8 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

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8 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

I use a lot of lemon in salad dressing or tea, but simply drinking warm water with lemon is not something I do regularly. But after finding out all the health benefits of drinking lemon water, this is something I’m going to do more frequently.

8 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon water:

1. Better digestion

Lemon may help a large number of digestive problems when combined with hot water, such as nausea, heartburn and parasites. Lemon helps the bowel to dispose waste, including preventing constipation.


Lemon reduces the amount of mucus production in the body, helps dissolve gallstones and acts as a liver cleansing and detoxifying. For more information about detox, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to improve your body’s digestive process, increase stamina and energy.

2. Superior for the skin

Lemon is a natural antiseptic that can treat skin problems. Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which is in part responsible for the appearance of a healthy skin and can help alleviates wrinkles and spots on the skin. You can use lemon directly on the skin to reduce scarring damage.

3. Better dental care

Lemon water is also good for dental care. Using lemon water on painful teeth may relieve the pain. Using lemon water on gums can also stop them from bleeding. But beware that lemon may also cause some damage to the enamel surfaces of the teeth, so don’t overuse it.

4. Cures throat infections

Lemon helps in treating throat infections, such as sore throat. Just Squeeze half a lemon with half a glass of water and gurgle frequently and the sore throat will soon disappear.

5. Superb for our diet

One of the better things about lemon water is that it make us lose weight faster. One reason is that lemon is full of pectin fibers that make us feel satisfy for longer. So just mix lemon with lukewarm water and honey – it may help your diet.


6. Controls high blood pressure

Lemon water helps to control high blood pressure, vertigo, nausea, as well as provide peace and relaxation to the body. Water with lemon were also found to relieve stress and depression.

7. Reduces fever

Water with lemon may help people suffering from cold or flu. This is probably caused by increased sweat which helps to reduce fever.

8. Source of antioxidants

Water with lemon is an excellent source of antioxidants, which fights free radicals in our body. Also water with lemon can help treating hangover. Water with lemon have no calories just like plain water, but they taste better, help balance blood sugar, stimulate metabolism and cleanse our skin.


– It is recommended to drink water with lemon every morning, on an empty stomach (a glass of warm water with the juice of a quarter or half a fresh lemon).
– It is recommended to drink another cup also in the evening.
– It is recommended to avoid extreme temperatures of water (hot or cold), so as not to damage the stomach lining.
– It is recommended to drink water lemon with a straw to prevent damage to the tooth enamel.

The habit of drinking lemon water is also one of the 70 secrets I mentioned in my eBook 70 Habits For a Great Health. You can use this eBook to learn about simple yet powerful life changes for a happier, healthier slimmer you.

Read my other related posts:
She Drank Honey Lemon Water for 1 Year – This Is What Happened
How & Why You Need to Freeze Lemons
Lemon and Baking Soda – Powerful Healing Combination for Cancer

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109 Responses to 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

  1. tara says:

    Really love all the helpfull info!! Thank you

    • Sandy says:

      I got pneumonia a few years back and did nothing but drink lemon water and husband beat on my back and we over naturally in two weeks. Had just moved up to upstate New York and didn’t have a dr and that is what I did. No drugs.got pneumonia again but it we mild and went away quicker. I believe because my body fought it naturally. I am going to start drinking lemon water and honey again. I get sick too much because had breast cancer and chemo radiation. Cancer free for over 7 years but has compromised my immune system.

      • Syed Ahmad Ali says:

        Can we add some sugar for better taste?

      • Sylvia says:

        Dear Sandy,
        I’m sorry to hear about your Cancer,but glad to hear you are cancer free..keep your body in an Alkaline state as much as possible..Cancer cannot survive in an Alkaline body..I have a whole board on it .Pinterest

        Sylvia Lobland

  2. DOLORES JOLL says:

    I have been drinking lemon water as it makes me feel better I knew it was good for me but didn’t know how good it until now. thanks I will keep on drinking it.

  3. brianson says:

    very great ….. that’s true

  4. Lindsay m says:

    My boyfriend introduced me to this and I drink very often it is so good!! I always feel a little better after a cup! 🙂

  5. Michelle B. says:

    IT’s truly a refreshing drink leomon. My friend introduce me to it because I have health issues that can benitfit from it’s use. I really enjoy drinking lemon water u can feel the difference when u take a drink every one should drink it’s very good for u Thanks for I will sure with everyone.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing it with the readers 🙂

      • Flordeliza F. Mallari says:

        When I had read the benefits of lemon water I tried it and it really works. I have diabetes and always constipated, but after drinking lemon water my bowel movement became regular. Thanks to lemon water and to you Ms.Jenny 🙂
        One thing I’m waiting for is the result of being slim..:) just kidding. .

  6. Francisco Encarnado says:

    I have been drinking hot lemon with honey as part of my regimen in the morning. It helps me reduce my weight and size of my tummy. It also taste nice and appreciate it. I add some slices of ginger and make also taste great.

  7. Sandra Baublit says:

    Will lemon juice do as well or must it be a lemon?

    • Jenny says:

      You can use a glass of warm water with the juice of a quarter or half a fresh lemon.

    • eddiemcgee says:

      can lemon juice do as well

      • Jenny says:

        When consumed internally it’s easier to consume lemon water, as pure lemon juice is just too sour to drink, and you enjoy the benefits of drinking water which is important by itself.

        • Jennifer says:

          Does it have to be the juice of a fresh lemon, or can you use the bottled or from concentrate lemon juice? If you can use the bottled, what would be the amount (teaspoon/tablespoon?)?

          • Jenny says:

            Fresh lemon is the best because it retains the nutrients which are time sensitive. Bottled lemon juice may have additives that have very little to do with lemons (like citric acid, sugar and water). The amount which is usually used is the juice of half a fresh lemon in 12 to 16 ounces of water.

          • janet says:

            It has to be fresh lemon of course due to its vitamins n must drink it quick bcos d vit.c evaporates in seconds.did u know that?

          • Marc says:

            I squeeze fresh lemon juice and freeze them in ice trays

    • Sadiq says:

      did u really read the post.. it says lemon water not lemon juice…

  8. Penny says:

    When I go to a restaurant to eat, I always order water with lemon slices instead of a soda or other sugary drink. Don’t know why, I just have been doing it for years.

  9. robin chichester says:

    Really glad for the info

  10. Suzanne Cosette says:

    Jenny, I asked about getting your info in book form and you got back to me very quickly, thank you. Since the lemon water was just published on FB I thought I would ask this question now. I know the benefits of the lemon and want to know if Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar does the same things and works the same way. Can one use either of them interchangeable and get the same results. If not what are the differences? I use a lot of ACV and it is suppose to help with artheritis. Does it do all of the other things that lemons do.

    Thank you so much for your input.


  11. Chitra Narasimhan says:

    If I drink continously 2 days lemon water. I get throat pain and cough.
    any remedy for this please.

    • Jenny says:

      It might be that you put too much lemon in the water, so either reduce a bit the amount or lemon, or add honey to sooth your throat or don’t use it a day after day, but rather 3-4 times a week.

    • marlene says:

      Add some honey and make hot lemon tea.

    • Diana says:

      If you have acid reflux or GERD lemon can make it worse. The symptoms you describe sound like it. The acid comes up at night when you lie flat in bed and irritates your throat, also causing the cough.

  12. Sharon says:

    I’ve been drinking lemon water for yrs now as I had a scan and was told I have a 2.1cm gallstone. I read it can dissolve gallstones, have you heard of this or anyone this has worked for? I am NOT removing my gallbladder! Tks alot

  13. jaswinder says:

    lemon with luke warm water increases the heartburn.

  14. Joe says:

    When you have to qualify all you propositions with “it may” you know there isn’t any scientific evidence to support your assertions. I can say all of the above about chewing fat cubes too, and be just as correct.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Joe, in the field of natural health the scientific evidence is often not enough to use the words “it will”. Many studies are not conclusive or not big enough or further research is needed. Although there has not been a large amount of scientific work in the form of clinical trials to authenticate certain claims, I believe this is due to the fact that we are talking about natural substances and therefore can’t be patented by the large Pharma corporations. This is one of the main reason the world of western medicine dismisses alternative treatments as ‘complementary medicine’ at best. If you want to chew fat cubes and believe it’s going to help you – you are most welcome to do it!

  15. Heather says:

    Does it have to be warm or lukewarm water??

    • Jenny says:

      It can also be a water at a room temperature, but not cold.

      • Sabrina Davila says:

        Why, does the water have to be room temperature? Why can’t it be cold?

        • Jenny says:

          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.

  16. Theresa V says:

    I have loved lemons my whole life … I actually peel and eat them like oranges . Just curious if the same benefits are achieved or does lemon juice have to be added to water ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Theresa, many people can’t eat lemons like oranges because they are too sour, hence it’s is diluted in water. But if you like them as is, you don’t have to add water. Just bear in mind one thing – I have read that the acids in fresh lemons can damage your teeth because they cause the enamel on the surface to wear away, leaving the teeth more susceptible to cavities and decay. I’ve read that sucking on fresh lemons or drinking undiluted lemon juice is the most damaging because the acids stick to your teeth. It is recommended that if you add lemon juice to water or tea, drink the beverage through a straw to keep as much of the acid off your teeth as possible, and limit your intake of whole lemon segments as well.

  17. sheeza says:

    As I have acidity problem some time will it be ok to have lemon water, does lemon works against acidity

    • Jenny says:

      If you drink too much lemon water, it may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you tend to suffer from it.

  18. adelia w. says:

    hi Jenny,i have a hyperthyroid and constipated and also sometimes i feel acidic in my stomach,it is good to me to drink everyday a water lemon juice?

    • Jenny says:

      Drinking too much lemon with water may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you’re used to experiencing it.

  19. shafiq khan says:


  20. Cheryl Cross says:

    Love to have a glass of lemon. Water

  21. Akinfenwa Sunday says:

    Lemon is not so commonly available in my country, Nigeria; but we have the sister citrus, the Lime, in abundance. Lime does the same, but my fear now, it’s like, if it’s taken for long, it results into infertility or impotence.

  22. Tshogie says:

    Thanx. I love lemon water n been having it everday though not always on an empty stomach

  23. solita says:

    thanks a lot for the information about herbal health benifits of which we are actually drinking lemon with warm water every morning daily.

  24. maria killern says:

    I put fresh mint in mine as well x

  25. Steve says:

    Vitamin C also nutralizes chlorine,only a few drops in a glass needed or throw a used lemon skin in a bath.Namaste.:)

  26. Sen Lee says:

    Hi Jenny, am most grateful for your generous sharing of info’s. I am not concerned about the possibility of lime juice affecting fertility issue. Other than this, will drinking lime water give the same benefits as lemon water since limes are grown in abundance in my country? Thank you in advance.

  27. prasanna kumar satapathy says:

    Is there any adverse effect of in taking lemon juice mix with honey & luke warm water.

  28. JERRY JAMES says:

    ME TOO. love it. Most restaraunts tea is pathetic.

  29. Evelyn Mano says:

    I love using lemons with pretty much dish I prepare for my family. Lemon water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and again at evening is brilliant. My skin is glowing and haven’t been sick in a while. Amazing stuff.

  30. Susan says:

    I would love to see the recipe for the lemon water with mint

  31. Tuntun says:

    I have acidity problem. How can i apply this one? Should i drink lemon with warm water? Becoz its very usefull infirmation also good for our health…thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Don’t drink too much lemon water, as it may trigger heartburn, or make this condition worse if you tend to suffer from it. Start from small amounts and see how you go. You can also refer to my article about heartburn – https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/natural-treatments-for-heartburn/

      • Barbara says:

        I’m a natural healer, trained in a variety of therapies. Having heartburn, or acid reflux is generally caused by undigested food sitting in the stomach. The rotting food produces its own acid, which is what you’re experiencing. You need more DIGESTIVE enzymes to digest your food thoroughly. Another cause is hiatal hernia, which is easily treated. Lemon water is wonderful! But, anything to the extreme can hurt us. NEVER drink iced or cold drinks! It shuts down digestion completely!

  32. khata says:

    To make a lemon water, do i have to squeze the lemon to get the juice or it is sufficient to slice the lemon

    • Jenny says:

      If you slice the lemon you will get less of its juices in comparison to squeezing it, so it’s better to squeeze it to better enjoy its benefits.

  33. azra says:

    my daughter is fighting with extreme acne on her face, if she try this , would it work

  34. LILLY.south africa says:

    Thanks very much for your unselfishness.I only knew that lemon water is good for high blood but I did not know that it has so many benefits.I am starting right away to drink it.Thanks God my neighbour has lemon trees.May God bless you as you are blessing others.

  35. Tengku IAmir says:

    I constipate and diabetic although on a lower level; I want to make a habit in drinking warm but not cold lemon water on regular basis daily-thanks for the info

  36. Fizza says:

    Your posts are very beneficial. I’ve been using ACV toner on my skin n it really works fr making acne go away. I want to start drinking lemon water but do tell me if I can add honey in it too? Or does is it have to be only lemon to get full benefits?

  37. Fizza says:

    Can I add honey in it or should be only lemon to get full benefits?

  38. Sandra osas says:

    can TTC/pregnant woman take lemon water pls

  39. Mollie Page says:

    I started drinking lemon water because I found an article that said it might help with asthma. I have bad seasonal allergies and asthma, I take an antihistamine and a nasal spray, and an inhaler, and I have found that lemon water really helps. And to top it off, it seems to satisfy my cravings for sugar in the evening, so I eat less junk, which in turn makes me feel better as well.

  40. Jean says:

    Hi Jenny: I have Licken Plantus in mouth and acid make tongue sore….. do you think it will heal if I continue? Thank you for your help and all your information…

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jean, I’ve seen in NHS website that it is recommended to avoid eating spicy foods and anything acidic, such as fruit juice, because they can irritate oral lichen planus.

  41. Jackie says:

    Thanks for the information. I discovered these benefits two weeks ago. The mixture works on constipation straight away!! I even found it magical with burning urinary. Best regards.

  42. Elizabeth Sales says:

    I take medicine first thin in the morning on an empty stomach and wait an hour before eating. Can I drink honey lemon water with the pills or will it start the digestion process on my pills. The pills need to work in my gut. If not, I’ll be up for two hours before eating anything!


    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure Elizabeth. Every medication has different contraindications with food, beverages and supplements. As always, it is important to consult with your physician about it.

  43. sally kotovata says:

    Hi Jenny do we have to slice the lemon and add water or squeeze? Please clarify..!!

  44. ujjwal says:

    I have one querie you said that take lamon hao water with empty stomach, but it’s before brush or after brush…….. Plz give ur opinion & why?

    • Jenny says:

      It’s best to take it on an empty stomach, which means about 20-30 min. before consuming breakfast. Then after breakfast you can brush your teeth as usual.

  45. Nchaukwu pascaline says:

    i have been drinking lemon honey and appl vinaigar cidre for 4 month and it help reduce my weight and my waistline

  46. Claire Saarela says:

    Grateful for your informative article … lemon tree loaded and needed to know how to put them to good use. Found you just in time to do just that. Hope to find others to share my harvest with … tree is laden with large lemons … Meyer lemons are cross between lemon and mandarin orange … hope they’re acceptable. Presently they’re bright yellow but turn orange if left on the tree. Going to order your 70 helpful ideas for my IPad. PS … my grandmother used to have hot water and lemon everyday, she had beautiful skin. This goes back to the 40’s. Memories of one of my favorite people, bedridden and never complained. Back then, loved ones stayed home and were cared for … perhaps one of the reasons I became a nurse. Thanks Nana. Parden my digressing readers.

  47. Preston Martin says:

    I made a big batch to drink through the week instead of making a new cup everyday. Will that still work or did I have to squeeze a new lemon each and every day?

  48. ruth says:

    Is this therapy advisable for a person with collapsed lung. Will it improve menstural discomfort.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ruth, since I’m not a doctor, I believe that a person with a special medical condition should talk to his/her doctor to be on the safe side of things. Some websites list lemon water as an aid to relief menstrual cramps. They claim that drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation. They also claim that warm water is usually better for cramps, as warm liquids increase blood flow and may relax cramped muscles. However I couldn’t find a scientific evidence for it, but perhaps it is worth a try as a home remedy.

  49. Sandra says:

    Hi I have only been drinking lemon water for around two weeks my feet have started to ache I have been told it is because I’m detoxing is this true thank you

    • Jenny says:

      Some people experience symptoms such as dizziness and outbreaks after doing extreme detoxing, and the symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on the person and what they’ve taken. But drinking lemon water is a gentle detox and should not cause these things, especially if you don’t combine it with any other extreme detox measurements. I also don’t believe it should cause any feet pain, and you need to find out if the aching feet result from something else. You should not suffer while doing it. If you suspect however that there is any link between the two, as only you know your body best, then discontinue with it or limit the amount of lemon water, for example every alternate days rather than every day.

      • kourtnae white says:

        I have read most of every ones comments and you may go with lemon water, but I can’t believe than not anyone has an alkaline machine! I have one installed in my home it’s the best thing I have ever purchased for the money. I no longer have back pain, I have lost weight it’s for detox and it’s got 4 different levels of drink water, has purified water without chemicals it also has acidic setting for your face. My mothers medication for acid reflux and high blood pressure no longer needed. This also hydrates you 3-5 times faster than tap / bottled-Gatorade! Your colon will be clean again. I can go on am on.If you want more information on this machine please contact at [email protected] we also did a ph test on the bottled water your drinking (major brands) they were in the yellow. It’s .2 from the coke on the ph charts it’s almost just like drinking a coke! When you drink alkaline water out of this machine you can test it and it will be a .8-.9 in the blue! people this is almost anti-cancer water! how much is your body worth!

  50. Pat says:

    After drinking the lemon water on an empty stomach, how long should I wait before eating breakfast and having my morning coffee?

  51. Adeola Davids says:

    Please How long do you reckon, after drinking lime water will i notice changes/improvement in my weight, and does it help with burning belly fat too?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Health writer Theresa Cheung, author of “The Lemon Juice Diet”, has written extensively about the benefits of lemon juice for dieters, and you can find more information about it in my article “How to Use Lemons to Lose Weight“. However lemon water is not a magic solution for weight loss, and will not do the job alone. There are many factor in how fast you lose weight, for example: your nutrition, how physically active you are, your metabolism, hormonal issues and more. So every person has a different time frame of losing weight.

  52. Jude says:

    Thanks so much for your spirit of altruism. I really love this article. Everything you have said on this issue of lemon water therapy is true……Please I have a little problem on how to combine this practice with the one am already on now. There is a water solution that I do take which contains a tablet called ‘Aquatabs’. Should I use the same water for the lime or fresh one? Please.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      From what I’ve seen, Aquatabs are water purification tablets to prevent water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. I don’t see any reason why you cannot use the same water solution and add to it the lemon or lime.

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