The practice of drinking lemon water has its origin in Traditional Chinese Medicine that relies on nature’s produce to prevent and treat health problems. Lemon is a wonder citrus fruit. Its juice contains large amounts of nutrients such as Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

I remember first learning about the health benefits of drinking lemon water probably twenty-five years ago.

At that time, I was told that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning was especially good for cleansing the liver.
In my nutrition studies, I learned that lemons are a good source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.

Recently I was given a large bagful of fresh, lemons. And someone else asked me, “Are there any health benefits of drinking lemon water?”

I took these two events as a hint that I needed to know more about lemons. It was time to do a little more research. What I found is truly amazing.

The following is a brief summary of a few of the key health benefits of drinking lemon water regularly.


Medicinal Values

In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss explains some of the medicinal values of a lemon:

It helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue
It assists in “cleansing the system of impurities” and will help prevent disease
It is effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in joints) and other poisons in the body
It can help reduce symptoms of malaria, rheumatism, gout, rickets and tuberculosis.

Liver Benefits

Kloss also states that lemon is an excellent stimulant to the liver, thus confirming what I had learned as a twenty-something.

Lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow. For liver complaints, Kloss recommends drinking warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast.

A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than from any other food.

He says the primary purpose of the lemon is to:

Provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute
Help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels.

Digestive Aid

One of the most important benefits of drinking lemon water regularly is its effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Lemon water assists in the process of digestion and elimination.

Lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices.

The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. For the relief of heartburn, Kloss recommends taking a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water.

Lemon water will also help to eliminate waste through the bowels more efficiently, thus preventing or alleviating constipation, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

Bacteria and viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms thrive in an acidic environment in the body, due to excess stress and unhealthy foods and lifestyle.

Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is one of the key benefits of drinking lemon water.

In addition, because of its antibacterial properties, lemon water will help control unhealthy bacteria.

For a sore throat, Kloss recommends gargling frequently with lemon juice, diluted half and half with pure water. Gargling with straight lemon juice would be more effective if tolerable.

However, frequent use of straight lemon juice can ruin tooth enamel.

Thus it’s a good idea to rinse the mouth with pure water after gargling with straight lemon juice.

Boosts Immune System

Because of its rich Vitamin-C content, lemon water strengthens your immune system and helps prevents illness. Vitamin-C also has healing properties – when taken frequently during the day, lemon water has been known to hasten the healing of wounds and infections.

Supports The Digestive System

Your digestive system relies on a number of enzymes and digestive juices to break down food particles into basic nutrients to nourish your body. Oftentimes, this system is hampered by an unhealthy consumption of fat, sugar, salt and food additives, making your colon sluggish. When this happens, you may suffer constipation or irregular bowel movement. Lemon water helps your liver to produce bile which digests fat for easier absorption and elimination.
Promotes Clear Skin

Your inner health is reflected on the surface of your skin. Depending on what you feed your body, what you eat or drink may nourish or be harmful to your skin. Toxins trapped in your colon eventually find their way to other body parts as well as your skin. This triggers acne flare-ups or skin rashes due to allergies. Drinking lemon water effectively cleans your bowel of harmful waste and toxins so that with regular consumption, your skin will be healthy and blemish-free.
Helps you lose weight safely. A regular intake of lemon water promotes elimination, a process that any weight loss diet needs before you can observe visible results. Due to the gradual weight-loss benefits obtained from drinking lemon water regularly, you may only begin to feel the effects after some time and if coupled with a healthy diet and enough exercise.

Other Benefits of Lemon Water

Just a few more significant health benefits of lemon water, according to Kloss and Beddoe, include:

Helps purify the blood and will also control a tendency to bleed

Assists in lowering high blood pressure

Reduces the amount of phlegm in the body

Relieves symptoms of asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems

Nourishes brain and nerve cells due to its potassium content

Helps dissolves gallstones, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and pancreatic stones

In pregnancy, it will help build strong bones of child

The best time to take lemon water

While lemon water may be taken at any time of the day, many people swear by the amazing benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. Your body is literally on a fast while you are asleep and is in a mild state of dehydration when you wake up. Unlike coffee which is loaded with the diuretic caffeine, lemon water can re-hydrate your body within minutes of drinking it.

Many people feel energized quickly after drinking lemon water in the morning, and drinking lemon water before anything else in the morning stimulates your bowel to eliminate accumulated waste. Fix yourself a glass of lemon water every morning by adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass of warm water.

How Much Lemon Water do We  Need to Drink?

A good ratio to begin with when making your own lemon water is to squeeze one lemon into about 16-32 ounces of water. Bottled water, or water that has been filtered is best. It is also fine to add natural sweeteners such as stevia, or other flavorful enhancements such as herbs. Adding apple cider vinegar also imparts extensive healthy benefits. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is best, and also before each meal.
Note: It is important to include some of the pulp of the lemon, and even grate some of the lemon peel and pectin into the water, as many of the healthy benefits of lemons are find in the rind and membranes.

We all know that it is essential to have a good mix of vitamins, minerals, protein, antioxidants and other healthy components each and every day to ensure our body gets all that it needs to remain healthy, stave off diseases and other maladies. It’s probably safe to say that many of us receive these important vitamins and nutrients in the form of supplements, as our hectic busy lifestyles don’t often afford us opportunity to eat properly every day.

That is why it’s more important than ever to take at least a few minutes each day to deliver a powerful energy booster and body cleanser to our system in a manner that requires very little effort and expenditure. The way to do this is simply through drinking lemon water, which we can prepare and have readily available all throughout the week, at work, at home, on the road, and anywhere else you might be.