Five Benefits of Lemon Water

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The benefits of lemon water are so important. This is why I like to start my day with a healthy glass of lemon water.disclosure policy

Last year after I had a kidney stone, my doctor looked at my follow-up test results and told me I should drink lemon water every day. It was the best news I had ever received in a doctor’s office because lemon water is my favorite drink. It’s what I always order at restaurants and it’s what I serve myself at home whenever I think of it. I add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a big glass of water a few times a day. There are several benefits of lemon water, and it also happens to taste delicious.

Alkalizing Effect of Lemon Water

Although lemons are acidic, lemon juice becomes alkaline in the body through the metabolism process. A highly acidic body is more prone to cancer and other illnesses, so drinking lemon water contributes to a healthier pH balance.

Detoxifying Effect

There are many detoxification programs that depend on lemon water as part of the process of removing toxins from the liver. Lemon juice is a diuretic, so by regularly drinking lemon water you will assist your body in flushing out toxins before they have a chance to build up and cause problems.

Improved Immune System

Lemon juice is one of the most highly antioxidant juices. Its vitamin C can help to diminish cold and flu symptoms, and it contains several other vitamins and minerals to improve health.

Healthy Skin

By cleaning out toxins, lemon juice can have the added benefit of healthy, glowing skin and a reduction in wrinkles. It also helps kill bacteria on the skin that can cause acne.

Increased Fluid Intake

Lemon water is delicious and refreshing, so it encourages you to drink more. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men should drink about 13 cups of fluid per day and women should drink about 9 cups per day.

My lemon juicer broke a few months ago, so I invested in a great new juicing device. I love how easy this Chef’n juicer is to use and how much juice it extracts from the lemon. To make sure you always have lemon juice ready to serve, squeeze several lemons and pour the juice into an ice cube tray. Store the cubes in an airtight container in the freezer and pull a few out each day.

Do you drink lemon water regularly? What other things do you drink to keep you healthy? I’d love to hear from you.


  1. What a great, simple write up. I know that lemon water is good for me but seeing all the benefits makes me want to drink it more, for sure.

  2. Annemarie,
    For Mother’s Day I received a water pitcher that fits on the door and has a central perforated tube for me to stuff with fruits or veggies to infuse my water. I can’t wait to try it, and since I’ve got a lemon I don’t really know what I’m waiting for.


    1. I want one of those pitchers! I’ve seen them and been tempted. You could put so many different things in the middle. Enjoy it!

  3. AnneMarie
    I loved this post. So intuitive and yet so many of us still don’t realize that it is important. We have to detox regularly within the world we live in today. A lemon and some water…such a natural, cheap, easy alternative.

  4. This is great to know because I am not a very good water drinker, but do better with lemon. When I was pregnant with my son, I had this awful taste in my mouth and adding lemon to my water was the only way I could drink any! Thanks for an inspiring post.

    1. Maybe your body was telling you something, Dana. I’ve read that lemon juice can also help with pregnancy discomforts like heartburn.

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