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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.

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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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How to Make Lemon Water {Tips and Health Benefits}

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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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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