeth right after drinking lemon water. Wait at least 30 minutes or brush 30 minutes before.

Can drinking too much water with lemon make you sick?

Too much of anything is not good. Even too much of baked chicken breast can cause liver issues. Everything in moderation.

pile of lemons

Making This Lemon with Water in Advance

The recipe for lemon with water listed here is for consumption right away – it must be drank warm! That being said, serving lemon water for a party or drinking the citrus water throughout the day is a refreshing way to stay hydrated. Many of the variations listed above, also taste better when the water has become infused.

Making variations in advance/storing: Juice lemon and add to a pitcher with filtered water. Add variation of choice and let sit in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. Serve cold. Keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

This article is for information purposes only and is not a medical advice. Please consult your physician.

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Easy warm Lemon Water Recipe. Plus health benefits, best tips on how to make it and how to prevent teeth enamel damage. Start your day with this refreshing and hydrating drink that is low calorie plus no sugar. It tastes amazing and is good for you!
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


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


  • In a glass, squeeze lemon juice with hand held lemon reamer or glass lemon juicer reamer. Discard seeds if necessary.
    How to Make Lemon Water
  • Add water, stir and drink while warm.
    How to Make Lemon Water



*To make warm water, 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.
See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I have fatty liver and 2 gallstones and this lemon juice really helps my liver flush its toxins and hoping my liver gets better soon

  2. I was wondering if you guys have keto recipes for keto diet and if so is there a way to sign up for it??
    Thanks in advance for what help you give and references be blessed all ….

  3. Good morning, I love my coffee in the morning, ( I am trying to cut back) if I drink the lemon and water first thing in the morning, should I still drink my coffee if so how long should I wait?

  4. How about taking orange juice and adding lemon juice to it and drinking it will that work or take apple juice and add lemon to it will that work

      1. Orange juice has more calories and natural sugar in than lemon juice which has no sugar

  5. Good evening. I have develop a fondness for lemon water. I put 3 slices of lemon in a glass of about 12 ounces, fill it with top and boiling water on an equal basis and drink it in the morning before drinking coffee. I use the same three slices for drinking water of the same amount for the whole day I consume about 4 to 5 glasses lemon water. Is this bad? I have no worry about teeth as I have full denture. My worry is about its effect on my liver, will this affect the function of my liver? I heard a doctor say that it could thin down my blood which is bad. Please advise.
    It sure softens the stool. Somehow my abdominal fat which was had hardened for some time has softened already and I hope to have a flatter belly in six month’s time.

  6. I am interested in getting via email of step by step
    On how to make warm lemon water for weight loss also if some one can call my y cell is 856 975 1514

  7. Well thanks Olena for sharing….. Mine is I cut the lemon (whole with the skin) place in a bowl then added running* boiled water! Then allow to cool b4 drinking. It was the most bitter! Now I want to know if I can keep the remaining in the fridge and warm it in the morning. How about that please? Again I used two lemon not one…. Is it necessary to take it through the day. I also noticed that taking lemon juice reduces craving for meals.

  8. I know this is an older post, but what do you mean by “I would do 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp boiling water + rest cold water.” 1/2 cup of what?

  9. i started drinking lemon water in the morning and during the night after my dinner, and the bad thing about lemon water that i have experienced is that i spit blood when brushing my teeth, please Olena assist, is there anything wrong that I’m doing?

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    1. 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.:)

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

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

  15. 5 stars
    am really happy with lemon juice as i have started 3 days ago. am seeing positive side of it

  16. 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?

    1. 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?

  17. 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?

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

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

    1. 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.

  20. 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.

    1. 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.:)

    1. Try organic maple syrup. Maple syrup has a lot of benefits as well

  21. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

    1. 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.:)

    2. 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.

  25. 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.

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

  26. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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).

  27. 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!).

    1. 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.

  28. 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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