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5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning

Number 1

It balances pH–Lemon is an acidic food, but once metabolized, it becomes alkaline.  I work very hard at keeping my body alkaline.  Why?

To put it most simply, alkalies help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level, and this helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.

-Nicole Bennet


I have read of many people who have fought their cancer nutritionally by focusing on the body’s pH levels. Kris Carr, of Crazy Sexy Cancer has halted tumors growing in her liver for over 7 years by focusing on nutrition, including alkalizing foods.  I think that is crazy cool.  Even a little crazy sexy cool!


I regularly check the pH of my body using these little pH strips.  I now know what foods –GREENS!–will keep my levels where they need to be.  I also believe lemon water helps this process.

Number 2

It keeps skin clear and glowing!   I have noticed this.  Hydration from drinking lemon water is great for moisturizing our skin from the inside out.  Lemon also contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps with wrinkles and blemishes.

Number 3

It kick starts the digestive system–a big glass of lemon water is a great way to start the day.  It encourages the liver to produce bile which in turn aids in digestion.  It increases urination which helps purify it.  It also helps with heartburn and constipation.

Number 4

It helps with weight loss–I have read that keeping the body in an alkaline state helps people lose weight faster.  Lemons are high in fiber pectin, which helps keep one full, longer.  They also have a diuretic effect, which helps with water weight gain.

Number 5

It helps control the coffee habit–I will drink coffee sometimes, but only if I have had my entire glass of lemon water.  Many days I feel like the lemon water wakes me up more than coffee does…

…which brings me to bonus Number 6:

It helps kick the pop habit--I have found that adding lemon to sparkling water and adding a whole lot of ice satisfies any soda craving I might have.  I gave up soda pop the minute I was diagnosed a year ago, and I really don’t miss it.  I don’t think I could stand the sweetness of it now, but I DO miss the fizz, so my “Lemon Spritzer”–lemon +sparkling water+ice–is the perfect solution!

My mom gave me this lemon press.  I just love it.  I think it is cute so it stays out on my counter top, on display, which is perfect since it is used every morning.

I use 1/2 lemon, add ice to a 24 ounce mason jar, and add water to the top.

So easy fun and easy to use!

I save the second half for a refreshing “Lemon Spritzer” (see #6) later in the day.

 When I pour freshly squeezed lemon juice over ice, I get the same feeling one might get when popping the top of their pop can and fizz leaks out, Ahhh…. or maybe the same feeling of the champagne cork popping?  Ok..maybe not THAT good…

My lemon press is super easy to clean.  I just the remove the metal and rinse.

*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth. Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline.

I am not sure where you can get a press exactly like mine.  Like I said, my mom bought it for me, it might have even been from a thrift store.


Thanks to your comments below, I am now saving my pennies for these beauties!

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These glass straws are strong, durable, and GORGEOUS.

They offer several sizes, I love that the 12mm will make my daily green smoothie sipping much easier!

The also offer bead free, if you prefer plain glass.

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  • Stephanie Zeman
    May 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Better to drink lemon water hot first thing in the morning instead of cold. Not only does it help get the digestive tract moving but it opens up everything else for flushing.

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  • Anonymous
    March 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I use lime instead, but have read up on it and the benefits are pretty much the same. I don’t know why, but I have always preferred lime over lemon

  • Cheap Juicer
    February 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I will try this. Hope i can follow the right steps in doing this.

  • marcos
    January 16, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Can I substitute lime if lemon is not available?

  • Gustavo Yepes
    January 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Hey! Thanks for sharing!
    Does this also work with 100% lemon juice purchased in bottles? Or does it have to be fresh lemon?

  • Dhaezi Flower
    August 4, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I love lemon water! And for variety I use limes or ginger (very yummy!)

  • Dhaezi Flower
    August 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I love lemon water! And for variety I use limes or ginger (very yummy!)

  • Anonymous
    August 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    how much lemon to water do you do?

  • Anonymous
    July 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    could you use lemon juice store bought

  • Angela Webb
    July 30, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Thanks for the motivation to keep drinking my lemon water. ; )

  • Anonymous
    July 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

    The press is sold at most Mexican food markets. Hispanics use them a lot.

  • Anonymous
    July 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I put the juice of lemons and limes (2 each) in a 32 oz bottle and fill the rest with spring water. If I have any fresh mint, I add a sprig or 2 to this and put it in the fridge overnight Every morning a pour about 8 oz of this and 4-5 oz of coconut water in a glass and drink it with a straw. I find it very refreshing especially in the heat of summer and the coconut water helps keep electrolytes up.

  • Anonymous
    July 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Hello, I´m from Brazil and I loved your lemon juicer!!! Do you know if there is a site where I could order one just like yours?

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    July 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Lemon water is awesome! I use to drink it everyday as a substitute to water, but be careful. Overtime, I started to get stomach pains from drinking lemon water on an empty stomach all the time. My doctor said it is very acidic when it hits your stomach. As with most foods, drink/eat in moderation.

  • Elenka
    July 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I hope that lemon press is not an antique, otherwise I’m in trouble! I bought it new.

  • queenofmainland
    June 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I recently started drinking lemon water, just because i wanted to up my water intake and the lemon helps. I was wondering if it matter that i just slice my lemon and drop 2 slices in instead of juicing? It flavors the water just the same and I can refill it about 3 times and still get that taste. Also, do limes work the same way with our Ph??


  • Anonymous
    June 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Hi thanks for posting this, I was wondering if you ever used baking soda instead of sparkling water. I do and I love it. Baking soda is good for you also! Give it a try! Good day!

  • Tamara T
    May 26, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Can you make a few gallons for the week (and keep in the fridge) the lemon won’t go bad in the water will it?

  • Lori
    May 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I found that same juicer at a thrift store about three years ago for $2.00 and use it all the time. Love it, too.
    I drink a lot of water as I gave up all pop 10 years ago. I sometimes drink lemon water, but will try to add this to my daily regimen. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    May 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I squeeze lemons, put the juice into ice cube trays, freeze, then when I need lemon juice I take one out. Sometimes I put one in a cup, add hot water, and drink. Sometimes I just put a cube in a big glass of filtered water and drink that.

  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I have awesome citrus press, that I ordered online called Orange X.
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  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I am a huge water drinker. When I was pregnant with my son 10 years ago, I developed bronchitis and could not stand how things tasted. Just on a whim I started adding about a tsp. on lemon juice and it made a world of difference! The ice, cold water, and a hint of lemon was soothing and tasted great. I’ve been drinking it like this ever since.

  • Beverly Blake
    April 4, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for sharing this. I love your vintage lemon squeezer ♥ I’m so glad I found your blog since I am just starting out on my way to health and healing. I hope you don’t mind I shared your post.
    In good health,

  • Anonymous
    April 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Lemon is a natural diuretic, I’d be peeing all day…….no time for that!

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Nice knowing that Lemon has so much benefits. My only concern is what is the right temperature I should use lemon water. Awaiting your response Thanks.

      • AmyNewNostalgia
        January 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

        I have read that room tempurature is best, but I prefer drinking mine cold so I don’t sweat the small details.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I use to drink lemon water alot, but I got away from it. I drink soda pop now. and I notice a diffrent in my weight.

  • Rebecca Turner
    February 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Do you get the same effects from drinking lemonade? Real lemonade?

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  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Can you use 100% lemon juice from concentrate? Lemons are ridiculously expensive here.

  • Rachel
    January 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I do this every morning, too! It’s a wonderful habit. Thanks for posting. 🙂 I drink mine warm (with a straw to keep the acid off my teeth) with cayenne pepper and raw apple cider vinegar. I agree with you, after drinking this I sometimes don’t even want a cup of coffee!

  • Lillie Moss
    January 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank! love your idea, I guess it doesn’t matter you use water or should I use spring water.I grew up spring water,not anymore but I drink tap and spring bottle water. I got to check the juice squeeze,love it.

  • Tatiana Deschanel
    December 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Can we drink it all day long like even during the day? Just wondering if it was healthy to replace my Usual mineral water to this Lemon water 🙂 please reply Because I need to know ASAP!

  • Susie @homemaker-mom.com
    October 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I am so inspired by this. I will go buy some lemon tomorrow!

  • butterflyangel77
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  • pod
    October 3, 2012 at 6:08 am


    Peel 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 1 banana and toss into a blender. Add 1/4 cup uncooked oats (old-fashioned) and 1 cup of water. Blend for a couple of minutes. Easy! Drink a cup and store the remainder in the fridge. A great drink and sooooo good for you.

  • Criss
    September 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    How much lemon water is okey yo drink? Only in the morning, or would you recommend all day long?

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  • Anonymous
    September 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Did anyone see Dr. Oz yesterday? ( 09/11/2012 ) He talked about drinking lemon water twice a day to detox the liver. It is to help lower cholesterol as well. Steps to a healthy heart start with the liver. His recipe was 1/2 c. warm water, 1/2 lemon juice, 2 dashes of tabasco sauce.

  • Weight Loss
    September 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Drinking smoothies that are high in fiber can definitely help you lose weight. A smoothie in the morning or for lunch can be very filling and easy to incorporate into your diet. Food and drinks that are high in fiber are filling helping to reduce those food cravings that sabotage your diet. If you make extra servings and store in the frig this will make it easier to have a quick meal on the go or bring to work for that easy filling lunch.

  • gracielynn's
    August 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    does it matter WHen in the day ? I have always drank it in the afternoon.
    also , although vinegar doesn’t taste as good.. a older lady I heard of drank 1/2 cup of it everyday , cuz the old ways & wife’s tales , are the still the best ways 🙂

  • justtripin4u
    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 am

    i started drinking lemon water 2days ago. im 270lbs trying 2 lose about 50lbs. i will let yal know how the lemon water aids in my weight loss. wish me luck folks..lol

  • Kathleen
    August 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    To get the most juice out of a lemon pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. The take it out and roll it on the counter like a rolling pin!

  • Unknown
    July 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I have a fruit infuser jug that I use. I cut up the lemon, add tap water and put it in the fridge. Nets me a little more than 1/2 a gallon, so I pour it in to another container. I now drink 1 gallon of it a day. It is refreshing & very addicting.

  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    is jst lemon and water?.. no sugar?!

  • Anonymous
    July 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    how much water should I use per half lemon? Can I just make a big batch of lemon water for the week? I can see myself getting lazy some mornings and not wanting to do it.

  • Bella
    July 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh, one more thing: if you are using lemon peel, make sure to scrub the lemon with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove pesticides. I’ve also seen recommendations to soak fruit in a water vinegar solution to clean them. 🙂

  • Bella
    July 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s doing great!
    Anyway, here goes:
    I grew up in Europe, and when you have a cold you’re automatically given hot water with lemon juice and some honey. My former boyfriend’s mom made this for me every time and I feel it really helps!
    Next up: I really advocate ginger! It has so many great uses and is so good for you! I live off lemon ginger tea produced by stash. It helps with nausea, car sickness and many other things. When I make tea, I’ll sometimes just throw a piece of candied ginger into it. It provides enough sweetness for a really big to go container. We also put ginger in a lot of foods. It’s one of those things that will heat you up from the inside out.
    I don’t usually watch daytime tv, but as I was flipping through chanels I stopped on doctor oz because they were talking about ginger-honey-lemon water. They were saying that every morning you should drink water with grated ginger, lemon juice and a bit of honey. It’s supposed to rev up your metabolism and also really help with weight loss.
    And my last point: if you are looking for vitamin c, strawberries have much more than lemons. I usually like my drinks room temperature, but I offer my guests frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes. It doesn’t additionally water your drink down and adds a pleasant strawberry flavor.

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Can freshly squeezed lime juice be substituted for lemon? Not a huge lemon fan, but LOVE lime.

  • Rachel
    July 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for this, I love lemon water too. Do you know though, that the “pith” or white part is packed with even more good stuff than the juice from the inside of the lemon. So even though I LOVE your cute lemon juicer, you’d get even more benefits from peeling the very outer layer of the lemon peel, and running the entire lemon through a commercial juicer. Someone may have already left this same comment. I’ve done a lot of vegetable and fruit juicing and it has amazing health benefits. Jay Kordich is one of my favorite people.

  • Cat Van Slyke
    July 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Found your blog through pinterest, great blog! I am now following it and I love this thing about lemons. I always thought they HAD to be healthy! (-:

  • Kim@ click here
    June 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I do agree with your every word and certainly, water and lemon juice really help to prevent kidney stone. I and my husband always prefer juice every day particularly lemon juice In fact doctor suggested him to get proper diet. Any way thanks for sharing.

  • Michele
    June 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Love your description and all of the pics! You’re so descriptive and easy to read 🙂 I love lemon water almost anytime. Did you know it also helps dissolve kidney stones? 🙂 I noticed one or two other comments mentioned it, but I’m currently fighting one so thought I’d confirm LOL

  • Anonymous
    June 22, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I have a slightly silly question. I am currently living in South America, in Colombia, and actually lemons are very hard to come by (I’ve seen them once and they were very expensive). So, it’s pretty much limes or nothing. Is a lime as efficient as a lemon? Thanks!

  • Namma
    June 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hi, love the blog and love this posting. I’m going to leave a few links in here in an attempt to antidote the naysayers that pop-up from time to time.

    Here are some links from a bona fide doctor. I’m using Dr. Oz because he’s handy and a household name.

    Because some from other countries, or those so caught up in their medical education they aren’t up on current events (koff-koff) and may not be aware of him, I’m including the Wikpedia link as well.

    “Mehmet Cengiz Oz (Turkish: born June 11, 1960), also known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality.”

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    Granted “some people” who see getting a medical degree as a “get rich quick” scheme would probably rather that the majority of the average people would only get a third grade education with any closure of libraries and bookstores a bonus.

    “Some” folks forget that everyone is born with the same capabilities. “Doctors” are ONLY average people who have read extensively on the human body and how to care for it.

    Unfortunately many average people who go to medical school seem to think that the degree is the thing, never understanding that a vocation is life long, as is the education and learning that should be dedicated to it.

    Money is simply the by-product of any person in any industry doing their job, career, or vocation well. You can only be as good at it as you stay current and educated in it – period.

  • Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    will drinking lemon juice help acne?

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2015 at 5:06 am

      Try to use, juice a lemon, then put it in a tiny container then wash your face with your any cleanserthen dry it with a towel your face, get a cotton ball and dip it in lemon juice and go it all over your face leave it there for a few seconds then rinse it with a cold water faucet, then dry up then put on your moisturising cream, lemon juice help that acne go away

  • Anonymous
    June 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hate to sound like a killjoy, but feel I must add this caution. My brother drank lemon water daily and, after several years, his teeth are brown. His dentist said the acid in the lemon destroyed the enamel on his teeth. (He otherwise had good oral hygiene.)

  • Liz
    June 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Well put — and so true. I do the same thing. There are times I use organic lemon juice instead of squeezing a lemon each day — works either way. It really helps with my liver problems.

  • Anonymous
    May 31, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Hi I’m want to know the brand of your antique juicer please… Thanks

  • Katherine Atkinson
    May 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Awesome post! 🙂 This would be great to share on Wildcrafting Wednesday! 🙂

    ~ Kathy

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    May 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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  • Anonymous
    May 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Can you use lemon juice?

    • Anonymous
      April 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I use lemon juice instead of fresh lemon as it is cheaper. I don’t know if it has all of the same benefits but I do know that I feel better when I drink it than when I don’t.

  • Anonymous
    May 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I recently decided to start drink a lot more water, and was googling that when I came across info on lemon water. Through more googling I found your blog, and started drinking lemon water this morning. Most of the research I’ve seen suggests drinking it warm, so that’s what I’m doing.

    If people don’t have juicers, here’s what I do. Before cutting the lemon, roll it on the counter top. This sort of juices it in the rind. Then cut in half and squeeze the juice into a glass

  • Anonymous
    May 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I am obsessed with lemon water! The only way I actually like to drink it is with lemons added! All day, everyday! So glad to hear all the awesome benefits of it! I usually add so much lemon it’s basically sugarless lemonade haha

  • Anonymous
    May 23, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I found a great recipe for lemon/mint/cucumber water – just cut up a lemon, a medium-sized cucumber, and add about 10 mint leaves to 2 lt. water, and let it steep overnight. Tastes wonderful; I could drink it all the time.

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I have a large bottle of concentrated lemon juice in my fridge and use that. Easy, quick, and no mess, no fuss. Is there a reason I should not be using that?

  • Anonymous
    May 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Yeah I`ve heared about this prosedure for loosing weight and just it! But these info is so interesting maybe will start to drink it.. By the way I`ve seen in ESSE store this kind of juise press…

  • Anonymous
    May 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    how much should you drink per day?

  • Anonymous
    May 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I just started lemon water today, i have gall stones and am a cancer survivor, i am just trying to get healthier….hope this helps me…thanks for all the comments, there is some great info…..

  • Anonymous
    May 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Aloha Amy/All, Great article! My morning regiment includes taking a teaspoon of olive oil and drinking a cup warm lemon water. It works great for my metabolism. I still like my morning cup coffee too. Any thoughts on the olive oil?

    • gracielynn's
      August 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      I take EV Coocnut oil.. morning & night, plus cook with it & ADD it to my coffee 🙂 The benefits are amazing..
      Sorry tho, don’t know much about OO, but what could it hurt ? LOL

  • Anonymous
    May 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This is the ONLY way I can get myself to drink water 🙂 Thank you for all the information on its benefits…I’ll be sure to keep my fridge stocked!

  • Zane Cosgrove
    May 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Loved your article. I am a firm believer in drinking lemon water daily even though I have never liked lemons.

    My additions are;
    * Chop and boil ginger, add this to your lemon water also.

    * Make sure you add the rind to the lemon water and not just the juice because lemon rind contains excellent antioxidants and shouldn’t be wasted by throwing in the bin.

    *Currently, I am also adding a green tea and lemongrass teabag to my lemon water

    Great way to neutralise the chlorine/fluoride added to our water supply. Great article and blessings to you for providing this information to all who seek it….

    • Bisco Kid
      June 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Zane Cosgrove.If you boil your ginger you void all of the nutrients.Anything that is boiled is eliminating nutrients.

      • Zane Cosgrove
        November 24, 2016 at 12:57 am

        I think you’ll find the benefits from the Ginger being boiled results in more absorption into the liquid instead of the solid. That’s the point kinda, for those that don’t like both lemon and ginger.

  • Shiketa
    May 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome! I love to add lemons to my juice and I will be sure to drink lemon water every morning now!

  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    If that lemon press is antique, so are laptop computers.

  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I love the healing benefits of REAL FOOD!! I also drink lots of lemon water out of a large mason jar! Its the simple things in life that make me happy! I also drink cucumber lemon water, the cucumber gives and nice refreshing taste if I am looking for something different! Happy Healing!

  • Kellie
    May 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Amy, thanks so much for this information. As is the case with many other, I found your blog through Pinterest and I love it. Thanks for sharing with all of us these healthy tips. I am a month into a healthier lifestyle and am loving it. I do fresh fruit and spinach smoothies every morning, but I am going to go get some lemons and start my mornings with lemon water.

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I drink lemon juice water for Kidney Stones, I’m sure they are disolved with the lemon.

  • Amber
    April 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Try our greens!!!

  • pam
    April 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I was watching one of those doctors on tv and he said the best thing anyone can do for themselves is to drink a glass of lemon water every day

  • Vita @ Juicer Depot
    April 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Thanks for all the tips. It is a great reminder that I should be drinking more water with lemon in it.

  • Nancy Edwards
    April 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I found RealLemon or RealLime packets…..freeze dried lemon or lime juice. I keep them in my purse and add a packet to water when I’m out and don’t have a fresh lemon or lime available.

  • Anonymous
    April 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Amy, thank you so much for this information about lemon water. I’m going to start this new habit today. I always order lemon with my water in resturants, so why not at home. Thanks again!

  • Anonymous
    April 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Instead of lemons can you substitute bottled lemon juice? And if so, how much?

  • Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    does the lemon essential oil work also?

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Does it have to be lemons or can you use limes too? Using both lemons and limes or one or the other to switch it up a bit?

    • Anonymous
      May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Not sure about the limes and if they alkalize in the body or stay acidic. Something good to google later! Try cucumbers with your lemon! Its very tasty and so good for you!

  • Jane
    April 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I hope you don’t mind but I featured your article in my blog. Feel free to check it out http://yevgeniyafedorov.com/blogg/?p=78

  • cupcake_candi
    April 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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  • cupcake_candi
    April 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Fabulous post. im going to start putting lemon juice into my morning oolong tea 🙂 x

  • cupcake_candi
    April 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Fabulous post. im going to start putting lemon juice into my morning oolong tea 🙂 x

  • Mary
    March 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Maybe this will help validate the lemon. I have been drinking lemon water since 1995 when I lost a kidney due to kidney stones caused from Lupus. I have had three doctors to tell me about the benefits of lemons. One Nephrologist, one Urologist and one family doctor. The Urologist who removed my kidney told me the most important thing I could do for myself was to drink lemon water every day. I do not need to read any scientific material since I am assuming my doctors have done their research.

    I use 1/2 lemon in 8-12 ounces of purified water. For sweetener I use maple syrup, local honey or stevia. Only natural sweeteners. Blackstrap molasses is good, too, as someone mentioned. I drink it cold and hope my body temp. will warm it up. Also, I drink green tea with 1/2 lemon later in the day.

    Addressing the fresh lemon vs. bottled lemon juice…the bottled variety has preservatives and if you are doing the “all natural” thing, you would not want that. Also, only the fresh lemons are considered live food. As for whether the bottled kind has any benefits, I can’t say. I would say to research it online or ask your doctor about it. I would try it in a pinch if I was out of lemons.

    I love lemons. Limes are great, too. Thank you so much, Amy, for this great site and for bringing this subject to light. Keep it up.

    • Fiona
      May 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

      Lemons are helpful for kidney stones. That benefit was not on this list.

  • Glitter and Grunge Studio
    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Sounds GREAT! And there is so much medical research and results to back up the whole PH argument. We are a nation killing ourselves (or in the very least making ourselves terribly sick) with what we consume.

    I would caution folks to beware of using vintage/antique gadgets. Be sure to find out somehow what the lead content may be. As a collector of antique kitchen/dining ware, my eyes were opened a few years back to the fact that while it’s pretty to look at, it may be dangerous to use. There must be some way to test it if it’s something you really want to use 🙂

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Breville has citrus presses similar to the one you have. They are stainless steel and expensive, but Breville sells reconditioned ones which are less money and work perfectly. We use ours everyday for freshly squeezed orange juice. Great, of course, for lemons and grapefruit, too.

  • .aubrey c.
    March 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I need to get myself a lemon press!


  • Anonymous
    March 23, 2012 at 2:51 am

    hi they say the stainless steel grounds the alkaline, should try the glass straws.

  • Catloveschanel
    March 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks. I also heard if you chug a whole glass the minute you get up, it flattens under-eye bags

  • THE Princess Bombshell*
    March 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I’ve been doing this EVERY DAY since last October when you posted this and my mom pinned this. (I thought might as well give it a shot– it can’t hurt!)

    Thank you so much! It’s done so much for me! I love my habit!

  • Joyce
    March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Love hot lemon water every morning……….I squeeze and fill small size ice cube trays (walmart). Just about the right amount of half a lemon. Put them in a ziplock bag. Ready to pop in my hot water every morning. 🙂

  • Mrs. T.
    March 15, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Yes, I’ve heard of drinking lemon water and how good it is for you. I’ve been doing that lately now that I’ve discovered bags of lemons are so inexpensive at Aldi’s! Makes it easier to get my 6-8 glasses of water in each day. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Have you heard of “Kangen Water”? It is a alkaline (9.5) water. My grandmother discovered it when her blood count bottomed out a couple years ago. You can buy a filtration system for your home or buy it at a health food store. There are many testimonials about it helping cure cancer and other ailments!

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I love my Jack LaLanne juicer! Oranges, carrots, apples greens YUM! I do drink lemon water all day long. I really need to get a water filter though, any suggestions?. Please don’t drink diet colas—they have cancer, stroke and kidney stone causing chemicals. Just yesterday Coca Cola and Pepsi changed one of their flavorings in all products so they don’t have to put a “cancer causing” warning on their cans per California law. I think it was the carmel coloring(?) Check out Mercola.com I like this blog by the way!

    • Bella
      July 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I use the britta filters, they are great! I’m on my second pitcher and also have a bottle with a built in filter. They have so many different shapes and sizes, you’re sure to find one you like! Because I’m bad about remembering to replace the filter I spent a couple extra bucks to have a pitcher that tells me when it’s time to switch. Also they are dishwasher safe which is a great bonus to me!!

    • Bella
      July 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Britta filters are great. I’ve had two pitchers and one water bottle with a built in filter from them. The water tastes great, even to a water snob like me. (I grew up in Europe where they don’t add harmful things like chlorine, etc. to me tap water tends to taste like pool water, yuck!)
      Anyway, brittas come in so many different shapes and sizes you’re sure to find one you like! I tend to forget when I need to replace the filter so I spent a couple extra bucks to get one that tells me when it’s time. Best thing, apart from the water tasting great? They’re dishwasher safe!

  • shermanfarm
    March 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I have been slicing lemons and freezing them. All the lemon flavor and benefits with no waste. It’s quick and easy for this busy momma!

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I have been following all this advice now for a few weeks- love it.
    Check our Crate and Barrel’s dual citrus squeezer. Fits in a drawer.

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I once read that drinking a glass of ice water with the juice of a lemon in the morning will help with constipation. Within 30 minutes of drinking the lemon water I have a bowel movement so that’s another good reason to drink it. I put a packet of Stevia in mine and it tastes like lemonade.

  • Kelly L.
    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I 100% believe in drink lots of water all day as it is good for the body. I myself keep it on hand all day long so I don’t reach for juice or soda. I did want to let you know that though lemons are filled with vitamin c, ingesting it doesn’t benefit the skin in quit the manner you are explaining it. I’m a licensed Skin Care Specialist. If you want it to protect your skin the best way is to use it topically. I’m not saying its bad for you, quit the opposite, but if you want it to protect and fight aging it really should be used topically. You also need to be aware that it is really hard for the skin to absorb. Vitamin C can also be very unstable so you need to use derivative that has been stabilized. Ascorbyl Palmitate is one of the best Vitamin C derivative because it’s the most stable and easlier absorbed by the skin. If Vitamin C is used properly it will not only fight free radicals but it will help boost collagen production. Thanks for all the other tips!

  • Brenda
    March 2, 2012 at 4:14 am

    The lemon water sounds really good and I will try it soon. If you don’t want to squeeze a lemon some days use a Tbs. of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (not regular vinegar because of processing). You can get Braggs Vinegar at most supermarkets and health stores. If you drink vinegar mix it into a small glass of WARM water. You can sweeten it with honey if you like.

  • peasemomma
    February 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    How do you make it?

  • CurlyGirlMom
    February 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    WOW! I had no idea that lemon water was so incredibly good for you. I have had kidney stones, gall stones (gallbladder was removed) and need to lose weight. I have always liked the taste, but rarely opt for it. I’ve been trying to wean myself off of so much diet-soda and switched to Crystal Light. Of course, there’s a bunch of chemicals in that too. I’ll have to go buy a bag of lemons and a juicer tonight and try the lemon water idea. -Thanks for the tip about the lemon juice in the mineral water also… Sometimes there’s just nothing like a fizzy drink! (And it gives me another alternative to soda/alcohol when we’re out and about.) Thank you so much!!

  • Squashys Girl
    February 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I love this. Def. going to go get some lemons!

  • donna
    February 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My Mom is now 90. She told me her Dad, my Grandfather used to do this every morning he got up. He passed away when he was 97. Obviously, there is something to this. Thanks for sharing. Getting a glass right now.

    • Phillip Anteski
      January 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      great secret fountain of youth

  • Anonymous
    February 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LEMON IN MY WATER!!Thank you for writing this about Lemon water.I too feel like Lemon Water wakes me up more than a cup of coffee most mornings. I am not a Pop drinker so water is my go to drink,and unsweetened iced green tea with lemon. So I just wanted to say thanks for the information about lemon water ,

  • Fiona
    February 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Before everyone gets into a Science vs. The Internet war, can I just humbly suggest that the benefits of drinking water speak for themselves without bring in these falsities?

    Yes, obviously your followers don’t think you have a PhD in biology, Amy, and they’re not coming to this blog with the intention of getting a medical lesson, so you can make these claims and people will go “Hm, that’s interesting, I wonder if that works, I’ll try it!” And, truly, nobody gets hurt.

    But water is healthy for so many real, honest, verifiable reasons there’s really no need to make claims that you don’t support and probably shouldn’t with your background (I’m assuming) even if you could.

    This is your blog, and you can do whatever you want (as long as it doesn’t mislead people to hurt themselves, which this post does not). But I think the scientists taking objection here have a point, however inflammatory their means of expressing it may be. There’s just no need to pass on false knowledge. Maybe you truly believe in the legitimacy of the places you read about this, but if you don’t know if it’s real or fake, if you don’t personally understand the mechanisms at work, that should indicate to you that you shouldn’t pass it on. It’s simple and it’s fair to your readers.

  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Oh there is soooo much wrong with this scientifically. There are a couple things wrong here, but let’s focus on the big one: pH. The author seems to think that drinking one pint of water infused with lemon can alter your body’s pH balance. If it could, you would want to avoid it, as it would be a deadly poison. The body naturally keeps the pH of various fluids and tissues balanced in a tiny range of values, and anything you do to try to nudge it out of that range is countered by a process called homeostasis (meaning “self regulation”). Also, I have no idea how the author thinks that the acid in lemon water turns into a base via human metabolism. And CANCER? You think you can cure cancer by drinking lemonade? Listening to this kind of stuff is, frankly, dangerous to your health. This time it’s just a bunch of misguided stuff about lemon juice, but there are people out there who say the same things about arsenic and chelating compounds, which can actually kill you.
    Furthermore, all of the positive effects you have mentioned can be attributed to, get this, drinking water. Sure you are adding some vitamin C with the juice, but if you aren’t already getting your daily dose of Vit. C from your diet, adding lemon to water isn’t the first thing you should be working on improving.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2015 at 2:22 am

      My doctors advised me to drink lemon juice in warm water every morning for my health problems.
      Why ???
      I was in hospital at least 10 times a year. I started drinking lemon juice in the morning and I don’t have any problems anymore ? Why???
      I feel a lot better, I look better . Why ???
      Last week one of the doctors told me to keep on drinking the lemon juice . Why ???

  • JeRiKA
    February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Hello Amy,
    I am a cancer from last survivor as well (3 years from last treatment, diagnosed at 35yrs old.). I had cervical cancer and due to internal radiation, ahve been plagued by recurring UTI’s.
    Your post reminded me of an article I read once in the waiting room about PH in cancer patients. Thank you for posting something so wonderful and easy to do. I have slid down the slippery slope of unhealthiness and really want to change not only for my health, but for my 4 kiddos and hubby as well. I wish the very best in your battle and treatments-I will keep you in my heart and prayers.-Jodi

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Here’s another lemony-wake-you-up-in-the-morning idea: Soaked Oats. The night before, mix one cup of oats, one cup of almond or rice milk, and 1/2 a grate lemon rind. Cover and put in the fridge overnight. Its a healthy, refreshing breakfast. I’ll be adding lemon water to my mornings as well!

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Lime water with a tbl spoon of honey in Luke warm water taken on empty stomach first thing in the morning cleanses your system and recharges your body. This is widely known and practiced in India. There are several benefits already listed in this post. See many more people who have benefited from this across the globe On benefits of honey.com website

  • Go To Your Room!
    February 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    * tomorrow!

  • Go To Your Room!
    February 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi Amy and everyone else. I have very unhealthy habits at the moment…one of them being drinking one, two or even three diet soft drinks a day. I am turning 40 this year and reading your blog and all the comments have inspired me to take better care of myself and respect my body. Thank you for your motivation everyone. Off to buy some lemons tonorrow… and sparkling water!!

  • Angana
    February 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hi, I gave up the lemon water cleanse as I started getting headaches. My friend warned me against continuing this as her nutritionist told her that to neutralise the acid the body leaches calcium from the bones. I’m concerned about osteoporosis. Does anyone know better?

  • Anonymous
    February 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Watching a 90210 episode (season 1, I think). Pretty sure I saw the same juicer being used in the kitchen. Wouldn’t have even paid attention if I hadn’t read this! Maybe they aren’t too impossible to find . . .

  • Jeffrey & Dara
    February 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I love this idea and have always been told that drinking lemon ice water first thing in the morning is the best way to jump start your metabolism. That being said, I’m a nurse in a hospital and the alkaline “fact” is false. When your body neutralizes acid, it turns neutral. Your body never over compensates. And if your body becomes more alkalitic on the pH scale it’s actually BAD for oxygenation as your hemoglobin have a higher affinity and do not distribute the oxygen to the tissues. Alkaline pH is very, very dangerous. But don’t worry, because lemon water doesn’t make your body alkalitic anyway 🙂 moral of the story: Lemon ice water is very good for you!

  • Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Just how much do you drink? 8oz, a full jar? what? And how many times a day?

  • Anonymous
    February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    there is a juicer that looks just like this on amazon that is chrome colored called Metrokane Mighty OJ Manual Juicer, Chrome. looks nice.

  • Sara
    February 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m not seeing the link to the lemon presses on amazon. I could just go find them myself but I’d really love to be able to use your link!

  • Rita
    February 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Helps prevent kidney stones also!

  • Wendy @ Salt and Wine
    February 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Amen to testing your PH! I’m a Lifestyle educator by trade (admittedly, I do not always practice what I preach) I have found the best way to keep yourself healthy is by testing your ph and striving to keep it balanced. Citrus is awesome in moderation so a little lemon diluted isn’t going to hurt (only help).

  • Robin
    February 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Could you use lime instead of lemon? I prefer the taste of lime over lemon.

  • Vivian
    February 5, 2012 at 2:22 am

    found you on Pinterest… love it… I can only say for myself but I have been drinking tap water with a qtr wedge of lemon 2 to 3 times a day for six months and have lots 28 pounds. I exercise three times a week a the Y. Also cut out all sugar. I believe the lemon water has been instrumental in making my metabolism work better. I asked my doctor about the lemon and my teeth and they said as long as I don’t let the water just sit in your mouth it is fine to drink lemon water, if you want using a straw cant hurt either….I have also used True Lemon that product is great…. and warm water or tap water is easier to digest…. wonderful article, thank you AMY….

  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I love reading your blog!!! Thanks for all the great info. I have a funny story about lemon water. We were at a famous restaurant in Chicago called Ed Debevics… If your not familiar with this particular restaurant they are famous for their “rude service” anyway, I ordered lemon with water and our waiters come back to me was that I was just to cheap to pay for the lemonade. Lol it’s a fun place to visit if you ever visit the Windy City.

  • delila
    February 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I have the same juicer in stainless steel! See William Sonoma!

  • Cat
    February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    You can also use the lemon peel in your bath! It smells great and gives your skin a nice boost in the winter! Just store the peel in an air tight container in the fridge. Cut into small slices and put in a hot bath or even a foot soak!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      cool! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2012 at 3:18 am

    how much lemon and water to use to be effective?

  • Yvette
    January 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Amy I’ve been drinking lemon water like you since my diagnosis and besides the good taste I feel it helps me feel clean inside! I warm up the water a bit and leave the squeezed lemon soaking a bit then drink the juice! Wishing us both the best of luck! My inspiration is also Kris Karr! We re survivors already and gonna make it 🙂 xx

  • Anita Ladhani
    January 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve been drinking a 12-16 oz glass of warmed water with a lime/lemon freshly squeezed first thing in the morning for about a month and I have to admit, it was a taste I grew to appreciate. I’ve lost 5 lbs with just this simple, little change in my lifestyle and diet. I am originally from India but grew up in the States. Drinking warm or room temperature lime/lemon water is something my mom use to do to lose weight! IT WORKS!!! But i was told not to add any sugar or sweetner to it.
    Sometimes, I drink an 8 oz glass before lunch or end up day with a warm glass of lime/lemon water.
    hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    The very best way to get the juice from lemons, limes, oranges, etc is the old fashioned glass juicers where you twist it back and forth. I have tried several other juicers and go back to my good old standby every single time. I love thriftstores so when I see one I grab it…….never know when a friend is gonna see how great they are and want one!!

  • Julie
    January 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I drink lemon water every morning, I have seen all the results listed above. I do however, drink my lemon with warm water, because sometimes cold water in the morning can shock your metabolism.

  • Deb
    January 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I get water when we are at a restaurant with my granddaughter. She wants lemonaid so I put Truvia (Stevia) in to give it a sweet taste. She loves that we can make our own lemonaid!!

  • Katrina @ Hix in the Stix ~ Army Edition
    January 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I don’t drink lemon water every day but I do love it! I drink it quite frequently at restaurants and, lately, I have been making an effort to drink more water. I really don’t care for the taste of just plain water (even the bottled kind) so I add lemon juice to it. I’m going to have to start doing that more frequently (and I loved one of the commentors idea to juice several lemons and freeze them!).
    I also like mixing other fruits in water and letting the whole thing sit over night. Yummy and healthy – certainly more so than soda!!!

  • Anonymous
    January 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Hey just wanted to add that I just read an article about how added lemon juice (or any citrus for that matter), increases the efficacy of absorption of lots of the antioxidants and beneficial plant chemicals in green tea, more so than green tea alone. So combining the two is also another good idea. Thanks for the article! I think I might start making lemon water a new part of my morning routine!

  • Lori Dunham
    January 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    OK negative anonymous, you need to disappear.

  • debikil
    January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE all the info!! Here is a link to a juicer – cheapest one I could find via internet: http://www.thegourmetdepotco.com/metrokane/3502c-mighty-oj-citrus-juicer-white-chrome/

  • Roxie
    January 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    what about using Real Lemon Juice from a bottle… would that have the same effect?

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2013 at 5:13 am

      I was always wondering the same thing?
      Has anyone given you the answer?

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Very Interesting stuff. I also use the True Lime product with some Truvia for sweetner in my water – I love the taste of it:-. Have you ever heard of the True Lime product? They have lemon and some other flavors also. Convenient for on the go for sure!!

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2013 at 5:12 am

      yes it is use a straw

  • Anonymous
    January 19, 2012 at 4:49 am

    as a dental hygienist i love that you added the straw 🙂 chew some gum after, (to wash away the acid) or eat a protein source (this helps neutralize the acid) and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing (if you do it any sooner you can brush the acid into your teeth and erode enamel)

    • Deb
      January 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I have heard that lemon is hard on enamel.

    • Beads and Books (Tammi Mossman)
      April 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you, Anonymous, I have de-mineralization problems with my teeth and was going to brush right after the lemon water!

  • Amy Bowman
    January 19, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I use 1/2 a lemon in a 24 oz mason jar. I save the other half for later in the day.

  • tammyfey
    January 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I have used lemon in my water for years, I love the taste it is so refreshing! I use the true lemon also, it is much easier then squeezing! But same great taste..

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Love your blog found you on pinterest, have you ever tried true lemon, not the one in the plastic lemon, it is 100% natural. like to keep in purse so can use in water or tea all day. Was freaked out years ago after reading about using lemons from restaurants may not be washed and contain bacteria. Wash your lemons. Thanks for your great blog, showers of blessings and healing on you today 🙂

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Great !I will try this.

  • Gail
    January 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I buy a bag of lemons, juice them, and freeze the juice in ice-cube trays. Store the lemon-juice cubes in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and use one cube in glass of water. Saves time and money.

    • Carpenter
      January 19, 2012 at 1:39 am

      do you juice the whole thing??? Love this idea!

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

      tht sounds amazing

  • rlsecor
    January 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

    You put it very simply in your 5 reasons. I’ve been reading about lemons elsewhere and using it daily for a few months although I have always adored lemons.

    QUESTION: My lemons have tasted AWFUL lately and I keep feeling disappointed. I’m guessing maybe its a seasonal thing I don’t know. Anyone else ever go through a spell of not yummy lemons? I’ve tried buying them in different stores but no help!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    i just started drinking lemon a week ago… But in a different way.. I drink a shot of 30cc lemon in the morning….after some 10 minutes i drink water, eat banana, then breakfast… after breakfast, i have that feeling of wanting to use the toilet (LOL).. Anyway, this morning I will mix lemon with water and see how it’ll work for me..

    Anyway, I got lost and just tadaaah in your blog… you should check mine so you’ll know why i suddenly got interested with yours! LOL 🙂


  • The Happy Baker
    January 9, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I have a stainless steel press like that! I am going to implement this starting tomorrow as one of my habits.

  • Reeve and Samantha Hutchens
    January 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I usually drink three glasses of water to start my day and now I will definitely be adding lemon!

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I love that I found this site. I love reading about health benefits of foods, in this case drinks.. I am one of these people that need to eat better because I was taught growing up more about convenience foods vs healthy foods. I don’t know all the science facts about PH levels etc. I do know that I learned some about PH levels when I started selling a line of skin care products and Vit. C works the same on the outside as it does on the inside. It helps prevent early aging. I also know that last year I was having major stomach issues, so bad that I couldn’t hold anything down & lost 32 lbs in a matter of three months. I think most was due to my diet and it really opened my eyes. I’ve been drinking water with lemon in it on and off for the past year and I love it! Makes me feel refreshed in the morning (I’ve never been a coffee drinker). I do need to invest in some of these glass straws and a press. I’ve never seen those before and I hate plastic anything. Since I’ve been drinking water with lemon I am not having my stomach issues anymore & I’m not taking the meds that I was told to take. The side affects to me looked more harmful than good. So learning about the benefits of food & drinks has helped me make better choices for me and my children & that makes me very happy! BTW I got rid of all my plastic in my house that had anything to do with food that I could. If you read up on plastic it’s really scary the problems it can cause. Another thing I wasn’t taught when I was younger. I remember thinking plastic was wonderful and going to help us vs. hurt us. Thank you Amy for putting information out here to try to help others. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Amy Bowman
    January 3, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with such grace, and taking time to type it all out for us! Cheers to lemon water and healthy body ph!!

  • Kelsey
    January 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This is a great post!
    “Anonymous” needs to read further in the biochemistry book. They were correct that oxygen doesn’t have a “pH” but it is very important when determining pH. When detecting acidemia or alkalemia in the body, the most important molecules are bicarbonate (HCO3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Oxygen is in both of these. Your respiratory system also has large effects in maintaining the body’s pH. Your kidneys and respiratory system are essential for maintaining a slightly alkaline pH. They work to balance each other. Seeing as lemon water works on the kidneys (diuretic, etc) I would hazard a guess that the benefits are more than what you think!

    Also, I believe your doctor is taking an arterial blood gas to monitor your blood pH.

    I am in pharmacy school and we learn all the time about metabolic/respiratory acidosis and alkalosis. These conditions can cause major catastrophe in the body and anything that helps maintain a normal pH of 7.35 to 7.45 is a good thing!

    I am going to start drinking this every morning 🙂

  • erin
    January 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Amy! I got a vintage lemon press for Christmas! whoohoo. I am starting this tomorrow. Today – trip to T’J’s for some lemon! Thanks. Love you. 🙂

  • Amanda
    January 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Lemon water sounds delish! I’ll have to try it in the mornings since I am not a coffee drinker.

    As regards the water temp, room temperature water is always better for you to drink than cold. I can’t remember exactly why, but it has something to do with the way your body metabolizes/ digests fat. Cold water is a shock to your digestive system and your body doesn’t digest as efficiently. If you feel the need to drink cold water, it is best not to do so with a meal.

  • Corn in my Coffee-Pot
    December 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I love the taste of Lemon water– however, I’ve done the same thing with ACV (apple cider vinegar) and Baking Soda– to correct ph and alkalize the body…basically, the oxygen levels in the blood/body do increase making it harder for disease to take hold.
    For me it was fibroid cysts– I’m here to testify that it is good for the body!

    Amy- keep on doing what your doing; a testimony cannot be refuted. Not scientifically or spiritually,Period.

  • Anonymous
    December 21, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I like to drink it w/ real maple syrup as a sweetener.
    Also like to have lime as the major ingredient.
    This has helped me w/ digestion issues and I have a friend w/ irritable bowel syndrome – she raves
    about it

  • Amy Bowman
    December 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

    …this is written towards the end of the post.
    “*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth. (Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline)”

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      I wonder if just swishing w/ pure water afterward might b just as good if one doesn’t have a straw?

  • Amy Bowman
    December 9, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Loving the discussion everyone! Anonymous- this is why I suggest drinking it with a straw.

  • Anonymous
    December 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

    My mother drank lemon water to replace coffee in the morning for a couple of years until it destroyed the enamel on her teeth.

  • Gina
    November 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    There is a whole lot of “research” out there and I am (usually) on the side of proven science when it comes to anything on this matter…what I think, imho, is that eating greens and drinking lemon water, etc, help our bodies to work the right way even MORE than it already does.

    Yes our bodies are amazing and actually do adjust the ph on its own, most of the time! God made us perfect! But our diets are not, and perhaps people who are sick NEED to eat MORE of these foods?!

    Meaning, when people are sick with cancer etc, their bodies aren’t working properly. So perhaps the ph IS somehow off in those patients? It’s an interesting discussion!!!

    Bottom line, we all need to eat more green veggies, and although some of the benefits of lemons and limes are overstated by some folks, the fact is they are HIGH in vit c, have fiber and are good for us. So although we sometimes want more details, or fight over the details, drinking this won’t hurt us and we all need what citrus fruits have to offer. And lemon water is SO DARN GOOD!!!

    Thanks Amy for a super blog! Thank you for sharing your journey and insights! Good luck!

    And while I believe in our right to free speech, I also feel that we have a moral obligation to do so in a gentle and kind manner. No one is 100% right…not even science. Our bodies are dynamic (meaning changing) and even the simplest of drugs or foods etc will interact differently each time we ingest! So there is no hard and fast rule for our bodies! Each of us responds differently. Just an errant thought! :)))))

  • ntrluv
    November 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Anonymous: If “the effects of lemon” is science, why are you spending time commenting? Just let it go. We all have different interests and rights to our opinions. No need to go to a site fight-chasing. Please try being more positive.

  • laZOETje
    November 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I think you’ll find soda water will cancel out the alkalinizing effect, and too much cold slows the digestion. But you have encouraged me to get back to doing this, you could try it warm some mornings?

  • Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 5:02 am

    You can get lemon presses similar to this at Bed Bath and Beyond.


  • Sundi Jo
    November 29, 2011 at 4:53 am

    LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Besides the pH testing kit, is there anything else you use to learn about where to keep your levels? I’m in the process of learning more about this too.

  • biggjayne
    November 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I am curious about whether the effects of drinking vinegar water would be similar?

  • biggjayne
    November 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The bottled lemon juice that you find on the grocery store shelf has added sulfites. Sulfites give me migraines.

  • Yvonne
    November 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Found this post on Pinterest and am really going to give this a try!

  • PolkaDotOwl
    November 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I am starting this ASAP! Thanks for the tip! I am your newest follower 🙂

  • Anonymous
    November 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    “Science does not have the answer to everything”. Sure, but when you’re talking about the pH of you blood and the effects of drinking lemon water – that’s science. You can’t use scientific claims to back something up if the science isn’t there. Though condescending as it may have been, I think this was the intentions of the “Anonymous” post above.

    If you feel better drinking lemon water, keep doing it. Though I doubt it is for many of the reasons listed.

  • Lisa
    November 17, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I too, drink water with lemon every day, throughout the day. I am a cancer survivor, and have completely changed what I allow into my home, body, and life. I read everything I can get my hands on that has to do with living well through good nutrition, and various natural solutions. If I could go back and take away my 6 months of chemo, I would! I believe I only succeeded in poisoning myself. I would make radically different treatment choices today. I also feel that food can cause AND cure us of disease!
    I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog today through Pinterest.
    With regard to the extremely condescending comment left by an anonymous reader earlier…shake it off. Some people can only feel important by making others feel small. You handled it with grace. Kudos to you. I will be following your blog from now on!

  • Nicole
    November 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    lemon water is also good for preventing kidney stones. 🙂

  • Dee Dee
    November 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    If you really want to assist the liver (and the kidneys) add real maple syrup (grade B is best) andd cayenne pepper. This mixture is also used as a fasting cleanse, but even if you just drink it daily it helps!

  • Meghan L.
    November 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Just found this post today through Pinterest and HAD to try it! I made my water with half a lemon, half a lime and a packet of sweetener. It is definitely refreshing and feels like it wakes you up more than coffee, I agree! Thanks so much for the amazing tips and good luck with the self healing. Stay strong!

  • {Junk in their Trunk}
    November 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Love this! I found this on Pinterest and I would love for you to link this up at our link party…I know our readers would love this! junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday_08.html

  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Lemon water is great and so is Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, unfiltered, with the mother). Sounds gross, but it really isn’t bad at all. I have lost 15 pounds since starting it three months ago, and I haven’t been sick either. Just a tablespoon in a large glass of water,drink through a straw..google the benefits!

  • Jill
    November 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve been pop free for almost 3 years now. I like plain ole’ water, but now I will throw in some lemon. 🙂 I’ll give the lemon spritzer a try too!

  • Jacqueline
    November 4, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Saw this on Pinterest! Isn’t it fun when Pinterest shares what you have posted all over the place! I will have to do it again and the suggestion of the straws is great. The ones you show are beautiful.

  • The Informal Matriarch
    November 2, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Just be careful of your teeth. My mom is a dental hygienist and has many people coming in that drink too much lemon water. 2 a day at the very most or your teeth are going to suffer from the acid.

    • CurlyGirlMom
      February 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      You might have missed the *Tip toward the end of this blog. It reminds us to use straws to prevent damage to our teeth from the acidity. 🙂

    • Aunt Ruthie
      June 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

      SO TRUE… voice of experince here. I stopped sodas (cold turkey) in 1998… drank ONLY water with lemon. Within (about) ten years, I had ruined the enamel on my teeth. I used to have beautiful white teeth and now they’re just kinda gray. NOTHING ages you faster than dingy teeth, so this is the best advice (along with Amy’s ) DRINK YOUR LEMON WATER WITH A STRAW. <3

  • Anonymous
    November 2, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Does anyone know if using the whole lemon with a Vita Mix would give the same results? This was a good link through Pinterest. Sorry about the anonymous. Don’t know what the other stuff means.

  • Veroniica
    November 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Can the water be tap water?

  • Anonymous
    October 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Here is a link to what I think your juicer is on amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Metrokane-Mighty-Citrus-Juicer-Chrome/dp/B0000CFNDW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top. this one has a chrome head, but it looks like the same model 🙂

  • Shrinking Princess
    October 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My Mom also has one of these presses. It belonged to her grandmother and is such a neat little antique that works great. As for the Lemon water when I was a little girl I had to be in “Diet Center” and this was one of their techniques except you had to drink the water warm. It worked very well.

  • Amy Bowman
    October 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I would try the frozen lemon juice before bottled. Freezing would retain nutrients, where as bottled I am sure loses much of the nutrients, plus just tastes nasty!
    Thank you all for the press info! I was hoping someone would know.

    Yes, it seems lime is just as healthy as lemons. Here is a link to benefits of lime..http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lime.html

    • Anonymous
      February 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Just found your blog on Pintrest. Thanks for the lemon/lime info. Can’t wait to try, but I have (probably a stupid) question. Do I have to drink all 24oz at once, or is this something I should spread out over the course of the day? I drink water all day anyway (maybe 1-2 sodas a month), but why not get the most out of it?

  • Anonymous
    October 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Love the info! I will start drinking more lemon water and less diet coke!

    • Heather A
      May 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Me, too. Boo diet coke, my mid-afternoon weakness. I found my way to this inspiring article via Pinterest.

  • robin
    October 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    hi! i work @ crate and barrel and that press is called the mighty oj. alas, we don’t carry it now, but a quick google search came up with several retailers who do… it’s usually about $40 a pop, and comes in different finishes. if i remember right, it has a famous designer and was featured at the museum of modern art. good luck and good health, ladies(and gentlemen)!

  • Hilary
    October 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Does this work with lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?

  • ...love Maegan
    October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    LOVE this!

    Even if I put lemon in my tea, it would be better than no lemon at all? Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Yes, definitely, but best to add it after the tea has cooled a bit as heat kills vitamin C.

  • Stoli
    October 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    What about limes? I much prefer lime water to lemon, but do they provide the same benefits?

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Limes have more Vitamin C and they are stronger. other than that it is most likely the same

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      You could use any citrus. Citrus fruits in general are alkalizing.

  • Anonymous
    October 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Could you use lemon juice that comes from the bottle? Is that the same thing? I’m in college and live in a dorm. It would be so much easier to keep a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge than try to cut a lemon every morning. Cheaper too.

  • Anonymous
    October 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Love this site and the conversations about Lemon water.Also found it through Pinterest.

  • Anonymous
    October 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

    You can buy a citrus press like your’s at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Mine is stainless steel, but has the exact same look. 🙂

  • GHastings
    October 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for telling everyone about your lemon water and the benefits associated with drinking it daily. I would also like to address the post referencing the biochemistry books. The tone was totally unnecessary. Science does not have the answer to everything. We are constantly learning new things everyday and do not know the answers to everything. I once failed a research paper in an advanced nutrition class. The subject was antioxidants and at the time it was cutting edge. My professor said that there was no proof that antioxidants were beneficial because the AMA and the ADA ( referencing medical and dietician associations? ) have not set standards therefore it was not true. Well, well, well- we now know many things beyond antioxidants and WHY they are beneficial in overall health and vitality. Also, the earth is round – not flat. Need I say more? 🙂

    • Mury
      February 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I hope you took your failed paper back to your professor and stuck it in his/her face! LOL

  • Thoughtfully Blended Hearts
    October 24, 2011 at 12:58 am

    There is a frozen lemon juice packaged by Minute Maid that is real juice with nothing added…it’s great, I’ve used it for years…
    Found your site through Pinterest…good luck with your self healing diet…I think it is great to take control of your diet!!!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      All the Minute Maid “juice” I’ve seen says it is 0% real juice, and it’s a Coke product which I boycott as they do really unethical things in other countries.
      ~Melanie, not anonymous

  • Theresa
    October 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Very interesting…I also wonder if there is a difference between the bottled juice and the fresh. While I always like things better from the source sometimes it’s just not as readily available. Thanks for sharing this, I’m also here from Pinterest!

    • gracielynn's
      March 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      bottled is sure better then nothing & at the price of lemons , nothing would be what I use,esp a half a lemon every day.
      a lady I know drank 1/2 cup , straight, of aCv every day ! aw.. brave women to be sure !
      Anytime you can drink plan old water the better you are for it .. lemon , aCv or not.
      just my 2 cents.

  • SEA
    October 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love lemon water too. I was on a diet that promoted drinking it, and now I’m hooked. They recommended adding some all natural stevia to it, and making a “lemonade” drink… so I do this frequently. It helps me drink more of it, sometimes. Hopefully it has the same benefits, and I like stevia now too. I used to use splenda and sweet n low, but now it’s all stevia. Thanks for your post!

  • Sue
    October 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Amy…

    I just found your blog today….through Pinterest. I am on my way to buy lemons now. I haven’t been feeling well lately maybe this can help.

    Thanks Sue.

  • Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen
    October 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Great post Amy (I too found it on Pinterest). There are a multitude of reasons why we can all stand to drink more water, esp. lemon water! Drinking lemon water can also improve the glycemic response to a meal (ie lower insulin levels = ability for body to naturally burn fat).

    PS Loved the way you handled the anonymous comment 🙂

  • Amy Bowman
    October 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Anonymous,
    I would appreciate the information without the condescending tone. I learn by reading and share what I know. My doctor checks the ph of my blood, so there must be something to it. I DO appreciate the reading suggestions you left, so thank you for that..

  • Anonymous
    October 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Someone on this site should read a biochem book. First off, oxygen is an element, it doesn’t have “pH”. Second, you can’t test the “pH” of your body because it is different everywhere. The normal pH of blood is between 7.35 and 7.45 making blood “slightly alkaline” in that neutral pH is 7.0. The body has a natural buffering system. When it is too acidic the body can compensate by increasing the carbonate through metabolism, and by increasing breathing, which releases acid in your breath. But it is very hard to do the reverse.

    Try picking up a book and learning some science here:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books. The books are free to read.


    Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th edition

    Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter.
    New York: Garland Science; 2002.
    ISBN-10: 0-8153-3218-1
    ISBN-10: 0-8153-4072-9

    Biochemistry, 5th edition

    Jeremy M Berg,1 John L Tymoczko,2 and Lubert Stryer3.
    1 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    2 Carleton College
    3 Stanford University
    New York: W H Freeman; 2002.
    ISBN-10: 0-7167-3051-0

    Copyright © 2002, W. H. Freeman and Company.

    • jewlz2963
      January 16, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Someone on this site should read an etiquette book. Mr. Anonymous: I believe we all understand why you have chosen to cowardly hide behind anonymity. If you can tell me exactly why you believe it would be unhealthy to drink a glass of lemon water, please do so. Being able to quote an undergraduate biochemistry book doesn’t make you intelligent, or informed.

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2012 at 12:14 am

      AMEN jewlz!

    • acerrime
      January 31, 2012 at 3:23 am

      It isn’t that lemon water is NOT healthy… simply that it isn’t magic.

    • Cat
      February 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I very much believe that eating healthy can really work great things for your body! You get back what you put in!!
      I myself would always offer a word of caution to readers about messing with the bodies pH level, just because our bodies are different from one-antohers.
      Yes it is true that the hemoglobin that carries the oxygen through our body can actually change it’s shape if your pH go either too acidic or alkaline. Then the oxygen has a hard time getting to where it needs to go. For most people, our bodies keep it’s pH level in check on it’s own just fine. But for others the body get’s out of whack for a whole list of reason and if drinking lemon water helps that I say awesome! But I don’t think that #1 was written because she is trying to tell everyone that they should run out grab some lemons and try to change the pH of their bodies.
      I myself love drinking lemon water!

      So to “Anonymous” You have one brain and mouth for a reason. And two eyes and ears for a reason too. Reading is not the only way you learn. You can learn by watching others and listening too! So maybe you should try using some manners before you let your brain and mouth make you look like an ass.

    • Mury
      February 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Hey Anonymous, RUDE much??? HMPH!

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Anonymous is right. Denouncing her because she is “rude” doesn’t change the validity of her argument.

      Acidic foods do not regulate blood pH. The respiratory system removes H+ from the buffer bicarbonate as carbon dioxide and water when the pH becomes too acidic.

      Most foods are acids, including coffee, orange juice, and spaghetti in meat sauce!!!

      I also seriously doubt that lemon water will confer weight loss, but hey, the placebo-effect could be strong in this one.

    • Waterse23
      June 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Thank you for the information. A glass of lemon water may sweeten your disposition. 😉

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2013 at 4:07 am

      I am sorry to bust anyone’s bubble… but Mr. Anonymous is correct. It is basic and fundamental. Enough said. Part of being educated in your own physiologic health involves a bit of knowledge and understanding. This includes both sides of the equation.
      This allows you, as the consumer to make an educated choice. I would suggest checking out any reputable evidence based studies or practice to help you guide you.
      With that said, I still love my lemon water!

  • Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve heard that apple cider vinegar also does the same as lemon water. I imagine lemon water would probably taste a bit better Lol

    • notAnn
      March 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Actually, I used to drink cider vinegar in hot water in the morning (with a gob of local honey for its anti-allergens), and I think I would prefer it to the lemon.

  • Sandra
    October 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Lemon water is also a cure/relief for people who suffer from gout. Use room temperature water as hot/boiling water changes the properties of the lemon juice.

  • Amy A
    October 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for this post. As soon as I read it I went out and bought lemons and a huge bag of ice. I’m pregnant and my mouth started to water as soon as I read your post!

  • Amy Bowman
    October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Erin…so am I! So fun that others have formed a love relationship with lemons:)
    Chrissy..I have been told the press was from Crate & Barrel, 1998! There are many great presses out there, though..
    Stefani…so great to hear about your mom! I may email you to get more details in what she did. I know many that love their kefir:) Thank you so much for your kind comments.
    Anonymous…I am not sure about the bottled lemon juice, but I KNOW it would not taste as refreshing. I always think fresh is best for retaining the most nutrients..

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

      I read about this on Friday and was on lookout for press just like this! I got lucky today in a store called le gourmet for $40, just like this one (yours) only has a steel top instead of white but everything else is the same! I was so happy!!!

  • Anonymous
    October 20, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Can u use bottled lemon juice?

  • Stefani
    October 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Love the lemon tips. We have kefir water every morning. Lemon would be great to add to the kefir water to help with all the tips you suggested.

    On another note, my mom cured her breast cancer in the 1970’s by changing her diet. It can be done!

    Found your blog through Pinterest…going to start following you because A: your blog is beautiful and B: great info!

    • landensmom09
      February 13, 2012 at 3:04 am

      stefani that is amazing! Did she do a certain diet in. Particular?

  • Anonymous
    October 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I have a press that looks just like yours. I got it as a wedding gift from my Crate & Barrel registry in 1998.

  • Chrissy
    October 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips. That juicer is so cool! Totally gonna get one. LOL.

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}
    October 11, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I am obsessed with lemon water! I have almost completely stopped drinking soda…. maybe only two a week! I also love the taste. I did a cleanse with my husband a few months ago and we had to drink a cup of lemon water when we woke up every morning before we could eat/drink anything else. It helps cleanse and boost the digestive system just like you said! I love lemons 🙂

    • Cathy Collier
      May 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Using lemon-water as a cleanse is so beneficial! When you are cleansing the liver, mix your lemon juice with distilled water. Here is the formula for cleansing the liver w/lemon. Pour 1/2 c. of lemon juice into 1 qt. of distilled water. Starting at 7am, drink 1/2 c. of lemon water, at 7:30, drink 1/2 c. of water (distilled). Continue doing this; lemon water on the hour and distilled water on the 1/2 hour. If you can fast for a day or even a half day while doing this, you will increase the power of this cleanse. Recommended to use the cleanse formula for 3 weeks. When I did it, I felt like I was 14 again, (as far as my energy went. Also, do not exert yourself while cleansing. Rest is important to assist the liver in flushing out old cells and building new ones. You will be amazed at the new person you’ve become, free of toxins! I do this about 4 times a year. I learned this from Dr. Carey Reams

  • Amy Bowman
    October 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    For the spritzer mentioned in the post, any carbonated water will do, which is club soda, seltzer, or sparkling. All the same thing. Some are flavored–watch out for these, they often have artificial sweeteners in them.

    • Anonymous
      July 20, 2013 at 3:29 am

      Can I use juice from the plastic lemon you buy from the produce section??

  • Amy Bowman
    October 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Love your comments everyone! Especially loved the straw recommendations. It sounds like limes are very similar to lemons, and even contain more vitamin c! Here is a link to the health benefits of limes..http://len7288.hubpages.com/hub/Health-Benefits-of-Lime

  • Emily from Readytowait.com
    October 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Hi Amy! Great info. Thanks. You should buy some stainless steel reusable straws! We use them at our house–good for years and years. Wash just like you do silverware. They even have bent ones. I think I found mine on Amazon.

  • Krissa
    October 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love drinking lemon water…all day long! When I don’t have fresh lemons, I use lemon essential oil. Great post about the many benefits!

  • Liz
    October 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    If you miss fizz – have you considered kombucha? It’s a fermented tea drink and you can flavor it however you like.

  • nicole aka gidget
    October 9, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I’m very humbled/honored that you would quote me. 🙂 I have been out of practice so thank you for the reminder of how beneficial starting the day with water and lemon is!

  • Van
    October 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Yum, these are all excellent reasons. I drink water with a shot of cranberry juice (no sugar added) in the morning. With a straw as well. I think I need to add lemon to the mix!

  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for reminding me how much I love lemons! You should check out glass dharma straws though, they look fantastic in a mason jar.

  • Ginger
    October 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I have been drinking lemon in my water from the time I was a child but I never knew all the benefits from it. Thanks for enlightening me. I also love lime in my water, wonder if it has all the same properties as a lemon?

  • Tanya Anurag
    October 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I have heard about the weight loss factor from a lot of people and I followed it too for a couple of weeks but could go no further. Laziness!! But after reading add these added advantages, I think it’s time to go back to a glass of lemon water in the morning. Thanks for sharing all the information. You are a sweetheart!!

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      No need to be lazy – I put one lemon and one lime (both sliced) in a Mason Jar and refrigerate overnight. Then I drink it ALL day long!

  • Hannah@TheStoneHouse
    October 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Amy! I drink lemon water as well. It needs to be lukewarm because hot water will “kill” most of the vitamin C, and cold water is a shock to your digestive system.

    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      HOT lemon water with honey will usually bring a lost voice back. My mother used to make me drink it before I had to sing in a concert after wearing my voice out teaching that day. It always worked. Hot lemonade feels so good on a sore throat too.

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    October 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I have the same juicer as you! I also drink lemon water everyday but add a Tablespoon of Organic Blackstrap Molasses. Just do a search for the health benefits and you’ll see why ;o)

    • Anonymous
      May 2, 2012 at 12:10 am


      this is a great link i found talking about molasses, ill deffinitly have to try adding it to my lemon water ^_^

    • Anonymous
      May 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I have a bottle of lemon juice,that is outdated,Jan 20,2010I was wondering if it still would be good to dring,Thanks

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      As a bottle of lemon juice costs like $5 or less, and will last you a long time, I’d say it’s better to be safe than sorry and get a new bottle.

    • Ashley
      June 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

      I think it would still be ok to drink, always for the funky smell test. Haha. But it’s lemon juice in a sealed container.. They probably just put the date on there to make you buy new stuff. I always use mine until it runs out, no matter the date. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012 at 5:56 am

      NO! Do not drink that!

    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Your lemon juice should still be fine. It is also said that lemon helps you digest carbs better which in turn makes the carbs less likely tun to sugar. South Beach says squeeze lemon on everything you eat or drink.

    • Pat
      February 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      What about the lemon water bottle Propell, give the same benefits?

    • Embee
      June 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Throw out any food that is outdated, always, and especially when it is more than a few months past. I would suggest that you use fresh squeezed juice anyway in order to receive all the nutrient value.

  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    October 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for letting me know!

  • Missy
    October 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

    When I was pregnant with my daughter I developed gallstones. I’ve been drinking lemon water ever since as it’s terrific for gallbladder health too. I’m happy to say, I haven’t had an attack since she was a baby and now she’s four! The surgeon even let me keep my gallbladder!! Woohoo – no surgery, regardless of how minor is a plus for me!

    I first heard of Ph levels and the importance of them from Jay Kordich of Juiceman “fame”. It makes a lot of sense to me. I don’t test my Ph (though maybe I should) but I do try to be aware of the foods/drinks that are the most acidic and try to avoid.

    Love love love your lemon juicer. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for one like it. It would look so cute on my counter!

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I also drink it for gallbladder issues…. it’s my “belly saver” as I call it!

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Maybe I should start. I also had gall stones while I was pregnant. Then came the pancreatitis, then the preeclampsia… then I had to be rush to the delivery room because the toxins got to my brain and I passed out and had a personality switch. My gall bladder had to be removed right after my levels dropped down. Trying to stay healthy now!

    • Anonymous
      May 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      The lemon presser you showed in this page, I just seen it at BJ’s here in Florida. I got one is awesome. Just a tip for whoever ones to get it.

    • Anonymous
      September 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Omg, that same thing happened to me!
      Lemon water addict

  • Missy
    October 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I drink a glass of water every moring when I wake up, any time I go out to eat I always drink lemon water, I have also heard that lemon water helps to prevent kidney stones.

  • Amy Bowman
    October 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for your comments! You all make posting about simple lemon water so much fun!

    • Anonymous
      April 12, 2013 at 12:53 am

      Instead of disposing of the rind, slice it into quarters and then use a slice to help clean ur pores, exfolliate the skin, feed your skin and much much more. After washing your face just take ur lil quarter ( u can slice a whole lemon into usable slices and keep in ziploc. U also do not have to thro away after each use) rub lemon all over your face paying attn to ur trouble areas…dry..blemishes..etc. face will feel amazing!! And nothing is wasted..

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      what about lime juice? I prefer limes to lemons. Hope it works the same way. thanks, Judy

    • Dee Ryan
      March 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you for sharing 🙂 I drink lemon water with honey and cinnamon in the morning but now I will drink it during the day, and good idea to have with sparkling water, this will help me quit pop!

  • Amy Bowman
    October 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Hi Lisa!! Ohh chlorophyll is another awesome alkalizing pick me up! I take sprulina to get my chlorophyll, the organic pills from trader joes. I looked on google for my press and found nothing..:(

    Hi Missy-so cool about your gallstones and no surgery. Glad you think the juicer is cute, I did too!

    Hi Jessica–Great question. I have read that ideally the water should be lukewarm, but I don’t remember why. I think I ignored it b/c I know I love my ice!!:) Something about it taking less energy for the body to digest it if it is body temperature??

    • Shannon W
      January 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Your comment at the very end, about the body using less energy to digest the water, is actually correct. The body is able to put the lemon water to work faster if it is at room temperature, or even heated for 30 seconds after coming out of the tap, than if it’s either too cold or too hot, as it would have to work to alter the temperature first before it could make use of it. Great posting btw…although I still love my coffee, I do appreciate the purging qualities of lemon water, as well as its overall benefits to the body! Thanks for sharing!

    • Becky
      February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      not sure if you knew or not… but while you are eating it is better to drink warm-hot drinks (green tea, hot tea, lemon water, etc) because when you drink something cold it solidifies the fat in the food you’re eating which also makes it very difficult for digestion.. and makes you use the bathroom more frequently.. if you drink something warm while eating your body has an easier time digesting and absorbing all the nutrients and it regulates your digestive system…

      Just something to keep in mind! I love my lemon water thats for sure – and I do know that when lemons start to get a bit pricey its also a good change to buy the already squeezed into a bottle juice with half of a real lemon. its cheaper AND it tastes exactly the same 🙂

    • Mury
      February 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I just read an article on Hoax Slayer that said it’s a myth about drinking something cold solidifying the fat. I don’t know about the other stuff on here though.

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Your body is at 98.6 so even if you drink cold drinks, when they hit your stomach they warm up to body temp. they don’t stay cold.

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Never underestimate the value of a simple fork in juicing a lemon half – scrape any loose seeds free, insert the fork into the heart of the lemon half and squeeze, pivoting the lemon back and forth on the fork. So easy and leaves your counter top free!

    • Anonymous
      May 5, 2012 at 12:06 am

      I’ve read multiple times that drinking ice water is good for you because you burn calories while heating it in you stomach.

    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2012 at 2:01 am

      I have the same lemon press. I bought it at Crate and Barrel about 6 years ago. Im not sure if they still have it.

    • Dana
      October 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

      I used to work for the company that makes that juicer. It’s called the Mighty OJ Juicer by Metrokane.

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 am

      I love lemon water too, I will squeeze the juice of a whole lemon into my big glass, add a few ice cubes, fill my glass with water, and I drink on it all day. When one glass empties, I fill up another one the same way, and keep drinking it. I am glad to read this article about all the benefits of lemon water, I read a lot on nutrition and am familiar with the benefits of eating a diet that is filled with more alkaline foods than the acidic foods. Thanks for encouraging us to stay more healthy.

    • Anonymous
      February 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I agree with all of it. Ive benn having constipation problems. But since drinking lemin water. Im all better now!

    • Anonymous
      April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      if you put cold fluid (especially ice) in your stomach you can deplete your stomach chi. Best to use slighty warm fluid for a happier stomach

  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    October 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I’ve never heard of that – thanks for sharing! Does it matter if the water is cold or hot?

    • AlyM
      February 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Nope!Its great either way, Hot lemon water is good if its cold out and your feelin under the weather!!

    • Anonymous
      September 21, 2012 at 3:59 am

      Add local honey for an allergy fighting “tea”!

    • thecatholicwife.net
      November 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

      When I was pregnant with my first son, I drank a “hot honey and lemon” every night after dinner. SO delish and good for you!

    • Anonymous
      April 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Hot once in a whilte is great because it works almost like drano in clogged pipes. The heat breaks down yuck that could be clinging in there and flushes it out!

  • The Pennington Point
    October 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Love it! I drink water with liquid chlorophyll, but this would be a wonderful change! I’m going to click through and order a lemon juicer…although yours is so darling. But I don’t want to wait…hmmm…what to do what to do. Can you see I tend to torture myself over nothing? Maybe lemon water would help that? Lisa~

    • Anonymous
      February 13, 2013 at 3:38 am

      I use the lemon with the clorophyll. They are the a great complement to each other.