10 Benefits to Drinking Warm Lemon Water

10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

After researching the benefits of drinking lemon water, I  began drinking warm lemon water each morning when wake up. The number of benefits are staggering but I wanted to share the top 10 benefits. It is amazing how one small fruit that most of take for granted is so powerful. I have a few health issues that have improved with drinking lemon water.

10 benefits of drinking lemon water

 Each morning I drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water. I do this as soon as I wake up. There is some debate on how long after you can eat, but I stick to eating no sooner than 30 mins after I have my drink.

 Below are the benefits to drinking lemon water each morning:

Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber. This helps fight hunger cravings. I have noticed that if I am hungry before drinking my water it does curb the feeling for a good while after drinking. People who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. 

 Clears Skin. The vitamin C component and other antioxidants help fight free radical damage and decreases wrinkles and blemishes. It’s said to clear the skin from the inside out. The alkaline nature of lemons kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. You can mix this into a serum to use on the skin. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.

Cleanses System / Diuretic.  Lemons increase the rate of urination; therefore, toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. Lemons stimulate the liver and aids in detoxification because the citric acid helps maximize enzyme function.

Aids Digestion.  Its make up is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in vitamins and minerals which help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.

Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and are great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium that stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. The Vitamin C found in lemons has anti-inflammatory effects and is used as a support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. It enhances iron absorption in the body Lemons also have antimicrobial properties that may help fight cold and flu.

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water. Use 1/2 in warm water.

Balances pH Levels. Despite the acidic properties, lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. The citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized. Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Diseases occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood.  Lemons are one of the few foods that contain more negative ions that provide your body with extra energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

Promotes Healing. Vitamin C found in lemons promotes wound healing and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

Freshens Breath. Lemons freshen breath and can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. However, use with caution as the citric acid can erode tooth enamel. It’s best to brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling fatigued, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep and lack of mental clarity

Lemon is a super fruit that can help with a number of benefits. Despite having a love hate relationship with lemons, most of us can agree there awesome benefits of drinking lemon water daily. An alternative to drinking lemon water is taking Vitamin C in the form of a pill. Honestly, I do both. I drink lemon water in the morning and I take a vitamin c tablet in the evenings to boost the benefits of taking MSM.

Have you tried drinking warm lemon water? How did you benefit?

 

 

XOXO-Tiki

65 Comments on 10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

  1. ladyleo22j
    March 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM (2 months ago)

    I love lemon water. But I notice I drink it more in the summer than I do in the winter. I might even try growing my own indoor lemon tree so I can keep up with it year round.

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  2. Patricia Aikins-Gaisie
    February 19, 2015 at 5:12 AM (3 months ago)

    Thank you very much for this information. I will put add it to my daily routines

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  3. Nicola B
    October 24, 2013 at 7:05 AM (2 years ago)

    I knew about lemons clearing your skin but not all the other benefits! I tend to go through phases of drinking lemon water every day for a couple of weeks and then don’t for about 6 months! x

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    • Tikilon
      October 25, 2013 at 12:26 AM (2 years ago)

      Yes it has a ton of benefits. I hope you give it a try again.

      Reply
  4. Kimberly H. Smith
    September 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM (2 years ago)

    Wow! I knew about lemons aiding in digestion and cleansing your system. But I didn’t know about the other advantages. Thank you for sharing this list. We keep lemons in my house all the time. I’m going to try this. Pinned it to my Pinterest board too.

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM (2 years ago)

      I just ran out of lemons. I plan on restocking tomorrow. Doesn’t seem right not to have any lemons around.

      Reply
  5. Toia B.
    September 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! I’ve never thought of these benefits where lemon water is concerned but they make sense when I think of the reasons why I take Vitamin C every day. I suffer from chronic back pain and it was suggested by a couple people to take Vit C. Upon doing some research, I discovered what you listed about healing bones and cartilage. I’ll definitely be adding this to my diet!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM (2 years ago)

      I didn’t know there was a link with Vitamin C and back pain. *runs off to research*

      Reply
  6. Makeovers & Motherhood
    September 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Wow! I had no idea of all the benefits of lemons! I learned a couple months ago about the benefit of alkalinity in the body. But had no idea I could get that and so much more from just one delicious little fruit!

    A couple questions though:
    Why warm water? Are there added benefits to warm water versus cold water?
    Would drinking bottled lemon juice give the same benefits as drinking the juice of a fresh lemon?

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM (2 years ago)

      Warm water is best. Hot water destroys the enzymes and cold water interferes with the digestive benefits

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  7. Stephanie Stoll
    September 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM (2 years ago)

    WOW! I did not know that even though they’re an acidic fruit, they alkalize the body! I’ve heard so much about the importance of that. Reading this post has me excited to start drinking lemon water in the mornings for all these wonderful benefits! I’ll have to get some next time I’m at the store!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM (2 years ago)

      I know it does seem odd that an acidic from would be alkalize the body. I’ve been more concern with that b/c of a high cancer risk based on family history.

      Reply
  8. The Savvy Momma
    September 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM (2 years ago)

    Wow! thanks for sharing the awesome benefits of lemon water. this was actually going to be one of my future posts, but you nailed it. Lemon water is just amazing, and it’s definitely helping me fight my morning sickness these days! love your blog and i am subscribing!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much! Glad you decide to stick around and hang out:)

      Reply
  9. Tracy @ usingtimewisely.com
    September 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow! I had no idea. I drink 64 oz. of water daily, and I try to drink it at room temperature. I haven’t tried warm lemon water. Good to know as I definitely could benefit from the results.

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  10. Sara
    September 18, 2013 at 6:21 AM (2 years ago)

    I used to drink lemon water in the morning when I was actively trying to lose weight. I drink it with honey warmed when I have a sore throat.

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  11. Julie@love-injection.com
    September 18, 2013 at 3:00 AM (2 years ago)

    I’ve never heard of the benefits of drinking warm lemon water until now. I wish I had lemons so I could try this tomorrow morning!

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  12. Isabelle Goyer
    September 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM (2 years ago)

    Great post! I will have to include it to my daily routine!! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  13. Rachel
    September 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM (2 years ago)

    What a great suggestion especially now that cooler weather is upon us! Thanks for the health info!

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  14. Liss
    September 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM (2 years ago)

    I really like the all the benefits of this. I will have to try this. I drink lots of water but not sure if i can handle warm lemon water.

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  15. Louisa
    September 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM (2 years ago)

    The idea of warm water does not sound inviting BUT I love the benefits of drinking warm lemon water. I especially like the weight loss and clear skin! Will be trying this! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  16. yonawilliams
    September 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM (2 years ago)

    Love, love, love this post. I like drinking hot lemon water (although it’s not from freshly squeezed lemons), and I have read about the benefits, but haven’t come across as many as you have mentioned in this post. I want to go out and grab some fresh lemons right now! Also, I have to remember to drink it first thing in the morning.

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM (2 years ago)

      Fresh lemon is the best to use b/c it has all of the enzymes.

      Reply
  17. Renee@Addicted2saving.com
    September 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing these! I had no idea lemons had all these benefits. My daughter would like the acne and digestion benefits, and I like the mood enhancing benefit!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM (2 years ago)

      Give it a try and let me know how it works for both of you

      Reply
  18. Emily
    September 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM (2 years ago)

    I tried this for a while, and it was a great way to start my day. Then summer came and I found it too hot to drink. The cooler weather is setting in, thanks for the reminder that I need to start this again!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM (2 years ago)

      No problem! Glad it helped

      Reply
  19. ThingsInMyHeadBlog
    September 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM (2 years ago)

    ok, I think you have convinced me that I need to try this…you had me at promoting weight loss!

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    • Tikilon
      September 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM (2 years ago)

      Good! LOL!

      Reply
  20. Gina Lincicum
    September 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve been hearing about this more and more, but I’ve never given it a try.

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM (2 years ago)

      Gina, give it a try and see what benefits you notice:)

      Reply
  21. Kate Sanders
    September 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM (2 years ago)

    I have started doing this every morning (I drink mine cold), makes me feel so GOOD! I feel like it acts as a mini detox and I find my energy increases and I feel lighter over all. I highly suggest doing this every morning! Thanks !

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM (2 years ago)

      I’m glad to hear you have an increase in energy. It does act as a min detox. The reason for the warm water is b/c it absorbs into the body faster and the body doesn’t have to work to heat it up

      Reply
  22. Maša Nikolov
    September 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM (2 years ago)

    Interesting! I haven’t tried this, but I often use lemon in my diet.

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      • Maša
        January 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM (1 year ago)

        I’ve been doing it on and off – I often forget because I’m always so hungry in the morning that I automatically grab some food. However, I can report clearer skin and better digestion. :)

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        • Tiki
          January 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM (1 year ago)

          I can understand that but it’s great that is gave you clearer skin and better digestion. :)

          Reply
  23. Ruby Showalter
    September 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM (2 years ago)

    I had no idea how many benefits there were with drinking lemon water! I’m curious about the reason for drinking warm water?

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM (2 years ago)

      Do you mean my reason or the reason why the water has to be warm?

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      • Ruby Showalter
        September 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM (2 years ago)

        The reason the water has to be warm!

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        • Tikilon
          September 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM (2 years ago)

          It’s said that cold water will is hard to break down and will interfere with the digestive benefits of drinking lemon water.

          Reply
  24. thompsonsaraht
    September 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know most of these. Sounds like dh could benefit greatly from this.

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM (2 years ago)

      Let me know if you can get him to try them and how it works for him. Thanks for dropping by

      Reply
  25. Mary
    September 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM (2 years ago)

    I love this really nice tips, i would try for loss weight. But i learn so mamy benefits that i can try, thank so much for sharing! 😉

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

      It does help with weight loss. I have an extra glass during the day when I get hungry and it’s not time for me to eat.

      Reply
  26. Dawn
    September 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM (2 years ago)

    I will have to try this. It sounds like a lot of great benefits from drinking lemon water.

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

      There are and I’m glad I started drinking my lemon water.

      Reply
  27. Elizabeth Nygard
    September 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM (2 years ago)

    I drink this sometimes – I should do it more often though. Lemon is fabulous! I put lemon in cold water also,

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM (2 years ago)

      Give it a try more often and see what happens:)

      Reply
  28. Michelle McCoy
    September 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM (2 years ago)

    I love lemon water! I never realized how healthy it was and all the benefits it had to offer. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM (2 years ago)

      I know it shocked me. I started drinking it for digestion help and found so many other benefits.

      Reply
  29. Carla BeDell
    September 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM (2 years ago)

    I have tried it and felt better, but just can’t seem to get into a routine and do it everyday. I would love my son to try it for his acne.

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM (2 years ago)

      I definitely understand. I have things that I have not been consistent with too. My friends said it worked for her acne. If you can talk him into it, it’s worth a try.

      Reply
  30. Angela Bickford
    September 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM (2 years ago)

    I’m not much of a health-nut (as evidenced by my love of cupcakes and all things chocolate), but I do drink a lot of water. I don’t like it warm and I don’t like lemons, but I do drink it first thing in the morning before I eat and try to drink water when I start feeling hungry. :)

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  31. Arianne
    September 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM (2 years ago)

    I had no idea! Thanks so much for the great info. I’m going to try this tip. Even if I only get half of the results listed above, it’s a win! :)

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM (2 years ago)

      Indeed. I have a friend that tried it for acne and noticed other benefits.

      Reply
  32. Stephanie
    September 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know there were so many benefits to lemons! I have a few in the fridge. I’m going to have to try this!

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM (2 years ago)

      It’s an inexpensive way to boost your health. I saw go for it!

      Reply
  33. Julie
    September 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM (2 years ago)

    I haven’t tried it. I normally don’t enjoy warm drinks, but looking at all of the health benefits, I may give it a try! Thanks for the tips!

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  34. Lindsey Whitney
    September 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve always loved the taste of lemon water, but I had no idea it had so many health benefits. Do you have to use fresh lemons or would lemon juice work?

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    • Grow It Girl
      September 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM (2 years ago)

      You get the benefits listed from using fresh lemon.

      Reply
  35. dedivahdeals
    June 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Great article, however, I drink a shot of ACV with room temp water each night before bed which also aids in weight loss and digestion.

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    • Grow It Girl
      June 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM (2 years ago)

      I tried the ACV but it was just to strong for me. I still have a huge bottle I picked up from Wholefoods

      Reply

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