More than a year ago I decided to start drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It is a cheap and easy way to boost vitality, cleanse your system, and maintain and improve your health. It might be hard at the beginning, but after a few mornings it becomes a pleasant routine. It is a simple ritual that I faithfully follow every morning: I simply squeeze a half of a lemon in a glass of water (room temperature) and drink it.
These are some of the health benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning:
- It helps rehydrate the body after going 7-8 hours without drinking any water and it fires up your metabolism.
- It fights inflammation and infections by boosting your immune system and helps the body clear out stress hormones since lemons are rich in vitamin C.
- It flushes the harmful toxins out of your system, and because of its antioxidants, it clears your skin and protects it against free radicals and solar damage, blemishes and wrinkles.
- It supports digestion by stimulating stomach juices and it helps flush out the built-up toxins in the intestinal tract. It also alleviates heartburn and bloating.
- Lemon water helps purify the liver and stimulates it to produce more enzymes than any other food. It also inhibits excess bile flow.
- It is an excellent source of potassium, which is important for brain, nerve and heart health. It has more potassium than apples or grapes. Anxiety and depression can often be a sign of low potassium blood levels.
- It balances the PH levels in the body, eliminating inflammation and making it more resistant to diseases. It can reduce inflammation and pain in knees and joints by dissolving the uric acid buildup in your sore joints.
- It helps improve weight loss by fighting hunger cravings.
- Lemon water is also a mild diuretic that can help lower blood pressure.
As for me, I start my day with a detoxifying glass of lemon water and I know it works. If you want to try it, I’m sure that you too will soon feel the effects of this powerful anti-inflammatory beverage into your life.
Have you tried drinking lemon water in the morning? Let me know in the comments below.
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I drink lemon water every now and again on waking, and am aware that it is a good thing to do, so your blog is a helpful reminded to make this a more regular habit, thank you! 🙂
Thank you, Liz! Have a sunny day! 🙂
Nellwyn Lampert (@cardinalpress) says
Lemon water is so healthy and delicious! Thanks for reminding me to make up a fresh batch!
You’re very welcome, Nellwyn. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
You say you know that it works Ana. What changes have you experienced? I need to get some lemons and do this!
It hydrates me in the morning; now when I wake up, I feel I am thirsty and I really need my glass of lemon water. Then, I noticed that after big and heavy meals, a glass of lemon water helps to ease that sensation of heaviness in my stomach – I guess it helps with the heartburn. Not to mention the vitamin C!
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
Thank you Ana! Do you have a lemon tree?
Unfortunately no, but I have Costco five minutes away. We go there twice a week – everybody knows us. 🙂
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
I always have lime and lemons in the fridge, so I’ll start drinking it in the a.m. before anything else!
Let’s do this 😉
Great! Good luck, Karla! Let me know how it goes.
I will have to drink lemon water in the morning. Thank you for sharing the helpful information about lemon water.
You’re welcome, Hadia. Thanks fro stopping by! 🙂
Kristen Osborne says
I was actually doing this for a while. But, kept forgetting. I will definitely start again.
Don’t worry, sometimes I forget to do it too, but I start doing it again. 🙂
Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project says
I’ve been meaning to drink lemon water in the morning but I always seem to forget. I did it for a while but then just stopped. I should start again after reading this. Thanks!
Good luck, Nicole. Let me know how it goes.
Love this! Lemon is one of my favorites. So good 🙂
Taria Shondell says
I tried to do this for awhile but I kept forgetting. I need to make it a mandatory part of my morning routing. Put in contacts, drink lemon water and go on about my day. Thank You for the reminder.
Perfect routine! Good luck, Taria!
Seeking Joyful Simplicity says
Such a simple habit with profound benefits!
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
I always knew this was something I SHOULD be doing but had no idea why! This is great!
Very good, Morgan. It’s so easy! Good luck! 🙂
I also had heard this was a good thing, but I didn’t know there were so many benefits to it and what they were. Thanks so much for that information, Ana. I am going to try this. Do you think the benefits are the same if you drink it later in the day?
I think it’s better in the morning, but I often have it during the day too. It can’t hurt. Thanks for stopping by, Shari. 🙂
Yvonne Sowell says
This makes perfect sense! I love a refreshing glass of lemon water and have a bit of mint sprig on mine
I love mint! That would be the perfect addition to any glass of lemon water. 🙂
Karen Del Tatto says
I just recently started drinking lemon water in the morning with breakfast. It definitely has a diuretic effect on me and my daughter’s acne has cleared up since she started drinking lemon water.
I don’t think I realized how many other benefits there are to drinking lemon juice in the morning. I will certainly keep on keeping on. 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
I’m glad to hear that your daughter’s acne has cleared up. Here’s to a healthy life! Cheers! 🙂
I drink lemon water often and will keep it up and go more using your tips to motivate me-thanks!
I’m glad you find my tips useful, Jill. Have a sunny weekend! 🙂
Janet Vinyard says
Interesting post! I’ve heard of drinking warm water with lemon to promote regularity. Thanks for sharing this info. Blessings, Janet
Courtney Connolly says
I’ve always heard such great things about adding lemon water into my morning routine but I never realized exactly what it did for my body. I will definitely be adding it to my routine.
La Belle Sirene
I’m sure you are going to love it, Courtney. 🙂
For the past two years, I have started every day with a tall glass of lemon water. It feels like liquid sunshine! Thank you for the wonderful list of benefits, Ana! Wishing you a sunny day! ♡
Very well said, Dawn – liquid sunshine that keep us healthy. Cheers! 🙂
Lizzie firstooth says
I add lemon to my water whenever we are home, but I’ve never known why I’ve done it. I’ve heard it’s good for you and it does taste lovely but now I know why it’s good for you I will definitely continue to use lemon. Thanks for sharing, I might slip a slice into my hubbys water too #sharethejoy
I haven’t convinced my hubby yet, but I will keep trying. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I drink lemon water almost all day, but not in the morning. Silly me.
Thanks for the great advice,
You’re very welcome Bev. Have a sunny day! 🙂
Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser) says
I started doing this and then stopped for some reason – this post has reminded me to get back to it! Great reasons and frankly why not right? Does using concentrated lemon juice work or does it have to be freshly squeezed do you know?
I’m sure it’s better freshly squeezed – but concentrated lemon juice would work too. 🙂
Carol Cameleon says
Thanks for the reminders! I used to to do this and one day ran out of lemons, got out of the habit and that was that! Mums get back to it because I did feel more energetic.:) #sharethejoy
Don’t worry, Carol. I too forget sometimes, but I just go back to it. 🙂