Start Your Day with Warm Water & a Lemon (Video)

Every morning, rain or shine, sick or healthy, at home or on vacation…I do the same thing: drink a glass of warm water with lemon right after I wake up. I read about this tip several months ago, and I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

I’ve never been a coffee person. Usually, I just get up, eat something and get ready for my workout. But once I started doing warm water with a lemon first thing, I found myself craving it each morning. Probably because my body was getting the hydration and vitamins/minerals/enzymes it needed. And even better, my digestive system was super excited about it, too, because it gave me the kick in the pants (literally) to get out the food and waste from the day before and start fresh that day.

What do you do exactly?

All you have to do is take a glass of warm water, squeeze the juice of half of a lemon into it, and drink it right when you wake up. Repeat this daily.

Benefits of warm water with a lemon:

  1. Stimulates the digestive system. Once you get in the habit of doing this (or maybe even after the first time you do this), you will find that it will probably get things moving in your digestive tract…and you’ll be heading to the bathroom.
  2. Increase hydration. I love how hydrated this makes me feel each morning
  3. Help with cleansing and detoxing. The lemon water stimulates your liver to help with detoxing and helps the digestive tract expel toxins.
  4. Improve skin. Thanks to the vitamin C in the lemons.
  5. Help with acid reflux and bloating.
  6. Help make your body more alkaline. Despite the fact that lemons may seem acidic, they are actually very alkaline when they are digested in our body. Drinking lemon water will help increase the alkalinity of our body, a key goal in decreasing inflammation and preventing disease. (read more here)
  7. Support your immune system. Thank you, vitamin C! I’ve also heard it can be helpful if you have a sore throat.
  8. Help with weight loss. One by keeping you hydrated and two because they have pectin fibre which can help fill you up.

Here’s my favourite article about drinking warm lemon water first thing, and from there, you can learn more of the benefits: “Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon.”

Guess who else does it? Kris Carr, my all-time favourite health idol and even Lauren Conrad from The Hills (favourite fashion/TV idol) does it too! So you know I had to give it a try!

Here’s a breakdown in this week’s video (with the help of Avery!) on how to go about making the warm lemon water and why you’ll want to give it a try…

If you are a classic over-thinker/perfectionist like me, you probably have questions like I did,

So here are some FAQs:

Can I just use the little lemon juice bottles from the store? We want fresh lemons that are full of live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Not the pasteurized stuff from the store.

What’s the best way to get the juice out? I use a citrus juicer like the one shown below (Chefmate). I got it at Target for $4! It’s making my warm water with a lemon much easier and cleaner each morning. Plus, it catches the seeds…bonus! There are all kinds of juicers on the market, so find whatever works for you.

Just place the lemon on top and twist away.

I love how it catches the seeds; those are never fun to drink.
Now, if you don’t have a citrus juicer, no worries, just cut the lemon in half and carefully cut off the peel, leaving as much of the lemon as possible. Take the “naked” lemon half and squeeze it into your warm water. Yes, this method is messy, but it will get much more juice out of the lemon than just cutting it in half and leaving the peel on. Give it a try.

Why does the water have to be warm? Coldwater first thing will be a shock to the body. Warm water will not only be more gentle, but it will also help stimulate your digestive tract even more.

Can I microwave the lemon water to make it warm? No, the microwave will kill the enzymes in the lemon. Instead, just warm it up on the stove very briefly…not boiling. You could also use tap water and just warm it from the sink, but if you are trying to use only filtered water (after reading about the benefits I posted here), I suggest the stove-warming method so you can have your filtered water warmed gently. You could probably also use a teapot to briefly warm it.

I gently warm the water on the stove until it looks about like this

with a few little bubbles.

You definitely don’t want it boiling! Then I just pour the warm water into my

glass. If it ever gets too hot, I’ll let it cool

down a bit before I add the lemon juice. Time for the lemon juice!

Will the acid from the lemons harm my teeth? Some people are worried about the lemon juice and the enamel on their teeth, so if this is a concern for you, then you can use a straw. I like to use a straw anyway because I feel like I drink more when I use a straw. My favourite green straw is a Glass Dharma Glass Straw (I use the “Beautiful Bends Smoothie Straw” $10).

Read more about my glass straw swap here.

Do I have to drink it first thing in the morning? Yes, this is key. You have been sleeping all night and are probably dehydrated. The glass of water first thing will not only wake you up, but it will also give your body the hydration it needs to start the day. I find it is also key to maintaining “regular” elimination habits. Doing this tip first thing helps get out yesterday’s food and waste.

Could you add anything else to the water? Yes! Kris Carr mentions adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to her warm water with a lemon each morning. So I’ve recently started adding literally a pinch (or one shake) of cayenne pepper to my water each morning, and I really like it. I resisted trying it for a while because I figured it would taste like chilli powder-water, but the tart lemon pairs well with the cayenne and they blend just fine together. Cayenne will help raise the temperature of your body to help with detoxing and to speed up your metabolism.

A pinch of cayenne is a great add-in with lemon water.

This is about how much I put in (max).
You could also add some grated ginger to your lemon water for a little something extra. Pregnant mamas might really enjoy the anti-nausea benefits of ginger, and for the rest of us, ginger is great for increasing circulation throughout the body.

Does the lemon water take the place of a meal? Definitely not! Despite being more hydrated, your body will still be hungry! So feed it the fuel it needs. Go ahead and eat your normal breakfast/snack after your done with your lemon water. Usually, I’ll wait about 5 minutes or so and eat up before my morning workout.

Well, that wraps up the question section…I
know, I know, leave it to me to make something as simple as putting lemon juice in warm water complicated and with a million questions, but I know there are others out there like me, so I hope this helps answer your questions too. But if you still have more, post them below. I’d be happy to share what I know.

One of my favourite things about this tip is that it is so cheap…no fancy shower filters to buy, no fancy technique or way of doing it, just drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half of a lemon every morning when you wake up. Will you give it a try?

Maybe you already do this tip…if so, share below if you have a favourite technique or any other benefits you’ve noticed since you started drinking your lemon water in the morning.

No matter what, just remember:


This blog post has been linked up to:

  • Frugally Sustainable as part of the “Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Blog Hop.” So check it out and find more ways you can green your plate, your body, and your home!


  • “Your Green Resource” over at A Delightful Home, Live Renewed, Sorta Crunchy, Red and Honey, Creating Naturally, and Simply Rebekah.

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  • “Thank Your Body Thursday” over at Thank Your Body


  • “Waste Not Want Not” Blog Hop over at Poor and Gluten-Free…

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