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How to Make Lemon Water (Video)

by Olena

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How to make lemon water at home or easy lemon water detox recipe video. Including health benefits of warm lemon water in the morning and how to prevent teeth enamel damage.

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

Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water:

  1. Lemons contain a lot of vitamin C that boosts your immune system.
  2. Lemon water helps your digestion, flushes out toxins and cleanses the liver.
  3. 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 lemon water is a cure for everything, I still think lemon water is pretty powerful. Just like kombucha. So, while I don’t think lemon water is “a miracle pill”, there are definitely health benefits from 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.

How to Make Lemon Water:

  1. 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. lemon water
  2. 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

Tips to Prevent Teeth Enamel Damage

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

How to make 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.

How to make honey lemon water?

Add 1 tbsp honey and stir in warm lemon water until dissolved.

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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 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 lemon water make you sick?

Too much of anything is not good. Everything in moderation.

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

4.5 from 2 reviews

Easy warm lemon water recipe. Plus its health benefits, best tips and how to prevent teeth enamel damage.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: North American


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


  1. In a glass, squeeze lemon juice with hand held lemon reamer or glass lemon juicer reamer. Discard seeds if necessary.
  2. Add water, stir and drink while warm.


*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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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 ….

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.:)

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

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

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