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Guest Post: Benefits Of Adding Lemon To Your Water

August 4th, 2010 · 19 Comments · Food for Thought

This is a guest post from Linda of Natural Health Ezine.

image It’s recommended that we drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. Did you know it doesn’t have to be plain water? Water has no taste, and having to drink 64 ounces every day can be a hassle. There’s a great way to give your water a kick: Add a lemon to it. You’ll be much more inclined to drink so much water if it has a little flavor to it. (Or just do what Drew does.)

There are many benefits of adding lemon to your water. Lemons are very inexpensive, and you can actually grow your own lemon trees in your back yard or garden. Lemons provide many nutrients that we need each day, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, and riboflavin. Lemons also provide minerals including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. You can get protein and carbohydrates from lemons as well.

What are other benefits of lemon water?

Great For Digestion

By adding lemon to your water, particularly hot water, you’ll be able to relieve many problems that can occur in the digestive tract. It can relieve heartburn, nausea, hiccups, belching, and bloating. If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, your bowels are able to eliminate waste easier and more efficiently. The lemon acts as a cleansing agent which can help with constipation. Lemon water is great for your liver as well. Lemon water helps the liver to produce more bile, which makes it easier to digest food. Lemon water is also said to be able to dissolve gallstones.

Good For Skin Care

Lemons have natural antiseptic properties that can help with skin problems. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for healthy skin. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant nutrient, which can fight against early signs of aging. Drinking lemon water every day can have a profound effect on your skin. If you have burns or scars, applying lemon water to them can help them to heal and fade away. If you’ve got burns on your skin, the lemon water will help cool it down, because lemon is a cooling agent.

Great For Dental Care

Lemon water is wonderful for all kinds of dental care. Bleeding of the gums can be relieved if you massage the lemon water on them. It will also relieve bad smells that come from gum problems. If you apply lemon water to a toothache, or swish a mouthful of lemon water in your mouth, the pain of the toothache will lessen.

Helps Throat Infections

If you gargle lemon water when you have a sore throat, the pain can be relieved. It also helps people who have tonsillitis. Lemons have anti-bacterial properties that can help infections clear up fast.

Great For Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose some weight, drinking lemon water can help you achieve your goal. Instead of drinking milk, soda, or alcohol with your evening meal, try a glass of lemon water. You’ll be consuming less calories, and the lemon water will help you lose weight faster. Weight can be reduced by drinking warm lemon water with a tablespoon of honey.

Great For Controlling High Blood Pressure

Due to the high content of potassium in lemons, lemon water is great for people who have heart problems. Lemon water helps to control dizziness, high blood pressure, and nausea. It also helps to relax the body and mind so you don’t feel anxious or stressed. High amounts of anxiety and stress can lead to a rise in blood pressure.

Helps To Cure Respiratory Problems

People suffering from asthma find that drinking lemon water helps them if they’re experiencing an attack. Lemon water can also help with other respiratory issues such as bronchitis.

Great For Reducing A Fever

Lemon water can be very beneficial to anyone suffering from a cold or the flu that is accompanied by a fever. The lemon water helps to break the fever by increasing the amount of perspiration.

Other Benefits Of Adding Lemon To Your Water

There are several additional benefits of drinking lemon water, including the following.

*Reduces mental stress and depression.
*Great for treating rheumatism.
*Good for treating arthritis.
*Helps to purify the blood

There are many benefits to drinking lemon water. If you weigh 155 pounds or less, you should be using the juice from half a lemon in one 8 oz. glass of water. You can drink up to two glasses of lemon water a day. If you weigh more than 155 pounds you should be using the juice of one full lemon for one 8 oz. glass of water and drink two glasses a day.

So if you ever get bored with plain water, add a lemon to it every once in a while, and start reaping the many benefits of this refreshing drink.

This is a guest post by Linda, who runs NaturalHealthEzine.com, a natural health blog dedicated to helping people live the best life possible.

photo by ex.libris.

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet

    I envy people who are able to grow lemons. Lemons can be expensive in the northeast where we aren’t able to grow them.

    When I was nursing, I craved lemon water. I drank tons of it.
    .-= Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet´s last blog ..When Automatic Billing Isnt So Green =-.

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  • denise

    Lemon and Cucumber together in a jug of water in the fridge is very tasty and refreshing.

    Here’s a tip I read recently, set an alarm to go off every hour on the hour as a reminder to drink a glass of water.

    fyi: Tea counts as a glass of water…better w/o any cream and sugar.

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  • Sarah

    I would like to see sources for these claims – some seem a little farfetched and I’m skeptical. No doubt lemons are good for you. But still, sources please? Considering how thoroughly Katie researches her posts, I’d expect to see the same scrupulous approach from anyone she sees fit to guest post.

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    Katie Reply:

    Sarah,
    Another reader echoed your concerns in an email, saying:
    “It’s a sad fact that most natural remedies aren’t studied, mostly due to the fact that there’s no money in natural remedies, but it costs a lot to do studies! Because of this, I realize that posts about natural remedies won’t always be supported by concrete evidence, which is one reason I appreciate your efforts so much! I think this post would be improved by a personal touch, not just because it’s nice to read, but because it keeps these “benefits” within the framework where they belong–subjective and anecdotal. It worries me when things are written as though they’re a statement of fact, as people may take them as gospel. For example:

    “Due to the high content of potassium in lemons, lemon water is great for people who have heart problems. Lemon water helps to control dizziness, high blood pressure, and nausea. It also helps to relax the body and mind so you don’t feel anxious or stressed.”

    I’m not being cranky or finicky and I really do appreciate the input. As a nurse, though, I feel compelled to mention this–I’d hate for someone with heart problems to take this when perhaps they shouldn’t!”

    And you’re both right on. I definitely appreciate your input. I certainly should have asked for more sources when I received this post…but I am sometimes too “nice” to a fault. Thanks for keeping me honest and reminding me of the KS standards! :) Katie

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thanks for the reply, Katie. I know lemons do have many nutrients with significant benefits, and I appreciate this post’s efforts to point them out. Many are legitimate. But as a neuroscientist, I cringe when I see blatant claims like “Reduces mental stress and depression.” Ok, how? What does that even mean? Given the myriad causes and types of depression, statements like that are frankly irresponsible. Or this one, “Helps to purify the blood” – what does that even mean? Purify it of what, and in what way?

    I just get frustrated, because I’m a huge advocate of natural health and remedies as opposed to the prescription happy culture we live in, and overly vague, undocumented, and meaningless claims don’t help to advance the cause.

    Anyway thanks for your work with this blog, I applaud your thorough efforts and the good work you’re doing.

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  • Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up

    I’ve been loving lemons in my water this summer! I also love to add them to my water kefir and let it ferment for another day, so I get all the good stuff from the lemons AND a yummy probiotic!

    How fabulous it would be to grow my own……

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  • Heidi

    Would lime have similar benefits? I currently have a fridge full of limes and would love to know if that would have the same benefits.

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  • Kate

    I have two thoughts on this.

    First, lemon water helped me a lot when I was pregnant. It just made me feel better, less nauseous. A LOT of women use it for that.

    Second, with all of these natural, whole foods that have all these benefits, I’m wondering more and more if you REALLY ran the numbers if modern medicine would show any net benefit to our society. They use drugs and surgery to cure gall stones when lemon can do it, as this article states. Far less painful and invasive! There are dozens of such examples. Hundreds. So, I really wondered…is there any NET benefit to modern medicine??

    (I say “net” because I realize there are certain advances, like trauma surgeons, we wouldn’t want to live without. But, overall, have they really helped us?)
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Peach Jelly =-.

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  • Lady Kay

    Thanks for posting this! My husband has recently started wanting to add lemon to his water and I’ll be happy to show this article to him…I thought it was only beneficial to make the water taste better!

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  • Dianna

    Oh, how I love this post! I love adding lemons to my water, and would love to know if these benefits apply to all citrus fruits. I like to add lime and oranges as well. Never knew I was doing myself a healthy solid as well.

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  • Christina

    Great article! I’m just wondering if what I’ve heard is true though? I used to drink lemon water all the time, but was told it could dehydrate you!?! Is that true? Thanks! :)

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    Katie Reply:

    Christina,
    ?? This isn’t something I’ve done research on myself, actually. Interesting thought though! :) Katie

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    Christina Reply:

    Thanks for your reply, Katie! I’m going to enjoy my lemon water until I experience a problem for myself! I would think you’d have to drink quite a bit of it to dehydrate you! :)
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..thenewchristina- Qwerty Beats Online Drum Machine Keyboard Drum Loops Remix Samples uπit http-googl-ZnAP =-.

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  • Evelyn

    In my family’s personal anecdotal experience lemon juice or lemon water can also help to clear up migraines quickly with no other medication. It has been a life-saver for my husband who still gets them occasionally. We have found we can stop almost anywhere and get lemons including fast food restaurants where they keep them to give to guests with iced tea. :)

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  • Raquel

    I have always been a huge soda drinker. Lately I have been adding lemons, limes, cucumbers, mint, and all kinds of other things to water to give it the flavor I crave.
    .-= Raquel´s last blog ..Montana Tips for a Safe Camping Experience =-.

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  • Linda

    @Sarah and others
    Thanks for all the great comments! I wish I had all the answers and hard data, but I am not a health expert, just a gal who is a little more interested in natural solutions over conventional ones. Most of what I have learned about lemons comes from other internet research and reading blogs. So as with most natural remedies, the results are often difficult to quantify, but that doesn’t mean the results aren’t there.

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  • Tiffany via Facebook

    That was one of the biggest changes I made to lose weight, I try to drink 100oz of water a day. I found I was no as hungry, & many times probably ate when I really needed to hydrate.

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  • Carrie via Facebook

    It’s as though you know what I need to be reminded of! Thanks!!!

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  • via Facebook

    I’m bad about drinking water when it’s not right out in front of me – gonna go grab a bottle now!

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