Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water

A glass of lemon water with sliced lemons

Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water ~ I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and love it, but there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around out there, so today I’ll separate the myths from the facts when it comes to this healthy hydrating habit!

holding a glass of lemon water

This is something that I started a couple of years ago on a whim and it’s turned into a habit I’ll keep for life. I’m someone who’s always struggled with getting enough water every day, and for years I jumped out of bed and couldn’t get that first cup of coffee fast enough. This little morning routine has changed my life!

Here’s why I drink lemon juice every morning:

  • it hydrates me, and helps me get a head start on my daily water intake
  • it stimulates my digestion and prompts elimination
  • it gives me a dose of Vitamin C
  • lemon makes water taste better and I’m more likely to drink it and stick to the habit
  • I love the way the cool water feels going down my throat after a long night.
  • it feels clean and pure, and sets the tone for healthier habits for the rest of the day.

How to make lemon water:

  • I drink 8 ounces of filtered water (sometimes tap water if somebody forgot to fill the Brita) and the juice of half a lemon squeezed in. It has to be fresh lemon juice!
  • I like to leave it out by the sink the night before, so I don’t even have to think about it in the morning.
  • Sometimes if I’m thinking ahead I’ll make a week’s worth in a pitcher and store it in the refrigerator, this is especially nice during the summer. (See the directions in the recipe below.)
  • I drink it first thing, before anything else.

A glass of lemon water with sliced lemons

Drinking a glass of lemon water seems simple enough, but there are a lot of hyped up claims and misinformation surrounding this simple habit, so let’s get after it and break it down ~

A glass of lemon water with whole lemons

Myth: lemon water detoxifies your body

  • Fact: drinking lemon water doesn’t magically detox your body. However drinking water helps the kidneys and liver do their job of flushing toxins from the body. (Eating plenty of fiber is important too.)

Myth: lemon water makes you lose weight

  • Fact: again, no magic wand here, but water itself is a helpful tool in any weight loss program because it simply fills you up (with zero calories.)  If you regularly down water, including first thing in the morning, it will help stave off cravings. If you substitute water for sugary drinks like soda, you’ll consume fewer calories.

Myth: lemon water balances your ph (making it more alkaline)

  • Fact: lemon water is acidic, but no matter how much you drink it doesn’t have an effect on your body’s overall ph balance (no food can do that.)

Myth: lemon water speeds up your metabolism

  • Fact: lemon water doesn’t have an effect on metabolism, that has more to do with your DNA, lifestyle, exercise, etc.

Myth: drinking lemon water will prevent colds and flu

  • Fact: lemons are super healthy and contain a good amount of Vitamin C, but the link between that and preventing colds and flu has just not been proven. It has been studied a lot, and the results are mixed. The bottom line is that lemon water gives you a boost of Vitamin C which is one of the essential nutrients our bodies needs to stay healthy. As for colds and flu, it might be of help, and it can’t hurt.

Myth: lemon water fights cancer

  • Fact: lemons contain antioxidant flavonoids that have been scientifically studied and are thought to help protect our cells against damage. But the amount of flavonoids in a glass of lemon water is negligible.

Myth: lemon water improves skin

  • Fact: Vitamin C plays a natural roll in skin health, but a glass of lemon water won’t clear skin or erase wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water is helpful in keeping skin looking plump and hydrated, though!

Myth: drinking lemon water will prevent kidney stones

  • Fact: some studies link citric acid in citrus fruits with reducing the risk of kidney stones, or dissolving existing stones, but you’d need more than you get from a daily glass of lemon water. However, the National Kidney Foundation’s #1 recommendation for preventing kidney stones is to drink plenty of water.

Myth: it’s best to drink hot lemon water

  • Fact: it doesn’t matter whether you drink lemon water hot, warm, or cold. I like to vary it according to the season.

Fresh lemons, sliced for lemon water

Are there any disadvantages to drinking lemon water daily?

  • One disadvantage is that lemon juice can erode tooth enamel over time, so you might want to drink your water through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.
  • One of my favorite ways to drink my lemon water is in my straw top Lifefactory glass water bottle, you’ve heard me mention these before, I absolutely love them. The flip up straw is comfortable to use, and allows you to sip the water slowly, avoiding your teeth.
  • If you’re worried about this, consider using less lemon in your water, such as adding slices of lemon to lightly infuse flavor  instead of squeezing the juice.

Lifefactory straw top glass water bottle

Bottom line ~ even though it’s not a miracle cure-all, I’m convinced drinking lemon water first thing every morning is a good thing ~

it hydrates

stimulates the digestive system and promotes elimination

gives you a dose of healthy Vitamin C

and feels so good!


lemon half for Lemon Water

Would you like to see more posts about healthy habits? What are some topics you’d love to see me cover? (Let me know in the comments.)

Staying healthy and keeping up with the latest news and trends is something I struggle with all the time, sometimes with success, sometimes not so much. On the positive side I’m religious about exercising every day, I don’t smoke, and I eat a healthy tvfgi diet 🙂

But I do carry a few extra pounds these days ~ and  remember my post about giving up alcohol? That hasn’t gone so well, I’m back to drinking wine every night, but I continue to try to fine tune it for the ultimate goal of living a healthy, happy, (long!) life.

A glass of lemon water with whole lemons
3.51 from 147 votes

Morning Lemon Water for a Week

Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water ~ I've been doing this for a couple of years now and love it, but there's a lot of misinformation swirling around out there, so today I'll separate the myths from the facts when it comes to this healthy hydrating habit!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Diet Low Calorie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 7 servings
Calories 13kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 56 ounces filtered water
  • 3 large lemons


  • Put the water in a large pitcher or refrigerator container, preferably glass.
  • Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons into the water, making sure to avoid the seeds.
  • Thinly slice the last lemon and add all the slices, without seeds, to the water. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    William Martinez
    August 5, 2021 at 7:37 am

    4 stars
    Thanks for taking the time to share but I feel different on a few things I believe it does help speed up your metabolism I started drinking warm lemon water in the morning due to a suggestion from a friend to to health issues and I started noticing after awhile my metabolism was increasing I guess that could be digestion stimulating but I feel better not saying all due to the lemon water but it’s helping

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    July 18, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    3 stars
    Thx for the article Sue, I read up to the Myth Fact then stopped. Your facts should really have sources. It felt like your opinion and we have a lot of misinformation out here on the internet spreading falsehoods – not that I’m accusing you of this 🙂

  • Reply
    nancy richardson
    January 16, 2021 at 6:50 am

    can you substitute bottle lemon juice instead of real lemons in the water?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 16, 2021 at 7:01 am

      I’m not a fan of bottled lemon juice Nancy, it’s not going to have the same properties as fresh lemon juice.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for the Lemon water blog, I was just told to start drinking it by a trainer at my local gym. Also, my husband was told by his urologist to start eating more citrus after a very bad bout with kidney stones. I’m making a pitcher of lemon water now.

    Heidi Rogers

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    January 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

    A friend who grows oranges brought us a generous part of the harvest. Orange water is just as delicious! Especially with some lemon verbena and mint.

    • Reply
      January 4, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      I bet, and less acidic. Love the herbs, too.

  • Reply
    Nicole M Krause
    January 4, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I really appreciate you being honest and not making unfounded claims!

    • Reply
      January 4, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Nicole, I’m a stickler about that.

  • Reply
    January 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    5 stars
    Do you briefly microwave the lemons to make them easier to juice?

    • Reply
      January 4, 2021 at 10:09 am

      That’s a good idea. I also roll them on the counter.

  • Reply
    January 4, 2021 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    I’ve often wondered if lime water has the same benefits. Any thoughts or research on that? Thanks!

    • Reply
      January 4, 2021 at 7:40 am

      Great question Christy, I’ll have to look into that, but my guess is yes.

  • Reply
    Peter Joyce
    June 13, 2020 at 9:46 am

    5 stars
    I love to have healthy food

  • Reply
    Young Chris
    April 8, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Can ulcer person use lemon juice?

    • Reply
      May 26, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      Best to check with your doctor!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Sue, why do you say to remove the seeds when making lemon water?

    • Reply
      January 25, 2020 at 7:42 am

      The seeds are bitter.

  • Reply
    Jessica Kalman
    August 19, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the nice article! Is it still as healthy and beneficial if you use the lemon juice from the store bought bottles?

    • Reply
      August 19, 2019 at 8:04 am

      You can certainly use bottled lemon juice, but for me I feel that fresh is superior.

  • Reply
    March 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    If you make a week’s worth of lemon water ahead of time, will it still be as healthy as when it was just made?

    • Reply
      April 9, 2019 at 5:52 am

      It will be good for three days. It’s better to buy the squeeze bottles if you need something quick. Bottled lemon juice has often been touted as unhealthy, but it’s not true. The main difference is taste, and fresh lemon will always win in that area. But for myself, I find it more cost effective to buy the bottled lemon juice because I use a lot of it.

  • Reply
    March 25, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Speaking of lemons in the morning you may think about kicking it up by infusing green tea with lemon juice. Studies show a large boost of antioxidants from the green take making into the bloodstream when an acid and vitamin C are added to the tea.


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    Linda Kroger
    January 27, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    What is your
    ” tvfgi” mentioned above? I drink lemon water every morning. What are your thoughts about drinking it a few times a day?
    Thank you!
    Linda Kroger

    • Reply
      January 27, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Hey Linda! tvfgi is just the initials for The View from Great Island 🙂 And, just in my opinion, I don’t recommend drinking it several times a day because of the potential effects on tooth enamel, and the acid can be hard on some people’s stomachs.

      • Reply
        Annette Wells
        April 23, 2020 at 8:54 am

        On your recipe to make the juice. Is it a gallon glass jug or? I want to start drinking lemon water. How much is good enough for a day?

      • Reply
        January 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

        could not find what


        is please??

        • Reply
          Sue Moran
          January 25, 2021 at 6:26 pm

          That’s just the abbreviation for my blog name!

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I drink lemon water every day too, it’s the best! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I drink tons of water but need to add lemons! Thanks for the great inspiration 🙂

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    Sandra D in Joliet
    January 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I’ve tried Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother in it) but I don’t like the taste. I would like to see more facts/myths on ACV and recipes for something that would make it easier to get in my system. Not a fan of anything that tastes like vinegar (some BBQ sauces come to mind)

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 11:11 am

      I haven’t done the apple cider thing, although I always have it in my cupboard. I’ve heard of people adding honey, cinnamon, and even cayenne to it.

      • Reply
        January 27, 2021 at 6:58 pm

        They are in capsule form, too. They work, I lost a lot of weight with the capsule.

        • Reply
          Momna Ahmed
          March 25, 2021 at 6:00 am

          5 stars
          Can you recommend me an apple cider vinegar capsule that will aid in weight loss??

  • Reply
    January 16, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Thank you for reminding me about this great health benefit. I live in Southern California and my Meyer lemon tree has over 50 lemons on it ready to be picked! I’m just waiting for the lovely rain to stop and then I will have more than enough lemons. for lemon water and maybe some lemon desserts too!

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      January 16, 2019 at 8:54 am

      I’m so jealous, my lemon tree (not a Meyer) had seen better days, I think they have a life span of about 50 years give or take, and a lot of these trees were planted after WWII, so they’re fading away. Enjoy yours!

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    January 16, 2019 at 7:51 am

    This is a really good article Sue. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. I used to drink lemon water every morning and somehow got out of the habit. Next stop at the store = a bag of lemons. 🙂

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 8:12 am

      I think some people are naturally good at keeping routines, but I struggle for sure and need to constantly motivate myself.

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        Rose Mwachandi
        February 8, 2020 at 11:06 am

        5 stars

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          February 12, 2020 at 12:26 am

          Ihad gotten the flu first of the year an ihad no appetite n itried the lemon water with honey an it build my energy back an I’ve Been drinking it everyday still til this day ilove it!!

          • Sue
            February 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

            That’s great to know!

  • Reply
    Beth Bowling
    January 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Very helpful, Sue! Thank you!

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 7:46 am

      I’m glad, Beth, I enjoyed writing this post and learned more myself about my own habit!

    • Reply
      Young Chris
      April 8, 2020 at 9:35 am

      How can I use lemon water with honey,should I miss the both together?

      • Reply
        Young Chris
        April 8, 2020 at 9:39 am

        Can ulcer person use lemon juice?

        • Reply
          April 8, 2020 at 10:04 am

          Best to check with your doctor Young!

      • Reply
        April 8, 2020 at 10:04 am

        Yes, you can.

  • Reply
    Martha in KS
    January 16, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I use lemons as a diuretic. When my ankles swell, I add lemon juice to water. It helps!

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 7:22 am

      Lemons are pretty amazing, not only are they a powerful health tool, they’re one of my all time favorite cooking ingredients!

  • Reply
    January 16, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I start my day with ACV water with a bit of lemon juice (wish I could get some meyer lemons!!!!) and a few drops of trace minerals.

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 7:19 am

      Meyers are all over the place right now and you better believe I’m making the most of it 🙂

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