She Drank Honey Lemon Water for 1 Year – This Is What Happened

She Drank Honey Lemon Water for 1 Year - This Is What Happened
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A lot has been said and written about the benefits of honey and lemon, and I have written about it extensively. Crystal Davis felt that she needed to try it for herself. She embarked on a 12 month journey, during which she drank honey and lemon water every morning. She wanted to see if there would really be any difference in her health. In short, Crystal was blown away by what the morning drink did for her and her loved ones.

First of all, to do this experiment, Crystal used all natural ingredients. No chemist-bought, artificial packets or fake honeys. She worked with raw honey and fresh lemon juice. She does admit skipping some days, but, all in all, she tried to follow the protocol as diligently as possible.

After 1 year, these were the main things she noticed:

  1. During the 12 months she was drinking her morning concoction, Crystal developed no cold, flu or digestive problem. There were days when she felt slightly run down, low in energy or had a light headache. However, in the whole year, no illness materialized. She described that as particularly surprising, as she is known to frequently suffer from maladies and bugs attack her readily.
  1. She no longer craved coffee in the morning. It seemed that honey and lemon replaced her need for caffeine. Her new choice of a morning drink came with an additional bonus: no caffeine crash or headache.
  1. She became a morning person. The new morning habit also resulted in a new morning rhythm. Instead of feeling grumpy, Crystal reports feeling energetic and ready to start the day upon waking up.
  1. The potion helped others as well. Crystal introduced her morning drink to other members of her family. They, too, had positive experience and reduced their sick days.

Needless to say, Crystal Davis is continuing with her morning health regimen, and so is her family.

Recipe for Honey Lemon Water

  1. Boil some water and let it cool a little in a mug.
  2. Add fresh juice of half a lemon (beginners can start with a smaller dose of a quarter of a lemon). For best results, use organic fruits.
  3. Mix in raw, organic, unpasteurized honey (you can experiment with different flavors). Add the honey after the water had cooled down as the heat will destroy the nutrients in the honey.
  4. To drink immediately, you can add in a little bit of cold water.
  5. Enjoy the drink as soon as you wake up.

Some of the Benefits of Honey Lemon Water

  • This drink hydrates and cleanses the digestive system. Thus, it prevents constipation and keeps infections at bay.
  • It acts as a diuretic and flushes the body. This helps to prevent urinary tract infections.
  • The mix also nourishes your liver and helps with body detox.
  • It’s great for maintaining a healthy weight.
  • It makes your skin glow. The combination is particularly good for making you look healthy and youthful – it provides you with collagen and antibacterial nutrients.

Drinking lemon water in the morning is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Here is a short video about the health benefits of honey lemon water:

You can also experiment with this cleansing ginger lemon tea as it has amazing health benefits as well.

You can also read about the amazing health benefits of lemon water in my post: 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

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205 Responses to She Drank Honey Lemon Water for 1 Year – This Is What Happened

  1. Patama says:

    can we use LIME instead?

  2. Zac says:

    wl this help diabetics?

    • Jenny says:

      Lemon water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) diluted in water are believed to control blood sugar levels. As for the honey – you can add honey to the mix but you need to consider it as part of the total carbohydrates you are allowed in your diet. If you are in doubt about the exact quantity you can consume – talk to your doctor for more guidelines.

    • Ash says:

      You can use lemon and cucumber it has all the same detoxing benefits without the sugar spike

      • Ash says:

        For the cucumber and lemon cut up half a cucumber and a whole lemon put in a large container and fill with water let sit over night and drink 2 8 oz glasses a day one in the morning and one in the evening

        • Judi says:

          Many foods are high on the glycerin index. Too much bread, rolls, biscuits, corn, garden peas, white potatoes & the list goes on. You can have some refined sugar, but in limited amounts, just as in the foods I mentioned above, too.

    • Berynice says:

      No it will cause diabetes. Sheesh. Honey is sugar. Sugar causes diabetes.

      • Maria says:

        No dear. Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes.

        • Leona says:

          sugar does cause diabetes; educate yourself

          • Viviana says:

            Speaking as an Educated Diabetic, sugar does not cause Diabetes. Sugar (in any form) is a carbohydrate and should be counted as such.

          • neo says:

            Diabetes is the result of the body’s inability to produce enough insulin….that processes blood sugar…sugar on its own does not cause diabetes

          • Angela lucas says:

            Diabetes Myths: American Diabetes Association®

            http://www.diabetes.org › Diabetes Basics

            Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. … Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in … Sugar-sweetened beverages include beverages like:.soda

          • Benna says:

            Eating sugar has nothing to do with developing type 1 diabetes. Type 1 is caused by genetics and other unknown factors that trigger the disease. One of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is being overweight, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.

          • Crystal knight says:

            Sugar does not cause diabetes. I’m a registered nurse. Educate yourself.

          • Grace says:

            Sugar itself is not the cause of diabetes. Please educate YOURSELF! On a side note..if everyone who had a sweet tooth got diabetes we would all have it. There are too many variables and factors that contribute to diabetes. Sugar alone is NOT THE CAUSE. Geez, why are people so ignorant? Google it smarty lol

          • Elimay says:

            In 2015 I was diagnosed pre-diabetic. I eliminated all grains and ADDED RAW HONEY to replace sugar in my coffee and voila!! No more diabetes medication

          • CoCintheane says:

            Right, SUGAR in and of itself does NOT cause Diabetes!!! The human body NEEDS some sugar as well as some salt!! The problem is not the right balance if carbs to protein!!! U must find out the best balance for Yoyr body as different for each person!!! A piece of cake , white rice, corn, and a few others R all sugar to your body!! Pick “1” in moderate size, NOT eat all at same meal or day!!! Do Good research!!!

          • FRK says:

            No it doesn’t

      • kelly miller says:

        Berynice your wrong. There are many things that cause diabetes. Refined sugars and processed foods are bad and eventually will suppress the pancreas in the production of insulin BUT sugar alone does not cause diabetes. In addition, the health benefits of raw honey far outweigh the risk. Get your facts straight.

      • Diana says:

        Honey comes from BEES & Sugar comes from Sugar Cane a plant, so there’s a Big difference.Sugar will give you Diabetes not Honey although it’s sweet. Also everything have a limit.

        • Janie says:

          Diana, you can insist all you like, but you are incorrect. Do some research. You obviously have access to a computer with internet–Google is your friend. 🙂

          As far as “everything have a limit”, I assume you mean ‘everything in moderation’. That is not always true. Would you tell a drug addict it’s ok to only have a couple lines of cocaine? Would you tell an alcoholic it’s okay to only have a couple of drinks? That phrase is a piece of conventional wisdom that, though often repeated, is not always correct.

      • Renee says:

        Sugar only causes diabetes in 5 percent of all cases. It’s on the ADA website itself.

      • Jennifer says:

        Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes …..sheesh.

    • Tom says:

      Apple cider vinegar combined with lemon juice, garlic, ginger, honey and cinnamon addresses weight and heart issues. Some people add turmeric root juice along with this combination.A cup of oats for breakfast is a good idea as it contains beta glucan. Do a search with the words”beta glucan testimonials” and educate yourself as to its health benefits.

  3. Deepika says:

    Here we don’t get raw honey easily..so can we use the market stuff

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy honey in the supermarket, but you need to find a reputable and trusted brand that sells a good quality honey.

    • Cloud says:

      If you buy honey from a store.. make sure it is NOT FROM CHINA !!! Look to see if this has been pasteurized.. that kills all the good things in the honey. Unfiltered honey is great as it has not been messed around with and taken out all that is vital for your health.

    • Fruity Rudi says:

      Do you have a farmers market on Saturdays? Might try there

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Deepika Where do you live? We are lucky to have local honey here. Even the local stuff is pasteurized. There are different varieties depending on the different flowers in the area. Clover honey is very nice. Buckwheat honey has a stronger flavour. If you can’t get raw honey, the stuff from the market will do.

  4. Decades ago, Richard Simmons recommended lemon water and honey in the morning. This was included in his weight loss book and started your day out with a happy and healthy digestive system. It works!

  5. Brenda steger says:

    How much honey do you add

  6. Siddharth says:

    Is this advisable for slim persons? I am slim with 32′ waist size, 5’11” height, BMI around 22, weighing 58 Kgs.

  7. Roni says:

    I have three questions:
    1. Is it meant to be taken warm like a tea, or would cold be just as effective?
    2. Can you make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator? If so, does it lose its effectiveness after a certain amount of time?
    3. Is it meant to replace your morning meal, or is it to be consumed alongside it?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Roni, as for your questions:
      1. It can be drank warm or at room temperature, but not hot like a tea (as heat will destroy the nutrients in the honey and lemon) and not cold.
      2. It’s best to squeeze the lemon as close to the time of consumption as vitamin c loses its potency quite quickly. Also don’t keep in the fridge as per the above answer.
      3. It is not meant to replace your morning meal. Some people consume it on an empty stomach (about 20 min. before breakfast), but you can consume your normal meal afterwards.

      • christine says:

        Really cannot drink cold? Prefer cold.what is the difference?

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Christine, there are references that water that is warm or at room temperature will provide the most health benefits and allow for the full enzymatic and digestive properties of the lemon.

        • Christine, I got the same thought with you.

          Water that is warm or at room temperature will provide the most health benefits and allow for the full enzymatic and digestive properties of the lemon.

          Warm is better. But doesn’t mean cold lemon is bad for your health. Just drink, but if you want more benefit, just do what she says..

  8. Lorraine says:

    Hi, I have been making ACV with raw honey, BUT…. I make 2 litres at a go and refrigerate, no lemon juice. Now I am wondering after all these years, if it has been beneficial at all????
    Pretty frustrated right now.
    Thanks so much.

    • Jenny says:

      Refrigerating water with ACV doesn’t destroy the beneficial enzymes in ACV, but in all the references I’ve seen about drinking lemon water (or in this case diluted ACV) it is recommended to drink it either slightly warm or in a room temperature but not cold. However I don’t think that what you’ve done is not beneficial at all – you still got hydrated and enjoyed the nutrients in the ACV, but probably by drinking it in a room temperature or slightly warm, you will enhance the benefits even more (water that is warm or at room temperature will provide the most health benefits and allow for the full enzymatic and energetic properties of the lemon or ACV).

  9. Patima says:

    Can Honey stear with metal or stainless steel spoon.

    • Jenny says:

      While honey is acidic, stirring it with a metal spoon is such a quick action that corrosion of the metal is unlikely. If in doubt, use a wooden or porcelain spoon.

  10. fatma says:

    I’m used ACV at minimum 8months but I never proof anything and not loose weight
    But now I tried to drink in the morning lime and honey,turmeric and cinnamon and after half an hour I drink tea green so is OK to mix

  11. Diane Furuya says:

    Leave out the honey. Or use Stevia if you need it sweet. I just use DoTerra’s lemon essential oil and warm water. So EZ. WAIT 15 minutes before eating anything.

    • E M says:

      Raw Honey Health Benefits

      Honey-infused bandages are known to aid healing. Peter Charles Molan at the University of Waikato, New Zealand found that honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria.

      Research studies have already shown that replacing sugar with honey in the diet results in less weight gain and lower blood sugar levels. Switching to honey may even aid in weight loss when compared to diets containing sugar or HFCS.

      Honey provides a ready supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for energetic morning starts and as a pre- and post-exercise energy source. It also boosts the immune system, acting as a preventative against any number of debilitating diseases.

      Honey contains many antioxidants including flavonoids to maintain the body’s health balance. Pinostrobin supports enzyme activity while the antioxidant-rich organic acids maintain an optimal slightly acidic pH in the body. Pinocembrin is an antioxidant flavonoid thought to be unique to honey while the amino acids in honey are the body’s building blocks of protein.

      Honey promotes restorative sleep as it slowly releases the glycogen needed for essential bodily functions during sleep. Adding honey to milk at bedtime helps the body release melatonin into the brain which is necessary for deep sleep.

      Melatonin also boosts immunity and helps rebuild tissue during periods of rest. Poor sleep, by comparison, has been shown to be a risk factor for hypertension, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. As honey is a proven sleep aid, it naturally lowers the risk of all these health problems.

      Proverbs 25:16 says “Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!” Although honey is one of the healthiest sweeteners, it still should be used in moderation.

      Dr. Oz regarding Stevia.

      New research shows that artificial sweeteners may have hidden health dangers. Replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners may be doing your body more harm than good. Recent studies show that these chemically modified sweeteners can damage the way your body naturally processes sugar, making you much more susceptible to overeating. Because of the increasing public health warnings, food companies are now using obscure names to hide these artificial sweeteners in their products.

  12. John says:

    I’ve been taking half a lemon juice each morning with half a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda in water since Jan 1st.
    I lost 21 lbs in the first eight weeks and feel great.

    Research shows the B of Soda plus lemon alkalines the body helping fat drop off. I also cut my food intake by about half too and drunk over a litre of water a day.

    Bicarb and lemon definitely worth researching.

    • Patty says:

      Where did you get the soda, John?

      • You can definitely balance alkaline without the honey. I use no sweetner at all. Cool or warm water is equally effective. Lemon on it’s own alkaline balances the body; which supports liver function, immune defense, balances blood sugar, additionally the Vit -C is great. — Never heard of Bicarbonate (baking soda) having this effect. — Apple cider vinegar does as well, though, best brand is Bragg’s. — It burns an dis very intense, best mixed with water.

        • Gaelyn Schoeman says:

          Yes Jenny, Bicarbonate of Soda with lemon juice and honey isa great way of bringing the body back to analkaline state. My husband has been doing this for years. Works amazingly for gout.

    • Trini says:

      The fact that you cut out half of your calories is probably why you lost weight. Not because of sodium bicarbonate. Less calories in=creates caloric deficit=weight loss. No magic there.

  13. Teri says:

    I started drinking hot lemon water with honey and cinnamon in the mornings about 2 weeks ago. As a former coffee “junkie” I can report that I never had a caffeine “crash” as I had when I had gone a day or so without coffee. I haven’t had any headaches either, which was surprising. This time of year, everyone in my house typically gets a little cold, and thus far, I am still healthy!

    • Mamie says:

      Drinking hot lemon will eventually thin the enamel of your teeth, that’s why you only drink it room temperature to cold

      • Jenny says:

        I don’t think the water temperature is a factor in thinning the enamel. It’s the lemon juice itself, and this is why many recommend drinking it with a straw. Many references don’t recommend drinking cold lemon water, but either slightly warm or at a room temperature.

        • mariana says:

          so is lemonade bad?

          • Jenny says:

            A lemonade is a drink made from lemon juice and sweetened water. If it’s a commercial lemonade, then it’s probably loaded with sugar and other additives. However if it’s a home-made lemonade which is sweeten moderately with stevia, honey or maple syrup, then it is fine.

      • debra says:

        You can use a straw and bypass your teeth.

    • Lee says:

      how much lemon,honey and cinnamon did you use?

  14. Chica says:

    Can you get the same benefits without honey. I am borderline diabetic and can any form of sweet makes me sick, even in its organic form

  15. Rita Madzikanda says:

    I have a kidney problem, will this drink help me

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know Rita, it depends what kind of problem it is, how severe it is. Usually kidney problems require the attention of a medical care.

  16. Liz says:

    Could you drink this regularly through the day as well as in the morning?

  17. Thazin says:

    1.Can drink if have any stomach problems?
    2.Lemon/Lime are alkaline when mix with water, is it right or wrong? Is it acidic or alkaline?
    Thanks!

    • Jenny says:

      1. Drinking too much lemon with water may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you’re used to experiencing it. Also if you have a special condition, don’t drink honey lemon water to treat any medical problem without the advice of your doctor. In any case, if you experience any side effects from drinking this beverage, stop drinking it.
      2. There is often misunderstanding of lemon’s pH outside the body versus inside the body. Lemons/limes are acidic outside the body but when ingested and fully metabolized their effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue.

  18. Sive says:

    Can i drink lemon water or ACV if im pregnant?

    • Jenny says:

      Lemon water is safe during pregnancy. As for ACV I’ve seen conflicting references. Many women consume diluted ACV with water during pregnancy, however Livestrong website mentions concerns with the ingestion of unpasteurized vinegars (which is the type that is recommended for the most health benefits), and although the acetic acid in vinegar may protect against food-borne illnesses, little evidence exists, so according to this source it is simply not worth the risk. Consult with your doctor before consuming raw unpasteurized ACV while you are pregnant or use lemon water.

  19. Elizabeth Lopez says:

    About the health issues it will help a lot,thank you so much

  20. Gulam Mohammed says:

    Its work for to get healthy white skin..?,

    • Jenny says:

      It’s not specifically for the skin, but for overall health (which often affects the appearance of the skin).

  21. Gabriela says:

    I eat garlic for the same reason and helps me to not be sick at all! can I add it to this mix? If so, how many? Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you can add garlic to the mix. There are no exact measurement as for how much exactly to add, but probably a crushed/minced single clove would be enough for 1 cup, but it’s really up to you and how much you can tolerate the taste. There are no strict rules.

    • sumu says:

      Drinking of cold water before lemon and honey warm wateris good?? usually i drink 600ml water as soon as i wake up and then do some exercises.. after that i take this lemon and honey water..is this effective or have to change the morning routine????

      • Jenny says:

        Most of the references that I’ve looked at recommend to start the day with lemon water (slightly warm or at a room temperature, but not cold). However even drinking it later on in the morning still has benefits. I believe you need to do what works best for you – drinking lemon water later on is better than not drinking it at all.

  22. Tracy says:

    Does the daily lemon water hurt the enamel on your teeth?

  23. Michelle says:

    Can you use powdered cinnamon with the lemon and honey drink?

  24. Erin says:

    Can you do this and still drink coffee? Coffee has its benefits too.

  25. arunashisodia says:

    Can taking warm water with lemon causes problems in bone

    • Jenny says:

      Livestrong website talks about the side effects of drinking too much lemon water, and doesn’t mention loss of bone density. I think the main reason that some people believe that drinking lemon water might be harmful to bones is because lemons contain citric acid. However when lemon juice is metabolized by the body it alkalizes in the body, and not acidifies it.

  26. Leeyah says:

    Can i use calamansi fruit instead of lemon? Can it reduce weight?

    • Jenny says:

      I have read that Calamansi is a fruit grown all over Southeast Asia and it is very popular in the Philippines as it called a “golden lime”. It is also very beneficial for the body as it eliminate toxins that result to a faster weight loss and is rich in vitamins and improves digestion. You can replace lemon with lime to get the same benefits. read more about calamansi health benefits here.

  27. Deep says:

    Can we substitute Agave Nectar for the honey?

    • Jenny says:

      Agave nectar or agave syrup is used by many people as a sugar substitute. However the use of agave as a healthy alternative to sugar is somewhat controversial, and you can read more details about it in my article about “5 best natural sugar substitutes“. Honey is still a better option.

  28. Choua says:

    What is a good brand of honey to use with this drink?

  29. santoshi says:

    I have thyroid I use 50 mg throxin tablet in morning
    How much gap I should give to take honey and lemon water.

    • Jenny says:

      I have read in this website that patients should be instructed to take thyroxine 30–60 minutes before breakfast in order to maximize absorption. If this is too difficult, the patient may try taking the thyroxine last thing at night on an empty stomach (see also in the American Thyroid Association website). However you must remember that I’m not a doctor so I suggest that you double check it either in the medical leaflet of this drug or with your doctor.

    • kaity says:

      hi santoshi! I too have a thyroid disease, but I take my medicine at night on an empty stomach. Some doctors recommend taking it in the morning because it is said to give other patients and energy boost, that’s not the case for me. When taking it in the morning, it is said to wait 30 min to an hour after taking your pill before eating. Eating anything too soon after taking your medicine could counteract the effectiveness of the throxine. I would recommend preparing the water the night before. or taking your medicine, preparing the water and then going about your normal morning routine (usually takes me 45min) and then drinking the lemon water when you are finished. that way you still give time for your medicine to digest

  30. Aldo says:

    Tried squeezing an organic lemon into tepid water for pre-breakfast drink, after a month or so developed a series of cold sores that stopped when I stopped my pre-breakfast lemon drink. Being type 2 diabetic I didn’t add honey. Then discovered oranges trigger cold sores too. Is lemon (or citrus generally) a known trigger for cold sores?

    • Jenny says:

      Lemon and lime juice may trigger new cold sore outbreaks and make existing outbreaks worse. See more information in Livestrong website. Livestrong website recommends to apply lip balm or mouth ointments to the areas of the mouth affected by cold sores so it forms a protective barrier between the tissue and corrosive acids before the juice is consumed.

      • Scott says:

        Sounds like you are suffering from similar issues with the cold sores as I have had with Canker sores. Since I have been taking supplements of Vitamin D-3 the sores have not come back. I would either have your vitamin D levels checked or try the natural D-3 supplements and see if that helps. I am taking the Carlson brand 2000 IU three per day at minimum.

  31. Sensei Lao says:

    I just began developing symptoms of gout. How soon should I expect to feel a difference?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sensei, if you think you start to develop symptoms of gout, then read my article about The Best Natural Gout Treatments. I personally don’t know how long it takes to feel a difference (I’m not a doctor), but I guess that if after several weeks you don’t notice any improvement, or the symptoms become worse, then it’s best to consult with a professional medical practitioner.

  32. Nini says:

    can i drink it after meal or anytime of the day?does it have the same effect?can you drink if you have condition like gastritis or stomach acidity?thank you.

    • Jenny says:

      It is usually recommended to drink it in the morning, but it doesn’t mean you cannot drink it anytime of the day – it is always important to support our body by drinking enough fluids and water lemon is a good choice. As for stomach acid – start gradually with a small squirt of lemon only once a day and see how your body reacts.

  33. Zouls says:

    its hard to find lemon here. I use lime. is it ok? the nutritions r same??

  34. ma imelda lumbis says:

    I bought apple cider but its not unfiltered its has flavor is it ok to use it

    • Jenny says:

      If it’s not unfiltered it means that it’s the processed type without the “mother”, and this is not the stuff you want to use as it lacks the essential nutrients and enzymes and all the health benefits. It needs to be specifically mentioned on the label that it’s raw, unfiltered and unprocessed.

      • Mano says:

        I am taking Diane 35 for PCOS..can i use lemon honey drink as i am taking Diane 35 tabs..thanx

        • Jenny says:

          I couldn’t find information that lemon or honey can affect this medication, but since I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner, it’s best to ask your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

  35. ankita says:

    Hey Jenny!

    I am a post kidney transplant lady with 28 yrs of age. I got my transplant dont i 2010. Post operation till now I have gained about 15 kgs of my weight. I need to now reduce it. Does this drink is helpfull or if u could suggest me that it wont harm me..??

  36. Rupa says:

    I think its not good for gastritis???? Right?????

    • Jenny says:

      I actually read in several places that lemon water can help with gastritis due to its alkalizing effect. However it’s probably not good to consume lemons in large quantities. Because I’m not a doctor, I believe the safest way for you is to consult with your doctor before consuming it, or you may want to start with only a small squeeze of lemon juice diluted in water and see how your body reacts.

  37. kate says:

    what are the benefits of drinking this on an empty stomach versus after breakfast? Thanks!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kate, it is advised to drink it on an empty stomach as drinking lemon water 30 minutes before a meal will provide additional enzymes and help produce adequate stomach acid to aid digestion and to get the most nutrients out of your food. Another reason to drink lemon water on an empty stomach is because if this is done before a meal, it can help to increase the body’s pH slightly and have an overall alkalizing effect and hopefully counterbalance any acidifying foods that might be eaten (having a slightly alkaline pH has been associated with a decreased chance of inflammatory diseases). The overall alkalizing effect on the body in general can also help to reduce acidity in the stomach that is causing heartburn in the first place.

  38. suraksha says:

    The lemon n honey should be mixed in warm water?
    Or just lemon juice?

  39. Biswarup says:

    can i take raw garlic before having this drink? If yes how many cloves?

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you can. As for the quantity – The University of Maryland Medical Center website mentions the amount of 2-4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove (a clove of garlic may weigh up to 5 grams, but of course this all depends on the size). The garlic has to be cut or minced in order to release the allicin which is the active component of garlic.

  40. adnan says:

    i drink lemon water for a few days in the morning it felt like i increased the acidity of my body ??
    should mixing honey will be good for me nd if yes can i drink it with cold water?

    • Jenny says:

      Lemon is acidic outside the body but once ingested and metabolized it turns alkaline. You can also add honey to the lemon water. It is not recommended to drink it with cold water – it’s best to drink it slightly warm or at a room temperature, but I guess drinking it with cold water is better than not drinking it at all.

    • Candy Taylor says:

      Yes you can I used to go to a diet Center and they had us to do one tablespoons of lemon Juice glass of water 8oz at 8 o’clock in the morning

  41. Vinayak says:

    Hi
    Is it ok to take 1 lemon rather thab half?

  42. maridel gutierrez says:

    I just want to ask how long can we use sliced lemon if i just put it in a tumbler? I bring it to my office everyday and i dnt know if i should replace my lemon everyday? And can u give suggestions on what to do with used lemons??? Should we just throw them right after we consume it?

    • Jenny says:

      Best to use fresh lemon slice every day as vitamin C loses its potency relatively quickly. I don’t have any good ideas for used lemons other than composting.

  43. Patty says:

    Some great info here. Thank you. John..where did you obtain bicarbonate of soda or is that just regular soda?

  44. m says:

    can you add baking soda? should you or not?

  45. Damian says:

    You do realise when you heat honey it looses all of its health benefits? if you drink this drink definitely boil the water if using unfiltered tap water, let it cool right down then add honey.

    • Jenny says:

      It is said in the instructions to boil some water and let it cool a little in a mug, but I will emphasize it more in the instructions.

  46. pratik says:

    What if I drink lemon and honey in cold water instead of warm watet

    • Jenny says:

      There are references that water that is slightly warm or at room temperature will provide the most health benefits and allow for the full enzymatic and digestive properties of the lemon. But I guess that drinking cold water is better than not drinking at all.

  47. Sunya says:

    Hi Jenny. .
    I have grown fat and healthy with time. . And I really don’t like it. . Now I have double neck too.. which I really hate. .
    Please suggest me some good and effective tips to get slim.without losing my skin texture and I don’t want to look dull..
    Please help.me..

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sunya, I have quite a lot of information in my website about weight loss and I suggest that you use the “search” option in the website.

  48. John Walsh says:

    I am new here. Will someone please tell me what ACV is?

  49. i used honey with apple cider and lemon is that ok

  50. Sherry says:

    Is bottle organic lemon juice an option?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sherry, it’s always best to use fresh lemon juice for maximum health benefits, as I’ve read that the vitimins and nutrients in the bottled juice will slowly loose potency after opening and during storage.

  51. nasha says:

    is it okay to drink warm water + lemon every morning without the addition of honey to it?? are the benefits the same ??

  52. Hitesh says:

    I’m taking 1 Lemon with 2tablets of Stevia in 600ml water, during my yoga-exercise cycle of ~60-75mins..I’m avoiding Honey for two reasons..First, I doubt availability of pure honey & second, I don’t like the taste of Honey.. o_0

    Experiment started 2-3months back..Awaiting for results.

  53. EVE says:

    Please can someone trying for a baby take this drink?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Eve, honey should not be given to babies under 12 months. Pediatricians recommend waiting until your baby is at least 12 months before introducing honey because it may contain spores of bacteria that can cause botulism which can be fatal.

  54. lovely says:

    should a person who is suffering from obesity also can add honey or he/she should take only lemon water?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t believe that one teaspoon of honey will make a difference. The roots of the obesity are obviously deeper, such as unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, health issues etc, and these factors need to be targeted. If you consume honey in moderation and target the causes of the obesity, I believe you’ll be fine.

  55. Tanya says:

    My daughter & I were drinking 1 tsp of honey & 1 tsp of lemon in warm water every morning & the 2 of us lost weight & we also felt great while drinking it faithfully. We stopped for a couple of months but just bought local honey today & ready to get started & feel better again.

  56. Tanya Bradley says:

    Also I know it will not hurt with being diabetic because I’m a diabetic myself.

  57. Jennifer Chaplin says:

    Could using green tea with the lemon and honey have an even better impact? Or would that effect the benefits of the lemon juice and honey?

  58. Despoina says:

    Hi! Although I like lemon very much I have noticed that it makes me feel dizzy. I don’t have any blood pressure problems in general but I believe that lemon has this effect on me. Can I use something else instead?

  59. Alicia says:

    Hi Jenny! I was wondering if I could substitute doterra lemon oil for the raw lemon and if so how many drops do you suggest?

  60. Varsha Sharma says:

    Hi,
    My question is …..can I take it 5 to 6 time a day…..after meal is it ok?

    • Jenny says:

      I couldn’t find an “official” recommendation as to how many times a day you can drink it. I guess you can consume more of it along the day, but if you take it 5-6 times a day, take it with a straw to protect tooth enamel. References I’ve looked at recommend drinking it as soon as you wake up in the morning and/or 20-30 minutes before meals and wait at least an hour after a meal. Also if you consume it 5-6 times a day, don’t exaggerate with the amount of honey you put in it. While it has many health benefits, moderation is a key. If drinking it 5-6 times a day causes you to feel unwell, reduce the amount.

  61. Sally says:

    Is it OK to put one sugar packet in thr lemon mixture?

  62. Peggy Stansby says:

    Have kumquat tree. Can those be used instead of lemon?

  63. B Ghosh says:

    I have to leave home very early in the morning. May I have breakfast immediately after having the honey and lemon drink? I generally take a heavy breakfast of boiled vegetable with rice or whole-grain toasts.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure if drinking lemon water just before eating a large breakfast will provide the same benefits as if drinking it 20-30 minutes before breakfast. It brings the general question of what is the best time to drink – before, during or after meals, and I’ve seen various references about it. The majority of references I’ve looked at recommend drinking lemon water on an empty stomach. I’ve found a study on webMD in which the participants drank water 30 minutes before meals to lose weight. On the other hand I’ve seen another reference in webMD about an earlier study in which the participants drank two cups of water right before eating a meal and ate fewer calories during the meal. It might be that drinking it on an empty stomach gives the best results, but I guess that drinking it anytime is better than not drinking it at all.

  64. Mischka says:

    Have been having this drink before bedtime, it really works with my sleep. So the better waking up better in the morning is correct.

  65. ram says:

    In how many days it would help to lose weight..

  66. Theresa says:

    Hi Jenny,
    My question is I have fresh squeezed lemon in the fridge I did them yesterday and put them in a glass jar. Can I use some of them? How many of tablespoons of a half of lemon?
    Just in the morning we have to drink or it should be 2 time a day to see results. I have acid reflux and I’m taking a medication for it and it has to be half hour before I eat anything which one should I do first? Lemon has to be organic like the honey? The way I understand the water has to be at room temperature is this after I boiled the water then add the lemon and the honey when the water reach room temperature?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Theresa, here are some points:
      – The amount of lemon juice is not strict and does not have to be 1/2 a lemon. It’s just a general guideline which you can adapt according to your taste. If you find it too sour you can reduce the amount of lemon juice. Also the amount of juice from half a lemon can vary depending on the size of the lemon and how juicy it is. You can start from adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and adjust the amount to suit your taste.
      – It’s best to use fresh squeezed lemon juice if you can, as vitamin C is unstable when exposed to light/air/heat.
      – Many references recommend drinking it first thing in the morning 20-30 minutes before breakfast, but there is no prevention from drinking it during the day as well.
      – Some people find that acidic foods (like lemons or ACV, although once they metabolized in the body they have alkaline effect), aggravate their acid reflux. In your case start from a small amount of lemon juice and only once a day to see how you react. If it’s fine, you can gradually increase the amount and times, as long as it does not aggravate your symptoms. Always listen to your body.
      – If taking medications, follow the instructions of how to take them. If it says to take them half hour before eating, then you need to take the medication first.
      – As for consuming organic foods – if you have access to organic sources, then it’s the best option, but it might not be an option for many other people. Generally speaking, the importance of eating organic food is more evident when consuming fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (see the list in my article about 14 Fruits & Veges With the Most Pesticides of 2015). Otherwise, you can use this method to easily remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables.
      – If you live in a place where you have a good quality of water, you don’t have to boil them first. Just use water at a room temperature or slightly warm. The water should not be hot as heat destroys vitamin C and the enzymes in the honey.

  67. jarpak says:

    Maximum for how many days ?

  68. Cindy says:

    Can I drink my coffee 20-30 minutes after the honey and Lemon water? I still love my coffee in the morning.

  69. Rita Turner says:

    I have Barretts esophagus is it ok for me to have this jenny.

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know Rita (I’m not a doctor). This is a question for a medical doctor. Although drinking lemon water helps to alkalize the body, the lemon juice alkalizes only after it is metabolized in the body. Since the esophagus transports food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach, the lemon water (containing citric acid) would still be acidic while it passes through the esophagus and can cause pain or further damage, so I would definitely consult with a doctor before consuming it.

  70. fran says:

    I have been drinking this mixture for over 2 years. I have not experienced any great illnesses but it did not make me a morning person (in fact I find it difficult to awaken in the am). I still felt and feel run down. And I still get frequent headaches. I use only organic lemons too. I guess it just does not work for everyone.

  71. lis says:

    fun to see all the comments.
    I drink green tea with a sprinkle of organic dry ginger & about 1/2 t of turmeric just about every morning.. after breakfast I drink either a glass of AVC ( Made my own with my OWN , fresh off the tree apples.
    Or lemon water.. Lemon just gives me a boost to get going with my day.

  72. Austin says:

    Have you ever heard of the placebo effect

  73. MADHU says:

    Artificial sugar or salt is not good for health , But it does not create diabetic
    Diabetic due to malfunction of Pancreas glands , if we have problem with pancreas , then it can not control blood sugar , then if we take sugar or sugar contents products , blood sugar level increase

  74. Rashedul Hasnat Sajib says:

    What should be the time gap between this drink and breakfast?
    Please reply 🙂

  75. Virgil says:

    What health benefits does hot ginger and lemon tea sweetened with raw honey provide. I’ve been drinking this before bedtime and in the morning? After reading so many of your post, it might make sense to drink it warm or room temp. I make a gallon batch at a time and refrigerate.

  76. Anna says:

    How many times we have to drink this in a day

  77. Yo Lin says:

    Hi!
    Would like to ask is there any side effect of drinking lemons juice everyday??

    Pls adv how to use/drink lemons juice??

    Tks.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      It’s all a matter of quantity. You drink the lemon juice diluted in water, and you start gradually with a smaller dose of lemon juice. Start with a squirt of lemon juice in a glass of water and see how you go. If it causes you any uncomfortable feeling (such as upset stomach, heartburn), then don’t consume it. Also it’s a good idea to drink lemon water through a straw to prevent tooth enamel erosion.

  78. Wayne says:

    Some bee keepers feed their bees with refined sugar, is that honey good to be used?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      As far as I’m aware of, the beekeepers feed the bees with sugar during the winter when there are no flowers around (you need to keep the bees alive during that time). This feed stops when spring arrives and the bees can use the flower nectar to produce honey.

  79. carol says:

    i have a meyer lemontrtee with an abundance of lemons to be picked soon- how about making a preserve by canning so i give as gifts? is there a special recipie?

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