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 great island 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.

making creamy lemonade in a blender with whole lemons

Other healthy hydration from around the blog ~

Lemon Ginger Smoothie

How to Make Healthy Infused Water

Healing Conifer Tea

Honeysuckle Iced Tea

Healing Turmeric Tea

How to Make Bee Balm Tea

A glass of lemon water with whole lemons
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3.58 from 154 votes

Lemon Water Recipe

I've been drinking lemon water every day 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

Ingredients

  • 56 ounces filtered water
  • 3 large lemons

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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    Angie Thomas
    April 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    5 stars
    I just wanted to tell you how much I love your recipes and blog!!! Sometimes I feel like you are a sister from another mister!! Everything you make is SO my taste!! I just need more time to make ALL the things!!!!

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    PAT
    April 12, 2022 at 11:17 am

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    Sandy Martin
    February 3, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Susan, thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I look forward to receiving your emails every day. I do enjoy lemon water, but will try your version and perhaps make it a daily goal first thing in the morning, Sounds like a good plan!
    You are the best thing about my day! I am 79 and thank goodness I still enjoy cooking which I do every day to fill the time Thanks again for all you share!

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    Karen
    January 1, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I really appreciate the “facts” because there is so much garbage written about this. I use lemons almost every single day, so I drink water without lemons, but I like the article anyway.
    I also like MANY of your recipes.

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    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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    ash
    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.

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