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The Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Updated on December 11, 2014

We all know that drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential for us to stay hydrated and to keep us healthy. Keeping properly hydrated can quench hunger pains, keep you energized, and improve your overall health and appearance. However, simply adding lemon juice to your water can have some amazing additional benefits to your body. Keep reading to learn how this simple addition to your daily routine can have incredible results.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

Lemon juice in itself is highly nutritious. As a citrus fruit, it is naturally high in vitamin C, which among other uses, can boost the body's immune system. Lemon juice is also very low in calories, and often very little is ever needed to add flavor or nutritional value to anything being consumed.

Lemon juice also has beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help your body fight every-day toxins. Additionally, many studies have shown that consuming lemon juice may also help your body balance water throughout itself - so those times when you might be feeling a bit bloated, you can reach for a glass of water with lemon to help keep your system in check.

Aids in Digestion

Drinking lemon juice with water first thing in the morning can have amazing health benefits. You can drink it warm or cold, simply adding about two tablespoons to a glass of water.

Having this drink before consuming anything else can start the body's digestive process, and if consumed daily, may relieve multiple digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, gas, and heartburn.


Oral Health

Drinking lemon juice in the morning can also have a great impact on oral health. Lemon has naturally-occurring anti-bacterial properties, and can freshen up your mouth as soon as you wake up. Lemon juice has also been shown to help whiten teeth, as well as aiding in the prevention of gum disease and gingivitis.

However, as lemon juice is highly acidic, be sure to gargle with a glass of regular water to prevent the acidity from effecting tooth enamel.

A Natural Diuretic

Lemon juice is a natural diuretic as well. Due to its acidity, lemon juice can help to prevent and maybe even help to heal certain issues like urinary tract infections. Similarly, it can also help prevent kidney stones, as the acidity can help to break down any build-up in the kidneys. Drinking lemon juice daily can regulate fluids in your body to improve overall urinary heath.


Weight Loss Benefits!

Remarkably, drinking lemon in water daily has also been shown to help manage your weight-loss goals. Lemon juice has cleansing properties, and can help to remove fatty deposits from the liver. Removing this fat from the liver can help the body to regulate fats and toxins entering the body, which can have long-term benefits for taking the weight off, and keeping it off.

Lemon juice first thing in the morning can also kick-start your metabolism, and keep it revved up throughout the day. This jump-start to your metabolism each day can keep you energized throughout the day, all naturally. by helping to get as much energy as possible from the foods you eat. Additionally, the scent and taste of lemon can help to quash hunger pains, and leave you feeling fuller longer.

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    • Jonas Rodrigo profile image

      Jonas Rodrigo 

      3 years ago

      Educational! Thank you for this hub.

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      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      I drink lemon water with one teaspoonful honey daily. It's really helpful for good digestion.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I drink warm lemon water every morning before I have breakfast. I think it is a great way to get going in the morning. Sometimes, but not always, I add a green tea bag.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Well thank you very much! Yes I've found that lemon water does help reduce bloating throughout the day, and the added flavor helps to make drinking more water throughout the day easier. Let me know if you find that it helps! I'd love your feedback.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed reading this article.

      Will try this as I get very bloated through the day, will see if it can help me.

      We have a lemon tree, but I think the possums are eating more than I do.

      Very nice photos, makes your hub look very rich and easy to read.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Yes! I really do prefer organic whenever it's available. I've found that not only is it more health-conscious, it actually tastes better too!

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Very interesting article. I did not know lemon juice with water helps bloating. I will try this. I thought it was just for flavor.

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      John Coviello 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for sharing this information about the benefits of drinking lemon juice in the morning . I recently read an about the benefits of drinking lemon juice and was intrigued to learn more from your article. Is there a preferred source of lemon juice that you like, such as an organic version of it?

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      That's great! I have to say it really does help. Thank you for reading!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You've convinced me. I will be drinking lemon juice.

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      Colin Garrow 

      3 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Sounds like a great idea - I'll start my lemon juice regime tomorrow! Great Hub.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for sharing this information about the benefits of drinking lemon water. A few slices of lemon added my water bottle get me to drink about fifty percent more water than when I don't use lemon in it, too.

    • SAQIB6608 profile image


      3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Very good hub with excellent supportive images. Among many adv of lemonade, It helps in urine traction issues too.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thank you all for your feedback! I'm glad you've seen the benefits of this easy addition to the morning routine, I personally feel like it's truly helped me start my day. Thank you for reading!

    • LynetteBell profile image


      3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I used to drink hot lemon and water in the mornings but haven't for a while now...I'll have to give it a go again!

    • Jadeofheart profile image


      3 years ago

      I love this! I usually drink lemon water at night before I hit the hay ^_^

    • Adventuretravels profile image


      3 years ago from UK

      I drink lemon & water when I go for walks. But only in the summer! So I'll have to change that now that I know how much I stand to benefit from drinking it. Thanks for a very interesting hub.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I rive up lemon juice drinking when our tree gets loaded with fruit after the Holidays. I appreciated the info you outlined here. I did notice the diuretic effect one afternoon after a glass of lemon water.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks very much! I try to drink a glass every morning myself. Thank you for reading!

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      3 years ago

      I drink a glass of it every day! I absolutely love the pictures in this article.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Well I appreciate that, Mio! Thanks, I hope you enjoy some benefits if you do decide to try it.

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      mio cid 

      3 years ago from Uruguay

      I had heard on one of those health radio shows that water with lemon first thing in the morning was beneficial but i never did it because I don't trust those guys but since you as a real person are saying the same i'll give it a try.

    • KMSplumeau profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      That's great! I completely agree, I've been drinking water with lemon for a while now and I can't start my day without it. Glad you enjoyed! Thank you!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have added lemon juice to a glass of water each morning for a few years now. I swear by it as a kick starter to your day and your metabolism as well as its other benefits. Also so easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Straight forward and helpful hub.


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