7 Reasons I Love Drinking Lemon Water

Lately I’ve taken up the habit of drinking a big glass of warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning (and all day, actually… but I always make sure I do it first thing in the AM).

This is something I used to do a long time ago when I was first trying to clear my severe acne, because I was very impressed with how beneficial it is.

However, I then got a food sensitivity test, and it said I was mildly sensitive to lemons! So out the window that went and I was afraid of lemons from then on (who knows if lemons really had much of a role in my acne or if I was just paranoid).

However – I’ve gotten over it. While cutting out my food sensitivities did help me to clear my skin, it seems that everything that showed up on that test is a thing of the past, and I eat all the foods freely now without ill effect on my skin. How great is that? It means that we aren’t destined to avoid our food allergies forever. Sensitivities can and do change and go away!

Well, one thing I decided I really wanted to bring back in was the lemon water, and let me tell you why.

1) It Just Tastes Better

The first and most simple explanation of why I enjoy lemon in my water is that a little bit of lemon transforms a boring glass of water into something a little bit more interesting!

2) Rehydrates Your Body After A Long Night

Want to know why I make a point to have my lemon water first thing in the morning before I eat anything? It’s because after a long night without drinking or eating anything, your body is a bit dehydrated when you first wake up. It’s great to rehydrate a bit with a glass of water. It kickstarts and awakens your digestion system, which means that your body will likely absorb more nutrients from your food later on. Some also say the nutrients in the lemon stimulate nerve and brain function, so it’s a good coffee substitute. 

3) It Supports Your Immune System

Lemon is chalk full of Vitamin C, which is a vitamin that your body doesn’t store and so it needs to be replenished throughout the day. Adding a bit of lemon to your water throughout the day is a perfect way to make sure that you are being topped up consistently. And we all know what Vitamin C is famous for – fighting illness. Or in other words, supporting a healthy functioning immune system. If your immune system is functioning properly, it’s less likely to overreact to bacteria on your skin and cause acne and skin breakouts.

4) It’s Alkalizing To the Body

It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense that lemon would be alkalizing – isn’t it acidic? Well, apparently once it’s been metabolized, it becomes alkaline forming. Now, I don’t really believe this stuff about the body needing to be highly alkaline to be healthy, but I do believe that your body needs to be PH balanced to work optimally. Which means we need a mix of alkaline and acidic foods. The majority of foods that we eat are acidic, so it is helpful to make sure you are taking in enough alkaline forming foods in the day! Lemon water will certainly help!

5) It Works as A Digestive Tonic and Liver Purifier

The citrus flavanols in lemon juice are said to cleanse the liver and promote hydrochloric acid production (two extremely important things to healthy, acne free skin!). Plus, the Vitamin C can reduce risk of peptic ulcers.

6) It Makes Your Skin Look Great!

Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and plays a huge role in collagen formation. This means that it protects you against wrinkles, skin inflammation and redness, and also can make a big difference in how fast your acne heals and whether it scars or not.

7) It’s a Simple Way to Improve Your Health

If you read about health and healing at all, you’ll notice that there’s are about a zillion different health practices, foods, supplements, or superfoods that different people will promote as the thing to boost your health to the next level. That’s all fine and dandy, but the more little “health things” you learn about, the more you feel like you need to incorporate ALL of them in order to have stunning health and clear skin! But the truth is that you can’t do them all, and if you try to, you’ll go nuts.

So I think it’s important to only choose health-related activities and practices that you actually enjoy and can see yourself sticking to long term. I mean, if you hate lemons, don’t drink lemon water just because I told you to. For me, drinking a glass of water with lemon is easy, tasty, convenient, and makes me feel good. So what is why I’m recommending it to you! Take it or leave it!

Alright – so there you go. Why I love lemon water. Remember to actually use fresh lemons – bottled lemon juice has preservatives that are best avoided! Plus fresh lemons are bound to have more nutrients available to you.

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Note: There has been some discussion about the citric acid in lemon juice potentially eroding your tooth enamel. This isn’t confirmed, but it is making me a bit nervous. It is probably a good idea if you are going to be taking lemon water regularly to drink it from a straw so that it bypasses your teeth.

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  1. Nathan says

    I drink Lemon and Ginger tea at least twice a day and I love it! I’ve never really though about drinking cold lemon water, but I have lately started to like citrus quite a bit! (Orange coconut ‘creams’ are amazing! They are basically mini-muffin sized after dinner ‘treats’ made from coconut cream, a small amount of (grade b) maple syrup and orange or lemon juice/zest.

    Do you know anything about waxed lemons? Do you think it really matters? I think that organic lemons don’t get waxed, so that’sI will probably buy.

    …Now to look for a slightly fancy lemon juicer/press as citrus stings my hands lol!

    Thanks Tracy :)

    • Tracy says

      Hmm.. does the wax have that much to do with the juice inside? Wouldn’t it only really matter if you were using the zest? Is that what you mean… unwaxed for the zest on your coconut muffins? (which sound yums, by the way!)

  2. Kim says

    Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for reminding me about lemon water! We have a whole lemon tree, just waiting to be enjoyed! How many lemons do you usually consume a day? Im just wondering, because i dont want to over do it!
    Also do you still consume the green smoothies in the am? Because i have just started doing it and was curious to know if you still were.?!!

  3. Patty says

    Hi Tracy,
    What a good/easy idea! I love lemon and usually just have it in tea but warm lemon water sounds nice now in the winter!

    Cheers to lemons!

  4. Kit says

    Hahaha this showed up on the top bar of my browser as “7 Reasons I Love Drinking.” I was like, wha? Tracy? Really? But yes, I love lemon water :) I added it to my diet in the past year because I drink a ton of water, I like the taste and I figure extra vitamin C can’t hurt me. It doesn’t make a big difference in my skin, but it’s good for me and I still enjoy it!

  5. says

    Hi Tracy!

    Why don’t you try adding some green tea with your lemons :) Doing research on a post I found out that antioxidants from green tea are absorbed 3 times better on empty stomach. Since then I started drinking a cup before breakfast.

    If I remember correctly you had a Vega test for food sensitivities? BBC reporter visited 3 different practitioners and got different results with every visit. They could only agree on a few foods (out of an extensive list each gave). So perhaps there are some reliability issues with those test :)

  6. Laura says

    I love drinking warm lemon water in the mornings too; it really wakes you up and feels so healthy.
    But I have to cut it out for a while every now and again because if I do it for too long it can cause me problems with my histamine sensitivity. Ah the joys!
    I will drink lemon some mornings, regardless, if I have an especially fuzzy tongue haha; I feel like nothing takes bad breath away and kick-starts digestion faster :)

  7. Rogue says

    Hi Tracy! Haven’t the lemons bothered your teeth yet? I’ve already tried warm lemon water in the mornings and it took a week or two to make my teeth sensitive to cold stuff. It’s just sad bec I noticed some wonderful things it does for my body but I wouldn’t want my teeth to suffer so I stopped.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Rogue,
      Actually, yes, I’m kind of worried about that now… even though lemons turn to alkaline in your body, the acid could potentially harm teeth enamel. Sounds like it did for you! I think I might start drinking mine out of a straw so it bypasses my teeth

      • sarah says

        maybe this doesn’t completely help because the water will still hit the back of your teeth..but i would drink it through a straw and try to swallow it fast haha. i have very sensitive teeth and when i use to drink lemon water doing it this way never made my teeth sensitive.(which was one of the things i was paranoid about.)

    • Tracy says

      Well, I can’t say anything in particular, but food sensitivities have to do with the integrity of your gut wall. So, avoiding your allergies for a while, using probiotics, eating well. Usually they say avoid your sensitivities for about 6 weeks, but, I did for much longer, because I was pretty neurotic and fearful about my acne

  8. Toad says

    I don’t drink lemon water because I love kombucha and hot tea too much! Right now I’m drinking trilogy right now which has lemon. This is what influenced me to comment :)

    • Tracy says

      Usually, I squeeze the lemon into half a glass of cold water, and then add a little boiled water from the kettle to make it warm, but not hot… so I can drink it right away!

  9. Olivia says

    My boyfriend was just touting lemon water — says somebody dreamed his deceased father came to him in a dream saying lemon water cures cancer. That is SO not scientific, but it’s an interesting dream.

    (and my boyfriend finished his story saying “I love lemon water” and I gave him shit cause what he actually loves is lemonade, by the gallon).

    Anyways, I have to buy some straws, too, what with my recent increase in lemon water and apple cider vinegar consumption.

  10. TehJodeh says

    How does lemon juice fair to being frozen? I was thinking about fresh squeezing a big batch with equal parts water into ice cube trays so all i have to do is pop a cube into my glass of water. I used to just cut wedges and freeze them in ziplock bags but the rind makes it bitter if it sits too long.

    • Tracy says

      It should be fine – freezing is one of the best ways to preserve things without harming the nutrients. Sounds like a creative way to save time!

  11. says

    hi Tracy,

    I’ve been drinking lemon water for years – like 10 or more. It has done no damage to my teeth. I’m 32 years old and have never had a cavity. I know everyone is different but I wouldn’t worry about lemons eroding your teeth.

    Just my two cents. :)

    • Tracy says

      Hi Jenny – yes, it’s hard to say if it’s really a big deal or not. I have read in some places that it’s not a big deal when diluted in water – but say if you spent all day sucking on a lemon or lime wedge, then it would be. Either way I got some straws and kind of enjoy them hehe

  12. Janet says

    My mother used to eat lemons all the time and it started to take the enamel off of her teeth. I know it is diluted in a glass of water so its not that bad but over time it can have some effect.

  13. Ola says

    Hi Tracy,
    I’m starting To like Lemon with Water…. But im also starting to get acne… I’m 13 so do u think it will prevent more acne???
    Thanks for the help :)

  14. Eddie says

    Hi Tracy :)

    Do you think lemon water will affect my acid relfux at all? I’ve been getting terrible heartburn for the past couple of weeks and its just so devastating. Do U know anything about it?

    • Tracy says

      Heartburn is usually caused by low stomach acid (counter intuitive, I know, but google it), and if that’s not it, it’s a sensitivity to some food you’re eating. The acid in lemons usually helps to increase the acidity of the stomach, relieving heartburn. Ya know what works even better though to get rid of heartburn is apple cider vinegar… take a tablespoon in some hot water with lemon and honey. You can also add a tiny pinch of baking soda if you want to cut down on the acid, because otherwise it might burn your throat a little… that’s what I find anyway.

  15. Vanessa R. says

    Hi Tracy,
    Just Wanted To Say This Is A Really Helpful Idea. I Drink Water At My Work Throughout The Day And Adding Lemon To It Has Made I Soo Much Better On top Of The Health Benefits It Has. Coffee Tends To Make Me Too Anxious And Probably Does Dehydrate Me Since It’s A Diuretic. My Skin Seems To Be Healing Faster And Look Clearer. EveryTime I Go To A Restaurant I AsK For Lemon Water And Drink That With My Meal Plus It’s Free! Thanks For The Other Info You Gave On It, I Hadn’t Known There Were Other Health Benefits To Drinking Lemon Water!

    Take Care! :)


  16. Jenny says

    Hi Tracy!! :) Is limes ok instead of lemon?My dad bought like 5 whole limes but he never eats them….o.O Yet he never uses lemons…. go figure o.O

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