5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water

5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water | Get Inspired Everyday!

5 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water | Get Inspired Everyday! 1. Lemon is alkalizing helping to balance your ph levels. I have just recently learned that disease thrives in an acidic environment so alkalizing foods are especially good.

2. Lemon juice oxygenates and hydrates your body.

3. It’s high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and much more.

4. Lemon water in the morning kickstarts your metabolism, digestive system, and helps your kidneys flush out toxins.

5. Lemon juice is antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting.

My Number One Reason For Drinking Lemon Water:

I feel soo… much better! Not scientific, but there you go.

Before I started adding lemon juice to my water, I would drink about 64-96 ounces of water per day and still feel incredibly thirsty! I’ve made three changes to my water consumption and I’ve seen a big improvement.

1. I now drink about 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning. This seems to set the tone for the whole day. I’m a coffee drinker, (love the stuff) and I would often have my cup of coffee and be on my way. Hours would go by without any water intake, and suddenly mid- afternoon I would get really thirsty. I spent the rest of the day trying to make up for my dehydration. In the world of athletes, they try to stay ahead of thirst so that dehydration never sets in. Since I wouldn’t mind a little more high performance in my life, I figured that I could learn a thing or two from them.

2. I add lemon juice to my water for all of the above reasons.

3.  I drink a 32 ounce Green Smoothie almost everyday. I’ve found that adding a good deal more fruits and vegetables to my diet, (I hate that word) has helped me stay hydrated. In fact, last summer my husband and I started drinking a 32 ounce green smoothie after every hike and we both saw a great improvement in recovery time.

5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water | Get Inspired Everyday!

Slice up a lemon and place it in a pitcher, fill with water and refrigerate until it’s gone. I usually refill the pitcher once before I start over with a new lemon. For water on the go, I squeeze half of a lemon into a glass quart jar and fill with water. 5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water | Get Inspired Everyday!

5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water | Get Inspired Everyday!

And that’s it, lemon water only takes an additional minute to make and is so delicious!

26 Comments on “5 Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water”

  1. It’s been a while since I last sipped a water with lemon. Thanks Kari for this awesome post. I’m going to try adding lemon to my water again.

  2. I’ve never seen this site before but the honesty in the replies here rather than simply agreeing that this will solve everyone’s problems makes me want to see a lot more. Thanks for this tip, I’ll give lemon water a try.

    1. I hope you enjoy it, at the very least adding lemon to your water seems to help a lot of people drink more water in a day when they find plain water too boring.

    1. Keeping your pH levels correct can really help with acne, but there are so many factors like diet, lack of sleep, and possible hormone imbalances that you might want to seek out a specialist to help you.

  3. I started this myself tonight slices of lemon in cold water. Really hoping for a kickstart to my 8 stone I lost so far. As I seem to have come to a stop. Has anyone lost weight since doing the lemon and water drink. Right now I try anything.

    1. I’m not sure that lemon water itself will help weight loss, but drinking the proper amount of water everyday can really help. Also, increasing your fruits and veggies can really help because they’re low in calories and high in fiber. There are also a number of medical reasons that you might not be loosing weight, so it never hurts to check with a professional if you can’t shake the plateau with diet and exercise.:)

  4. hi kari,

    for how long can i keep the sliced lemons the in the water if stored in the fridge 🙂

    thank you,

    graham

    1. I like to drink mine within the first day for the best flavor, although I do keep it for 2-3 days sometimes. The water can sometimes turn slightly bitter over a couple of days because of the lemon rind. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  5. If the lemon is too bitter…add lime slices as well it cuts dwn the bitterness. Even my 1yr old drinks it…he takes mine n tells me no when i ask 4 it bck.

    1. Thanks for the idea, I’ll have to try it! You can also squeeze the juice out of the lemon and throw out the rind, (it’s the rind that makes the water slightly bitter over time).

  6. I just suggested this to my daughter, and she said it is terrible for your teeth. Have you heard this also? Would drinking from a straw help?

    1. I haven’t had any problems, but I’ve heard that drinking through a straw is supposed a good option because it bypasses the teeth.

    2. My cousin had been told that after visiting the dentist. He was told that an excessive use of lemon (which is quite acidic in its nature) eats out the enamel of the teeth. I would go with the old saying “moderation is the key” and suggest not only lemon but other products (such as oranges, as already suggested below by Kari). You can have two or even more jugs of different fruits in them, or if you are not lazy, squeeze the juice out of the fruits and combine them. I would go and say, all the fruits are different and unique in their composition but all of them are definitely good for you in some way (always bear in mind to avoid GMOs or chemically loaded products as much as you can).

      1. I quite agree with ‘moderation is key’, too much of anything isn’t a good idea. I’ve been using cucumber and watermelon as well and I think it might call for another post!

  7. I love lemon water too. I fill my water bottle up with 1/2 a sliced lemon and refill through the day. I love the taste, and get to reap all the benefits 🙂

  8. I live alone and shop at Costco, not always a good combination! But I buy bags of lemons and limes at Costco, juice them up, and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. 1 cube=1 lime and
    1 cube=1/2 lemon. The rind of sliced citrus makes the water bitter after awhile, but these cubes just thaw and add the goodness of the juice.

    1. We don’t mind the rinds in with the water because we drink it pretty fast, but if you were going to make a batch to sit in the fridge your lemon cubes sound like a great idea.

  9. I love lemon water but adding the entire slice to the can make it bitter so I just make a sloppy squeeze over the pitcher to get the juice and some pulp and discard the slices.

    1. If lemon juice is too sour to start with, you could use orange juice as well. Tangerine is particularly good – I’m not sure of the vitamin C content of orange versus lemon, but it’s all steps in a good direction.

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